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Cambodia: Ancient Splendor, Timeless Grace

start_quote end_quote Cambodia, a land of profound emotions etched in the stone temples of Angkor Wat. Siem Reap's ancient wonders, bathed in the golden hues of sunrise, evoke a sense of awe that transcends time. Beyond the iconic temples, the heart of Cambodia beats in the warmth of its smiles and the untold stories etched in the faces of its people. The simplicity of rural life and the vibrant chaos of markets paint a mosaic of experiences that stir the soul.

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Unveiling Cambodia's Treasures: A 6-Day Immersive Journey
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Siem Reap → Phare Cambodia Circus → Angkor Thom → Bayon Temple → Ta Prohm Temple → Angkor Wat → Tonle Sap Lake → Pub Street → Phnom Penh → Killing Fields → Mekong Island

Explore the intricate carvings and hidden corners of the iconic Angkor complex. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Phnom Penh, where bustling markets and historic sites tell stories of resilience and cultural richness.

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Discover Siem Reap's magic in 4 days
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Siem Reap → Wat Bo Village → Angkor Thom → Ta Prohm Temple → Banteay Kdei Temple → Angkor Wat → Tonle Sap Lake → Rural Villages → Pub Street

Journey through time amidst awe-inspiring ancient wonders like Angkor Wat. Unveil the vibrant tapestry of Cambodian culture, from bustling markets to serene pagodas. Connect with the heart of the community, learning about local traditions and daily life through authentic encounters

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Indochina - A mesmerizing 22-day adventure
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Hanoi → Pu Luong → Ninh Binh → Lan Ha Bay → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh City → Cu Chi Tunnels → Mekong Delta → Phnom Penh → Siem Reap → Luang Prabang

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the enchanting Vietnam Cambodia and Laos tours, where ancient wonders intertwine with serene spiritual havens.

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Vietnam & Cambodia 18 days family adventure
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Hanoi → Fansipan Mountain → Lan Ha Bay → Cat Ba Island → Hue → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh City → Cu Chi Tunnels → Mekong Delta/ Vinh Long → Angkor Wat

This 18-day family adventure package for the Vietnam and Cambodia tour is more than just a vacation; it's an investment in experiences that will strengthen your family bond and broaden your horizons.

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Battambang

The Battambang tour invites you to a journey where the elegance of colonial history meets the vibrancy of a burgeoning art scene.

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Koh Rong Island

Escape to the Koh Rong Island tour, where the rhythmic lull of the sea becomes your sanctuary. Recharge your soul amid the pristine beauty of this tropical paradise, where turquoise waters gently caress powdery white sands.

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Phnom Penh

Explore the Phnom Penh tour and discover the heart of Cambodia, where the city's pulse echoes with the rhythms of a rich cultural legacy and the vibrant beats of modernity.

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Siem Reap

The Siem Reap tour invites you to unveil the majesty of Angkor, a UNESCO treasure that narrates Cambodia's ancient story. Immerse yourself in a destination where the grandeur of history meets warm hospitality, creating an unforgettable fusion of cultural richness and modern comfort.

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Battambang

The Battambang tour invites you to a journey where the elegance of colonial history meets the vibrancy of a burgeoning art scene.

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Koh Rong Island

Escape to the Koh Rong Island tour, where the rhythmic lull of the sea becomes your sanctuary. Recharge your soul amid the pristine beauty of this tropical paradise, where turquoise waters gently caress powdery white sands.

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Phnom Penh

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Siem Reap

The Siem Reap tour invites you to unveil the majesty of Angkor, a UNESCO treasure that narrates Cambodia's ancient story. Immerse yourself in a destination where the grandeur of history meets warm hospitality, creating an unforgettable fusion of cultural richness and modern comfort.

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Immersive & Authentic Journey

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We prioritize sustainability and respect for local cultures, ensuring that your travel leaves a positive impact on the places you visit. Travel with us and be a part of preserving cultures and protecting the environment.

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FAQS

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Do I need a visa to travel to Cambodia?

