Cambodia Travel Tips

Visas

All nationalities need to apply for a travel visa, except for nationals from the following countries: Indonesia, Loas, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.  

+  Visa can be applied ahead of time from Royal Cambodian Embassy or consulate abroad or online via http://evisa.mfaic.gov.kh/

+  Visa can also be granted at the entry point upon arrival such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airport and few other land borders. (Please have ready, a passport photo, your passport must valid at least 6 months on travel date, $20 cash for visa fee)

+ Tourist visa fee is $20 (green cash only)
 

Weather/What to wear? and accessories to bring along

Cambodia officially have 4 seasons: 1) November - February: cool/dry;  2) March-May: hot/dry;  3) June-August: hot/rainy;  4) September-October: cool/rainy. Mid-day temperatures range from about 32-39 degree Celsius.

To make it easy, we divided into two categories: the wet season (May to October) and the dry season (November to April).

Lightweight, loose-fitting, cotton clothing is recommended for the dry season, when the weather is hot and humid. Visitors may wish to pack long pants and long-sleeved shirts for hiking, trekking, or outdoor activities. A hat and sunglasses may be useful for when walking around under the sun. And sunscreen is a must if you don’t want to get sun burn.

During the rainy season, visitors may want to bring a light rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased cheaply in Cambodia) or a sturdy umbrella. A light jacket or cardigan will come in handy during the months of December and January, when temperatures are at their coolest.

When visiting outdoor temples, including those of Angkor Wat shorts and T-shirts are acceptable. Shoes and hats are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas. For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds visitors are asked to dress more formally. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and ladies should wear long trousers or long skirts and keep their shoulders covered.

Money

Khmer official currency is Riel. Exchange rate is fluctuate a little bit from day by day, but the range is somewhere between 1USD=3800 - 4200 Riel. US dollar is widely accepted almost everywhere in town or country side. Credit card is not accepted everywhere, though there are increasingly number of high end store and western food restaurants accepted, especially in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Language

Official language for Cambodia is Khmer. But there are lots of people in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap who can understand and speak English well, while few can speak French.

Internet Access

Most hotels , restaurants and coffee shops provide FREE wi-fi internet access if you stay or eat at their place. If you have smart phone that support GSM, you can ask your tour guide to help buy a SIM card and subscribe to internet package for very cheap price. You can also use it to make international phone call.

Tipping for service

In Cambodia, there is no fixed amount; tipping is all up to the individual. Tips are normally not required, though tips are very welcomed and will be much appreciated.  

Here are some suggestions,

-   Hotels and Restaurants:  Major hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge & tax on bills. However, local restaurant/hotel does not do that and they are not required. A 3-5% tip would be appropriated if service was satisfactory.

-   Tour guide/driver: between $1 - $3 per day

Fun Facts:

-  Cambodian people might not look into your eyes when they are talking or listening to you.

-  Huggins and kissing are not widely accepted in the public.

-  Asking about age and salary are a common conversation.

-  It is wise to discuss the price before receiving services (if it’s not pre-arranged by Tour Company). For instant, if you wish to take taxi/tuk tuk from one place to another, discuss the price with the driver before riding on it.

-  Head is regarded as the highest part of the body and shouldn’t be touched even in the kindest manner.

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