Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia brimming with beauty. From breathtakingly beautiful national parks to historic sites such as Angkor Wat and interesting cities, Cambodia has something for everyone. Cambodia is also an ideal destination for lovers of an active holiday (think hiking or walking). A visa is required for a trip to Cambodia, which fortunately can be easily applied for online.
Rural areas and unspoilt nature
Although Cambodia is mainly known for historical sites such as Angkor Wat, it is a country that is also worth visiting for many other reasons. Cambodia is still a largely unspoiled country, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature and discover many of its wonders. During a hiking holiday in Cambodia, it is also possible to come into contact with the local population, which can be a fun and interesting experience. Those who prefer to explore a part of the country that is still very authentic and where nature is still untouched should visit Mondulkiri Province. This province is located in the east of the country, far from the capital Phnom Penh and the famous Angkor Wat, so it is not very touristy yet. It is both the largest and the least populated province of Cambodia. There are many hiking trails in this province, for example through the jungle, along beautiful waterfalls and rivers.
Of course, a hiking holiday does not mean that you cannot also explore the national parks; quite the contrary. Cambodia has several national parks, of which Bokum Sakor Nation Park is the largest. A national park that is not too far from the aforementioned Mondulkiri province and is equally suitable for those who want to enjoy unspoilt nature is Virachey National Park.
Those who want to experience both the hustle and bustle of the capital and the tranquillity of nature can easily do so by combining a stay in Phnom Penh with a visit to the Kirirom National Park. This national park is only 112 km from the capital and has a large number of hiking trails. Another national park not too far from the capital and Kirirom National Park is Kep National Park. This park encompasses a small mountain range with trails that offer stunning views of Phu Quoc and is therefore very popular with tourists.
Other national parks in Cambodia worth visiting are Botum Sakor, Ream and Preah Monivong. As the validity of the Cambodia visa allows for a maximum stay of 30 consecutive days, it is quite possible to visit several national parks.
Cambodia also has a lot to offer for lovers of history. The country has a large number of beautiful temples. Of course, a visit to the world-famous temple complex Angkor Wat is a must, but other temples also offer opportunities for a beautiful walk. Immerse yourself in history while walking between the temples. Apart from Angkor Wat, many other temples can be visited during a trip to Cambodia, such as Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, Bayon, Angkor Thom, Pre Rup, Banteay Srei or Phnom Krom, to name but a few.
Trip to Cambodia: Getting the right visa
Most travellers to Cambodia need a visa to enter the country. It doesn’t matter whether you are travelling for a short stay in the capital, a visit to temples or national parks, or for an active walking holiday. Fortunately, the Cambodia visa can be applied for quickly and easily online in most cases. It is not necessary to go to the embassy or consulate as the application procedure is done entirely online. All you need to do is fill in the online application form, check your details, make the payment and provide the necessary documents (photo and passport scan). After the visa for Cambodia has been granted, the applicant will receive the document by email. Only travellers who do not meet the requirements of the online visa application form or who wish to stay in the country for more than 30 days need to make an appointment at the Cambodian consulate or embassy to apply for a visa there.