To begin, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia and you must have at least one blank visa page. "a. Cambodia Visa Exemption •  With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Cambodia without a visa up to: 30 days for Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia 14 days for Thailand 21 days for The Philippines •  For all visitors from other countries, the visa has remained valid for 30 days, tourist visa fees are about $30 •  The international airports of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as the international border inspection station, handle visas. •  Cambodian visas are accepted at any embassy or consulate in the country. •  At the immigration office in Phnom Penh, the visa is extended. •  Cambodians living abroad are eligible for a free visa (visa k)." "b. Cambodia E-Visa With a few exceptions, nationals of any country can obtain an e-visa. E-visa is also not available for •  Those who hold diplomatic passports •  Those who hold official passports •  Those who hold spouse or parent-endorsed passports •  Those who hold international travel documents" "To obtain an E-visa, you will only need two additional documents: The biodata page of your passport A photograph of the applicant •  The e-visa must be printed and presented at the port of entry. •  When entering Cambodia, an e-visa can only be used once, and you will need to apply again on your next visit. •  You can apply for an e-visa a few days before your trip, so you do not concern as long as your flight departs in more than 72 hours.

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Is tipping customary in Cambodia?

You can give the waiter around a dollar, the hotel porters around a dollar per bag, a dollar for taxi drivers, five dollars for personal chauffers, and between $15-20/day for a private guide.

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What is internet access like in Cambodia?

Internet throughout Cambodia is relatively widespread and reliable, and WiFi is increasingly prevalent. You can count on having internet in the major cities and developed parts of the country, but as you get into the more isolated parts of the country, you probably won't be able to find access.

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Can I use my cell phone while in Cambodia?

It's likely that you will be out of range of cell towers for the majority of your trip in Cambodia, but if you have a GSM-capable phone then you can also ask your service provider to unlock it so that you can purchase a SIM chip once you arrive and access the local network. Connecting to WiFi or purchasing an international plan from your provider might also be options for you.

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Do I need power adapters?

You will either encounter plugs that are type A (US-style two flat prongs), C (European style two round prongs), or G (three flat prongs that are set on a triangle base). Power is 230v, but most US 110v appliances don't require a power converter.

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What are the toilets like in Cambodia?

Toilets throughout Asia, especially in the less developed countries, tend to be squat style toilets that require you to bring your own toilet paper. The hotels and ships will feature bowl toilets, but in all restrooms, it's necessary that you throw the toilet paper in the wastebasket and not the toilet itself.

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Can I drink the water in Cambodia?

While you cannot drink the tap water in Cambodia, we make sure that you always have access to clean bottled or purified drinking water.

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Are credit cards accepted in Cambodia? Will I be able to find ATMs?

Each year, credit and debit cards and ATMs are becoming more popular and widely used throughout Cambodia. Most tourist destinations accept credit cards and have accessible ATMs. Almost all tourism businesses and an increasing number of mid-range businesses accept cards as well. Of course, once you head towards the more isolated parts of the country, it is not as common to find ATMs or vendors that accept cards.

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Do I need any vaccinations?

Travellers have very little to worry about in a country where health standards are ranked amongst the highest in Asia. Vaccinations are not required to enter the Kingdom of Cambodia; you are unless coming from a "yellow" infected area.

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What are temperature and climate for the whole year round in Cambodia?

Cambodia has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons. – Hot/Dry from March to May and Rainy/Monsoon from June to October and Small Winter/Cool from November through February The average annual temperature is 280C – 320C, this ranges in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The temperature during the small winter is 140C - 160C at provinces throughout the country but in Phnom Penh is about 160C – 200C. In the early April, it is found that there are some rain showers through the beginning of May. The end of May and the beginning of June the full monsoon starts till the end of October. The best time to visit Cambodia is in January, February, March, April, November, and December during the dry season when temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees C.

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What attire should I bring on my vacation to Cambodia and what should I wear when visiting ancient temples and Buddhist Pagodas?

As Cambodia's climate is hot and humid almost all year round, it is ideal to have light clothing to be worn throughout the year. But during the small winter from December till March, you are advised to wear thick clothing. It is also advisable for ladies and gentlemen, when entering any Buddhist pagoda, in tradition, ladies are inappropriately found to wear shorts, trousers or any sexy attire. Men and women are cultured for a dignitary image¾is not to wear shorts and cap when you are in the complex of a Buddhist pagoda. The flip-flops, boots or shoes must specially be taken off before entering into any Buddhist temple. At ancient temples, you are free to wear any as you wish but not bras and under-pan.

