Quick Info Cambodia
Location: South East Asia – and borders 3 different countries (Thailand, Vietnam & Laos)
Language: Khmer (but you will find English is understood in major towns such)
Get Here: via Plane with Momondo or on an Organised Tour via Tour Radar (5% off through this link) – G Adventures (up to 25% off with this link!) or Intrepid
Currency: Cambodian Reil (KHR) – check the latest exchange rate here
Electrical Plug Fixture: Type A, C & G (Grab yourself a universal adapter and you’ll never have to worry about having the right plug again!) Time Zone: UTC + 7
Capital City: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Other Major Cities: Siem Reap
Famous For: Angkor Archeological Park, the atrocities committed under the Khmer Rouge
When To Visit: You can travel to Cambodia at any time of year. The dry season runs from November to February with mild temperatures and little rain, and Monsoon season is September to October where slightly highly temperatures and humidity prevail.
Visa Requirements: Most visitors from western countries will be required to obtain an E-Visa a minimum of 3 days prior to arrival. Prices vary dependent on Nationality.
Travel Within Cambodia: As with most South East Asian countries, the scooters/motorbikes are the most common mode of transport for the locals, and can be rented for your own terror should you so desire. If you are planning to hire a bike, ensure your insurance covers you!
For short trips around town, the humble tuk-tuk is a great option – just remember to negotiate your price before you get in! And for longer distances, a mini-bus will almost always be on offer.
When taking a mini-bus, add a couple of hours to any projected journey. These buses stop and start for locals, have designated ‘shop stops’ where they encourage you to buy stuff – or pay to use the toilet – and sometimes even restaurant stops.
If you don’t want to buy anything en-route, stock up on snacks before you leave and just get out to stretch your legs at the many unscheduled stops.
Travel Vaccinations: As always, check your own government recommendations prior to traveling, however you should generally ensure your basic immunizations (such as Tetnus and Diptheria) are up to date and discuss with your travel doctor Hep A and Typhoid Inoculations alongside anything else they recommend at consultation. Malaria is a risk in rural areas, so make a decision surrounding prophylactic medication dependent on which areas of the country you plan to visit.
Read More About Destinations in Cambodia
Siem Reap Cambodia
- Angkor Wat in 1 Day: The Small Circuit (coming soon)