Cambodia has come a long way in the past 30 years and is now one of Southeast Asia’s most popular travel destinations.
History, culture, great food, and the very hospitable Khmer people make it a great place to visit.
Check out these quick tips to get you travelling in Cambodia like a pro:
1) Credit cards are not commonly accepted, but overseas debit cards can be used at local ATMs, some from which allow you withdraw USD (ANZ is the most popular international bank). Just make sure to confirm foreign transaction fees with your bank in advance to avoid any unwanted surprises.
2) Always negotiate your fare before taking motos and tuk-tuks. Ask reception at your hotel how much it should be to get to your destination beforehand. They'll be happy to help you out!
3) Read 'First They Killed My Father’ by Luong Ung – a shocking insight into the life of one family’s nightmare during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. While the country has come a long way since the genocide that occurred in the 1970's it still forms an incredibly important part of its history.
4) In Cambodia (and many other countries in Asia), the head is regarded as the highest spiritual part of the body, so you should never touch a person on their head (even a child).
5) Expect to battle the crowds if you're trying to catch sunrise at Angkor Wat. However, it is a nice, cool time of the day to visit and the sight of the sun coming up over this incredible complex is one you won’t forget in a hurry.
If you want to avoid the crowds, rather visit Angkor Thom at dawn and then Angkor Wat later in the day. You'll basically have Angkor Thom to yourself if you arrive just before the sun comes up.
6) Bring US dollars to Cambodia and have a bunch of new $1 notes for tuk-tuks, motos and local markets purchases. You can get the local currency (Riels) once you arrive, but USD is readily accepted (and often preferred) throughout the country.
7) Check out “Friends” restaurant in Phnom Penh, an initiative set up to help train street children in hospitality. The food is delicious!
Travel tip shared by OriginalTrails