Cambodia travel guide

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*These are indicative prices and are subject to change over times*

 

WHAT ABOUT CAMBODIA

 

Capital: Phnom Penh

Largest City: Phnom Penh

Official language: Khmer

Population: Over 15 millions as of 2016

Religion: Mainly Buddhism and Theravada

Political system: Constitutional monarchy

Currency: Riel and US Dollar

Time zone: UTC+7

 

WHAT ABOUT TRAVELING CAMBODIA

 

Wet season: May to October

Best season to travel: November to March

Visa: It depends on your nationality. A one month visa on arrival costs ‘around 30$ USD’ for most countries. Expect to pay much more if you are crossing the border from Laos. Make sure to check out the latest info on the Immigration Website.

Hostel: Usually as cheap as 2€ to 3€ (2.5$ to 4$ USD) for a bed in a dorm. It does not make sense to recommend a hostel for each destination. Prices change on a daily basis. Make sure to check out the latest price on Booking, Agoda or Hostelworld.

Food: Usually as cheap as 1.20€ to 2.50€ (1.5$ to 3$ USD) for a basic streetfood meal (Fried rice, fried noodles and cheap food specials).

Food specials: Fish Amok, Khmer Red Curry, Lap Khmer, Beef Lok Lak and many more!

Motorbike rental: Usually as cheap as 5€ for an automatic scooter (6$ USD).

Transportation: Buses are usually as cheap as 6€ to 12€ (7$ to 15$ USD). There is no train in the country yet.

Bargaining: Medium to High. As long as you feel you are not paying the right price, you can pretty much bargain everything from a bottle of water to a room. Use your common sense!

Budget: From 450€ to 600€ for a month (550$ to 730$ USD)

 

KHMER BASICS

 

Hello: Sous-Dey

Thank you: Or-Koon

Yes: Baat

No: Dteh

Goodbye: Leah Suhn Heuy

 

TRAVEL APPS AND WEBSITES

 

GPS: An amazing offline GPS application that highlights hostel, food and even the tiniest hiking paths in your area (Maps.me )

Hostels: Use filters to sort out the cheapest price of the day. There is usually no need to book in advance. You might find cheaper accomodations on-site. In some remote areas, these are not advertised online. (Booking, Agoda, Hostelworld)

Currency converter: Highly useful for your first few days stepping in a new country (XE Currency, Easy Currency Converter)

Meeting people: Couchsurfing integrate a new ‘people around me’ feature. You will usually meet plenty of people at your hostel but it does happen sometines that you are the only one there. Tinder is not ‘only’ what you think! More and more people use it to meet locals or travelers to explore a destination (Couchsurfing, Tinder)

Money sharing: If traveling by group, Tricount is an amazing application for organizing group expenses (Tricount)

 

TRAVEL TIPS

 

Backpack: Pack as light as you can. Ten kilos should be a maximum. You won’t need these 15 tshirts and 5 pairs of shoes, will you? Remember that you will carry all this weight on your shoulders. There is one more thing. Checking in with a carry-on luggage only is way cheaper!

Cash: Always keep a 50€ or 50$ USD banknote in your wallet. You never now what might happen. It can be really helful in case your credit card get blocked for a few days. Never ever wait to run out of cash before withdrawing in a local currency! Before leaving a country, try to get rid of coins and small banknotes. You won’t be able to exchange them later!

Toilet paper: Yeah, you can laugh at this one. However, be aware that most Asian countries do not use any. You better get one roll in your backpack!

 

TRAVEL ITINERARY

 

SIEM REAP

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BATTAMBANG

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KEP

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KAMPOT

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KOH RONG

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KOH RONG SAMLOEM

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KRATIE

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PHNOM PENH

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