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Cambodia

  • DOS if you are in Cambodia!

    Respect the Royal Family! Cambodians always respect their king, queen and royal members; therefore, tourists to Cambodia should also pay homage to the royals. The country citizens usually pray to show their love to the king in the early morning or evening. If you are there at the time of the prayer, you should have good behavior. 
  • An Attractive Cambodia, don’t you think?

    Talk about Cambodia, tourists often think about Angkor Wat. However,there is so much more attractive things for you to explore this fantastic country than this. 
  • Donations and Gift-Giving

    Although there is a great amount of poverty in certain areas of Cambodia, please read the following points about donations and gift-giving. 
    • Do not give to begging children as it reinforces for these children that begging is an acceptable to make a living. However in many places, it is considered acceptable to give to the elderly or disabled...
  • General Points of Etiquette

    • Like in Thailand, it is improper to pat children on the head.
    • If you would like someone to come over to you, motion with your whole hand held palm down - signaling with your index finer and your palm pointed skyward may be interpreted as being sexually suggestive.
    • When using a toothpick, it is considered polite to hold it in one hand and to cover your open mouth with the other...

  • Health & Well-being

    Be aware that your health can be put at risk due to lack of effective medical treatment facilities and poor sanitation in Cambodia like elsewhere in South East Asia. Lack of pharmacies and hospitals in rural areas may push you into difficulties, so be sure to have any regular drugs along with you....
  • Cultural Differences

    Experiencing cultural differences is one of the joys of travelling, and it is important that these differences are encouraged and respected. Things in Asia are done differently to the rest of the world and and so please accept the differences and respect the cultural rules of the areas you are travelling to.  
  • Cuisine, Special Dietary Requests and Drinking Water

    Cambodian cuisine is similar to that of Thailand and Laos. There are also local dishes to try. The overall consensus is that Khmer cooking is similar to Thai cooking but with fewer spices. Like all other Buddhist countries, vegetarian food is readily available in most restaurants...

  • Climate

    • November – February: Cool and dry
    • March – May: Hot and dry
    • June – August: Hot and wet
    • September – Early November: Cool and wet
    Maximum daily temperatures range from the high 20°Cs in January to more than 40°C in April / Minimum temperatures are usually no less than 15°.
  • Notes when visiting Wats

    • Do not wear shorts or tank tops, have your shoulders covered.
    • Remove your hat when entering the ground of the Wats.
    • Remove your shoes before going into the vihara (Sanctuary).
    • If you sit down in front of the dais (the platform on which the Buddhas are placed), sit with your feet to the side rather than in the lotus position.
    • Never point your finger or the sole of your feet towards a person or a figure of the Buddha.
  • Post and Telecommunications

    Post is now routed by air through Bangkok, which makes Cambodia a much more reliable place from which to send mail and parcels.
    • Telephone connections to the rest of the world are widely available, however they aren’t cheap.
    • Numbers starting with 011, 012, 015, 017 or 018 are mobile phone numbers.
    • Internet access is available in all major tourist place.
  • Tipping

    Tipping is a personal matter, and passengers are encouraged to tip an amount they find appropriate and based on the service performance. The following tipping is just some suggestions for your reference:
    • Meals (restaurants): average amount is $1
    • Bellboy: average amount is $1
    • Chambermaid: average amount is $1 per day
    • Tips for guides are completely at your discretion, but here are some guidelines: $1.50 to $3 per day per person for guides (depending on group size), $1 per day per person for drivers
  • Money

    Cambodian riel (R) is the official tender in Cambodia but the US dollar is the de facto currency and the most useful for the average visitor to Cambodia. Most hotels and restaurants, shops, taxis, buses and airlines set their prices in US dollars. Even the visa prices and departure taxes are set in US dollars. Small transactions (less than a dollar) are usually done in Cambodian riel...
  • Immunizations/Vaccinations

    Before travelling to Cambodia, it is important to ensure that you have adequate protection against diseases. About two months before your holiday, you should see you doctor for the advise whether you need vaccinations. Kinds of vaccinations will vary depending on the places you go as well. In Cambodia, there is a malaria risk in rural areas...
  • Visa/Passports

    A passport with at least six months validity is necessary. A visa is required for most nationalities and is available upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports. A tourist visa costs 20$, a business visa costs 25US$. Two passport photographs should be submitted with the visa application form. A tourist visa can be extended from one month to three and a business one can be extended indefinitely.
  • Business hours

    • Government offices: 7:30am to 11:30am and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday
    • Business offices: 08:00am to noon and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Saturday
    • Shops: 8am to 8pm 7 days a week
    • Banks: 8:00am to 3pm Monday to Friday
    • Markets: 6:00am to 5pm 7 days a week.
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

    We shall do every possible things to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. However, compulsory travel insurance could solve some of unexpected problems. Thus, all guests are requested to purchase travel insurance prior to the trips. Travel insurance is your protector in case of trip cancelations, delays, medical emergencies, baggage loss or damage. It also gives you peace of mind for your trip.
  • Clothing and Suggested Packing List

    Personal clothing items, , and
    • Casual clothes and / or a jackets (depending on season; region you travel)
    • Toiletries
    • Medication
    • Insect Repellent
    • Sunscreen
    • Long sleeved shirts and pants (November to February evenings)
    • Camera
    • Adaptor – 220V, 50Hz; 2 pin plugs
    ...
  • Check List

    • Travel Insurance
    • Valid Passport (at least six months remaining) and visa (or two passport pictures as well as 20US$ for visa on arrival)
    • Immunizations/Vaccinations
    • Foreign currency (US$) or ATM card
    • Flights tickets
    • Photocopy of passport either scanned into email account or separate from the original