Best VPN for Cambodia

VPN Cambodia

Cambodia is a land of beauty with its clear blue waters, white-sand beaches, and not forgetting to mention travelling by Tuk Tuk or if you’ve been to Cambodia you’ll know them better as a “Remorque”.

The place is a paradise.

But, Cambodia has had some internet censorship issues. It regularly blocks websites that are deemed as damaging to the government, even a national news website was blocked recently, something that I will be covering later in the article.

Along with censorship issues, the Cambodian government likes to monitor everything you do, say, and view online, which as a traveller or long term resident isn’t ideal.

To prevent this, you will need to use a VPN.

I’ve been travelling the length and breadth of Cambodia putting all the most well known and most recognised VPN apps through their paces.

From Siem Reap and even the temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm using a mobile network connection to hotels and restaurants Wi-Fi connections everywhere from Siem Reap, to Kampot and Battambang all the way down to Phnom Penh. I’ve been testing VPNs everywhere.

I’ve tested and researched all the leading VPN services and reduced this list down to the seven best options.

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN apps on multiple types of devices

When it comes to VPN services, I found ExpressVPN to be the cream of the crop. I found their service is perfect for those living in Cambodia and for anyone travelling through the country.

I ended up with a Cellcard sim from a local vendor and so used them as my mobile network while travelling throughout. ExpressVPN connected quick while on their cellular network and I didn’t have too much trouble with disconnections or other issues.

ExpressVPN have some of the fastest connections in the world, which means you won’t be plagued by slow speeds whether you’re in the city or more remote regions.

I found their servers located in Cambodia worked well but neighbouring countries like Thailand and Singapore also give you more censorship-free options.

ExpressVPN with Angkor beer

ExpressVPN works well even in the local eating stalls.

There are also servers in other nearby regions that you can connect to if you are looking for a connection that is outside of Cambodia’s jurisdiction such as Vietnam, India, Japan, and Australia to name but a few.

I found even when enjoying a few Angkor Beers at local stalls that the connection worked well using mobile data so you don’t need to restrict yourself to expensive restaurants or hotels.

ExpressVPN has dedicated apps that can be downloaded for most devices such as Android, Apple, Mac OS, iOS, Linux, Windows, Amazon Fire, and more. I made use of the ExpressVPN Android app mostly but also gave them a whirl on my laptop using the Windows app.

When it comes to your security and privacy, you can rest assured that ExpressVPN has your back. They have a proven no logs policy that has been fully audited, proving they keep no logs whatsoever. This means your data is safe and stays private.

On top of all of this, ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you aren’t fully satisfied with your experience, you can have your money back.

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2. CyberGhost VPN

Cyberghost Website

CyberGhost VPN is an excellent VPN provider for use in Cambodia that offers connection points in over 100 countries.

That is the largest on the market to date. The good news is they have servers in Cambodia. These are located in Phnom Penh but I found even when travelling north in Siem Reap the connection was fast and stable.

There are 23 servers located in Cambodia which gave me plenty of options for connection. However I did notice this has reduced from over 70 a few years ago.

With your subscription to CyberGhost VPN, you will be able to connect to 7 devices simultaneously, which is perfect for protecting all of your devices.

As I mostly made use of my phone and laptop in Cambodia this wasn’t an issue and even if you live there you’ll find this covers enough needs for all of your devices.

Along with a solid reputation and a 45-day money-back guarantee, you can rest assured you have made a good choice by choosing CyberGhost VPN.

3. VyprVPN

VyprVPN

VyprVPN prides itself on its ability to provide you with some of the world’s fastest connections that make streaming high-quality video content a dream.

Along with their fast connections to servers, they have proven several times through audits that they don’t store or log your private data which is always a good thing when it comes to VPNs, your privacy is paramount.

Travelling across Cambodia I had few issues with VyprVPN. I did note they don’t have servers in Cambodia so you may want to consider this. For me it wasn’t an issue and I used their Singapore servers extensively.

