WELCOME WARMLY TO KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
1- Is Cambodia safe ?
Yes, Cambodia is a relatively safe country. There are occasional reports of petty theft, and the occasional bar fight, but these can easily be avoided (especially the latter) if you exercise common sense. Do not leave your bag sitting at your feet while riding around in a tuk-tuk (hold onto it!), and leave your expensive jewelry and watches at home. And never, ever leave cash or valuables unattended in your hotel room. Some travelers opt for money belts that can be worn inside the clothing, or hanging around the neck under the shirt.
2. What's the weather like?
The cool, dry season is from December to February. The temperatures still get up to 30 degrees C during the daytime, but the evenings and early mornings can be quite chilly. A thin layer of fleece is recommended. The real heat & humidity really starts to set in around March, and April is by far the hottest month, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees C. The rain begins in May and lasts through November, but the real "monsoon" months are September and October. The rain is not constant, however, and may be characterized by afternoon or evening downpours. Some roads in the countryside may be impassable at this time as they get flooded or washed out.
3. How much is the Angkor Wat pass, how does one get it, and how is it used?
The Angor Wat pass can be purchased at the booth ticket en route to Ankor Wat. You will have your photo taken for the pass.
A one-day pass is $20, a 3-day pass is $40 (Any 3 days in a week) and a 7-day pass is $60. After purchase, It is not refundable.
If you purchase your pass at 5:00 pm, your pass will not be activated until the next day, allowing you into the complex to get a free sunset.
You must have your pass on you at all times, as they will check them at the entrance to the temples. It is also a good idea to bring a plastic carrying case in case it rains.
Temple hours: The Angkor Wat complex opens at 5:30 am and closes at 5:30 pm. Banteay Srei closes at 5:00 pm, and Kbal Spean closes at 3:00 pm, so plan your itinerary carefully. Passes are not required for the following, however there is a toll levied-
Phnom Kulen ($20),
Koh Ker ($10),
Beng Melea ($5).
4. Is a visitor required to have a guide?
It is an entirely up to the visitor to decide if he/she needs one or not. A guide will definitely enrich your experience and can offer you detailed cultural and historical information, .
5. What kind of currency is used?
While the currency in Cambodia is the Riel,. You will usually get your change in Riel. According to Currency Law, you can use all kinds of currencies, dollars are widely accepted and popular.
Just a quick note : Make sure your dollars are not torn or old or discolored. Shops, restaurants, hotels and airport will not accept these bills. As much as possible, keep them looking new.
6. What's the departure tax for flying out of Cambodia?
Now it is already included within your Airfare.
7. What kind of clothing is suitable?
People should wear whatever they are most comfortable in, but a fair amout of modesty should be exercised. It can be extremely hot and humid and while some are comfortable in loose-fitting cotton, others feel better in quick-drying synthetics. Garments made from "wicking" materials are available at outdoor/ adventurewear stores. This special fabric absorbs perspiration and dries while it is on your body. These items also launder easily, dry very quickly and do not wrinkle.
A hat is also recommended to keep the hot sun off your face, as is a good sunscreen (mosquito repellent goes over the sunscreen). While hiking boots would be too hot in the tropical climes, walking shoes/sneakers are good but sturdy hiking sandals ( those made by Teva, Keens, Chaco, Merril, etc) are ideal. Opt for a thin cargo pant or capri-length pant instead of jeans, which are too hot for the tropics. A definite no-no in Asia is showing too much skin. Women, keep it modest with the cleavage, showing a bare midriff or wearing short shorts. Swimwear is acceptable on the beach (you will notice the locals swimming in shorts and T-shirts!) but cover up when heading into town.
Cambodia can get quite chilly late at night or inthe early monring in the cool months (December, January) and it is a good idea to bring a fleece jacket. It's also good to have this for bus travel as sometimes the A/C can get downright cold.
When visiting active temples, you should cover their shoulders. It is required for both men and women to wear pants and skirt to cover knees. Those who are not dressed respectably will be turned away.
8. Can I use credit cards over there?
Credit cards are accepted at a lot of hotels, higher-restaurants, travel agencies and souvenir shops. There are numerous money changers as well. The vendors will usually expect the customer to pay the 3% bank fee for using a credit card.
You can use the cards for purchases. There are also banks where you can withdraw cash.
9. Should I carry cash with me?
10. What’s the best way to get local currency over there?
11. Where can I use ATMs ?