How to Spend 15 Days in Cambodia? Planning Tips & Suggested Itineraries

Cambodia, a land of profound contrasts, offers everything from the majestic Angkor Wat to a haunting yet compelling history, lush green mangroves, and pristine beaches. If you’re planning to spend 15 days in Cambodia, we have crafted a detailed itinerary complete with essential travel tips and how to allocate the time during your trip.

To kick things off, we’ll outline crucial information to consider before you book your trip. This guide will walk you through a comprehensive 15-day itinerary in Cambodia, providing suggestions for accommodations and eateries, and even includes an extra day’s worth of activities we wish we could have squeezed in.

Things to Know Before Visiting Cambodia

Visa Requirements

Cambodia visa

Cambodia visa

For most travelers heading to Cambodia, acquiring a tourist (T) visa is essential. This visa, costing USD 36, is valid for 30 days and is required for visitors from countries including Australia, the UK, Canada, South Africa, the USA, and Ireland. It’s important to carefully note your entry and exit dates to avoid the consequences of overstaying.

However, citizens from several ASEAN countries, such as Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, and Myanmar, can enter Cambodia without a tourist visa for periods ranging from 21 to 30 days, depending on their nationality. This means if you’re visiting from these countries and your stay is under the visa-free limit, such as 6 days, you do not need to apply for a visa.

There are a few options for you to obtain a Cambodia visa:

  • E-Visa: Apply online before your trip. The process is straightforward, and approval usually takes about 3 days.
  • Embassy or Consulate: You can also apply for a visa at a Cambodian embassy or consulate before arriving in Cambodia.
  • Visa on Arrival: Many visitors obtain their visa upon arrival at international airports in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, or Siem Reap. Visas can also be issued at land border crossings from Thailand, Vietnam, or Laos, though it’s recommended to confirm visa availability at your specific entry point in advance.

Travelers from countries such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Nigeria need to apply for a visa through the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia in their home country before traveling.

Since visa regulations can frequently change, always check the most current information before your journey to ensure a smooth trip.

Transportation in Cambodia

A tuk tuk in Cambodia

A tuk-tuk in Cambodia

  • By Air: Traveling by air within Cambodia is quite straightforward, with several budget airlines offering routes between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Air Asia is often a favored choice.
  • By Land: When it comes to overland travel, comfort and luxury are limited. Budget travelers can book minivans and overnight buses on online platforms. However, for a better travel experience, we highly recommend you book a private car with us. Check here for what you will enjoy with this service.
  • By Sea: If you plan to visit the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, sea travel is essential. You will need to head to Sihanoukville to catch a ferry to these islands.

Communication in Cambodia

Internet coverage in Cambodia is quite reliable, and obtaining a SIM card is straightforward. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you can easily pick up SIM cards right outside the arrivals terminal. After researching which network provider would suit your needs best, we advise you to buy the SMART due to its positive reviews and choose their tourist SIM package, which costs $5 for 35GB over 15 days. We recommend purchasing a SIM card at the airport upon arrival; it’s convenient and allows you to start exploring immediately without the hassle of finding a SIM card later.

Best Time to Visit Cambodia

Cambodia weather

Cambodia weather

For optimal weather conditions, the dry season from November to February is recommended. During this time, Cambodia experiences cool breezes and little rainfall, creating ideal conditions for visiting the iconic Angkor Wat temples, strolling through vibrant markets, and relaxing on beautiful beaches. The clear skies and moderate temperatures make it a great time for outdoor activities and cultural explorations.

If you prefer to avoid large crowds, the transitional months of October and early November or late February through March are advisable. These months strike a balance between enjoyable weather and fewer tourists, providing a better opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Cambodia’s historical sites and natural landscapes without the usual crowds.

For those traveling on a budget, the rainy season, lasting from May to early October, offers advantages such as lower prices and fewer visitors. Although this season is characterized by frequent rainfall, the showers are typically brief and can offer a cooling break from the heat. During this period, accommodations and tour prices tend to drop, and the lush, vibrant scenery offers a unique view of Cambodia’s natural charm. The rainforests are teeming with life, and the waterfalls, fuller and more powerful, offer spectacular sights for the adventurous traveler.

Cambodia Currency

The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian riel. However, due to the country’s high level of dollarization (about 90%), there’s little need to worry about obtaining riel upon arrival. You are required to pay for your visa in US dollars. It’s common for many businesses and shops to list prices in dollars and accept dollars for payments.

How to Allocate Your 15 Days in Cambodia

2 – 3 Days in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is a city marked by its resilience through the devastating effects of war and revolution.

It’s imperative to dedicate time to understanding Cambodia’s tragic past under the Khmer Rouge regime when in Phnom Penh. Visits to Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) and S-21 Prison are crucial to grasp the severity of these events.

If you visit Cambodia in October or November, don’t miss out on the chance to experience the Water Festival. This festival, marking the reversal of the Tonle Sap River’s flow, aligns with the lunar Mid-Autumn Festival and Thailand’s Loi Krathong. Visiting during the festival means adjusting opening hours for some attractions, so it’s wise to check public holiday schedules before planning your trip.