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What are the best tips when traveling with children in Cambodia?

1. Take an umbrella and suitable clothing with you Cambodia has two seasons: dry, and rainy (wet) season, with the temperature ranging from 25 to 35 degrees C. Since temperatures can vary from very hot to a sudden rainstorm, bring an umbrella and layer your clothing, ready for any weather changes. 2. Keep water handy Cambodia’s wet season ranges from May to October, with the temperature ranging from 30 to 35 degrees C. your car should have air conditioning. Bottled water is also useful to have on excursions because you will be walking a lot and there aren’t many places to buy water near the sites, temples, and pagodas. 3. A stroller and some familiar items are helpful for travel with children Bring their favorite snacks and toys. Also, remember to pack some medical supplies like medicine and bandages. A stroller is highly useful to transport children and other items, like drinks or packages.  4. Limit transfer as much as possible If you’re traveling with children, try not to do too much in one day. 5. Combine entertainment complexes into your itinerary At entertainment venues such as parks, zoos, and game complexes, children can play on their own … Plan to take your children to these incredible locations so they can share these memorable adventures with you.

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What should I pack for my trip?

1. Personal items Cambodia is not cold even in the dry season, as temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. Bring lightweight clothing as well as shirts with sleeves, a lightweight sweater or jacket, and long pants or skirts, in order to be able to enter Cambodian temples or pagodas, per their restrictions at historical landmarks. 2. Update the current state of Covid-19, as well as politics and security. To avoid unexpected problems with Covid-19, check the most up-to-date information prior to travel. Often your airline will inform you of vaccination documents to upload in order to be travel-ready and whether you will need to bring a test kit before or after travel.  3. Learn some basic daily habits and local customs before you arrive. To ensure that you adhere to the customs of the country you are visiting, your tour guide will review some basic daily habits and local customs. Simple greetings of hello are welcomed, as well as a thank you or goodbye. When you speak with the locals directly, they will appreciate it. 4. Bring any necessary medicine Bring your own prescriptions in their regular containers, as well as sunscreen or insect repellent, depending on your location. Medicine is available in Cambodia but it’s convenient if you come prepared.

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What are special Cambodian foods to try?

Cambodia’s traditional cuisine is still well-known, particularly Khmer local cuisine, which is prepared differently than other cuisines. It may be challenging to taste at first, but once you do, you will realize how different it is from any other local food around the world.

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When are the Cambodian school holidays?

There are 5 term breaks in the year for schools throughout Cambodia. The term breaks vary slightly from state to state. However, they fall roughly during the later part of the months of January (1 week), March (2 weeks), May (3 weeks), August (1week), October (4 weeks).

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What is the best way to travel around the country?

It depends upon your need whether you are in a hurry to get to your destination or you wish to take things leisurely, there is a wide range of choice of transportation. 1. By air: you can travel with Cambodian Airlines for domestic flights by Cambodia Angkor Airs (CAA). The flight routes are set for major tourist destinations and economic zones at the provinces of Siem Reap and Sihanoukville (Charter Flight). 2. By rail: the railway network of Cambodia that stretches from East to West, which run from Phnom Penh to the provinces of Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang and Bantey Meanchey and other routes: Phnom Penh-Sihanouk Ville and Phnom Penh-Kampot. Be ensured that the Cambodian railway network is under development and time consuming to catch train. 3. By road:  Cambodia now has several bus companies and private taxis are also available throughout Cambodia. But the bus operations are still very limited based on the road condition. Travellers can take coach from Phnom Penh to neighboring provinces such as Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampot, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, Neak Leung (in Prey Veng), Ta Mao (in Kandal) and to two other cities of Sihanouk Ville and Keb. In particular, Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City along the National Road 1 is now available. Taxies are available to make a journey throughout the country. 4. By water: several speedboat firms can be seen along Tonle Sap River. These speedboats carry passengers from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Angkor and further from Siem Reap to Battambang province; also are available for destinations along Mekong River such as from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham, Kratie and Steung Treng. Above all, travelers can make a voyage from Vietnam to Phnom Penh as well.

