Often stereotyped as a destination of temples, Cambodia has a lot more to offer to the newlyweds when it comes to exploring the country’s best attractions. The awe-inspiring architecture, mystical temples, dazzling nightlife, religion inspired art, vibrant culture, ancient relics, and the pristine beaches have played an important role in making Cambodia rank among the popular honeymoon hotspots in the world.
With so much to see and everywhere to be, here’s a complete guide for a Cambodia honeymoon that would let you explore the romantic side of the country without missing out on the best experiences.
Weather In Cambodia
Embedded in the Southeast region of Asia, Cambodia experiences a tropical climate with alternate wet and dry seasons:
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Northeast Monsoons: May to November marks the wet season when precipitation is at its peak. This is the time when Southwest monsoons prevail over the country bringing high amount of rainfall throughout the landmass.
Southwest Monsoons: December to April is the dry season when Northeast monsoons blow over the country. This is also the best time to visit Cambodia as rainfall is minimum, and weather is neither too cold nor too warm.
What Is The Best Time To Visit Cambodia?
The best time to visit Cambodia is during the dry season, i.e., winters. November to March comprise of the dry season as the Northeast monsoons prevail over the country. The weather is dry and sunny, and is apt for sightseeing, and outdoor activities.
What Is The Ideal Duration For A Cambodia Honeymoon?
More the days, better the experience in Cambodia. Even if you spend a couple of weeks which won’t feel enough still, the ideal duration for a perfect Cambodia honeymoon would be 7 days. Travelers can also book a customizable 7 days and 6 nights Cambodia honeymoon package which would lead them to relish the true essence of this charming destination.
Average Budget For Cambodia Honeymoon
The main features like accommodation, transfers, food, sightseeing, shopping, and miscellaneous expenses have been taken into consideration for calculating at an estimated budget for Cambodia honeymoon.
While it is just an estimate, a breakup of the budget per couple per day has been listed below:
Flights: INR 40,000 approx. (round trip per couple)
Avg. Accommodation: INR 3,000 to INR 4,000 (Standard room on double-sharing basis at a 3-star or a 4-star hotel)
Meals For Two: INR 2,000 to INR 3,000 (Lunch & Dinner)
Sightseeing: INR 1,500 to INR 2,000
Transfers: INR 1000 to INR 1,500
Miscellaneous: INR 2,500
Average Budget Per Couple Per Day: INR 10,000
- Flight rates have been excluded as the rates differ for travelers of different destinations.
- An average price has been included as far as accommodation is concerned.
- Also, the lower limit has been included to arrive at an average budget.
Packing Essentials For Cambodia Honeymoon
Bag packing is indeed one of the most monotonous yet essential part of a trip. One has to keep in mind, various aspects of the destination such as weather, culture, type of travel, and most importantly, the luggage allowance. So, here’s a brief list of the necessary items that couples must carry during their Cambodia honeymoon:
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First Things First
- Carry your passports and visa related documents in a safe bag.
- Carry copies of your airline tickets.
- Carry valid photo identification proofs and don’t forget your international driving license. (if you have one)
- Carry adequate amount of cash in various denominations as cards might not be accepted everywhere in Cambodia.
- Pack your mobile chargers, and power banks
- USB cables, and external storage devices
- Headphones, and earphones
- Portable Speakers
- Cambodian people are quite reserved when it comes to clothing and cover as much skin as possible.
- Therefore, wear appropriate clothes while going to a temple, or any sort of religious place.
- While visiting Cambodia in December, try to pack light cotton clothes as the weather is quite warm during this season.
Which Are The Best Honeymoon Places In Cambodia?
1. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
A 12th century temple complex, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Spread across an area of 162 hectares, this temple is the epitome of Khmer architecture, and is known as the heart and soul of Cambodia. Couples can visit this heritage building during their honeymoon in Cambodia to take blessings from the almighty for a prosperous journey in this new phase of life.
Location: Krong Siem Reap
Timings: 5 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: INR 2,400
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2. Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
One of the most popular honeymoon places in Cambodia, the Royal Palace, is a complex of majestic buildings, which once served as the residence of the king. With shimmering exteriors, ornate interiors, palatial halls, and serene surroundings, the Royal Palace is a must visit place during your Cambodia honeymoon.
