Cambodia: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Cambodia

Overview

Experience the wonder of Cambodia, with its magnificent ancient temples, mystical culture and spectacular beaches. Whether you’re exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, paddling around the floating villages of Tonle Sap, or bartering at the vibrant city markets, you will be surrounded by centuries of folklore and tradition as you experience exciting adventures of your own.

 

Capital City: Phnom Penh

Population: 16.95 million (2021 est.)

Currency: Cambodian Riels

Time Zone: Indochina Time - (GMT+7)

Emergency Number: 119

Cambodia-Temple
Cambodia-1

Packing List

Speak the Language

Khmer is the official language of Cambodia

 

  • Hello - Chom reap sour (formal) / Susadei (informal)
  • Goodbye - Chom Reap Lear (formal)/Leahaey (informal)
  • What is your name? - Chhmua ei?
  • Yes - Bah (male)/ Jah (female)
  • No - Ot teh
  • My name is ____ - Knyom Chhmua
  • Good night - Selamat malam (s’lah-mawt maw-lahm)
  • Thank you - Saum Arkoun
  • How are you? - Anak sokhasabbay te
  • I’m fine, thank you - Khnhom sokhasabbay te akoun
  • Sorry/Excuse me - Som dtoh
  • How much? - Bo man?
  • Delicious - Chhnang
  • Check, please? - Som ket loy?

 

Google Translate: Download the Google Translate app or click here 

Cambodia-Temple-1

Fun Facts

  • Angkor Wat, which translates to the “City of Temples,” is the largest religious building in the world. It also appears on the national flag making Cambodia the only country in the world with a building as its national emblem.
  • Angkor Wat is built upon 10 million stone blocks, each weighing about 1.5 tons. To put that in perspective, that is more area covered than present-day Paris and more stones than every pyramid in Egypt combined. The inscriptions on the walls read that the complex took 35 years, 300,000 laborers, and 6000 elephants to construct.
  • Cambodia is a kingdom and its King Norodom Sihanouk remains a bachelor without children, which currently leaves no direct successor to the throne.
  • Cambodians place little to no relevance on their birthdays, in fact, many of the older Cambodians do not know exactly how old they are or the date of their actual birthday.
  • Although birthday parties are not really a ‘thing’ in Cambodia, funerals are a huge deal. Families and friends will pool all their money to plan funeral events that can last up to 49 days.
  • Traditional Cambodian weddings are also a massive production, lasting 3 days and 3 nights. The 3 days represent the 3 jewels of Buddhism; the Buddha, the Sangha and the Dhamma.
  • Although the national currency is the Riel, the US Dollar is also accepted everywhere but expect to receive change in Riel when paying in USD. It is actually just as easy to take USD from the ATMs as Riels but bear in mind that Cambodian ATMs will dispense 100-dollar bills.
  • With a food culture that boasts a diverse and bustling street food scene, western fast food has never quite taken off in Cambodia. McDonald’s has never opened in the kingdom and brands like KFC and Burger King have reported consistent annual losses.
  • If you find yourself wondering why there are no people on the street, it’s probably a day off for the locals. With 28 public holidays, Cambodia leads the world in annual days off.

Tipping

Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $5 per person/per day
Drivers USD $5 per person/per day
Restaurants(full service)  USD 10% of the total bill

 

FAQ

Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.

 

Is the water safe to drink? We recommend against it. Although the tap water in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap claims to be treated, probably a safe bet to stick to bottled, purified, and filtered water.

 

Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, click here. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after you return home and has two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.

 

What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here.

 

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend that all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.com, or from a provider of your choice.

 

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

 

What does public transportation look like? In the larger cities taxis, tuk-tuks, and motorbike taxis are readily available.

 

Is Uber or Lyft available? Uber launched in Cambodia back in 2017 but was acquired by Grab.

Luggage Restrictions

Luggage Restrictions purple
Luggage restrictions purple – mobile – 1

1% Promise

In partnership with The Cool Effect, 1% of your booking will be donated to reduce carbon emissions through community-based initiatives around the globe.

Book With Confidence

Interested in Travel Insurance?
Learn More
Find Flights
Book Now