18 tips that you need to keep in mind when traveling to Cambodia

Temples of Angkor in Cambodia

We really wanted to know one of the most attractive countries in all of Southeast Asia,Cambodia.

We have just returned from the trip to know its impressive Angkor temples, one of the great wonders of the world that no one should miss.

But before traveling there are some tips that are essential to keep in mind to fully enjoy your trip.

1. Do I need a visa to travel to Cambodia?

The visa to enter the country you get on your own Siem Reap airport.

Upon landing you have to pass the security check in which you are going to ask for several things.

On the plane they will give you a paper that you have to fill in with your personal data, such as passport number, address and other similar ones.

They also ask you to provide information about your stay in the country, such as where you are going to stay. This paper will be requested on arrival check along with your passport.

Tonle Sap in Cambodia

It is important that you know that the passport with whom you travel you have to have a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of entry into the country.

You must also give them a passport photo and pay 20 dollars.

2. What vaccines and medicines are needed to travel to Cambodia?

If you travel from Spain,no vaccinations are necessary, it is only necessary if you do it from a yellow fever risk zone.

If you are going to visit some tourist areas, they may recommend the typhoid fever vaccine.

In any case you have to consult the tropical medicine unit That corresponds to you to make sure.

Tonle Sap in Cambodia

Important, carry a strong mosquito repellent, and as for any trip, it is advisable to take aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol, etc…

In the Tropical Medicine Unit Your hospital also usually prescribes an antibiotic for infections and diarrhea.

3. Hire insurance to travel to Cambodia

This point may be the most important advice for everyone who wantstravel to Southeast Asia.

!!Don't even think about traveling without medical insurance!!

Ta Prohm temple in Angkor in Cambodia

We never thought anything could happen to us, but in case it happens and we don't have insurance, we can have a serious problem.

The Medicine in these countries is private, very expensive and not too good.

But we do not insist on hiring insurance only because of the high costs of medicine in these countries.

To give you an idea, the guide who taught us temples of Angkor Wat He told us that the rich people of the country when something happens to them, went to the doctor to another nearby country like Thailand

So it is essential to have insurance that guarantees good coverage in case you need repatriation or a transfer to another country to be treated.

If you are traveling on your own, here you can hire your travel insurance.

Hotel in Siem Reap in Cambodia

4. SIM card to travel to Cambodia

For your trip, if you live in Spain you have the option before your trip buy a sim card which will allow you to have data connection with the Internet on your mobile.

You have the advantage that the la multi-country Asia SIM card It will help you to use in other countries if on your trip you combine Cambodia's visit with other Asian countries, such as Vietnam and Thailand.

Here you have all the information for Buy the multi-country Asia SIM card, and if you use the discount code GUIASVIAJAR, you will have a discount.

5. Where to hire tours and excursions in Cambodia?

Being a country with such an interesting culture and a long history, we are many who choose hire a guided tour to teach us the secrets of the city.

Angkor Thom temple in Cambodia

If this is your case, you have to know that there are many options depending on how many days you want to spend touring the city.

Here you have a wide offer of tours in Cambodia with guide in Spanish.

6. How to get from the airport to Siem Reap in Cambodia?

For the transfer from the airport to your hotel in the center of Siem Reap, it is best not to complicate and book your trip in advance private transfer That is very cheap.

You can also do it at the airport upon arrival, or at the hotels if you want to return

Another option if you do not carry too much luggage is one of the numerous tuk tuks They travel the city.

Museum in Siem Reap in Cambodia

Hotels are usually very close to the airport since Siem Reap, which is where it arrives by plane, is a city of small dimensions and the distances are short.

7. What is the currency of Cambodia?

The official currency in Cambodia is the Rail. but in practice it is hardly used, because to pay everything the dollar is used; You will only see your currency when you pay something and they give you exchange less than a dollar.

Both in hotels, restaurants, tuk tuks and all kinds of resorts the main currency is the dollar.

If you live in Spain, here you can get before traveling on most favorable currency exchange, using the discount code GUIASVIAJAR.

Pre Rup Temple in Angkor in Cambodia

You can too change money if you need it in the hotels or get money at the ATMs around the city.

You will recognize them by a big sign that says ATM(It has no loss) where they charge you a commission of around 2 euros.

8. What is the weather like in Cambodia?

If something marks the cambodia weather is the strong humidity, because it is a country with tropical climate and two distinct seasons.

From November to February there is not much rainfall and it is less humid, with a temperature of about 30 degrees.

In the rainy season there may be floods that cut some roads.

Temples of Angkor in Cambodia

In our case we went in late June and early July, and every afternoon it rained; They told us at the hotel that it was normal at that time.

But the rest of the day is very hot because of the humidity that goes off, it doesn't stop sweating!

With average temperatures of 35 degrees, it is advisable to drink a lot of water and it is worth taking a towel to dry the sweat.

The high season is between December and February, in addition to the month of August.

The sun rises at 6 o'clock in summer and at 7 o'clock in winter, and sets at 19 and 18 hours respectively.

9. How to get around in transport in Cambodia?

For moving around Cambodia the best is tuk tuk.

Pub Street in Siem Reap in Cambodia

For short trips between the hotel zone and the streets of the bars, the price you should pay is around one dollar per person.

At night the price goes up a little; We pay 3 dollars between 2 people.