I found these to be fast and reliable. In some of the more countryside locations of Cambodia I struggled a little with mobile reception which of course impacted my VPN use with VyprVPN but they weren’t alone in this regard.

With a 30-day money-back guarantee that allows you to try their service before you are fully committed and an outstanding 24/7 support service, everything is in place to help you get the best experience.

You’ll just need to make sure that having no servers in Cambodia itself is suitable for you.

4. NordVPN

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NordVPN has built up an excellent reputation for itself over the last ten years and in my tests in Cambodia they worked well.

I mostly tested these in Siem Reap because the lack of a Cambodian server but again as with VyprVPN there is no Cambodian server so you’ll need to use those nearby in the region.

This wasn’t an issue for me but again you may miss a local server so consider this when making a purchasing decision.

I found a stand out feature of NordVPN is the ability to use a dedicated IP address that ensures that you are the only person using that IP.

Along with that, NordVPN also allows you to run your connection through an extra layer of security by changing your IP address twice, making your connection twice as secure.

Again, the only downside with NordVPN is their lack of servers in Cambodia which hasn’t changed in recent years so is unlikely to in the future.

However, they do have plenty of servers in nearby Vietnam and Malaysia so finding a connection that is fast and reliable will be the least of your concerns.

The service is trusted by millions of users who can’t be wrong.

5. PrivateInternetAccess

PrivateInternetAccess Website

PrivateInternetAccess is known for offering you a fast and reliable no-logs VPN at a very competitive price.

In Cambodia it also works well. They’re one of the few providers that have a server in Cambodia and nearby countries such as Vietnam and Singapore.

If like me you’re travelling in Thailand too then I found the lacking of a Thai server a little disappointing.

In the past PrivateInternetAccess limited you to connecting ten devices, this has now been increased to an unlimited number.

So if you’re travelling in Cambodia like I was or you live there you’ll be able to secure as many devices as you own without any limit.

I really like that PrivateInternetAccess offers you the ability to pay for your VPN service using gift cards. This means you don’t need to enter any of your billing information such as credit card info, your name, address, etc. So your purchase is completely private.

I was always a little dismayed that PIA hadn’t been independently audited but this all changed in recent years and they’ve now had their no log claims put to the test so you can be secure in the knowledge your data is safe.

6. VPNCity

VPNCity website

VPNCity is a relatively new VPN service that offers you the ability to connect up to 12 devices that you can use concurrently with apps that cover all major devices such as Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Chrome, Fire TV, and Firefox.

They have what they call ‘military-grade’ encryption that will protect you from unsavoury characters, keeping your data safe and secure, and have a strict no-logs policy.

In Cambodia I found they worked somewhat well. Not quite as well as the previous five providers I’ve listed above but if for some reason you want to avoid the big names these could be the choice for you.

Servers aren’t available in Cambodia so speeds aren’t the best. I needed to connect to Singapore but there are also servers in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

If you’re in some of the more remote areas of Cambodia these speeds won’t be suitable but if you’re in any of the main cities like Siem Reap or Phnom Penh you won’t have any issues.

Alongside the other services they have a 30-day money back guarantee to keep you secure.

7. HideMyAss

HideMyAss VPN

HideMyAss is a well-known service that has recently added a proven audited no logs policy to their offering. In the past they’ve been accused of handing over details of users in criminal cases.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t find them the best for use in Cambodia and compared to the likes of ExpressVPN and NordVPN their speeds, especially in Siem Reap were a little lacklustre.

HideMyAss claims to have servers in Cambodia and nearly every other location across Asia but I disliked the fact they use ‘virtual servers’. This means you can’t always be sure if the server you’re connected to is physically in the country it’s supposed to be.

If there’s a reason you wanted to avoid the top six options then the 7-day HideMyAss trial may convince you, but otherwise I’d stick with one of the earlier options first.

