The voltage in Cambodia is 230v.
In Cambodia 3 types of plugs are commonly accepted: 2 flat prong plugs (type A), the 2 round pin european plug (type C) and many of the new 4 and 5 star hotels use the British standard 3-pin plug (type G).
To cover all bases, it is best to pack an international travel adaptor!
It is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio, if you haven't had a booster in the last ten years. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years), Hepatitis A (validity varies) and Diphtheria.
Malaria in Cambodia
Areas with malaria: Present throughout the country, except none at the temple complex at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, and around Lake Tonle Sap.
Estimated relative risk of malaria for travelers: Moderate
Information provided by the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention, USA and is offered as guidence only.
Yellow fever is not present in Cambodia but a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from those travelling from an infected region. Vaccination and health information can change so please contact your local health care provider for the most up to date information prior to travelling.
Vaccination and health information can change so please contact your local health care provider for the most up to date information.
Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons; Rainy season from May to November, when the countryside is lush and green, and dry season from late November to April, when there are long days of glorious sunshine and clear skies. Temperatures in Cambodia remain fairly constant and warm throughout the year, apart from in the north, when winters (December to March) are generally colder.
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Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of GMT and do not observe daylight saving.
The official Cambodian currency is known as the Cambodia Riel (KHR). USD is also widely accepted in Cambodia and even preferred in larger stores and supermarkets. However, the Riel is more practical and economical for purchasing incidentals and paying taxi drivers. Banks will exchange all major currencies with relative ease. There are now ATMs with international access in major cities which dispense US dollars.
US Dollars, Euro, Pound Sterling and other major currencies can be converted to Cambodian Riel locally in most banks and international airports, money exchangers are also plentiful and often offer a slightly better rate than banks. However foreign currency is also widely accepted and often desired more so 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.
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.
Cambodian classics include; Amok trey (fish in a thick coconut curry sauce, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed), Samla machou banle (a popular fish soup) and Phlea sach ko (a beef and vegetable salad).
The two most popular domestic Cambodian beers are Anchor and Angkor - which is produced by an Australian joint venture in Sihanoukwille. Kingfisher Beer, Beer Lao and Tiger are also worth sampling. 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!