If you want visit the temples in tuk tuk, you will have to negotiate the price, but to give you an idea, here are some guide prices as they will depend on the bargaining.

To see the short route of the most important temples in Siem Reap, it would be normal to pay about 15 dollars, which in practice can take several hours.

They wait for you at the temple door until you leave.

And if you want to make a complete route, a fair price should be between 20 or 25 dollars.

Eat in Cambodia

10. What to eat in Cambodia?

The basis of food in Cambodia is rice, as in most of Southeast Asia, with a cuisine very similar to chinese and vietnamese.

Soups are very common, even for breakfast, there are noodels or without them.

Keep in mind that many dishes are seasoned with coriander or coriander, ginger and spicy sauces.

Duck, chicken and fish are the most used companions, along with vegetables.

It is not advisable to drink water that is not bottled for the risk of diarrhea.

Eat in Cambodia

Eye with ice, fruit juice concentrates and natural fruit smoothies; If you are not sure that the water with which they are made is bottled, we do not recommend consuming them.

To avoid food poisoning. It is important to eat in the stalls or restaurants where you see more local people have eating, because that guarantees that the food rotates and that they are fresh, since the sanitary laws and controls shine by their absence.

One more thing, be careful with salads, as they are usually washed with water.

We only ate salads in the restaurants of good hotels, which tend to be careful with those details to prevent their clients from falling ill.

Of course, in Cambodia you can eat "peculiar" food, such as snake, crocodile and a multitude of insects, but unlike in Vietnam, here you hardly eat dogs.

Hotel in Siem Reap in Cambodia

And for the heat, the Beer is quite cheap.

In some places like Street Pub in Siem Reap They have a fight of low prices, but a beer of about 33 cl usually costs 0.5 dollars.

11. Where to sleep in Cambodia?

The accommodation in Siem Reap, Cambodia's most tourist destination, in general, is usually very cheap, so stay in awesome hotels 5 stars is very affordable.

Staying in basic backpacking hotels usually costs from $ 5, but we insist on telling you that it is a country where you can afford to stay in authentic hotel rooms at good prices.

We stay at Siem Reap in the Lotus Blanc (5 stars) and the double room can be found by booking with time for less than 50 euros, a bargain, a real luxury hotel at that price!

Hotel in Siem Reap in Cambodia

12. What clothes to wear in Cambodia?

When it is very hot. should take light clothing And do not squeeze not to overwhelm you.

Important to bring sunscreen. because the sun hits hard when it rises, as well as sunglasses.oilskin or umbrella in the rainy season.

When you go to enter the temples. It is mandatory to wear covered shoulders and pants that cover the knees.

The head should be uncovered. and to enter the temples in the prayer areas it is mandatory to take off your shoes.

Ta Prohm temple in Angkor in Cambodia

13. Rules for visiting temples

In addition to the advice in the clothing we have just mentioned, you have to know some more things when visiting temples.

It is forbidden to touch the reliefs and sculptures, in addition to not being able to sit on fragile monuments and structures.

Smoking is not allowed in the entire area of ​​the Angkor complex, because it is a smoke free space.

With respect to the monks, it is only allowed to take photos with their consent. and women can't touch them or sit nearby.

14. Is it safe to travel to Cambodia?

As in any country it is advisable to be attentive to your belongings, as pickpockets are in all countries.

Fishing villages of Tonle Sap in Cambodia

But usually,Cambodia It is a very safe country, in which there is almost no crime, especially for tourists, since in a way the country lives a lot of money left by these travelers.

I was with the camera around my neck all day and we have not had any problems, as in most Southeast Asian countries.

15. Should we tip in Cambodia?

In restaurants salaries are usually quite low and employees depend to some extent on tips; It is worth leaving a tip of 5 to 10% of the amount.

To guides and porters tooIt is advisable to tip them.

Fishing villages of Tonle Sap in Cambodia

You should give a dollar to baggage carriers and guides, depending on how happy you are; between 3 and 5 dollars per day and person is an indicative figure.

Although feel free to give them more if you want, they will thank you given their low salary.

Many of the temples depend on tips and donations, so it doesn't hurt to help them keep them.

16. Bargaining in Cambodia

Whenever you go shopping for clothes or souvenirs, especially in street markets, you should bargain. Do not accept the first price and negotiate.

Pub Street in Siem Reap in Cambodia

If you are not convinced of the price they give you and you cannot reach an agreement, go, they will probably come back for you to lower the price further.

And if not, there are a thousand equal positions in which to try again.

Normally women are more friendly than men when it comes to bargaining, at least in our case.

Also on type transports tuk tuk You have to haggle, although you will see that prices are very low, since wages in the country are around 200 or 300 euros per month.

The food in restaurants and local stalls have a fixed price

Tonle Sap fishing village in Cambodia

17. Plugs and Wifi in Cambodia

most of the hotels have wifi that goes very well, and you will also find it in restaurants, although some of them use it as a claim to enter the bars and then it does not work well.

The plugs have a voltage of 220V, and although they have a different shape than the European ones, no adapters needed

18. Is there a Spanish embassy in Cambodia?

The answer is no; the nearest embassy is that of Bangkok.

In case you need it for something, here are the details of that embassy.

Direction: Lake Radaja Office Complex, 23rd floor, suite 88-89

193 Radajapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok - 10110

Phone consular emergency:


phones from outside of Thailand:



Video: Cambodia Culture Tips (November 2019).