Passports and Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Cambodian Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Securing required documents is the responsibility of the traveler. You will have to pay an airport tax of US$25. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
It is good advice to always drink as well as brush your teeth with bottled water. You should only eat fruit that can be peeled, and be sure to wash it well in bottled water before eating. In restaurants, insist that they bring a sealed bottle to your table and avoid ice. Take extra care with hygiene and make sure you wash your hands before and after eating. It is a good idea to bring along hand sanitizer. Carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines you might need for diarrhea, fever, etc., plus mosquito repellent, Band-Aids and antiseptic ointment. We recommends you see your doctor for advice about local health conditions and precautionary medicines, as you may need to be immunized against certain illnesses.
Cambodia uses the riel, though US dollars are generally accepted. If needed, you can change money at banks and currency exchange agencies for the best rates, hotels and some shops can also change them for you, but the rate will likely be much higher. ATMs are also an efficient way to get money in the local currency. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.
Cambodia has 230 V at 50 Hz, with a type A or C socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you'll need a converter and an adapter.
Wireless and wired Internet access is available in major cities throughout Cambodia. There are also Internet cafés in main cities that allow you access, usually for a small charge.
Phoning home from another country can be expensive. All hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be very high. It is always cheaper for you to use public telephones (payphones) if your cell phone is not set for international calls. Your Travel Director can explain how to dial internationally if you are unsure.
There are a many great shopping opportunities in Siem Reap, from shopping centers to convenience stores. Don't miss the Angkor Night Market. Here you'll find traditional Khmer handicrafts, clothing, silk paintings, wood and stone carvings and more. Note that it is illegal to export Angkorian artifacts taken from ancient sites.
We suggest the following tipping rates: Taxi drivers don't expect to be tipped, but rounding up the fare on the meter is appreciated, Restaurants and bars 5-10% of the total bill.
Within cities, try a motodup or a taxi (larger cities only). You can also rent a bicycle. A "samlor" is also a fun way to take in all the sights, sounds and scents at a leisurely pace. Between cities, depending on the distance, you can use the bus or air.
Generally, casual jeans or slacks, shirts, sweaters, a jacket and comfortable walking shoes are all you'll need. When visiting temples you may be asked to cover bare shoulders or to take off your shoes. Shorts, tank tops or halter tops are sometimes not permitted in temples. Don't forget to pack good outdoor shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and you might want long pants and long-sleeved shirts for walking through heavily wooded areas.