Cambodia Travel Guide
Cambodia is a popular stop along the Southeast Asia backpacking route, and home to a large ex-pat community. The biggest tourist highlight of the country is the awe-inspiring ancient temples of Angkor Wat, located just outside of Siem Reap.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and is considered one of the Ancient Seven Wonders of The World. Watching the sunrise over the temples is a bucket list moment in itself!
Other popular spots for travelers are the towns of Kep and Kampot, situated in southern Cambodia. Kampot sits on the coast and is split by a river, so grab a kayak and explore! And Kep is a lively (sometimes rowdy) seaside town that was once an old colonial beach resort.
The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and March. It’s the country’s dry season, and you won’t have to worry about rainstorms ruining any outdoor activities. However, it’s peak tourist season in the country. There will be large crowds at top sites like Angkor Wat and hotels typically raise their rates.
If you’re on a budget, plan your trip to Cambodia between and May and October. While there will be daily rainstorms, they are usually short-lived and tend to happen in the late afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore.
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What To Expect
Language: Khmer is the official language of Cambodia.
Currency: The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel. However, the US Dollar is used as well. 1 USD is equivalent to about 4.025 KHR.
Credit Cards and ATMs: Credit cards are accepted in the major tourist areas of Cambodia. You’ll be able to use them to pay for your purchases at high-end restaurants and hotels. However, a lot of the mid-range options and the hostels only accept cash. You can use your Maestro, Visa, and MasterCard to withdraw US dollars at Canadia Bank and ANZ Royal Bank ATMs.
Plugs: The plugs in Cambodia are type A, C, and G. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Cambodia is generally a safe country for solo female travelers. However, you’ll want to avoid walking home alone at night and keep an eye out for pickpockets in the main tourist areas.
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My Experience as a Curvy Traveler in Cambodia
When traveling between cities in Cambodia, many tourists get around by minibus. In this region, the buses are typically packed, and it can be really uncomfortable if you are larger. If you can afford it in your budget, hiring a driver to get around might be more comfortable. Alternatively, there are cheap flights between Phnom Pehn and Siem Reap.