Cambodia Travel Information - Cambodia tour
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Cambodia Travel Information

CLIMATE - TO GIVE YOU A SHORT OVERVIEW

Cambodia's temperatures range from 15 to 38 degrees Celsius and experiences tropical monsoons. Southwest monsoons blow inland bringing moisture-laden winds from the Gulf of Thailand and Indian Ocean from May to October. The northeast monsoon ushers in the dry season, which lasts from November to March. The country experiences the heaviest precipitation from September to October with the driest period occurring from January to February.

The best months to visit Cambodia are November to January when temperatures and humidity are lower.


CURRENCY

The currency of Cambodia is the 'Riel' and the most recent series of banknotes, gradually introduced through 2001 and 2007, consists of 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 and 50,000. It is strongly advisable to carry US$ notes as these are accepted in all major cities. US coins are not accepted, this is when the smaller local notes are used instead. There are approximately 4,000 Riels to 1 US$.


HEALTH

Neither vaccinations nor inoculations are required for the entry to Cambodia unless arriving from a contaminated region. Foreign medicaments can be easily found in major towns but it's strongly advised to take along any prescription medicine with sufficient supplies.


There is no problem to find a foreign doctor or dentist in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Royal Angkor International Hospital in Siem Reap Angkor is first Indochina regional hospital affiliated with Bangkok Hospital Medical Centre; part of the broadest coverage hospitals network in Thailand and the Southeast Asia. If you require medical attention in Cambodia, you will be expected to pay cash even if you have medical insurance. Keep all your receipts and claim the cost back from your insurance company when you return home.


Mosquitoes commonly bite between dusk and dawn, so wear long-sleeved clothing and long trousers when going out at night. Colognes, perfumes, after-shaves and dark clothes attract mosquitoes, so avoid these and use insect repellent whenever possible. The dengue mosquito, however, bites during the day, so never let down your guard. Insect repellent can be easily found in towns, but many visitors have their own favorite brands - bring your own.


Clothing

Light clothing made from natural fibers is the best clothing for the region. People generally dress modestly. Women visitors are not expected to wear skirts, but miniskirts and revealing shorts may often be viewed as 'not polite'. The best plan is to dress modestly like the locals. Bring sandals or slip-on to take off easily when entering temples.


Electronic

Electrical multi adaptor if you plan on bringing electrical appliances - there are many different types of plug sockets used in the region. For example, there are hotels in the region built by Singaporean companies that use Singaporean (UK) standard plugs, rather than local standards - so be prepared! SD card and camera film can be found in the major towns but may be more difficult to come across in remote parts of the country. We advise you to bring plenty of SD card and videotape.


Essential Document

Passport with minimum 6-month validity left after departure day from Cambodia

Travel insurance

Blood donor/type card

Prescriptions for any medication you require. Most chemists will sell

Medicine over the counter without a script, but if you are searched by immigration it's good to be able to show you require what you're carrying.



DO AND DON'T

VISITING BUDDHIST TEMPLE

For the visit of the Silver Pagoda in the Royal Palace (Phnom Penh) and the visit of Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei temple (Siem Reap) visitors are requested to dress more formally (long clothes, shoulders covered). Shoes are always removed at the entrance of pagodas.

Avoid touching a Buddha statue. If you do take photos, you can drop a small donation in the box.


BASIC VOCABULARY

Knowing a few words of Cambodian language always earns some smiles from the local people.

  • Suor s'dei - hello
  • joohm ree-up lea - goodbye
  • Sok sabai chea teh? - How are you?
  • Knyom sok sabai - I'm fine
  • Baat (for man) Jaa (for woman) - Yes
  • O-te - No
  • Aw khun - thank you
  • Somh toh - I'm sorry / Excuse m

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