Cambodia Tours from Australia
There’s a real magic about Cambodia. You’ll feel it as the sun rises over the spectacular temple of Angkor Wat. You’ll see it as you wander through lively markets and talk to the local people.
On a Cambodia tour, you'll come face to face with the terrible human suffering of recent years, set in contrast to the glorious ancient Khmer culture. This long history has moulded a strong and resilient people who are compassionate, charming, generous and all-round lovely. You might join a Cambodian tour to see Angkor Wat, but you'll leave with a heart that is open to the people of the magical and mesmerising Kingdom of Wonder.
At My Adventure Travel, we have put together a range of Cambodia tours from Australia that will take you to the heart of this fascinating country. Explore our tours of Cambodia below and get in touch with one of our experienced consultants to start planning your dream Cambodia adventure tour today.
Things to do in Cambodia
1Explore the incredible temple of Angkor Wat
2Chill out on the palm-fringed beaches of Sihanoukville
3Learn about the heartbreaking history of the Killing Fields
4Admire the French-colonial architecture of Battambang
5Witness Buddhist monks making their daily alms rounds
Cambodia Tours and Travel Packages
Popular Cities & Places to Visit in Cambodia
Cambodia Must See
- Head out from Siem Reap to visit the floating villages of Tonle Sap.
- Explore the markets of Phnom Penh and crunch into some fried crickets and spiders.
- Get off track to visit some of the jungle-covered, remote Angkor temples.
- Stay with a local family and learn about the resilience and generosity of the Cambodian people.
- Visit Kampot and tuck into traditional dishes flavoured by world-famous Kampot pepper.
Experiences in Cambodia
You can choose your Cambodia tour itinerary based on what you want to do and see. We have a huge range of Cambodian tours offering different ways for you to explore this beautiful country.
Immerse yourself in the history of the glorious temples of the Khmer regime on a cultural tour of Cambodia. Or get active – strap on your bike helmet and pedal along Cambodia’s winding country back roads. An adventure tour of Cambodia might include cycling through Angkor, kayaking along the Mekong River and hiking alongside lush emerald green rice paddies.
If you fancy a slower pace, take a cruise down the Mekong River to watch daily life unfold in riverside towns. Or settle in to explore Cambodian cuisine – a food tour of Cambodia will introduce you to evocative and flavoursome regional specialities and local ingredients.
Travel on a family Cambodian tour, take an overland tour from Vietnam to Cambodia – or just relax on the beach. However you want to tour Cambodia, you’ll need to get your waving hand ready for all the grinning local kids who love to call ‘hello’ as you explore their homeland.
Jump on a bike and take a ride around Angkor Wat and surrounding temples – or, if you're keen for a bigger ride, join a cycling tour of Cambodia.
Your family will love the fantastic transport options on a kid-friendly Cambodian tour. Zoom in a tuk-tuk, cruise down the Mekong, jump into a cyclo or take a traditional ox-cart.
Learn how use local herbs and spices to whip up a Khmer amok curry, a spicy banana leaf salad or a tangy beef loc lac on a foodie-themed Cambodian tour. Delish!
Many of our Cambodia tours will head out from Siem Reap to take you on board a picturesque wooden cruise boat to visit the floating villages and traditional artisan towns that perch peacefully on the banks of the Tonle Sap.
Angkor Temple tours
Any Cambodian tour will visit the glorious temples at Angkor. Take your time at Angkor and visit the remote temples almost lost under jungle vines.
Trek through remote Cambodian landscapes and call into local villages along the way – an active Cambodia tour will get you sweating.
Planning your Angkor Wat Tour
If you wish to visit Angkor Wat on your Cambodia tour, here are a few facts to assist in your planning:
- The Angkor archaeological park is over 400 square kilometres – it's huge. If you wish to explore the area thoroughly, choose a Cambodia tour that stays at Siem.
- Reap for a few days – or extend your time at the temples by adding some days at Siem Reap to the start or end of your Cambodia tour.
- The temples can be crowded, especially in the peak season of November to February. Consider travelling in the shoulder season for a quieter experience.
- As Cambodia is usually hot, be prepared to get up early to visit the temples in the relative cool of the morning.
- Consider a day trip from Siem Reap to some of the remote temple sites to get an appreciation for the scale of Angkor.
Explore the Bayon Castle of Angkor, Cambodia.
