It’s tenting season and it’s cool in Cambodia


November and December are the best times for camping in Cambodia. It’s neither too muggy nor rainy, and the cool breeze and bright full moon will keep you refreshed all the time. If you’re a nature-loving person, you might prefer to travel somewhere else where you can bask under the wonders of not just five, but thousands of stars. But you’re just getting started as a camper, here’s our guide to a great camping trip in the UK.

Looking for the right tent

When you go on a camping trip to a tropical country like Cambodia, the first thing you need to do is pack a tent that is suitable for such a hot and humid climate. Choosing the wrong one can lead to a horrific experience, including waking up drenched in sweat or worse, losing what should have been a good night’s sleep outdoors.

We recommend the lightweight Mountainsmith Morrison 2-person tent, which has windows for excellent ventilation. It also has a comfortable and spacious interior and can withstand a range of weather conditions. For an even better experience, buy the high-quality and waterproof Marmot Tungsten 3-person tent with taped seams and a full-coverage rain canopy. Although this tent is more expensive, you will be sure to feel as comfortable as possible in nature.

You can order these tents through Amazon or buy them at local camping stores such as Decathlon Cambodia at AEON Mall Sen Sok and Cambodian Camping at 202 Street.

what to bring

While many may be tempted to pack as much as possible before a camping trip, this is far from ideal as hiking to your destination will surely be a tough proposition; Not to mention how it defeats the purpose of reconnecting with nature. You should stick to the minimalist concept and only bring what you need.

When camping, there are five must-haves: a sleeping bag, a picnic mat, a multi-tool set, a lantern and some essentials. Only after you have secured these should you start thinking about other things. When faced with options, choose the lighter one, or the smaller one, or the one that can serve multiple purposes.

For example, a smartphone can take the place of many devices—an MP3 player, a camera, a flashlight, a video game console, and so on. Of course, this still depends on your preferences. If you are a traveling musician, feel free to bring a guitar that can enliven and accompany these campfire songs.

The camping meals

When we think of the ideal campfire meal, we think of grilled meat. But can you imagine sitting by the fire and grilling meat for hours under the sweltering heat? For safety and convenience, stick to something quick and easy and limit use of your camp grill to at night or when the weather is relatively cooler.

Food can spoil easily in hot weather, so you need to be careful with the storage of your food by packing it in airtight, waterproof bags or containers and storing it in an insulated cooler. Also, cook your food to the right temperature (e.g. beef and chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Celsius).


We recommend long-sleeved shirts and trousers, which are perfect for both camping and hiking. They can help protect you from mosquitoes and other annoying insects. It is an advantage if your clothing is made of lightweight cotton as it will surely breathe and keep you cool. Jeans and tight clothing are to be avoided as the former may weigh you down when wet and not dry easily, while the latter may limit your movement.

Wear suitable and comfortable shoes because even something as small as a blister can easily become infected. It’s always a good idea to bring an extra pair of shoes. Oh, don’t forget to check your shoes before you put them on!

Health Precautions

When camping in a tropical region, you need to pay close attention to your well-being. Mosquitoes, ticks and other insects can be carriers of certain diseases. To prevent bites, apply insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging. Check for ticks daily and remove them promptly. Also, drink at least two liters of water daily when camping and add another 0.5 liters if consuming alcohol.

Fuel-burning appliances such as gas ranges, heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills can lead to dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide. Therefore, avoid using them in a tent, RV, or other enclosed accommodation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Know your limits and take steps to avoid injury while camping, especially by wearing protective gear. They are also never allowed to hike or swim alone.

Where to camp in Cambodia

Alright campers! Now that you have a rudimentary understanding of camping, it’s time to answer the most important question: where are you going? Here are some of our recommendations:

Cambodia has a lot to offer for campers. delivered

Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)

Koh Tonsay is a small piece of land off the coast of the town of Kep and is only accessible by boat. It’s the perfect hideaway to hide away from the busy city. The island is home to local fishermen and families who run the bungalows and restaurants. Here you can reconnect with nature while filling your belly with fresh seafood for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Virachey National Park in Ratanakiri Province

This is a great place to experience nature where you can get away from city life to the point where cell phone service isn’t even available. Trekking only with the official national park trekking provider, you can choose from kayaking, indigenous homestay, forest camping, community based ecotourism and so on and enjoy it.

Bokor Hill Station in Kampot

This distinctive landmark is famous for so many things; from the clouds swirling around the mountain offering cool weather at any time of the year, to Than Sour Bokor Resort with its luxurious accommodation, not to mention the stunning views that can be enjoyed from the mountaintop. Part of the hotel complex is a campsite with rental tents, which are very convenient if you don’t have time to buy your own.

Phnom Kulen National Park in Siem Reap

This is the most famous and popular campsite in Cambodia. The campsite is well suited for travelers who have a passion for trekking and camping and want to explore the jungle of the sacred temple complex of Phnom Kulen and Beng Mealea.

Khnong Phsar mountain

Khnong Phsar shares three provincial borders; Kampong Speu, Koh Kong and Pursat. Hikers from Phnom Penh usually visit Khnong Phsar via the Kampong Speu boarding point as it is the closest to the city. It tops the list of ecotourism destinations, as evidenced by the number of people who go camping there every weekend.

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