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Cambodia Travel Tips – Things to Know before Visiting Cambodia

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Cambodia’s further relaxation of its entry policy is prompting millions of international tourists to make new plans to visit the country. To help you get well prepared for your upcoming trip to Cambodia, we have provided some necessary Cambodian travel tips, which are also useful for a smoother and more comfortable trip.

1. There Are Two Currencies Used in Cambodia

Cambodia’s official currency is the Riel, but the US dollar is more widely accepted throughout the country. Visitors can pay in US dollars at stalls, shops and restaurants, even if the price of goods is shown in Cambodian Riel.

It is recommended that you have both Dollar and Riel bills ready. You can use Riel for smaller purchases, like a can of Coca-Cola! Normally, you can exchange dollars for riels at airports, street ATMs, and any bank in Cambodia, at the standard rate of 4,051 riels to the U.S. dollar.

Note that Cambodians do not accept old or torn currency, so you have to keep the dollar bills in good shape.

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2. Cambodia Travel Cost

How much does it cost to travel to Cambodia? Based on the average daily spending of other tourists, you should plan to spend about $56 per day (excluding attractions) $15 on three meals a day, $6 on transportation, and $35 on accommodation.

☛ See also: Travel Cost in Cambodia

3. Cambodia is Safe, But Keep Your Wits about You

Generally speaking, Cambodia is a very safe country to visit. But as with any place you visit, it’s important to keep your wits about you.

In big cities like Phnom Penh and Battambang, snatching can happen, especially when tourists take photos with their mobile phones while riding in tuk-tuks. You should watch out for your belongings in any busy city.

Cambodia Travel Tips for Safety:

– Keep your phone out of sight when not in use.

– Do not put any valuables in back pockets such as wallets.

– Make sure your bag crosses your body diagonally rather than slung across a single shoulder.

☛ See also: Is It Safe to Travel to Cambodia?

4. You Can Get Your Travel Visa on Arrival

You can get your Cambodia visa on arrival when you arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport or Siem Reap International Airport. Visa on arrival is also available at some border check points.

 

You must pay USD30 in cash for your 30-day tourist visa on arrival.

You can also apply for an e-visa from the Cambodian government website. It costs $36 ($6 for the processing fee) and usually takes three days to process.

☛ See also: How to Get a Cambodia Visa in 2023

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5. SIM Card & WiFi

In recent years, with the vigorous development of Cambodian tourism, tourists have been able to buy local calling cards. The price is reasonable, and the speed and coverage are acceptable.

From Metfone, Cambodia’s most popular operator, you can get a local SIM card for just US$2. You can buy a SIM card at the airport or any official store. Costing $6, it’s valid for a week, with 5GB of data per day.

Hotels in Cambodia’s major tourist cities have WiFi coverage, and some restaurants offer free WiFi.

6. Tipping in Cambodia

Tipping is not mandatory in Cambodia, but is always appreciated. If you are satisfied with the service provided by the driver, guide, attendant, or others, leaving a small tip is a good way to thank them.

There is no standard tip amount in Cambodia, and we suggest you tip 8% of the total bill in the restaurant, USD 15-20 for the guide per day, USD 10 for the driver per day, and $1 per person per piece of luggage for the porter. In terms of transportation, tipping is usually not necessary if you’re riding a tuk-tuk or motorcycle.

7. Can You Use 120V in Cambodia?

No, you can’t. The standard voltage for all power outlets in Cambodia is 230V with a frequency of 50Hz. If you want to use a 120-volt appliance safely, you need to carry a power adapter.

If the output voltage in your own country is between 220V and 240V, you can use all the equipment you have in Cambodia.

There are three power plug types in Cambodia – Type A, Type C, and Type G.

8. Cambodia Festivals and Events

Cambodia has a lot of traditional festivals. Khmer New Year is the most important festival in Cambodia, falling between April 13 and 15. On these days, local people gather with their families in traditional Cambodian dress and enjoy a big family dinner.

In late April or early May, Cambodians mark the start of the rice-growing season with the Imperial Ploughing Ceremony, usually held in Phnom Penh.

Bon Om Touk, aka Water Festival, is the biggest and most exciting festival in Cambodia. People from all over the country gather in Phnom Penh (Cambodia’s capital) in October or November to fight each other with water pistols, race dragon boats, and set off fireworks.

☛ See also: 10 Festivals in Cambodia to Have a Glimpse of Rich Culture

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9. What Is the Best Way to Travel in Cambodia?

Tuk-tuks and motorbikes are the best way to travel short distances in Cambodia. Motorbikes are sometimes the only way to visit sites inaccessible by closed roads.

☛ See also: Cambodia Transportation: How to Get around

10. Culture Etiquette in Cambodia

Donts:

– Don’t dress too skimpy when visiting temples.

– Don’t touch or pat an individual’s head.

– Women should never touch a monk or hand anything to them.

– Don’t ride an elephant.

– Don’t point your feet at someone or something.

– Don’t drink tap water.

Do’s:

– Learn some simple Cambodian greetings.- Show respect for elders.

– Remember to bring mosquito repellent.

– Take your shoes off at the entrance before entering someone’s house.

– Ask for permission before taking photos of local people.

11. Shopping in Cambodia

There are many skilled craftsmen in Cambodia, and you can find all kinds of souvenirs in Cambodian markets. Here are several popular markets in Cambodia:

Psar Thmei – Aka Central Market, it’s a French-style indoor market in Phnom Penh, featuring a wide variety of goods, from handicrafts and daily necessities to fresh food.

Angkor Night Market – It is the original market in Siem Reap, where you can find many beautiful artworks, as well as live performances by talented artists.

Psar Chaa – Located in Siem Reap, this is a great place to buy bargains in Cambodia, selling any kind of jewelry, replicas of traditional crafts, clothing, etc.

☛ See also: Top 6 Night Markets in Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

12. When Is the Best Time to Visit Cambodia?

November to March (dry season) is the best time to visit Cambodia when it is cool, windy, and low in rainfall, making it ideal for outdoor activities. Any time of year is a good time to visit Cambodia. Each season has its advantages.

☛ See also: Best Time to Visit Cambodia

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