Cambodia Travel Guide
One of the first things you’ll notice when you travel around Cambodia is the beautiful mix of past and present. The town of Siem Reap has been built up for tourists but when you escape to the temples from centuries ago you’re transported to a different time. Soak up the spirituality that oozes from these iconic landmarks and when you feel temple burnout start to come on you’ve got excellent nightlife and beaches to explore as well. You’ll be humbled and shocked learning about the recent genocide but it’s crucial that the world remembers and learns. Cambodia is still rebuilding from the devastating effects but you will notice that, despite it all, they’ve always got a smile on their face.
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- As of March 28, 2020 e-visa and visa on arrival have been suspended
- May 2020 most travel bans were lifted
- June 10, 2020 announcement that travelers are required to pay a deposit of $3,000 USD upon arrival to cover costs of testing and potential treatment (see more info for links to fee schedules)
- Mandatory testing upon arrival with a 14 day quarantine for those who tested positive (along with anyone traveling with you) in a location determined by authorities and 14 day self isolation if you test negative (with another test on day 13) in your accommodation of choice
- Must show proof of insurance with min coverage of $50,000
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Official currency: ៛ Cambodian riel
Budget: A great budget destination it’s possible to get by on $10-$15 USD per day. Certain activities and drinks can sway the budget a bit but overall it’s a very cheap place to travel on any budget.
Credit cards: Accepted in most tourist areas, many times with a service fee of 2-4%. If it’s a small amount of money or a mom and pop place it’s better for their business to pay cash if you can. Tuk tuks will only accept cash usually – sometimes they will claim (at the end of the trip) they don’t have cash for the giant bill so it’s helpful to have smaller bills (but definitely tip them as well)
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Where to go
Suggested itineraries for traveling Cambodia as a jumping off point. For detailed information on places to visit scroll down to “A Closer Look”
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Only passport holders from Brunei, Indonesia, Laos Malaysia, Philippines, Seychelles, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam can enter visa free for a period of time.
Visa on arrival and eVisas are available for all others
**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**
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None required but some suggested
**Recommendations are given assuming you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations for COUNTRY travel specific to your country**
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Exercise Normal Precautions
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
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Know before you go so you can be the most respectful and responsible visitor possible
Things to keep in mind when traveling Cambodia:
- The town of Siem Reap has grown to accommodate tourists from all over the world which has put a strain on water supply. Make sure you are choosing accommodations that have water saving policies and that you yourself are not being wasteful.
- Because of the recent genocide there is an entire generation missing of educated people which affects all aspects of life. Support businesses involved in social initiatives (many restaurants do this) and don’t be stingy. These people are trying to rebuild their lives.
- Stay away from volunteering in orphanages unless you are qualified. If you’d like to know more about why further info is available below. There is also more information on the sex trafficking of children which is a huge problem as well. The more informed you are the more you can help.
Capital: Phnom Penh
Official Languages: Khmer
Thank-you: orkun (or-kune)
Plugs: They use A (much of North and South America) , C (Europe) and G (UK) so bring an adapter because it just depends which one you get.