Do you want to spend your vacation in a warm exotic country? Find out tourist reviews about holidays in Cambodia. We talk about the weather, the best beaches, Khmer cuisine, prices. Tourist reviews of beach holidays.
The territory of Cambodia is located in a sub-equatorial climate zone, and summer reigns here all year round. The air and sea water temperature is +28…+30 ° C and almost does not change during the year. Southeast Asia is greatly influenced by the monsoon, so there are two different seasons.
According to the reviews of tourists, most come to rest in Cambodia from November to February, when it does not rain. In the dry season, the difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures reaches 5-7 ° C, there is no suffocating heat and strong storms.
The situation has been changing since March. The night temperature rises to +26…+27 ° C, and the number of rainy days increases to five per month. At the end of April and in May comes the hottest time of the year. The air temperature in the daytime rises to +33…34 ° C. Sometimes it gets hotter.
The intense heat begins at 8:00 am. In addition, due to the monsoon, the humidity is high, and it becomes harder to breathe. It rains regularly, but mostly at night. Such weather is difficult for young children, the elderly, asthmatics and those who suffer from heart and respiratory diseases.
In June, the heat decreases slightly, but at the end of July, the main rainy season begins. It lasts until the end of October – beginning of November. Powerful tropical downpours and light rains come every day. There are floods in Cambodia in September and October. In the low season, few tourists come, and the hotels are half-empty.
For a holiday in Cambodia by the sea, many choose the city of Sihanoukville, or in Khmer Kampongsaom. This is a popular seaside resort with a developed tourist infrastructure on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand. There are clubs, cafes, restaurants, massage parlors, bookstores and diving centers in Sihanoukville.
There are several good sandy beaches in the city, between which it is convenient to travel by bike or tuk-tuk. The northernmost one is located near the port, at the foot of Victory Hill. From the south, behind the stone ridge stretches Victory Beach. It is popular with the Khmers themselves. Further south are the beaches of Independence, Sokha, Serendipity, Ochutel and Otres. All of them are well equipped for a beach holiday, covered with fine sand and have a gentle entrance to the water.
Nature lovers love Koh Rong Island, whose coastline is covered with excellent sandy beaches for almost 50 km. The neighboring island of Koh Rong Samloem is also interesting. Thanks to the coral reefs there are ideal conditions for lovers of snorkeling and scuba diving.
Some tourists prefer the beaches of the small town of Kep to the inhabited Sihanoukville, which was previously used by the French as a seaside resort. Ko Tonsai, or “Rabbit Island”, is located 25 km from Kep. Come to these places and you will be able to combine a pleasant beach holiday with tasting delicious fish dishes and crabs.
It’s not a bad idea to swim in the sea one day and see the protected area. To the east of Sihanoukville lies the Ream National Park. It covers 210 sq. km and covers jungles, mangroves and excellent wild beaches. The most beautiful of them are located on the uninhabited island of Koh Tmei.
What everyone praises is Cambodian cuisine. Unlike Thai or Vietnamese cuisine, Cambodians do not put a lot of spices and pepper in their food. They like to eat fresh greens, rice and meat. Chicken is usually served in restaurants, but it is not uncommon to see crocodile and turtle dishes on the menu.
At sea resorts, try delicious cooked fish and seafood. Taste Khmer salads and soups. According to reviews, on vacation in Cambodia, tourists prefer to eat bai sach chrok – rice with pork, kitevu – a dish on meat broth with noodles, lime and pepper, and amok – fish mousse in coconut curry. Many vacationers noted the good quality of local beer, palm and rice wines.
Where to go during your vacation in Cambodia? Almost all tourists visit Angkor Wat. This is a giant temple complex, which occupies an area of 200 sq. km. It is difficult to realize the scale of the grandiose buildings even today, when the temple has long been open for excursions and almost completely cleared of the advancing jungle. It is better to take not one, but at least three days to Angkor Wat. During this time, you will visit the largest temples and visit the main statues.
A very interesting trip to Phnom Penh. This is the old capital of Cambodia, whose age has exceeded six centuries. The city is home to more than 1 million 300 thousand people, and the population is slowly growing. Phnom Penh is famous for its temples and monasteries. Here is the Royal Palace, which is visited as part of an excursion group.