Cambodia For decades off limits to all but the most intrepid travellers, today Southeast Asia's Cambodia is a popular destination for all kinds of folks: from independent backpackers who roam far into the hinterland to luxury tourists who stay in style and experience Angkor Wat between massages and exquisite French meals. . Tourism to Cambodia has exploded over the last two decades in two waves. The first was when security concerns were addressed, allowing easier access to Angkor and then, more recently, the second was when Cambodia's stunning islands opened for business. Despite an influx of visitors, mass tourism remains largely restricted to just a few destinations and it remains relatively easy to drop off the tourist highways. Don't assume Angkor Wat is all Cambodia has to offer; ther
CAMBODIA CURRENCY & EXCHANGE
Cambodia is a tourist destination that attracts many international visitors in recent years. In addition to preparing for the tour, accommodation, meals, transportation, Cambodian currency, and the exchange rate is also a lot of people interested. Here are some experiences to change money before planing Cambodia tours that you should know. Cambodia Currency Cambodian called their national currency is RIEL (pronounced as "real" in English). RIEL is written "KHR" in short for example KHR 1,000.00. "KHR" means Khmer Riel. The word "Khmer" (pronounced as "khe-mayh") is the original name of Cambodia. Purchasing of Cambodia Currency We will give you some detail examples of the purchasing power of Riel in Cambodia: The smallest can of Coca-Cola (Coke) in Cambodia can be bought in small retail for
CAMBODIA FOR BIGINNER
Cambodia for beginners Currency Cambodian currency is called the riel (KHR). The exchange rate is around 4,000 to US$1. US cash is commonly used for purchases, though change may be given in riel. Riel is a non-convertible currency, meaning once you have left Cambodia, it's useful only as wallpaper -- banks outside Cambodia will not accept or exchange it. International access ATMs dispensing US dollars can be found in most major tourist centres across the country. Safety Cambodia is one of the poorest nations on earth, yet it remains a fairly safe place. Petty theft is a problem, particularly the snatch and grab variety, but violent crime is rare. Always keep your wits about you. Drinking 15 beers and walking home at 3am probably isn't safe in your home country either. Police Corruption is
CAMBODIA VISA & BORDER CROSSING
Popular visa types: Tourist and Business Cambodia has two principal types of visa: (1) the tourist 'T' class visa, which is valid for 30 days on a singly-entry basis and can only be extended once, and, (2) the business 'E' visa, which is initially also valid for 30 days on a multiple-entry basis and can be extended by one, three, six or 12 months, which you can continue to do indefinitely (at the time of writing in March 2015). The fee for a tourist visa is $30, while the one-month business visa is $35. You can obtain your visa either on arrival, or online in advance as a tourist e-visa , which costs $37 including a $7 processing fee. The tourist e-Visa should take three working days to process and is valid for use for three months from the date of issue. An e-visa will only be accepted at
What To Pack
What to pack While you can find exhaustive information online about what you should and should not pack, we take a simple approach. Put everything you planned to pack on your bed. Stand back and look at it. Put half of it back in the closet. You're back? Okay, read on. First on your list should be an open mind and a sense of humour. Don't come with too many preconceived ideas about what Southeast Asia is like, as the media and friends' experiences have a habit of distorting reality. Bonus: These don't take up any space in your pack. Otherwise, bring as little as possible. If you forget something, chances are you can buy it once you're on the ground travelling. Take enough padlocks for every double zipper to stop wandering hands, and lock up your sacred belongings, even in your hotel room.
Weather in Cambodia
Wet season in Cambodia Cambodia's wet season comes courtesy of the southwest monsoon, which blows from May to October, bringing with it some three-quarters of Cambodia's annual rainfall. Not surprisingly, wet season is characterised by rain, and during the peak of wet season from July to September it can rain every day. Rainy days however tend to have a few hours of heavy rain rather than being all-day downpours, though the latter do sometimes occur -- you will get wet travelling in a Cambodian wet season. Aside from getting drenched, the main disadvantage of travelling in wet season in Cambodia relates to flooding and degraded road conditions. The bulk of roads in Cambodia are dirt and in wet season they turn to heavily rutted and pot-holed mud pits. Travelling in rural areas, particularl
Money & Costs
What is your trip going to cost? By international standards, Southeast Asia offers amazing value--that $200 cubby hole in Kyoto, Japan will get you a private pool villa in Bali--but you need not be spending the earth to be comfortable. That said, it is just as easy to spend $10 a night as $1,000 a night, and while you can burn through money in beautiful bars and world-class restaurants, the region is famous for its affordable street food and drink. The choice is really yours. While it's obvious that you need to budget for your accommodation and food, don't forget to factor in sights and activities, some of which can be on the pricier side. Things like learning to dive on Ko Tao, `spending a week kiteboarding at Mui Ne , three nights at the Gibbon Experience in Laos, a volcano climb on Lomb
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