Preah Pithu T Monks in Siem Reap. By JJ Harrison ( (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Photography Tips for Travelers in Cambodia

Cambodia is a very photogenic country: spectacular temples that change personality with the shifting light of day, colonial architecture, river and lake vistas, forests and white sand beaches, and, most importantly, the country’s enigmatic and friendly people. Here are a few basic tips on how to get the best shots on your travels.

Blocky stone rubble in a temple corridor with vegetation creeping in.

Itinerary: The Khmer Empire in One Week

If you have a week in Siem Reap, you can see all the main temple sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park at your own pace and also take in a couple of the more remote and far less visited Khmer monuments.

The jagged tops of Angkor Wat's temples visible across from and reflected in water.

Discover Angkor Wat

True marvels to behold, the temple ruins of Angkor have put Cambodia on the map and attract more than two million foreign visitors a year. Add the bustling markets and lively bars in the capital Phnom Penh, the quiet streets of Battambang, and the only just recently accessible forest temples away from the main highways, and a journey to Angkor Wat is an adventure, an experience, a moment in time.

A woman on a bicycle pedals through an intersection in front of a building with banner lettering reading The Warehouse.

Plan a Trip to Cambodia: Where and When to Go

Expert author Tom Vater presents an overview of the places you won’t want to miss on your travels to Cambodia, from the temples around Angkor in the south, the magnificent ruins of the Khmer Empire, located predominantly in the northwest of the country, plus information on when to make the trip.

Moon Angkor Wat

This full-color guidebook includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning. A group of young monks, their robes a luminous orange, cross the causeway. A stone’s throw away, rice paddies and golden temple roofs of Angkor shimmer in the morning sun. Monkeys swing from the trees and elephants stand in the shade […]

Dancers in matching white tops and red skirts hold colorful parasols as they perform.

Happy New Year, Cambodia Style

Choul Chnam, the Khmer New Year, celebrates the beginning of the Buddhist religion. For three days in mid-April, thousands of Cambodians head for the Angkor temples to celebrate, picnic, and sight-see. Learn more about the holiday and how it’s celebrated.

Chedis made of sand and small model boats in front of Wat Atui, an active Khmer temple next to the ruins of a small Angkor era temple, which stands in a village between Siem Reap and Phnom Krom.

Chaul Chnam Thmey: Happy New Year in Cambodia

In many places around the world, December is a month filled with holiday celebration. In Cambodia, a predominantly Buddhist nation, the New Year is celebrated in April (right in the middle of the hot season) and is the most important spiritual and social event of the year. Author Tom Vater discusses how the holiday is celebrated.

Author Tom Vater at the Angkor Archaeological Park at dusk.

Encountering the Khmer Smile in Angkor Wat

Tom Vater believes a “trip of a lifetime” need not be a trip to the end of the world, but it does perhaps need to be a trip that will linger in the memory long after one has returned home. For him, the very first time he visited Angkor Wat was such a trip, and he shares the moment that made him fall in love with Cambodia.