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What is the national language?

Cambodia has a unique official language is Khmer or Cambodian. The French and English are widely utilized as second language. Cambodians tend to be trilingual.

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What are the medical services available in Cambodia?

Medical services are available in all towns at government run hospitals and private clinics. Non-prescription drugs are available at pharmacies as well as supermarkets, hotels, and shopping centres. International class hotels also have their individual in-house medical Doctor to service their guests.

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How do I rent and drive a car in Cambodia?

You will require an international driving permit or a valid license issued by your government to drive in Cambodia. Car rental can be arranged through hotel or through various car rental companies which can be located through the Yellow Pages Directory.

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What is the procedure if I should want to bring pets into Cambodia?

It is advisable for you to contact the Cambodian Diplomatic Mission nearest you for up-to-date information concerning the importation of pets from your country. Various airline companies may also be able to help you with this.

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How welcoming is Cambodia to LGBTQ travelers and families?

Cambodia is very welcoming of LGBTQ travelers. Homosexuality is legal in Cambodia, although gay marriage is not recognized. However, the country is conservative so public displays of affection are frowned upon regardless of sexual orientation.

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What are the public bathroom facilities like?

Western-style and Asian-style squat toilets can be found in public bathrooms. It is recommended you bring your own tissues and hand sanitizer as they are not normally provided. Some public facilities may charge a small fee.

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What are the main annual festivals or events held?

Cambodia has many national holidays and local events. January 24 is the Angkor Festival, while the Khmer New Year takes place each April. Royal Ploughing Day is in April or May each year. Other festivals include the Meak Bochea (Festival of the Monks), which takes place on February 9, the Water and Moon Festival each October or November, and Buddha’s Birthday, which is celebrated on June 15 on the Buddhist calendar.

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What time zone is Cambodia in?

Cambodia is 3 hours behind Australia, 7 hours ahead of London and 12 hours ahead of New York.

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 Will Cambodia be a culture shock?

It is worth reading about local culture before you travel. Cambodians are very hospitable people who do not easily take offence but that is as long as you respect their culture. There are several simple things to remember: •    Dress appropriately at religious sites which means no bare shoulders, mini-skirts or shorts. You will need to remove your shoes at times, for example when entering a temple. At no time should you have your back to a Buddha image or statue. •    It is rude to point in any way with your feet or touch anyone’s head. •    Don’t take close-up photographs of anyone without permission. That certainly applies when you are in a temple. •    Bow forward slightly with hands together when introduced to someone. This formal greeting is not required on every occasion.

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What is the food like?

Most of the Khmer dishes are served with rice. The most popular dish is Amok fish, It is similar to curry but tastier, especially with the Mekong River fish. And the most popular snack in Cambodia is the deep-fried tarantula. Most of the travelers in Cambodia try this.

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Do I require medical insurance before travelling to Cambodia?

It is a good idea for you to take have medical insurance before you travel to Cambodia as Cambodia does not have reciprocal health service agreements with other nations.

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How is about laundry?

You can get laundry done practically everywhere, at hotels and guesthouses or at private laundries in all towns – look for the signs in English. Prices are pretty uniform, at 500–1000 riel per item or $1–2 per kilogram. In Phnom Penh and Siem Reap there are a number of places with driers, giving a speedy turnaround (3hr).

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What are the must - buy items in Cambodia?

When it comes to shopping in Cambodia, there are some must-buy items that you shouldn’t miss. From exquisite silk products like scarves and clothing to traditional krama scarves and unique lotus and silk weaving, these items represent the rich cultural heritage of Cambodia. In conclusion, Cambodia offers a world of treasures just waiting to be discovered. Whether it’s the exquisite silk products, the artistry of pottery and wooden carvings, or the flavors of Kampot pepper and Khmer spices, there’s something for everyone. Soak up the vibrant markets, connect with local artisans, and take home a piece of Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage. From our own experiences exploring this enchanting country, we can assure you that the best things to buy in Cambodia will leave you with cherished memories and meaningful souvenirs that will forever remind you of this remarkable journey.

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Do I need a visa to travel to Cambodia?

