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Fun Facts You Need to Know Before Visiting Cambodia

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When is the best time to visit Cambodia?

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The best time to visit Cambodia is from November to March. Like most countries in Southeast Asia, Cambodia experiences two distinct seasons – dry and wet season. The weather in Cambodia is dry, cool and not too humid from November to March. Here are the fun facts about Cambodia, the worst time to travel to Cambodia is in September, the peak of typhoon season. Not only does it rain heavily in September, but the torrents can also cause severe flooding.

Do I need a visa to enter Cambodia?

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Cambodian visa.

If you don’t hold a Cambodian passport, you need a visa to enter Cambodia, unless you’re a citizen of Singapore, the Philippines, or Malaysia. A 30-day Cambodian visa is easily obtainable at the country’s Royal Embassies and Consulates and can be extended accordingly. If you’re entering Cambodia through the border checkpoints at Thailand and Vietnam, you can be issued a visa there as well.

Do Cambodians speak English?

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Cambodians in urban centres and tourist towns, such as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Sihanoukville, do speak English, but mostly as a third language. The national language is Khmer, while French is the secondary language.

Is it safe to travel to Cambodia?

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It’s generally safe to travel to Cambodia and its provinces. However, it’s advised to travel with a local guide if you’re exploring the countryside, especially in remote, forested areas, to avoid landmines. You should also avoid going out late at night if you’re not staying at Phnom Penh and in the tourist towns.

What’s the currency in Cambodia?

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Cambodian currency and coins

Cambodia’s official currency is riel, available in denominations of 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000, and 100000. But the US dollar is also accepted in Phnom Penh and the tourist areas, and it’s highly advisable to carry US dollars in small denominations. The Thai baht is also used in the border towns like Pailin and Battambang.

What emergency numbers can I call in Cambodia?

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In case you encounter problems in Cambodia, you can call 117 for the police. The number for the tourist police in Phnom Penh is 012942484 and 012402424 in Siem Reap. As for the Ministry of Tourism, the number is 023211593.

Can I drink tap water in Cambodia?

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Tap water in Cambodia is generally safe to drink. But just to be on the safe side, drink bottled water instead. Bottled water is widely available in the country.

Is there a dress code observed in Cambodia?

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It’s okay to dress in whatever makes you comfortable in Cambodia. However, in holy places such as the Royal Palace, Angkor Wat, and the various temples in the country, it’s advisable to cover up – men should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, while women should avoid exposing their legs, upper arms and shoulders. Shoes are taken off before entering the temples.

Am I expected to tip in Cambodia?

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Boutique and chain hotels, as well as restaurants in Cambodia, typically add a 10% service charge to their bills. Thus, tipping is not expected there unless the service rendered is truly exceptional. You may want to tip the porter or bellhop assisting you at your hotel, though.

What’s the voltage in Cambodia? Can I use my electronics and gadgets there?

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Types of Cambodian power plugs.

The voltage used in Cambodia is 220AC, running at 50Hz. Plugs, however, typically have two pins only, without the third grounding pin. It would be safe to bring an adaptor with you, just in case.

Now you know some fun facts about Cambodia, thus you should have more reason to visit Cambodia. Book your trip with us and enjoy Cambodia your way.

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