Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of GMT and does not observe daylight saving.
Standard voltage is 230 volts. Primary sockets require the European, 2 pronged variety and many of the new 4 and 5 star hotels use the British standard 3-pin plug. We recommend that you pack a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adaptor in order to use U.S. appliances.
The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodia Riel but USD is also widely accepted and sometimes preferred in larger stores and supermarkets.
Pound Sterling, US Dollars, Euro and other major currencies can be exchanged in Cambodia at various bureau de changes in major cities and towns. However foreign currency is also widely accepted and often desired more so it can give the shopper more buying power. ATMs can be found in all larger towns and cities and some five star hotels. We recommend you take a mixture of cash (preferably USD) and credit/ debit cards for ATM's. It's advisable to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as it can sometimes be hard to get change from large notes and smaller notes are handy for smaller purchases and gratuities.
Traveller's Cheques are not recommended as they're often difficult to exchange and incur high fees.
You should seek medical advice before travelling to Cambodia from your local health practitioner and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Tetanus, Typhoid, Hep A, Diptheria and Polio are recommended.
There is the risk of malaria in parts of Cambodia so it is very important to check with your doctor before you go, to see whether malarial medication is required for the areas you are visiting. Yellow fever is not present in Cambodia but a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from those travelling from an infected region.
Tap water in Cambodia is not considered safe to drink. It's recommended to only drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available in hotels, shops and restaurants.
Cambodian (Khmer) cuisine is similar to Thai with fewer spices, but no less flavoursome! It also tends to be healthier than other Southeast Asian cuisine. The staple food is rice, which is served with almost every meal and noodles are also popular. A typical meal usually consists of a soup, a main dish (often curry, stir fry or salad) and dessert. Prahok (fermented fish paste) is used to flavour many dishes and coriander, mint leaves and lemon grass are popular herbs. Cambodia’s climate, ensures that colourful and tasty fruits are available in abundance, including locally grown jackfruit, longan fruit, lychee and rambutan fruit. Like all other Buddhist countries, vegetarian food is readily available in most restaurants.
The two most popular domestic Cambodian beers are Anchor and Angkor - which is produced by an Australian joint venture in Sihanoukwille. Grape Wine of an export standard, called Prasat Phnom Banoen Grape Wine, is the country’s first ever wine locally produced, though for price and assured quality you’re best to stick with the many good imports from Australia and New Zealand. International brand soft drinks can be found everywhere, as are fresh fruit smoothies and coffee served with generous dollops of condensed milk served over ice. Chinese tea is popular and in many Khmer and Chinese restaurants a pot of it will automatically appear as soon as you sit down.
Like neighbouring Vietnam, Cambodia sells a wonderful range of souvenirs including wonderful art, crafts, jewellery and textiles. Specialities include Buddhist artwork, statues and carvings, silverwork and traditional kramas (a unisex checked scarf, made of silk or cotton). The markets of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh Central Market are the best places to barter for goods. In more remote areas the language barrier can restrict negotiations!