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Cambodia lies entirely in the tropics. Officially as of 1993, the name of the country is the “Kingdom of Cambodia". There are two main seasons. The rainy season, from May to October, you will find high humidity and temperatures can drop to 22 °C (72 °F). The dry season runs from November to April when temperatures can hit up to 40 °C (104 °F).
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When visiting Cambodia, most travellers will visit Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) and Phnom Penh. Angkor Wat is a temple complex and one of the largest religious monuments in the world. It was originally created as a Hindu temple but was slowly changed to a Buddhist temple at the end of the 12th century. This temple is spectacular at any time of the but for the best views, the optimal lighting conditions are around 1pm to 2pm. Sunrise is also a great sight to witness as the sun rises behind Angkor Wat and the best colours are seen just before the sun climbs into view. Keep in mind, it is illegal to take ancient stone sculptures from the Angkor period out of the country. Visiting the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is a must-see but be sure to dress appropriately. Travellers must wear shorts that reach to the knee, and tops that reach to the elbow.
To get around, try one of Cambodia's 3 wheeled motor taxis. Known in Thailand as tuk-tuk's, Cambodians call them remork-motos, or remork for short. Rickshaws (cyclo) are also a fun way to explore the towns.
Tipping is not customary, but in a country as poor as Cambodia, tips can go a long way. Credit cards are widely accepted in the large cities.
A visa is required to enter Cambodia and can be obtained on arrival. A one month tourist visa costs about US$30.00 and you are required to have one passport-sized photo as well. A visa can also be obtained prior to arriving the country.
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Where ancient and moderns worlds collide, be captured by Cambodia’s magic. Whether you rather visit the ancient temples or relax on the white paradise beaches, Cambodia is the trip of a lifetime. Book your next trip with Downunder Travel and experience a charming kingdom of adventure.
Cambodia’s climate can be broken down into two seasons: wet season (May to October, average being 35°C) and dry season (November to March, average being 20°C). The country normally enjoys a comfortably warm temperature year-round, with temperature fluctuations depending on the part of Cambodia you are visiting.
Cambodia is generally a safe destination all year round. It is recommended to take any necessary precautions as you would when at home; bring sun block and apply regularly, stay hydrated often, wear long-sleeved clothing and have copies on-hand of your important documents. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance.
While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling around Asia – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Tetanus, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.
In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician, who knows your medical history, and can assess any risks involved with your intended destination.
Currency & Customs
The currency is the Cambodian Riel. It is mandatory to get a Travel Visa in order to be allowed entry into Cambodia. The visa can be purchased on arrival (or beforehand) is valid for a maximum of 30 days.
The electrical current for Cambodia is 230 Volts at 50 Hertz; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.
Khmer is the national language of Cambodia. Spoken languages also include French and Cham.