To begin, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia and you must have at least one blank visa page. "a. Cambodia Visa Exemption •  With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Cambodia without a visa up to: 30 days for Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia 14 days for Thailand 21 days for The Philippines •  For all visitors from other countries, the visa has remained valid for 30 days, tourist visa fees are about $30 •  The international airports of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as the international border inspection station, handle visas. •  Cambodian visas are accepted at any embassy or consulate in the country. •  At the immigration office in Phnom Penh, the visa is extended. •  Cambodians living abroad are eligible for a free visa (visa k)." "b. Cambodia E-Visa With a few exceptions, nationals of any country can obtain an e-visa. E-visa is also not available for •  Those who hold diplomatic passports •  Those who hold official passports •  Those who hold spouse or parent-endorsed passports •  Those who hold international travel documents" "To obtain an E-visa, you will only need two additional documents: The biodata page of your passport A photograph of the applicant •  The e-visa must be printed and presented at the port of entry. •  When entering Cambodia, an e-visa can only be used once, and you will need to apply again on your next visit. •  You can apply for an e-visa a few days before your trip, so you do not concern as long as your flight departs in more than 72 hours.

Is tipping customary in Cambodia?

You can give the waiter around a dollar, the hotel porters around a dollar per bag, a dollar for taxi drivers, five dollars for personal chauffers, and between $15-20/day for a private guide.

What is internet access like in Cambodia?

Internet throughout Cambodia is relatively widespread and reliable, and WiFi is increasingly prevalent. You can count on having internet in the major cities and developed parts of the country, but as you get into the more isolated parts of the country, you probably won't be able to find access.

Can I use my cell phone while in Cambodia?

It's likely that you will be out of range of cell towers for the majority of your trip in Cambodia, but if you have a GSM-capable phone then you can also ask your service provider to unlock it so that you can purchase a SIM chip once you arrive and access the local network. Connecting to WiFi or purchasing an international plan from your provider might also be options for you.

Do I need power adapters?

You will either encounter plugs that are type A (US-style two flat prongs), C (European style two round prongs), or G (three flat prongs that are set on a triangle base). Power is 230v, but most US 110v appliances don't require a power converter.

What are the toilets like in Cambodia?

Toilets throughout Asia, especially in the less developed countries, tend to be squat style toilets that require you to bring your own toilet paper. The hotels and ships will feature bowl toilets, but in all restrooms, it's necessary that you throw the toilet paper in the wastebasket and not the toilet itself.

Can I drink the water in Cambodia?

While you cannot drink the tap water in Cambodia, we make sure that you always have access to clean bottled or purified drinking water.

Are credit cards accepted in Cambodia? Will I be able to find ATMs?

Each year, credit and debit cards and ATMs are becoming more popular and widely used throughout Cambodia. Most tourist destinations accept credit cards and have accessible ATMs. Almost all tourism businesses and an increasing number of mid-range businesses accept cards as well. Of course, once you head towards the more isolated parts of the country, it is not as common to find ATMs or vendors that accept cards.

Do I need any vaccinations?

Travellers have very little to worry about in a country where health standards are ranked amongst the highest in Asia. Vaccinations are not required to enter the Kingdom of Cambodia; you are unless coming from a "yellow" infected area.

What are temperature and climate for the whole year round in Cambodia?

Cambodia has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons. – Hot/Dry from March to May and Rainy/Monsoon from June to October and Small Winter/Cool from November through February The average annual temperature is 280C – 320C, this ranges in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The temperature during the small winter is 140C - 160C at provinces throughout the country but in Phnom Penh is about 160C – 200C. In the early April, it is found that there are some rain showers through the beginning of May. The end of May and the beginning of June the full monsoon starts till the end of October. The best time to visit Cambodia is in January, February, March, April, November, and December during the dry season when temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees C.

What attire should I bring on my vacation to Cambodia and what should I wear when visiting ancient temples and Buddhist Pagodas?