How we selected our choices

There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a VPN. Selecting one for Cambodia brings in other considerations.

Below are the main criteria we used when selecting the seven providers above.

1. Speed

When it comes to the internet, speed is everything. Gone are the days of painfully slow internet connections, and nobody should ever have to suffer the pain of watching a website load pixel by pixel.

This is why I have used speed as one of the main factors when compiling the list above.

I also tested all providers across the length of the country, everywhere from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. If you’re taking in the temples of Angkor Wat then you can be sure of connectivity.

The same as if you live in Cambodia, you’ll want to know speeds are the best they can be.

Speed is vital as it ensures that you can access websites quickly and you can watch video content from websites such as Netflix, YouTube, and Disney+ with ease.

A good internet connection is also crucial if you have a web-based business and you need instant access to files from cloud services etc.

So whether you’re in rural Kampot or the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh, you’ll be able to maximise your speed.

2. Location, Location, Location

Location of the servers is another important factor when choosing a VPN. I selected VPNs that have servers located in and around Cambodia, which is essential for internet speed.

When it comes to servers, the closer it is, the faster your connection. So having servers located in Cambodia will give you the fastest connections and keep your data secure.

It will also allow you to access local content that could be blocked outside the country.

However, servers that are located in nearby regions will allow you to bypass any censorship in Cambodia while maintaining a high connection speed.

You may also wish to join servers located in the UK and US so you can have access to their vast Netflix libraries, and access other streaming platforms that are only available in overseas regions.

3. Apps

If you’re like the average person using several devices each day to connect to the internet, it is essential to ensure that you are kept safe and secure when switching between devices.

This is why I took a look at what apps each VPN service offered and made sure that they worked on the most popular devices.

Having apps that are easy to set up by simply downloading them from your devices app store is very convenient and prevents you from having to perform a complicated setup.

By choosing VPNs that don’t require you to manually set up the VPN by having to mess around with your connection settings will make your experience a pleasure.

You shouldn’t have to be a tech wiz to set up a VPN, which is why I selected VPNs that are user friendly.

4. No log policy

A VPN that stores your data is a VPN that you should avoid like the plague.

This is why I have ensured that the VPNs in our selection categorically do not store your data and have a no-log policy.

Some of the VPNs in the list have been audited by third parties and have proven their no-log claims. But it is worth noting that not all services have been audited, but some have had court cases that have confirmed that the company keeps none of their user’s data logged.

The above is paramount when it comes to keeping your data safe and secure.

Why you need a VPN in Cambodia

Everyone’s reason for needing a VPN is different.

But, there are some common uses and below I’ve rounded up the top reasons to use a VPN in Cambodia:

1. Bypass censorship

In recent years the Cambodian Government has tightened its grip on the internet and if you are caught posting the wrong thing, you might find yourself in a spot of trouble.

In 2018 a 50-year-old teacher was arrested for posting what was deemed a negative comment about the royal family.

In the same year, media outlets were warned that posting anything negative about the King will result in a 1 to 5-year prison sentence and a whopping $500-$2000 fine, which is a considerable amount in Cambodia (Source: KhmerTimes).

As recently as 2023, two activists were charged in the country under the lese majeste laws (Source: Aljazeera)

To make matters worse, a new ‘fake news’ law came into practice.

This severely restricts freedom of speech that journalists had and they can no longer post articles that are deemed as “fake” by the government.

Often media outlets will get a request to remove any damaging articles that the government doesn’t like, failure to do so will end in a fine and prison time.

The government has stated, “The ministry will issue a public announcement when it revokes the licences of online or print media outlets that violated the terms of their licences or caused chaos in society by spreading misinformation” (Source: IPI).

This continues to this day with the government fighting to control the online information and control the media (Source: EastAsiaForum)

Speaking to my driver in Cambodia he confirmed to me that speaking against the government in public isn’t advised. Protecting what you say online is essential as it can be as bad as speaking publically.