Location: Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh
Timings: 8 am to 10 am and 2 pm to 5 pm
Entry Fee: INR 650
3. Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
Standing 27 meters above the ground, Wat Phnom is the tallest religious building in the city. This temple was built to house the relics of the Buddhist objects which were placed here by a woman during the 14th century. Located on a hilltop, amidst lush green surroundings, it is of of the most visited Cambodia honeymoon destinations.
Location: Phnom Penh
Timings: 8am to 6pm
Entry Fee: INR 65
4. Tonle Sap Lake
The largest lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap lake is known for its unique behaviour due to which it changes its size in every wet season. Due to this ecological wonder this lake has been protected under UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere programme. Include a visit to this lake in your Cambodia honeymoon itinerary to spend some quality time with your partner amidst quiet, and tranquil surroundings.
5. Long Set Beach, Koh Rong
Are you a beach baby? If yes, then head to the Long Set beach, at the southernmost cove of the Koh Rong island. Lay down on the beach beds for a soothing sun bath, take a stroll across the pristine white sand beach, or relax in some of the most luxurious Cambodia honeymoon resorts for an intimate experience during your trip.
Location: Community Way, Krong Preah Sihanouk
Which Are The Best Things To Do During A Cambodia Honeymoon?
1. Visit The Phnom Kulen National Park
Embark on a nature tour to the Phnom Kulen National Park to witness the natural bounties of the country during your Cambodia honeymoon trip. Situated on the sacred Kulen mountain, this national park is a popular tourist attraction which boasts of an enormous waterfall, enticing ‘Valley of Lingas’,and an Elephant pond.
Location: Phnom Kulen National Park, Siem Reap Province
Timings: 7 am to 7 pm
Entry Fee: INR 1,300
2. Shop Till You Drop At Cambodia’s Bustling Markets
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Treat your spouse with an exhilarating shopping experience during your Cambodia honeymoon. With bustling local markets, low-cost items, excessive bargaining, and a plethora of shopping options, Cambodia is heaven for shopping freaks.
Famous Shopping Places In Cambodia: Orussey Market, Kandal Market, Sorya Center Point, Central Mall, and Aeon Mall
3. Enjoy The Dazzling Nightlife In Sihanouk
Wear your dancing shoes while you visit the beach city of Sihanouk during your Cambodia honeymoon tour to relish its vibrant nightlife. Sihanouk is studded with numerous nightclubs, and bars which host booming night parties, and beach parties where couples can grab a drink or two, and dance to the exploding music beats.
Popular Party Places In Sihanouk: Utopia, Monkey Republic, Jack & Daniels Bar, and Maybe Later are some of the most famous party places in Sihanouk
4. Quench Your Thirst For Adventure With Thrilling Watersports
Another popular activity that couples favour during their Cambodia honeymoon is island hopping. Couples can indulge in numerous watersports such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, deep sea fishing, and scuba diving. These activities allow couples to witness the rich aquatic life in Cambodia.
Tip: Otres Beach, Serendipity Beach, Quencho Palm Beach, and Koh Rong Island, are the top places where honeymooners can indulge in a plethora of watersport activities
5. Relish A Relaxing Spa Session
Do away with your fatigue, and aches by indulging in a couple spa session during your Cambodia honeymoon. Choose from a variety of therapies such as hydrotherapy, ayurveda, herbal spa, and a wide range of traditional Khmer spas.
Famous Spa Centres In Cambodia: Oriental Spa, Amara Spa, Gala Spa & Massage Centre, and Seeing Hands Massage Centre are some of the most popular spa centres in Cambodia
What Are The Must Experiences During A Cambodia Honeymoon?
1. Romantic Cruise Dinner On Mekong River
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One of the best things to do in Cambodia is to relish a scrumptious dinner on a cruise while sailing over the Mekong river. Therefore, do not forget to treat your spouse with an intimate dinner date during your Cambodia honeymoon and enjoy a romantic night with with your better half.
Average Price For Two(Without Alcohol): Starts from INR 2,000
Duration: 2 hours
2. Spectate An Apsara Dance Performance
Visit a hotel or a restaurant that hosts cultural performances, to witness a spectacular Apsara dance performance. Your Cambodia honeymoon trip is incomplete without this spectacular dance performance where a number of women, wearing silk sarees, put up an awe-inspiring act in which every dance step has a meaning attached to it.
