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  • What about Tipping?
  • Do’s and don’t’s
  • What to bring to Cambodia
  • Where I can do shopping?
  • What are food are served?
  • Do I need Vaccinations when travel to Cambodia?
  • What language Should I understand?
  • What are the visa requirements and custom formalities?
  • What money should i take?
  • Is it safe to travel in Cambodia?
  • When is the best time to travel?

What about Tipping?

Tipping is general formal in Cambodia. You dont have to very hard with your money spening. Khmer People most generous. Major hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge & tax on bills. If not included in the bill, a 5% tip would be appropriate if service was satisfactory. For porters, 1,000 Riel per bag is sufficient.
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DOs in Cambodia

  • Ask for permission before taking photographs of any Cambodian people or monks.
  • It is customary to remove your shoes when entering a place of worship such as a pagoda or temple. Additionally, visitors should dress appropriately when inside a religious site (upper arms and legs should be covered, hats removed).
  • It is respectful to remove your shoes when entering someone’s home.
  • Though not always expected, a respectful way of greeting another individual is to bow the head slightly with hands pressed together at the chest (known as “Sampeah”).
  • If invited to dine in a Cambodian family’s home, it is polite to bring a small gift for the host such as fruit, dessert, or flowers.
  • If invited to attend a Cambodian wedding, it is customary to bring cash as a wedding gift.
  • When using a toothpick at the table, use one hand to cover your mouth.
  • Keep business cards ready, and present them with both hands. Accept business cards with both hands.

DON’Ts in Cambodia

  • Don’t use your feet to point at someone.
  • Don’t touch a Cambodian person on the head.
  • Don’t begin eating if you are a guest at a dinner and the host has yet to take a bite.
  • Women should never touch male monks or hand something directly to them.
  • Keep public displays of affection to a respectful minimum.

Commonsense Practices

  • Do not litter; keep our community clean and safe
  • Plastic bags can be hazardous; dispose them properly

What to Bring to Cambodia?

  • Photocopies of your passport
  • At least two passport-size photographs of yourself
  • Cash in US$1s, $10s, $20s, $50s (Important note: Old and/or torn currency bills may suffer rejection)
  • A folding umbrella or lightweight rain poncho if you plan to visit during the rainy season
  • Zip lock bags. They are cheap, disposable, and keep all kinds of things fresh and dry
    An adventurous spirit. pls add …(Important note: Old and/or torn currency bills may suffer rejection

Where I can do shopping?

A: Cambodia, Especially in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap offer fine silks, textiles, statues and carvings along with silverwork and even art, The Buddhism-themed items, Daily used Items and Grocery Store are sold in most center market and on the street and in large markets both in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and, generally speaking, specific items for sale are to be found in specific parts of the towns. However, in certain markets, without a basic foundation in the Khmer Language you’ll find it nigh on impossible to bargain prices down so make sure you take a Khmer-speaking friend along or stick to the big markets.

What are food are served?

Khmer Foods is closely related to its neighboring countries, Thailand, although it is not as spicy. The Amok (fish prepared with coconut milk and spices) is probably the most famous Cambodian dish. There is a wide variety of dishes that you can have such as curries; stir-fried vegetables, noodles, soups and vegetarian. All meals are served with steamed rice. Western food is available in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

French, Italian, Spanish and Other Western Foods are available and More Asian Dishes.

Do I need Vaccinations when travel to Cambodia?

When you enter Cambodia, No vaccinations are required. Most traveler are advised to check in their own country regarding protection against malaria, typhoid, hepatitis A and B and any type of illness.

Present, there has been no difficulty to find a foreign doctor or dentist in Phnom Penh. Siem Reap and find private clinic with international standards for traveler’s treatment.
Foreign medicaments can be easily found in major towns.

What language Should I understand?

A: Khmer Languages is the official language but English is widely spoken in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and fore every most hotel, restaurnat, bar, night club, followed by French. In the countryside, people speak Khmer.

What are the visa requirements and custom formalities?

When plan your trip to Cambodia, It is more easy to obtain a tourist visa (30 days validity fee USD 20 for tourist Visa and 25$ for Business Visa.-). You can have your visa at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airport (with a valid passport of six months beyond your visit and one ID-sized photos) and (Poi Pet, Oddarmean Chey, Cambodia and Aranyaprathet, Thailand), Koh Kong, Cambodia (border to Hat Lek, Thailand) Kham Samnor, Cambodia (border to Chau Doc, Vietnam) and Bavet, Svay Reing (Border to Moc Bai, Vietnam). The visa fee at the Thai border is THB 1000.- and can only be payed in Thai Bath.

Visas are required prior to arrival at the border at Voeun Kam (border to Laos).

Each traveler has to complete immigration and customs declaration forms during the flight or at border checkpoints entering Cambodia and must submit it upon arrival. Tourists and non-residents, carrying over USD 10.000 in cash or its equivalent, must declare it.

What money should i take?

A: The Riel is the local currency but the US Dollar is widely accepted and used in most transactions (4.000 Riel to one U.S.D, July 04). Credit cards, Traveller’s cheques, foreign currencies are accepted in hotels and major banks. It is recommended to carry U.S. Dollars in small denomination notes. Credit Card Teller machines are now available in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
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What you have to Behave during travel?

Cambodia, The Monarchy Kingdom : Khmer peoples have a deep, traditional admiration for the Royal Family, and a visitor should be careful to show respect and reverence for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.

– Never drink tap water however, purified bottled water is available everywhere.
– Use an insect repellent against mosquitos and be careful to protect yourself against dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunburn.
– Eating in hotels and local restaurants booked by Asian Trails is safe. Food served in the streets, at the markets and other small local restaurants is best avoided especially for raw food, peeled or cut fruits and ice cubes.
– Wearing shorts and T-shirts is accepted even in the complex of Angkor. Note however that, for the visit of the Silver Pagoda in the Royal Palace (Phnom Penh), visitors are demanded to dress more formally (long clothes). Shoes are always removed at the entrance to pagodas.

Is it safe to travel in Cambodia?

Since 2003, There was national election, a new era of peace and political stability is happened in the country, giving the chance to local and international traveler to discover the deepest heart of the Kingdom, Especially in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

However, there are still some places where travelers should not go without an experienced local guide, as the problem of mines is still present in the countryside.

Moreover, soldiers who do not like to be disturbed during their transactions with their neighbors, are controlling some regions sharing the border with Thailand and Laos as well as the Cardamons. We advise you to avoid these areas during your visit to Cambodia.

When is the best time to travel?

A: From November to March, the temperature is cool with an average of 25 degree Celcius and the humidity is low.

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