As Cambodia's climate is hot and humid almost all year round, it is ideal to have light clothing to be worn throughout the year. But during the small winter from December till March, you are advised to wear thick clothing. It is also advisable for ladies and gentlemen, when entering any Buddhist pagoda, in tradition, ladies are inappropriately found to wear shorts, trousers or any sexy attire. Men and women are cultured for a dignitary image¾is not to wear shorts and cap when you are in the complex of a Buddhist pagoda. The flip-flops, boots or shoes must specially be taken off before entering into any Buddhist temple. At ancient temples, you are free to wear any as you wish but not bras and under-pan.

What are the best tips when traveling with children in Cambodia?

1. Take an umbrella and suitable clothing with you Cambodia has two seasons: dry, and rainy (wet) season, with the temperature ranging from 25 to 35 degrees C. Since temperatures can vary from very hot to a sudden rainstorm, bring an umbrella and layer your clothing, ready for any weather changes. 2. Keep water handy Cambodia’s wet season ranges from May to October, with the temperature ranging from 30 to 35 degrees C. your car should have air conditioning. Bottled water is also useful to have on excursions because you will be walking a lot and there aren’t many places to buy water near the sites, temples, and pagodas. 3. A stroller and some familiar items are helpful for travel with children Bring their favorite snacks and toys. Also, remember to pack some medical supplies like medicine and bandages. A stroller is highly useful to transport children and other items, like drinks or packages.  4. Limit transfer as much as possible If you’re traveling with children, try not to do too much in one day. 5. Combine entertainment complexes into your itinerary At entertainment venues such as parks, zoos, and game complexes, children can play on their own … Plan to take your children to these incredible locations so they can share these memorable adventures with you.

What should I pack for my trip?

1. Personal items Cambodia is not cold even in the dry season, as temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. Bring lightweight clothing as well as shirts with sleeves, a lightweight sweater or jacket, and long pants or skirts, in order to be able to enter Cambodian temples or pagodas, per their restrictions at historical landmarks. 2. Update the current state of Covid-19, as well as politics and security. To avoid unexpected problems with Covid-19, check the most up-to-date information prior to travel. Often your airline will inform you of vaccination documents to upload in order to be travel-ready and whether you will need to bring a test kit before or after travel.  3. Learn some basic daily habits and local customs before you arrive. To ensure that you adhere to the customs of the country you are visiting, your tour guide will review some basic daily habits and local customs. Simple greetings of hello are welcomed, as well as a thank you or goodbye. When you speak with the locals directly, they will appreciate it. 4. Bring any necessary medicine Bring your own prescriptions in their regular containers, as well as sunscreen or insect repellent, depending on your location. Medicine is available in Cambodia but it’s convenient if you come prepared.

What are special Cambodian foods to try?

Cambodia’s traditional cuisine is still well-known, particularly Khmer local cuisine, which is prepared differently than other cuisines. It may be challenging to taste at first, but once you do, you will realize how different it is from any other local food around the world.

When are the Cambodian school holidays?

There are 5 term breaks in the year for schools throughout Cambodia. The term breaks vary slightly from state to state. However, they fall roughly during the later part of the months of January (1 week), March (2 weeks), May (3 weeks), August (1week), October (4 weeks).

What is the best way to travel around the country?

It depends upon your need whether you are in a hurry to get to your destination or you wish to take things leisurely, there is a wide range of choice of transportation. 1. By air: you can travel with Cambodian Airlines for domestic flights by Cambodia Angkor Airs (CAA). The flight routes are set for major tourist destinations and economic zones at the provinces of Siem Reap and Sihanoukville (Charter Flight). 2. By rail: the railway network of Cambodia that stretches from East to West, which run from Phnom Penh to the provinces of Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang and Bantey Meanchey and other routes: Phnom Penh-Sihanouk Ville and Phnom Penh-Kampot. Be ensured that the Cambodian railway network is under development and time consuming to catch train. 3. By road:  Cambodia now has several bus companies and private taxis are also available throughout Cambodia. But the bus operations are still very limited based on the road condition. Travellers can take coach from Phnom Penh to neighboring provinces such as Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampot, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, Neak Leung (in Prey Veng), Ta Mao (in Kandal) and to two other cities of Sihanouk Ville and Keb. In particular, Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City along the National Road 1 is now available. Taxies are available to make a journey throughout the country. 4. By water: several speedboat firms can be seen along Tonle Sap River. These speedboats carry passengers from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Angkor and further from Siem Reap to Battambang province; also are available for destinations along Mekong River such as from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham, Kratie and Steung Treng. Above all, travelers can make a voyage from Vietnam to Phnom Penh as well.

