Must-know information when traveling in Cambodia

11, December, 2015

Must-know information when traveling in Cambodia

Famous for Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia is a good tour option for those who love discovering the deep history with early civilizations and magnificent architecture. Cambodia is also a good place to add on any tour to Indochina. Besides that, Cambodia has been featured for its sleepy towns and cities with colonial architecture and old-fashioned charm, mighty Mekong River and great Tonle Sap Lake. Traveling to Cambodia, you will experience outstanding World Heritage Site, beautiful landscapes and unique culture. To better plan your tour to Cambodia, check our below must-know information.

•  Weather and climate: Best months to travel to Cambodia are between November and April with dry season and average temperature of 27 degree C. The other months are hotter with rainy season and average temperature of 29 degree C.

•  Destinations: The top destination to visit in Cambodia is Siem Reap with Angkor Temples. You have chance to discover the most mysterious temples in the world as well as join the busy and exciting atmosphere of its tourist hub with luxury hotels, colorful restaurant, Pub Street and night market. Phnom Penh should be an unmissed destination with French colonial buildings and amazing night market. Or if you have time, you can extend your Cambodia tour to Sihanoukville Beach - one of the most beautiful beaches in Indochina, offering both sandy and rocky beach. It will bring you different feeling after visiting too many temples and pagodas in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

•  Accommodation: Hotels in Cambodia are diversified from budget to luxury which will give you different choice based on your favorite. To stay away from hustle and bustle tourist hubs, you can choose hotels far from the centers to be quieter.

•  Transportation: Taxi and tuktuk are popular means of transportation in Cambodia that will be very comfortable for your Cambodia trip. However, types of cars in Cambodia are quite old and still in low standards.

•  Food: Cambodian foods are great and you will love them. However, you should be careful when trying local street foods even it will be nice experience.

•  Currencies: You can use both Riel (Cambodia’s currency) and US dollars when traveling in Cambodia. Even if US dollars are widely accepted, do remember to use new, clean and unmarked ones. Furthermore, it is suggested to pay by credit cards for big amounts as most shopping stores, restaurants, hotels equip credit card machines.

•  Don’ts:
-    Take off shoes before entering religious sites
-    No sleeveless top and short pants allowed in religious sites
-    When taking photos, always ask for permission, especially of religious sites and rural communities. Some hill tribe groups are suspicious of photos and don’t like them taken.