Where to Stay in Phnom Penh:

  • Budget: Onederz Phnom Penh
  • Mid-Range: Sarina Boutique Hotel
  • Luxury: Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort

3 Days in Siem Reap

Colorful Night Market in Siem Reap

Colorful Night Market in Siem Reap

Siem Reap serves as the primary access point to the renowned Angkor temples, making it an ideal location for those eager to witness the sunrise over the mesmerizing Angkor Wat. Whether you’re backpacking or on a holiday in Cambodia, visiting Angkor Wat is likely a priority. Apart from Angkor tours, Siem Reap is known for its vibrant Pub Street and charming French-style shophouses – a must-visit destination for any travelers visiting Cambodia.

Where to Stay in Siem Reap:

  • Budget: Lub D Siem Reap or The Twizt – Lifestyle Hostel
  • Mid-Range: Phka Chan Hotel
  • Luxury: Viroth’s Hotel

>>> You may also like: 3 Days in Siem Reap: A Complete Guide to Backpacking in Siem Reap, Cambodia

3 Days in Kampot

Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot is a captivating destination renowned for its scenic beauty and laid-back atmosphere. Nestled along a picturesque river, Kampot is famous for its colonial architecture and vibrant pepper farms, which produce some of the world’s best pepper. The town serves as a gateway to the Bokor National Park, where visitors can explore abandoned French colonial buildings and enjoy stunning views of the lush countryside.

Kampot’s riverside setting is perfect for leisurely boat trips or kayaking, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle.

Where to Stay in Kampot:

  • Budget: Banyan Tree Hostel
  • Mid-Range: Sabay Beach
  • Luxury: Hotel Five.S

2 – 3 Days in Battambang



Battambang, Cambodia’s second-largest city, is a treasure trove of cultural and historical riches that often goes unnoticed by tourists. Known for its well-preserved French colonial architecture and ancient temples like Wat Banan and Wat Ek Phnom, Battambang offers a glimpse into Cambodia’s past. The city is not only about historic sites; it’s also a hub for contemporary art, with numerous galleries and an active arts scene. The nearby countryside reveals scenic rice paddies and traditional villages, ideal for bicycle tours. Additionally, Battambang is famous for its Bamboo Train, providing a unique and thrilling ride through picturesque landscapes.

Where to Stay in Battambang:

  • Budget: Lucky Hostel
  • Mid-Range: Moloppor Villa
  • Splashing the Cash: Battambang Resort

3 Days in Koh Rong

Family relax in Koh Rong, Cambodia

Family relax in Koh Rong, Cambodia

Koh Rong is a worthwhile destination if you’re looking for a beautiful tropical getaway. This island is famous for its stunning sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs, making it a perfect destination for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

Apart from its breathtaking natural beauty, Koh Rong offers a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. At night, bioluminescent plankton light up the shores, creating a magical and unforgettable experience.

Where to Stay in Koh Rong:

  • Budget: Coconut Beach Bungalows
  • Mid-Range: Bunnan Bungalows and Restaurant
  • Luxury: Tamu Koh Rong

Suggested Itineraries for 15 Days in Cambodia

With 15 days in Cambodia, you can discover throughout the country, and check out both popular and untouched tourist destinations. You can also extend your trip to a nearby country, such as Vietnam or Thailand for a more rounded Southeast Asia experience.

Below are some suggested itineraries for your Cambodia 15 days trip:

Itinerary 1: Highlights of Cambodia in 15 Days

Highlights of Cambodia in 15 days

Highlights of Cambodia in 15 days

Day 1 – Arrive in Siem Reap.
Day 2 – Angkor Thom City Tour: Check out the Bayon Temple, Baphoun, the Terrace of the Leper King, and the Terrace of the Elephants.
Day 3 – Angkor Temples & Siem Reap Countryside: Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and the small village of Kouk Thnout.
Day 4 – Angkor Wat & Apopo Visitor Center: Discover the largest religious building in the world and learn how the rats can help to detect landmines. If time permits, you will see a performance off Phare.
Day 5 – Transfer to Battambang. Experience the city’s Bamboo Train in the afternoon.
Day 6 – Battambang Countryside Tour: Ride a bike through the countryside and visit famous tourist attractions like Phnom Sampeau and the Killing Caves.
Day 7 – Transfer to Phnom Penh.
Day 8 – Phnom Penh City Tour: Visit the Choeung Ek Killing Fields, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the National Museum, and the Royal Palace.
Day 9 – Transfer to Botum Sakor National Park: Stop at the Trapeang Rung village for a 40-minute boat ride.
Day 10 – Walking tour in the park: Watch the wildlife like gibbons, hornbills, macaques, etc.
Day 11 – Khmer Cooking Class and Jungle Trekking: Experience a boat ride along the Preak Tachan River and hike the jungle to see the wildlife. End with a cooking class at sunset.
Day 12 – Transfer to Cardamom Mountains: Check in to a floating bungalow on the Tatai River and explore the majestic landscapes.
Day 13 – Tatai River Boat Trip: Discover the untouched jungles and tranquil rivers in the backdrop of mountains.
Day 14 – Back to Phnom Penh.
Day 15 – Depart Phnom Penh. End of 2 weeks in Cambodia.

