Questions and answers for your Visa to Cambodia

The climate in Cambodia is tropical, the rainy season lasts from May to October, but the rainiest months are July and August. However, the rains, although heavy, are intermittent. The dry season lasts from November to April - this is the time that is considered the best for visiting the country. There is almost no rain at this time.

Cambodia is famous for its very high quality silk and its products. Moreover, it is very cheap - partly due to the use of unstable dyes, because of which, over time, products from Cambodian silk fade. Cambodia sells a lot of skillfully crafted mahogany, teak, bronze, brass, silver, green marble, sandstone, basalt souvenirs, as well as cute papier-mâché, coconut and sea shell gizmos. You can buy as a keepsake small stone copies of the famous temples of Angkor and wooden carvings of the Buddha. The dishes made of clay and ceramics are good here, and not only decorative, but also of very practical importance. As an edible souvenir, it is customary to bring the famous Kopi Luwak coffee, Cambodian white and black pepper from Kampot province, as well as dried ginger, wild honey, palm oil sugar and exotic alcohol on cobras and scorpions as an edible souvenir.

It is believed that Cambodia is not quite a safe country for travel, as tourists sometimes intimidated by agents say. The main rule is to always keep your documents, money and valuables with you, and then there will be no problems. Cambodians are quite peaceful people, and crimes in the field of tourism are much more from the Barang (as foreigners are called here). No one bothers single girls, as is often the case, for example, in India.

You can not photograph military installations and structures, airports and railway stations. Before photographing temples and people, especially monks, you should first ask permission. Shooting of the Temples of Angkor from quadrocopters is prohibited. Special permission required.

Internationally recommended medical insurance. Foreigners are advised to contact the medical centers at the embassies or in large metropolitan clinics.

The local population in Cambodia speaks Khmer. In tourist places everyone speaks English. Not a problem if you do not speak English well, in a hotel, restaurant or on an excursion you will try to understand in any case. No need to be shy, because Cambodians also began to learn English relatively recently, nobody pays attention to the word order and construction of sentences. In an extreme case, you can quite simply explain with gestures.

Khmers (Cambodians) - the people are very friendly, but in tourist places you need to keep your eyes open, you can bargain everywhere, since it is often called a very high price from the very beginning. At the border, you can meet the “Bender Ostap”, offering to exchange money for local currency, riels, at a very unfavorable rate. And claiming that there will no longer be the opportunity to change money anywhere. In fact, in Cambodia you can pay everywhere with dollars, and it is much more profitable. Many locals speak English quite well and clearly. Cambodia is not yet so "spoiled" by tourists as Thailand, so the prices here are slightly lower.

There is virtually no public transportation in Cambodia. Most locals have scooters bikes or bikes. The goods are transported on broken old trucks. City transport is represented by buses, taxis, mopeds, motor rickshaws and rickshaws. Buses are exclusively in large cities, taxis are poorly developed due to the low standard of living of the population and the inability of the majority of citizens to pay for their services. Taxis work for tourists.

On the streets you can always see many representatives of the civilian and military police. In most cases, representatives of the civilian police (blue uniform or khaki) are polite to tourists and try to help. It is much more difficult to deal with representatives of the military police (black and white armbands). In any case, you should have a photocopy of your passport or a guest card from the hotel with you.

Virtually everywhere in Cambodia you can live without exchanging foreign currency on riel, prices are practically everywhere indicated in US dollars. Dollars are accepted in hotels restaurants, cafes, and also in most cases of payment any admission to tourist sites or to the museum. Rieli can be found in the designation of the price of small goods, when buying food from street vendors.

In most restaurants in Cambodia it is not customary to tip, but in many hotels and restaurants where officially there are no extra charges for services, it is still recommended to leave a reward for good service, simply rounding the amount up (salaries are very low, so any amount " for tea "will be greatly appreciated). It is also recommended to tip the guides serving the group and drivers.

Before you go to the temple, do not forget to take off your shoes and a hat. Residents of Cambodia are convinced that dirt is brought into the sacred temple with shoes. In addition, shoes should be removed before entering the house of a Cambodian. It is noteworthy that you can go barefoot to any house, even if you had walked the earth like this before.

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