What is the national language?

Cambodia has a unique official language is Khmer or Cambodian. The French and English are widely utilized as second language. Cambodians tend to be trilingual.

What are the medical services available in Cambodia?

Medical services are available in all towns at government run hospitals and private clinics. Non-prescription drugs are available at pharmacies as well as supermarkets, hotels, and shopping centres. International class hotels also have their individual in-house medical Doctor to service their guests.

How do I rent and drive a car in Cambodia?

You will require an international driving permit or a valid license issued by your government to drive in Cambodia. Car rental can be arranged through hotel or through various car rental companies which can be located through the Yellow Pages Directory.

What is the procedure if I should want to bring pets into Cambodia?

It is advisable for you to contact the Cambodian Diplomatic Mission nearest you for up-to-date information concerning the importation of pets from your country. Various airline companies may also be able to help you with this.

How welcoming is Cambodia to LGBTQ travelers and families?

Cambodia is very welcoming of LGBTQ travelers. Homosexuality is legal in Cambodia, although gay marriage is not recognized. However, the country is conservative so public displays of affection are frowned upon regardless of sexual orientation.

What are the public bathroom facilities like?

Western-style and Asian-style squat toilets can be found in public bathrooms. It is recommended you bring your own tissues and hand sanitizer as they are not normally provided. Some public facilities may charge a small fee.

What are the main annual festivals or events held?

Cambodia has many national holidays and local events. January 24 is the Angkor Festival, while the Khmer New Year takes place each April. Royal Ploughing Day is in April or May each year. Other festivals include the Meak Bochea (Festival of the Monks), which takes place on February 9, the Water and Moon Festival each October or November, and Buddha’s Birthday, which is celebrated on June 15 on the Buddhist calendar.

What time zone is Cambodia in?

Cambodia is 3 hours behind Australia, 7 hours ahead of London and 12 hours ahead of New York.

 Will Cambodia be a culture shock?

It is worth reading about local culture before you travel. Cambodians are very hospitable people who do not easily take offence but that is as long as you respect their culture. There are several simple things to remember: •    Dress appropriately at religious sites which means no bare shoulders, mini-skirts or shorts. You will need to remove your shoes at times, for example when entering a temple. At no time should you have your back to a Buddha image or statue. •    It is rude to point in any way with your feet or touch anyone’s head. •    Don’t take close-up photographs of anyone without permission. That certainly applies when you are in a temple. •    Bow forward slightly with hands together when introduced to someone. This formal greeting is not required on every occasion.

What is the food like?

Most of the Khmer dishes are served with rice. The most popular dish is Amok fish, It is similar to curry but tastier, especially with the Mekong River fish. And the most popular snack in Cambodia is the deep-fried tarantula. Most of the travelers in Cambodia try this.

Do I require medical insurance before travelling to Cambodia?

It is a good idea for you to take have medical insurance before you travel to Cambodia as Cambodia does not have reciprocal health service agreements with other nations.

How is about laundry?

You can get laundry done practically everywhere, at hotels and guesthouses or at private laundries in all towns – look for the signs in English. Prices are pretty uniform, at 500–1000 riel per item or $1–2 per kilogram. In Phnom Penh and Siem Reap there are a number of places with driers, giving a speedy turnaround (3hr).

What are the must - buy items in Cambodia?

When it comes to shopping in Cambodia, there are some must-buy items that you shouldn’t miss. From exquisite silk products like scarves and clothing to traditional krama scarves and unique lotus and silk weaving, these items represent the rich cultural heritage of Cambodia. In conclusion, Cambodia offers a world of treasures just waiting to be discovered. Whether it’s the exquisite silk products, the artistry of pottery and wooden carvings, or the flavors of Kampot pepper and Khmer spices, there’s something for everyone. Soak up the vibrant markets, connect with local artisans, and take home a piece of Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage. From our own experiences exploring this enchanting country, we can assure you that the best things to buy in Cambodia will leave you with cherished memories and meaningful souvenirs that will forever remind you of this remarkable journey.