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| Updated on Aug 26, 2016

The Motorcycle Diaries : Undiscovered Cambodia

Eclectic and colorful, Cambodia has become a highly popular destination in the last decade. Its very wide range of landscapes - from lush jungles spotted with magnificent temple ruins to pristine white beaches and vibrant social scenes- make Cambodia one country to return too. Dynamic, positive and open minded, the cultural identity of the Cambodians is what captivates most visitors. This very unique and inspirational merge of culture and philosophy has encouraged the Cambodians to reinvent themselves once and again while keeping an optimistic perspective on the future. Although Cambodia is a modestly sized country for Asian standards, there is an overwhelming range of places that are worth a visit. The increasing improvements of the local road system during the last decade allows visitors to explore even the most remote sides of the country. However, moving through cambodia can still be a time consuming challenge that needs to be taken at a leisurely pace. Despite the almost exponential growth of tourism in the last five years, much of Cambodia remains undiscovered. Contrasting with the tourist crowds of the ruins of Angkor, the route we suggest starts at Stung Treng and finds its end at the floating villages of Kompong Chhnang. This short itinerary will explore some of the most beautiful landscapes of Cambodia, allowing visitors to fully enjoy their stay in the country.

  1. Located on the Eastern side of the country, Stung Treng is a rarely visited stretch of the Cambodian Mekong is filled with gracious dolphins, flooded forest and oniric landscapes, making this place one of the best hidden jewels of Cambodia.

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  1. Tbeng Meanchey is our next stop. Connected to Stung Treng by the new cross- country highway through Cambodia's northern backcountry to the remote provincial capital of Tbeng Meanchey.
  2. A visit to Banteay Chhmar, located in the North-Western part of the country provides an incredible mixture of jungle and temples. Ride the irregular road from Sisophon to the temples of Banteay Chhmar and enjoy the buried secrets of this remote region.
  3. Our route ends in the complex floating villages of Kompong Chhang, where the concept of life is intrinsically bonded to the water.

To visit Cambodia you are required to have a working tourist visa, which has a cost of US$35 and a passport valid for more than six months. For most nationalities, visas can be obtained upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International airports, but most tourist purchase online visas through the E-visa website. It is advisable to apply for your visa for Cambodia with a few weeks in advance in order to prevent potential delays in the application process.

If you are planning to travel to Cambodia for business, you are required to apply for a business visa.

In order to obtain a valid visa, both tourist and business travelers are required to have a passport sized photo and a passport valid for more than six months. All visas have a duration of 30 days and are valid for a period of three months from the issue date. Both tourist and business visas offer the possibility of extending your permit up to one year. If you wish to extend your stay in Cambodia, you must visit the Immigration Department of the National Police.

A departure tax is charged on all domestic and international flights, and ranges from US$6 to US$25 depending on the type of flight. For more information about visa permits and practical matters regarding your trip to Cambodia, please refer to the official Cambodian tourism website.

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