>>> If you are interested in this tour program, please check out our Amazing Cambodia in 15 Days tour.

Itinerary 2: 15 Days in Cambodia and Thailand

If you think that 15 days in Cambodia is too much, consider extending your trip to Thailand – a beautiful neighboring country renowned for its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes. Explore the bustling streets of Bangkok, relax on the idyllic islands of Phuket or Koh Samui, and immerse yourself in the historical splendor of Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai. With its renowned cuisine, friendly locals, and a wealth of attractions, Thailand provides an enriching extension to your Southeast Asian adventure.

15 Days in Cambodia and Thailand

Day 1 – Arrive in Siem Reap.
Day 2 – Angkor Thom Tour: Take a memorable walk to the South Gate, Bayon Temple, the Elephant Terrace, and Bakheng Temple.
Day 3 – Angkor Wat Tour: Check out Banteay Srei Temple, Ta Prohm Temple, and Ta Keo Temple.
Day 4 – Fly to Bangkok.
Day 5 – Bangkok City Tour: Check out the flower and vegetable market. Then, visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. In the afternoon, take a long-tail boat trip along the Chao Phraya River.
Day 6 – Day Tour to Ayutthaya: Admire the most impressive ruins of Ayutthaya Historical Park.
Day 7 – Fly to Chiang Mai.
Day 8 – Chiang Mai City Tour: Discover Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – the symbol of Chiang Mai, and the mountains of Doi Suthep Pui National Park.
Day 9 – Baan Chang Elephant Park Tour: See the elephants, experience a jungle trek, and enjoy a bamboo raft trip.
Day 10 – Transfer to Chiang Rai: Stop at the Hot Springs at Maekajan & continue to explore the Golden Triangle.
Day 11 – Fly to Phuket.
Day 12 – Day Tour to Phi Phi Islands: Explore Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Lay by speed boat. Have lunch at a beachside restaurant.
Day 13 – Phuket City Tour: Drive along beautiful beaches to Karon Viewpoint, Wat Chalong, Phuket Old Town, etc.
Day 14 – Free day in Phuket.
Day 15 – Depart Phuket.

>>> Click here for the comprehensive itinerary of this tour program. Or, refer to our well-planned Thailand – Cambodia tours for similar tours.

Itinerary 3: Ideal Destinations in Vietnam and Cambodia in 15 Days

If Thailand is not your favorite destination, consider Vietnam – a country rich in cultural tapestry and stunning landscapes. From the vibrant street life and colonial architecture of Hanoi to the modern dynamism of Ho Chi Minh City, from the serene waters of Ha Long Bay to the terraced rice fields of Sapa, Vietnam has proved to be a land of diverse experiences waiting to be discovered.

Ideal Destinations in Vietnam and Cambodia in 15 Days

Day 1 – Arrive in Hanoi.
Day 2 – Hanoi City Tour: Check out Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Templer of Literature, and Dong Xuan Market. End your day with a water puppet show.
Day 3 – Transfer to Ha Long Bay: Embark on a 2-day 1-night cruise. Start your journey to discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vietnam.
Day 4 – Transfer back to Hanoi & Fly to Hue.
Day 5 – Hue City Tour: Visit the Royal Citadel, Khai Dinh Tomb, and Dong Ba Market, and take a boat ride along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda.
Day 6 – Transfer to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach.
Day 7 – Hoi An Walking Tour & Fly to Nha Trang: Visit the Japanese-covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old House, Cantonese Assembly Hall, etc.
Day 8 – Free day in Nha Trang.
Day 9 – Free day in Nha Trang.
Day 10 – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City & Half-day City Tour: Explore the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market.
Day 11 – Day tour to Mekong Delta: Discover a floating market in My Tho province.
Day 12 – Fly to Siem Reap.
Day 13 – Siem Reap City Tour: Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat and explore Angkor Thom.
Day 14 – Transfer to Phnom Penh & Discover the City: Check out the Tuol Sleng Museum, Choeung Ek Killing Field, etc.
Day 15 – Depart Phnom Penh.

>>> For the detailed program of this tour, please check our itinerary here.

Above are some tips to allocate your time as well as suggested itineraries for your 15 days in Cambodia. Plan to visit this country soon, don’t forget to check out our best Cambodia Tours for more travel ideas. Or, contact us right now to plan a tailor-made trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you wish to explore the country thoroughly, 15 days in Cambodia is not too long. This duration allows you to immerse yourself in its rich history, visit remote temples beyond Angkor Wat, and relax in its beautiful coastal towns. It also provides ample time to experience the cultural depth and scenic beauty of Cambodia without feeling rushed.

Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries to visit in Southeast Asia, a perfect destination for backpackers.

April, May, September, and October are the cheapest months to visit Cambodia. Due to lower demands, the prices for international flights, accommodation & activities in Cambodia, etc. are reduced.

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