Things you need to know before visiting amazing Cambodia
Though Cambodia is not so popular in the region, this country is still a wonderful destination in Indochina. There are tons of attractions waiting for you to explore: from busy, bustling cities to small villages to wild jungles and stunning coastlines. This land is rich in culture, customs, and religion. The Cambodians are amazingly lovely. They are friendly, hospitable and always full of smile, despite their tragic history.We hope you’ll have a tremendous trip in this beautiful country, and here are some tips to help you enjoy your holidays in Cambodia 2018 to the fullest.
- Quick information
- Currency: The official currency of the country is Riel (KHR), but you still don’t have to exchange cash. In fact, Cambodia uses USD, and they’d prefer you to pay in USD. It’s much easier and cheaper for you.
- Visa: There are two types of Visa: Visa on Arrival or E-Visa. You’ll need a valid pass-port and a recent passport-sized photo. You can purchase the Visa at the airport for $30 in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and borders. The E-Visa is quicker, but you have to pay some additional charge, and it’ll cost you around $40. You’ll get a tourist Visa valid for 30 days allowable stay upon entering Cambodia.
- Language: Cambodian speaks Khmer. People in big cities are able to use English, due to the rise of tourism. Nonetheless, you can pick up some basic words:
- Transportation: Getting around by tuk-tuks is the most popular here. Sometimes your hotel and accommodation will offer free tuk-tuk ride. If not, it only costs you a few dollars. Besides, you can catch a bus anywhere in the country, with a very fair price.
- Safety: In general, Cambodia is a safe place. However, you should be fully aware of pickpocketing, bag snatching, and scams. And remember not to wander in rural areas alone, especially without your guide.
- When to go
This tropical country is very hot all year around. The best time to visit Cambodia is from November to March. The weather is quite agreeable, cooler and a bit windy. And if you don’t mind some rain, you may even travel during monsoon season (from June to November) to avoid the hoards of tourists.
- Food and Accommodation
Cambodian cuisine is similar to Thai, but it uses fewer spices and tends to be healthier. Their staple foodare rice and noodle. Normally a Cambodian meal consists of a soup, a main dish (usually curry, stir-fry or salad) and dessert. Some of the most common and must-try dishes are Bai Sach Chrouk (pork and rice), Fish Amok (a type of curry), Lap Khmer (lime-marinated beef salad), Nom Banh Chok (Khmer noodles) and Red Curry. Finally, don’t forget all the tasty fruits in this land.
Cambodia has every accommodation choice you need, from cheap dorm rooms in hostels to mid-range guesthouses, to classy five-star hotels. Airbnb is also available. Prices range from USD $7-10 to $40++.
Brief, holidays in Cambodia2018 is relatively cheap, you only have to spend $20-$25 per day for your visit.
- What to see
There are a lot of things to see and do in this awesome country, but we highly recommend some famous historic attractions. The dynamic capital Phnom Penh with the Royal Palace, the temple town Siem Reap and astounding Angkor Wat, riverside city Battambang and charming town Kampot.
Besides, you shouldn’t miss the heavenly islands. Whether you want to chill on the beach or have a great time party, they may able to suit your need. Go to Koh ta Kiev for a laid-back and relaxing space, and Koh Rong or Sihanoukville for an exciting party time.
Another interesting activity you shouldn’t miss when going on vacation in Cambodia 2018 is exploring the nightlife. Bright lights, fun and lively night markets, cool, cozy pubs and bars to wild hip clubs. At night, this old country changes altogether, to a gorgeously maddening place.
- Some necessary etiquette
Cambodia is a highly religious country, with the dominance of Buddhism. It’s okay if the visitors are not familiar with the local customs, but you should always be respectful.
One thing to remember is you must dress appropriately when visiting the religious sites, with your legs and shoulders covered. Also, remember to remove your shoes and hats before entering a temple.
Refrain yourself from shouting, or acting aggressively, because to their culture, “lose one’s cool” in public is completely unacceptable.
Always be kind and polite to people, especially the elders and the monks. Never bring up the sensitive subjects such as war, violence, or the Khmer Rouge.
Cambodia is a splendid and spectacular destination with beautiful nature and rich cultural heritage. Follow our guide to have a remarkable experience.
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