When to Go
- The Rainy season: From June till October 27-35°C (80-95°F)
We have compiled a “what to pack” list specifically made for the needs of a traveler in Cambodia. Staying in resorts or in hotels in Cambodia minimizes the list as they provide most everything.
Clothing: Since Cambodia has a hot and humid tropical climate, casual and light-weight clothing is best. Clothing made from natural fibers is the best option. Lightweight, loose-fitting, cotton clothing is recommended and long-sleeved items should be included for protection from mosquitoes and the sun. During the rainy season an umbrella is more convenient than a rain coast. A jacket may be needed in hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning.
Dress for women is more conservative in Cambodia. While shorts are now acceptable in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, it is more respectful to wear knee length shorts or trousers when outside of these areas.
Visitors are advised to check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and B. Any essential medications should be brought with you as there is no guarantee they will be available in Cambodia.
HIV/AIDS is widespread and on the increase in Cambodia, with some surveys showing as many as 40% of commercial sex workers being HIV positive.
Should you become seriously ill or injured while in Cambodia, evacuation to Thailand or Singapore will be the most likely result. Because this can be incredibly costly, adequate insurance coverage is an absolute must while in Cambodia.
Handicraft and gemstones are among the most important items to buy in Cambodia, Cambodia's culture of handicrafts originates from the early years of the country's history. The ancient traditions were passed from generation to generation. Cambodia is widely renown for its beautiful religious carvings, featuring Indian Ramayana and Mahabharata motifs, and its bas-reliefs. Excellent quality replicas are available in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Intricate wooden boxes and other carvings are also used for ornamentation and furniture in Cambodia and are readily available in souvenir shops. Cambodia has excellent silverware of both classical Khmer and Chinese design which can be bought in the main markets of the capital and hotel shops. Khmer silversmiths' craft intricate silver bowls in the shapes of fruits, elephants, deer, wild pigs, fish and goats. Dancer's anklets, decorated with tiny silver bells are also popular buys.
The renowned Central Market ( New Market)
is one of the largest and busiest markets in Phnom Penh, which
is most popular for locals and foreigners. Located in the heart
of the capital, the renowned large building is designed by
French architect. There are a varieties of items on sales such
as souvenir gifts, artifacts dated back to French Indochina era,
jewelry, household appliances and nearly every thing you can
Cambodia has a wealth of traditional and international festivals. Most of these are a time of great rejoicing for the predominantly rural populace, many of whom flock to the capital to join in the celebrations and witness the organized fireworks displays which accompany the festivals. All the traditional festivals are influenced by the concepts of Buddhism, Hinduism and royal cultures. The following are the most important of the celebrations organized throughout the year.
National Day (January 7):
One of the more recent additions to the festival calendar, this
day marks the end of the Khmer Rouge regime.
All visitors, except (as of May 2006) citizens of Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and Laos, need a visa to enter Cambodia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched e-Visa which enables you to apply for a Cambodia travel visa online. Instead of applying through Cambodian Embassy, all you need is to complete the online application form and pay with your credit card. You will get your visa approved within 3 business days.
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