Cambodia has two international gateways for arrival by air via Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and a healthy selection of land border crossings with neighboring Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
For more details visit the official Cambodian airports website.
Siem Reap airport (From/To 8 countries): China, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
Phnom Penh airport (From/To 10 countries): China, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
Domestic links are currently limited to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Please check online concerning flights to Sihanoukville as this is not a regular route.
In Cambodia and in Laos the official religion is Theravada Buddhism and is practiced by almost 90% of the population.
The official language is Khmer while French has traditionally been the second language, particularly with older generations. Now, English has gained popularity and is widely spoken in the main cities. The situation is different in Laos as the national language is Lao Loum but the main tribes of Hmong and Khamu have their own dialects. English and French language are spoken only in tourist cities.
In order to break the language barrier, we provide on arrival a telephone so that travelers can join the Inspiration Cambodia team at any time until departure.
Cambodian Riel is the country’s official currency, although the US dollar is widely accepted in the Kingdom. Approximately 4000 riels = 1 USD.
ATM’s provide US currency (however in remote villages it is wise to take plenty of riel).
When visiting temples and pagodas, shoulders should be covered and pants or shorts’ length should be below the knees.
Present day Cambodia is a peaceful and welcoming country that has retained the style of its former French colony heritage and mixed it with indigenous cultural charm to completely redevelop itself and regain its proud title as ‘The Pearl of Asia’.
The past decade has seen a flourishing tourist industry with some three million visitors per year enjoying a full range of cultural and luxury travel experiences. And golf is proving to be an increasingly important part of that package.
Siem Reap is the golfing center of Cambodia. There are three international standard courses located in this friendly town. And with the magnificent temples of Angkor in close proximity, Cambodia is proving to be a ‘must visit’ destination.
• Angkor Golf Resort
• Phokeethra Country Club
• Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club
Phnom Penh is the second spot to practice your swing!
• Cambodia Golf & Country Club
• City Golf Cambodia
• Garden City Golf Club
• Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club
• Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh GC
Valid passports (with more than six months before expiration) are required for entry. Losing your passport can be a serious inconvenience. Keep a photograph or scan of your passport details in case you need a new one issued.
Inspiration Cambodia can arrange for your visa on arrival at Siem Reap Angkor City airport.
Most visitors require a one-month tourist visa and receive this on arrival at airports and at land borders. The cost is $30US and one passport-sized photo is required.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched e-Visa, which enables you to apply for a Cambodia tourist visa online. Instead of applying through the Cambodian Embassy, all you need to do is to complete the online application form and pay with your credit card ($35). After receiving your e-Visa through email, print it out and bring it along when you travel to Cambodia.
Please note that not all foreign passport holders can apply for a visa on arrival, therefore, they should check with the nearest Royal Embassy of Cambodia for the specific visa requirements for their countries. Do check if you are carrying an African, Asian or Middle Eastern passport as there are restrictions and conditions for citizens of some countries in these regions.
Citizens of listed countries do not require a visa to visit Cambodia: Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
All visitors entering Laos must possess valid passports. Visas can be obtained from Laos Embassies and Consulates abroad. In addition, visas can be obtained on arrival at the international checkpoint. Your passport must have at least 6 months of remaining validity and a blank page for a visa stamp. Don’t forget to take enough cash (US dollars) for the visa fee and two passport sized photos.
Validity starts from day of entry into Laos. Tourist/Business: 30 days (can be extended twice in Vientiane for 30 days). Visas must be used within three months of being issued.
Seven hours ahead of GMT.
The dry period runs from November to March, when the dusty northeast monsoon arrives in April. Blowing like a hair-dryer set to high, the northeast monsoon dries out the country very quickly. While November and January are quite cool (high 20º Celcius), by April the weather can be scorching and very dry. Characterised by heat and dust, this season coincides with Cambodia’s peak tourist season. Travelers arrive in their droves between November and January to take advantage of the lack of rain, sunny skies, and the relatively cooler months.
Cambodia’s beaches at Kep, Sihanoukville, and Ko Kong bask in brilliant sunshine with clear, calm waters. If you’re a beach person, dry season is the best time for you.
Book accommodations in advance during the peak Christmas and New Year period (International and Chinese).
The wet season comes courtesy of the southwest monsoon bringing with it 75% of Cambodia and Laos’ annual rainfall. However, the rainy days are usually just a few hours of heavy downpour and not an all-day rain. Do not be concerned too much by the season´s showers; it is a part of the tropical ambiance and our programs can be flexible with museum visits and spa treatments during the rain.
However, during this season Cambodia and Laos are also beautiful countries to travel around in. The roads are not dusty and the lush greenery of the country returns. Angkor Wat in particular can be stunning during the wet season — the murals have a more unique appearance and feel. As well, Luang Prabang offers a very special atmosphere as the Mekong River rises as much as 15 meters and unveils its impressive strength.
The temples of Angkor are an archaeological jewel and an amazing gateway to visit the Kingdom of Cambodia. But with lakes, rivers, mountains, national parks, wild seasides, virgin islands, quaint countrysides, colonial heritage and modern urbanism, this country is enticing for travel enthusiasts.
Combine your visit to Angkor with a fabulous relaxing program in one of our private villas, either on the beach near Kep or on a private island.
Contact us for more details about Songsaa private Island, Villa Romonea, Villa des Palmes, and Villa Saat.