Cambodia Travel Tips
Cambodia uses the GSM mobile system and Mobitel is the largest operator, although competition is stiff. Pre-paid SIM cards are widely available (from US$1), but require a passport to buy. A guesthouse owner or tuk-tuk driver may just buy one for you.
Internet cafes are cheap (US$0.50-US$1/hour) and common, even small towns will have at least one offering broadband. In Kampot, Kratie and Sihanoukville rates are around US$1/hour. WiFi is increasingly popular, with signals available in some unlikely places: not just in coffee shops but also fast food restaurants, bars, and even gas stations. Domestic broadband prices range from $29.95 to $89.00. Always remember vat is added to all prices, and even the locals pay vat.
Once a disaster, a trip to the post office in Cambodia no longer means a final goodbye to your consignment. Intercontinental postcards should arrive in 2 weeks; within Asia, 1 week. Rates are cheap. Spend some pennies to say hello to your friends in your Cambodia tours!
The currency of Cambodia is called Riel, but for the past few years the country's economy has largely relied on the US Dollar, which is now used as an everyday currency alongside the national currency. Dollars are everywhere accepted, for small and large purchases. Travelers' cheques from American Express of Thomas Cook can be cashed in at banks. Generally speaking, Riels are used for small expenses (cigarettes, newspapers, moto-taxi rides, fruit or drinks bought on a market stand, for example), whereas Dollars are used for paying restaurant bills, in hotels and for transport, meaning that the cost of visiting is not as low here as you might expect.
Electricity in Cambodia is 220V, 50 Hz. Power sockets are generally of the round, two-pin variety. Adapters can be bought at markets and supermarkets. Power cuts are frequent in the provinces.
Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). When it is midday in Cambodia, it is 1 am in New York, 5 am in London, 6 am in Amsterdam and 3 pm in Sydney.
7. Getting around the city
If you want to get around the city, the best way is to take a tuk-tuk. It is the cheapest and most fun vehicle. You can find them along the street almost everywhere. It is often cost a couple of dollars for a short ride. There is also some air-conditioned cars available, it is around $25 per day for trips around the Angkor area. Before heading off on the tuk-tuk, it is better to make sure the final fare with the driver in case of any confusion at the end of the ride.
8. The Cost of Living
The cost of living in Cambodia is really low. There are so may nice restaurants in Siem Reap that serve Mexican, Indian food and they're not particularly expensive, around five dollars. If you want to cook by yourself, there's markets for meat and vegetable, very cheap, and Lucky supermarket for imported western food like cheese and olives. Moreover, Alcohol is very cheap in Cambodia, most of the restaurants on pub street serve draft beer for 50 cents. Actually, there's almost non-profit service but to tempt you in and sell some food you might want to order. Cigarettes are also very cheap in Cambodia . Transport is only by tuk tuk, should cost a dollar or two to go anywhere in Cambodia.
9. Suitable clothing
People should wear the most comfortable clothes prepare for the outdoor activities. It's better the garments made from "wicking" or cotton material. For the color, white or clear color is a good idea. Take a spare T-shirt at hand is also a good idea in case your cloth is wet to the skin in hot Cambodia weather.
Cambodia is now at peace and is safe again for tourists to visit. In Phnom Penh watch out for pickpockets, also by begging children. Do not venture out in the city after 10 pm. Keep all your valuables at the hotel safe. Upcountry stay on the roads and paths. There are still many landmines buried in the countryside. More information of Vietnam holiday can be downloaded in our Indochina Travel Guidebook.
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