Resources

  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/cambodia) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
  • Phnom Penh Post (www.phnompenhpost.com) Cambodia’s newspaper of record.
  • Travelfish (www.travelfish.org) Opinionated articles and reviews.
  • Move to Cambodia (www.movetocambodia.com) Insightful guide to living and working in Cambodia.
  • Cambodia Tribunal Monitor (www.cambodiatribunal.org) Detailed coverage of the Khmer Rouge trials.

Top Tips

  • Do your homework on land-border crossings before you cross to ensure you don't great stranded in a remote location after dark.
  • Overnight sleeper buses are generally pretty comfortable in Cambodia and will save the cost of a night's accommodation.
  • If time is more important than money, consider domestic flights between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, as the road is long.
  • Most basic supplies such as toiletries, sanitary pads, shaving foam, insect repellent and sunscreen can be purchased cheaply in major towns in Cambodia.
  • Dress appropriately around the countryside, as Cambodia remains a conservative country and not a beach destination.
  • Buy a krama, a checked traditional scarf, for your travels, as it is a multipurpose travel towel that the locals use in a multitude of ways.

What to Take

  • Lightweight, light-coloured clothing to reflect the sun
  • Comfortable sandals or shoes
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Powerful sunscreen and long-lasting deodorant
  • Earplugs to block out the noise
  • Universal travel adaptor
  • Unlocked mobile phone for use with a Cambodian SIM card
  • Rain coat if travelling in wet season

What to Wear

Lightweight and loose-fitting clothes are the best all-round option in Cambodia, including cottons and linens to combat the humidity. Cambodia is not a very dressy place unless you are living the high life in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, so smart clothes are not really a necessity. If heading to the upland northeast in November to March, then pack a jacket and/or sweater for the cool nights. While shorts are acceptable throughout the country, have something to cover elbows and knees for temple visits. On the South Coast, it's not considered appropriate to walk around in swimwear when not on the beach; cover up with a sarong or something similar.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival.
  • Arrange any recommended inoculations at a travel-health clinic.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re heading away.
  • Check to make sure you can obtain a visa-on-arrival in Cambodia.