3. Visit Phare – The Cambodian Circus
Witness an astonishing acrobatic stunts, and various awe-inspiring acts such as Sokha, Eclipse, influence Khmer Metal, Preu, Tchamlaek, and Phsong Preng, during your Cambodia honeymoon tour. These acts reflect the amount of young talent in Cambodia on an international platform.
Location: Phare Circus Ring Road, Siem Reap
Timings: 8 am to 10 pm
Entry Fee: INR 1,200 to INR 3,900 (approx.)
Which Are The Best Cambodia Honeymoon Resorts?
1. Phum Baitang Resort
Located in the green village of Phum Baitang, this resort is a 5 star property run by Zannier chain of hotels. With lush green surroundings, pool villas, intimate setting, and traditional Khmer architecture, Phum Baitang is one of the most romantic Cambodia honeymoon resorts.
2. Shinta Mani Shack
Located in close proximity to the Royal Palace, the Shinta Mani Shack is a 4 star hotel that is blanketed by lush green gardens. It is one of the best Cambodia romantic resorts that not only offer luxurious rooms but other facilities such as swimming pool, spa, restaurants, and a bar as well.
3. Anise Villa Boutique Hotel
Anise Villa Boutique hotel is the best pick for honeymooner who are looking for budget hotels during their Cambodia honeymoon. This boutique hotel treats luxury as a necessity and provides opulent rooms along with numerous services such as a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, gymnasium, and a private art collection, that ensure a memorable stay during your honeymoon.
Which Are The Best Places To Eat During A Cambodia Honeymoon?
1. Romdeng Restaurant
Head to Romdeng Restaurant in Phnom Penh during your Cambodia honeymoon trip to savour the taste of authentic Cambodian cuisine. Dine out in a colonial type environment with lush green surroundings, and a shimmering pool to add to the intimacy of your dinner date with your partner.
Must Try: Fish Amok, and Pomelo Salad
2. Nest Restaurant & Bar
Considered as one of the most romantic restaurants in Cambodia, the Nest restaurant offers an exceedingly intimate dining experience to the newlyweds. It offers an extensive menu with numerous ip smacking cuisines such as Japanese, Chinese, Californian, Khmer, and Australian, amidst a laid back setting which make it a must visit during your Cambodia honeymoon.
Must Try: Steam Fish Fillet, and Pork Chop
3. Viroth’s Restaurant
Known for creating intimacy in their ambience, the Viroth’s Restaurant is one of the hot picks for fine dining during a Cambodia honeymoon. The romantic lighting, light music, elegant furnishings, and separated tables add to a blissful dinner to make it even more romantic.
Must Try: Spicy Chicken, and Chicken Lemon Grass
Getting Around Cambodia
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Cambodia has an extensive local transport system with variety of options via road as well as through sea. Remork moto (tuk tuk), bus, taxi, shared cabs, Rotei Ses (carriage), and Outboards (water taxis) are some of the most convenient local transports to get around during your Cambodia honeymoon.
How To Reach Cambodia
The best ways to reach Cambodia from neighboring cities and nearby countries is via flights, by road and by sea.
By Air: Flights are the best means of transport to reach Cambodia. The Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap International airports are well connected to all major countries of the world.
By Road: Cambodia is well connected by road to countries like Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Traveling by bus is the best means of road transport to reach Cambodia from these countries.
By Sea: Honeymooners can also opt to travel by sea route from Vietnam to Cambodia, and enjoy a romantic sail on azure ocean waters during their journey.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cambodia
Q: Which are the most famous local dishes that one must try during a Cambodia honeymoon?
A: Amok, Hu Tieu, Amok Trey, Samlor Kako, Samlar Machu, and Ansom Chek are some of the best dishes that one must try during their Cambodia honeymoon.
Q: What is the currency of Cambodia?
A: Cambodian Riel is the official currency of Cambodia. One Indian Rupee is equivalent to 62.64 Riels, and the exchange rate keeps fluctuating every now and then.
Q: Which are the popular things to buy in Cambodia?
A: Textiles, silks, handicrafts, antiques, rice paper prints, weaved baskets, and cotton t-shirts are some of the most popular things that one must shop for, during their Cambodia honeymoon.
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