You should bring a money-belt to safely carry your travel documents and cash. Bring photo-copies of your passport and visa, plus some extra passport-sized photos if you’re applying for on-arrival visa. When flying out or within the region, you will probably be given baggage claim tags (they will be stuck in to the back of your ticket or on the cover of your passport). Keep these, as you will need to show them when check out the airport.
CLOTHING & LAUNDRY
If your trip to Cambodia includes stops at Shihanoukville and mountainous areas, you will need clothes for various activities. A swimsuit, sunglasses, a hat, t-shirts, shorts, long trousers, some light-weight, long-sleeved tops, a light jacket and rain-resistant will get you through most trips. If trekking is on your agenda, you will need sturdy footwear, plus lots of socks. Larger cities like Siem Riep and Phnom Penh offer upscale bars and restaurants, so be sure to pack some clothes and dress shoes for a nice evening out. Laundry services are available in touristy areas, usually near the hotels and within a day service.
While supplier of beauty products are already reaching their arms in major cities, you would be wise to pack travel camaraderie’s like sunscreen, contact lens solution, tampons and mosquito repellent, as well as prescribed medication. Many kinds of medicines are available in Cambodia without prescriptions, easy to reach but they might not be as of that good quality like home. If you travel with a companion or with family, should it be a nice idea to cross-pack, i.e., pack half of your belongings in to other’s suitcase and vice versa. Just in case any luggage delayed might happen.
BOOKS & COPIES
Reading materials may be hard to find, especially in less-touristy areas, so bring some good books. Many locals book stores and street vendors also offer cheap copies but check it out to make sure the printing is eligible or not. While cheap, counterfeit CDs are tempting, remember that you may face trouble when you bring these illegal copies home.
Travelers may apply for a tourist visa from Cambodian embassy or consulate abroad, obtain an easy visa on arrival or try the recently launched e-visa service. Most nationalities are eligible to receive an one-month visa on arrival at the Pochentong Airport in Phnom Penh or at Siem Riep airport. The cost is US$20. The e-visa is delivered within two working day by e-mail after your online request, cost US$20 plus $5 extra for the processing fee. If you obtain your visa upon arrival, remember to bring American cash for your visa payment and a passport-sized photo.
Siem Riep Airlines is pretty strict on lugguage weight, a normal 20kg (44 pounds) regulation is applied for all flights out and within Cambodia. Surcharge for over weight is approx 40 cents/kg. Carry-on bags should weight less than fifteen pounds and have a size limit of 9 X 14 X 22 inches.
When you make your flights out or within the country’s routes, locking your suitcases or duffel bags is legal and advisable.
Except for some remote jungles in the vicinity of Siem Riep, almost all other destinations in Cambodia are worry-free for malaria though the following immunizations are still recommended for travellers. Consult your doctor or local health department to discuss which shots you need:
– Diphtheria and tetanus: Combined vaccinations for these two diseases are usually given in childhood and should be boosted every ten years.
– Hepatitis A: Vaccination provides immunity for up to ten years and involves an initial injection followed by another six months to one year later.
– Typhoid: Vaccination takes the form of an injection or capsules.
– Rabies: People making longer trips to remote areas should consider rabies vaccination, which involves three injections over a period of three to four weeks.
– Japanese B Encephalitis: People on trips of a month or more to areas suffering from recent outbreaks should consider getting this vaccine, which involves three shots over one month.
Riel is Cambodian currency, exchanges at a rate of approx 4.000 to the US Dollar. U.S Dollars are welcome even in the remote areas. Credit cards and traveler’s cheques are widely accepted in Phnom Penh and Siem Riep. Credit card advances for MasterCard, JCB and Visa are available at the Cambodian Commercial Bank in Phnom Penh. ATMs are now available both in Phnom Penh and Siem Riep.
Electricity in Phnom Penh and most of Cambodia is 220V, 50Hz. Electric power sockets generally fit two round pins. Three-pin plug adaptors are sold at markets in Phnom Penh and Siem Riep.
MOBILE & TELEPHONE
Cambodia uses a GSM mobile phone network and it is easy to get the prepaid sim-kit for your cell phone. Ask your tour guide to help you get one if you need. You can place international phone calls and send faxes at post offices or at most hotels, although hotels often charge extra fees. Local public phones require phone card, which is available in many stationary shops. Calling internationally from local internet shops is cheap, approx 25 cents/min.
To call: 00 – your country code – area code – your number.
Internet access in Cambodia is either broad band or wireless though the wireless is still very much limited. High-end hotels in Siemriep offer good wireless service but you you got to pay much while local internet shops charge only 50 cents/hour
SHOPPING & SHIPPING
If you go shopping in Cambodia, bargaining is necessary and actually full of funs. It is also recommended to check prices of the same items in the neighbor hood shop before coming to a deal. If you choose to ship items home, we highly recommend that you buy shipping insurance and check the policy details. As shops are not responsible for damages incurred en route, it is better to be safe than sorry. Beside local post offices’ services, DHL has their reputation in big cities. Knock off products or genuine fake i.e. Luis Vuiton, Versace… are of a variety in Cambodia, make sure if there is any problem at your country’s customs before you purchase them home.
High-end restaurants will often add a service charge of five to ten percent to the bill. While tips are not expected in more casual restaurants and bars, they appreciated with thanks since waiter staffs earn low wages. Indochina Voyages Travel suggests tipping drivers about US$5 – US$ 7 per day, tour guides about US$10 -US$15 per day.