Cambodia is more than Angkor Wat but one must admit, Angkor Wat is a big part of Cambodia. This amazing complex needs a couple of days to explore, at least, and few people can resist visiting it more than once. The countryside is beautiful, the food with its French influence is an exciting fusion of east and west, and each hotel is more luxurious than the last. A trip on the lake after a day spent sight-seeing is just about perfect, but go yourself, read all about it here.
Tips For Traveling Cambodia
Destinations In Cambodia
Map Of Cambodia
Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cambodia
- Where is Cambodia? / Where is Cambodia Located in The World:
- Cambodia/Official language is: Khmer
- The national flag of Cambodia is:
- What’s the capital of Cambodia? Phnom Penh
- The current population of Cambodia is: 16,065,631 as of Sunday, June 18, 2017.
- Cambodia/Area is: 69,898 mi².
- Phone Code for Cambodia is: 855
- Cambodia/Electricity is: 230V, 50 Hz
- Cambodia/Currency is: As of May 25, 2017: 1 Cambodia Riels = $0.00025 US
- Do I need a visa to go to Cambodia? How much is the visa fee for Cambodia? The official rate of a tourist visa is costing $30.
Books and Movies about Cambodia
The best literary way to discover Cambodia is through travelogues, histories, and memoirs. A Dragon Apparent, Norman Lewis’s 1950 account of his journeys through the land, provides a window into Cambodia before the horrors of the late 20th century, and David Chandler’s History of Cambodia covers 2,000 years, from the building of Angkor Wat to the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. Bruno Dagens’ pocket-size Angkor: Heart of an Asian Empire collects the impressions of early Angkor explorers. Two gripping autobiographical accounts of survival during the Khmer Rouge are François Bizot’s The Gate and Luong Ung’s First They Killed My Father.
To learn more about the rise of the terrifying Khmer Rouge from movies, rent Roland Joffé’s Oscar-winning film, The Killing Fields. Angkor provided a memorable backdrop to Lord Jim and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, but its most extended close-up came in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s nature drama Two Brothers, about a pair of orphaned tiger cubs.
Cambodian food: What to expect from cuisine in Cambodia
Cambodian—called Khmer—cuisine vaguely resembles Thai food, but it emphasizes tart or sour tastes, such as tamarind. The country’s lakes and rivers produce a bounty of freshwater fish that is steamed, smoked, fried, or fermented into pungent prahok paste. The Elephant Walk Cookbook, by Longteine de Monteiro, a Khmer cook who operates several Elephant Walk restaurants in Boston, provides an excellent introduction—and delicious recipes—to this overlooked cuisine. Cambodian Cooking, by Joannes Riviere, the highly regarded chef at Meric in Siem Reap, is another welcome guide. International fare is available in the bigger cities, but would you really want to pass up trying exotic street-food delicacies such as tarantula sate and soft-boiled duck embryo? But be warned: To experience more of Cambodia than its bathrooms, avoid tap water and ice cubes at all costs.
What To Buy in Cambodia
Cambodia is a poor country, so prices for most things are cheap. The bad news is that there isn’t much worth buying. The exception to this is the exquisite handmade silk. Skip the inferior machine-produced offal they’ll try to sell you. Instead, ask for leak tomuhjeat, a.k.a. the good stuff. Prices are marked for haggling, but this isn’t the Middle East, so if you’re too fierce, the merchant may not sell you anything.
Money and costs in Cambodia
There’s usually no need to exchange American dollars for the local riel; most merchants will give you as fair an exchange rate as the money changers. A value added tax of 10 percent is added to every purchase you make, but only if you buy goods in larger stores will you be able to get the necessary paperwork to file for a refund. Tipping in Cambodia, as in most of Southeast Asia, is not common practice, but anything extra will be much appreciated in this nation of extremely low wages.
Safety in Cambodia
Conditions have changed remarkably over the past decade, and Cambodia is generally peaceful and safe. Still, it is advisable to take care at night and always travel by taxi or tuk tuk rather than motorcycle. Also, landmines are still a real danger in Cambodia, with up to six million live mines dotting the countryside. Observe all posted warnings and stick to the beaten track—even at Angkor.
List of national public holidays of Cambodia
- January: 1, New Year’s Day; 7, Victory from the Khmer Rouge
- February: 5, Meak Bochea
- March: 8, Women’s Day
- April: 13-15, Cambodian New Year; 25, Birth of the Buddha
- May: 1, Labor Day; 19, Royal Ploughing Day
- June: 18, Queen’s Birthday
- September: 24, Constitution Day
- October: 14, Pchum Ben Day; 23, Celebration of the Paris Accord; 30, King’s Birthday
- November: Bonn Om Teuk (Water Festival); 9, Independence Day
2 Reasons To Go To Cambodia Right Now
- Go for the 12th-century temples at Angkor
- Stay for the 21st-century luxury at Amansara