Before you travel to Cambodia
Before embarking on an overseas adventure to Cambodia, brushing up on your general knowledge will make your Cambodia tour a whole lot easier. From knowing what currency is used and what timezone you’re in, to the local customs and weather to expect, we’ve got you sorted below:
Cambodia facts for travellers
Riel is used across the country but in many areas, US dollars are also widely used. ATMs for cash withdrawal (dispensing USD) are available in the cities. Credit cards are accepted in mid-high-end establishments. Clean, undamaged notes can be exchanged at banks and money changers.
Khmer. Some English, French, Mandarin and minority languages are spoken. Cambodian tour leaders and many people involved in the tourism industry speak English.
Sockets are mostly 230 volts AC, 50 Hz. Most sockets accept plugs with two flat pins and some accept two round pins. Sometimes you'll find three rectangular pin sockets too.
Check that your immunisations are up to date before travel. Many travellers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations before travel to Cambodia. Check with your doctor or travellers' medical centre for specific advice for your Cambodian tour.
Weather in Cambodia
Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate. It is hot all year and a monsoon sweeps across the country in the wet season of May to October, with the wettest months being July to September. October to April is the dry season and the country dries out rapidly, becoming hot and dusty.
The best time to visit Cambodia
The best time to visit Cambodia is considered to be the coolest part of the dry season – November to February. This is also the busiest time of year for Cambodia tours, so if you want to avoid the crowds consider the shoulder season – May to October. Even in the rainiest months, you might just need to bunker down for an afternoon downpour. The lush green countryside and clear air make it a great time for photography.
Weather in Phnom Penh – Average Temperature and Rainfall
Mid-November to February – hot and dry
- Daily high temperature: between 30 and 32 degrees.
- Days with rain per month: between 1 and 5 days.
March to May – hottest and becoming wetter
- Daily high temperature: between 34 and 35 degrees.
- Days with rain per month: between 2 and 13 days.
June to September – hot and wet
- Daily high temperature: between 31 and 33 degrees.
- Days with rain per month: between 12 and 15 days.
October to mid-November – hot and becoming less wet
- Daily high temperature: 30 degrees.
- Days with rain per month: between 5 and 12 days.
Cambodian Food and Drinks
Cambodian food is based around its staple ingredient – rice. Meals will usually include a spread of dishes alongside rice, including fermented sauces, pickled ingredients and plenty of fresh herbs. Black pepper is used as a source of heat (rather than chilli) and spices such as star anise and cardamom also feature.
If food is your thing, consider taking a food tour of Cambodia, where you'll visit markets, find out about local ingredients and learn to cook traditional dishes. Classic Cambodian dishes that you will no doubt sample on any Cambodian tour include:
- Nom Banh Chok – a rice noodle dish with a fish curry and accompaniments.
- Amok Trey – fish in a flavoursome steamed coconut mousse.
- Bok L'Hong – a green papaya salad.
- Kuy Teav – a popular rice noodle soup in pork broth.
- Bai Sach Chrouk – a breakfast dish of marinated barbecued pork.
Shopping in Cambodia
There are some wonderful not-for-profit organisations in Cambodia that work to help disadvantaged locals or to promote fair wages, training and fair work conditions. Spending money at shops, restaurants or vendors supporting these causes is a great way of giving back to the people of Cambodia.
If you are interested in purchasing something at a market while on a Cambodian tour, bargaining is common practice. Bargaining should always be done in a cheerful way and once a price is agreed upon, you must buy the item. Cambodian travel souvenirs and local hand-crafts include:
- Hand-woven Khmer silk.
- A Krama, the traditional Cambodian checked scarf.
- Original artworks.
- Wood carvings and stone carvings.
Cambodian Customs and Etiquette
When travelling to any country, it is important to respect local customs. As a general rule of thumb, if you are not sure what is appropriate, observe what locals are doing and modify your behaviour to suit.
The traditional Cambodian greeting is the 'Som Pas'. It is done by pressing palms together in front of you, fingers upwards, and nodding. Always return this greeting when it is given to you – but if a handshake is offered instead, shake hands. In Cambodia, smiling and laughing are important social cues and anger is considered something akin to disrespectful or embarrassing – so it is import to keep your attitude friendly. General guidelines for etiquette while you are on a tour of Cambodia include:
- Dress conservatively, with knees and shoulders covered.
- Remove shoes in houses and inside temples.
- Do not touch a person on the head or shoulder.
- Avoid public displays of affection or touching someone of the opposite sex.
- Women should not touch monks or hand anything to them.