Using a VPN is essential if you want to speak freely online.

2. Safety on public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi is a hackers favourite hotspot to sit and attempt to steal your data. While the situation has improved over the years with many websites using HTTPS, not all do.

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Apps and other services are often impossible to tell if they’re accessing data securely, which means your data could fall into the wrong hands.

This poses a massive security risk for those of you who may be travelling through Cambodia and want to access sensitive data, or even contact your family back home. Having your data stolen while overseas can be a nightmare.

Accessing an insecure Wi-Fi hotspot could put your personal data at risk. Cambodia is home to many online scam centres so you’ll want to stay safe online there.

3. Unlock global content

Some popular sites are currently blocked in Cambodia or not accessible and you will need to use a VPN to access them.

I found when trying to access Disney Plus in Siem Reap it wasn’t accessible in the country. I used ExpressVPN to connect to the UK which let me watch the same content at home.

By using a VPN you will be able to unlock content from around the globe, bypassing geo-restrictions.

Like most countries, Cambodia also blocks access to specific websites.

These often include news and media sites but they have been known to restrict access to gaming sites, pornographic sites and even on occasion social media such as Twitter.

4. Stay private

In the modern world, your internet data is worth a lot to advertising companies, by using a VPN and encrypting your browsing data, you will be able to limit targeted advertising and reduce companies following you around the internet.

You will also be keeping hackers at bay by using a VPN, stopping them from accessing your information for malicious intent.

Not only will you be able to prevent ad agencies and hackers from seeing and using your data, but your ISP won’t be able to see what sites you have been accessing. Therefore they won’t be able to pass this information on to the government if they request it.

By keeping your likes/dislikes, and search history private, you’ll be in safe hands with a VPN provider that has a proven no log policy such as the ones mentioned in the above list.

Is using a VPN in Cambodia illegal?

The use of a VPN is perfectly legal in Cambodia.

A VPNs purpose is to encrypt your private internet data out of the hands of companies, governments, and hackers. Basically to keep you safe and secure.

Some countries dislike the fact that you use a VPN, as they want to limit what you can see and want to have control over your internet activity. Countries such as North Korea have made the use of a VPN illegal.

In some countries such as China, Russia, Iran, and Turkmenistan the use of a VPN is discouraged and certain networks will actively try to block the use of a VPN, but they still remain legal to use, just heavily frowned upon.

While they’re not illegal in Cambodia, who knows what will happen in the future? It pays to futureproof yourself now.

Is there a free VPN for Cambodia?

While there are many “free” VPN services available for you to use, there are several reason why you should avoid using them.

Slow connections are ubiquitous with free VPN services, and they aren’t very secure either meaning unsavoury characters can more easily access your data. This kind of defeats the purpose of a VPN.

Along with regular data breaches, free VPN services tend to use your connection to power the VPN for other users. This is incredibly dangerous, as any illegal activity performed by others using your connection will lead the authorities straight to your front door.

Avoid free VPNs at all costs, they aren’t worth it. They may cost nothing but the frustration they cause isn’t worth it.

Summary

Suppose you want to avoid the Cambodian Government restrictions such as freedom of speech laws, blocked news sites, access geo-restricted content only available abroad, and to keep your data safe from hackers or advertising companies.

In that case, you will want to use a VPN.

In my research, I found ExpressVPN is the best option for you, with servers located in Cambodia that will ensure you have the fastest connection speeds and a whole host of servers located in nearby regions.

While I was travelling across Cambodia I found it connected fast in major cities like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. It was a little more hit and miss in Kampot but I think that was more to do with my mobile signal than anything else.

This means you will be able to bypass any restrictions in place in Cambodia and stay secure online.

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Author: Lee Kirwin

Lee has been interested in all things tech since an early age. He has a passion for creating a more free internet how it was intended. When not writing about internet security he enjoys training hard in the gym and promoting positivity in all aspects of life.

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