Why you should fall in love with Cambodia

Cambopedia is a locally-run blog about why you should fall in love with Cambodia. This blog, launched in 2008, also talks about how to fall in love with this beautiful country. From Khmer culture to Cambodian food, you’ll get to know some of the best most interesting things about Cambodia through local lens. If you want to live life like a local, Cambopedia is a blog for you. Read more about Cambopedia here or just go through the index below.

Table of contents

Phnom Penh’s royal palace. Taken by Tharum Bun

I was born in Kandal province, Cambodia. I’ve been living in Phnom Penh for over 30 years. I’ve witnessed dramatic changes over the years. Today, Cambodia is becoming an attractive place to visit and to live. Phnom Penh, the largest and most vibrant capital city of Cambodia, is sandwiched by Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Yangon, and Vientiane. Getting into or out of Cambodia by bus is the cheapest option, although there are many direct flights to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Travel across Cambodia is also getting easier. What amazes most travelers and visitors to Cambodia is high speed Internet and free Wi-Fi everywhere, either on the bus, in a cafe, or in a budget guest house for backpackers. Mobile Internet? You can easily buy a 3G or 4G sim-card.

When people ask me how to describe Cambodia in a few words, I’d sum up that
Cambodia has many charming cities and super friendly and gentle people. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville all have its own unique characteristic. If you’d love to know and learn about Cambodia, visiting one of these cities is not enough.

In this page, you’ll find some of the most useful travel information to help you prepare for your trip to Cambodia, my beautiful home country.

Questions and answers about Cambodia:

Q: Is Cambodia a safe country to visit?
A: Of course, yes! There are problems due to extreme poverty and inequality, but people are generally super friendly and trustworthy. Most Cambodians are kind and generous, and they’re are hospitable and helpful to tourists, travelers, and backpackers. Kids on the street may call you foreign traveler a “Barang,” which means a French. Or “Ta Barang” to refer to an older Westerner. “Ta” means grandfather, a way of saying with respect to an elder.
Q: When is the best time to visit Cambodia?
A: from November to March. Avoid the rainy season. April is the hottest month of the year, although Cambodians celebrate the Khmer New Year during this time of the year.
Q: The best islands to visit in Cambodia?
A: Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanleum. Also the best choice and closer from Phnom Penh is Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay).
Q: What is visiting Cambodia like?
A: The temples of Angkor, the breathtaking view of sunset on the top of Phnom Bakheng in Siem Reap, Cheoung Ek and the S-21 prison (if you’re brave enough to delve into the dark past), the floating villages on the Tonle Sap lake, friendly and polite Cambodians, and low cost of living.
Q: How safe is Phnom Penh?
A: Basically, Phnom Penh is a safe city in Southeast Asia. Phnom Penh is not largely known as a city of burglary, theft, robbery, or vandalism. However, beware of having your handbag snatched by a motorcycle driver while you are riding in a Tuk Tuk. Don’t wear valuable jewelry and ride motorbikes. You just need to not go out at night alone at a quiet place. Keep your wallet or purse under close surveillance in crowded markets. It’s always good to avoid dark and lonely areas at night, or groups of drunk youths.
Cambodia map
Cambodian food
Cambodian people