As the Lonely Planet puts it, "In Cambodia, ancient and modern worlds collide to create an authentic adventure." If you are a gap year traveler looking forward to walking on the trails of history and discover the ruins of the popular UNESCO Heritage Site at Siem Reap, then you can't miss exploring Cambodia. One of the most popular backpacking destinations, this country is preferred by all kinds of travelers, and as a result, the number of footfall is increasing every year. And if you've been thinking that it's just about the ruins of the Khmer Dynasty, then you are absolutely wrong! Cambodia has beautiful beaches, pristine villages, vibrant nightlife and meaningful volunteering options that can make your journey even more memorable.
Looking forward to spend your Gap Year abroad? How about Cambodia? If you have always thought that the ruins of Angkor are the only things to see in Cambodia, then you are totally wrong! Being one of the most popular backpacking destinations in the world, this country welcomes millions of travelers every year, from all across the world. Slowly stepping out of the terrible regime of Pol Pot and a dark past, Cambodia's tourism scene is still on a stage of development and you'll surely land up at some of the virgin places during your trip. Undoubtedly, Angkor forms the heart of the country, but the jungles, mountains, forests, and beaches are no less beautiful.
Walk down the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, take a boat ride down the fabled Mekong River and teach little kids at a rural school in Kampong Speu - each and every bit of your experience in Cambodia will change the way you look at life and turn you into a more humble person. Whether you are looking for a solo backpacking journey, a volunteering trip to Cambodia or a gap year program - GDA has the best and most affordable trips to offer, that'll stop you from breaking a bank. Check out the amazing destinations across Cambodia, choose the itinerary that suits you best and Go Discover Abroad!
Gap Year in Cambodia
Volunteering in Cambodia
When you get involved in a volunteering project, not only do you contribute effectively towards the developing society but you also evolve to be a better human being. You can teach the underprivileged kids at a rural school, and help them dream bigger. No matter how small your step might seem, remember that you are capable of making a big impact. Teaching English abroad during gap year has off late become quite popular and it'll help you to be a responsible traveler and boost your Resume as well.
Adventure Tours in Cambodia
In case you are looking forward to a budget-friendly adventurous trip, then you must head towards Southeast Asia and explore Cambodia. From its historical past to beautiful beaches, lush green countrysides and amazing nightlife - there's nothing in Cambodia that you won't like! Rent a bicycle and explore the ruins of Angkor, go for kayaking on the Mekong wetlands, or hike up the hills in Northern parts of the country. Club your backpacking trip to Cambodia with that of Thailand and Vietnam, and experience the best that this region has to offer.
All travelers and volunteers will need a valid Visa for entering the country. A 30-day Tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival. The fee is usually US$25 and you can extend your visa when you are in Cambodia. You can also apply for an E-Visa before going to Cambodia. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.
It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
Being a backpackers' hub, Cambodia is a safe country to travel and explore. You'll meet several other solo travelers during your journey. The accommodation will be provided at a safe location, and you'll have 24/7 assistance from our coordinator. However, we would suggest you not to hang out with strangers until late night, and be with your fellow travelers in case you are heading out somewhere.
You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Cambodia, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. If you are traveling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever Virus (YFV) transmission, you are required to show proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.
There's something or the happening throughout the year, and each festival in the country has its own charm. The main festivals are Khmer New Year (mid-April), Pchum Ben (September), Angkor Festival (November or December), King Sihanouk's Birthday Celebration (October 31), Water festival (October or November) etc. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.
You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $40 - $50 for each day.
Cambodia, like every other Southeast Asian country, has a tropical climate. The weather is usually hot and humid. Warm to hot months extends from May to November when you'll be needing comfortable and light clothing. Carry shirts, t-shirts, and jeans as it would be the best to wear! The monsoon sets in the month of December, lowering the temperature to nearly 22 degrees to 25 degrees Centigrade. You can carry an umbrella or raincoat if you wish to. It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Cambodia!
Khmer is the official language of Cambodia and it's spoken by the majority of the natives. However, a huge population speaks French or Mandarin, as well as in English. If you move further towards the Eastern part of the country, you'll find people in the rural areas speaking Vietnamese. Your coordinator will be well versed in English, so you need not worry about language barrier!