1. Do I need vaccines for Cambodia?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Cambodia. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Cambodia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Here is the article for recommended vaccinations for Cambodia.
2. How safe is Cambodia?
Cambodia is a pretty safe country for travellers these days, with few incidences of petty crime.
Remember the golden rule: stick to marked paths in remote areas (due to the possible presence of landmines).
- Phnom Penh Post (www.phnompenhpost.com) is a good source for breaking news, so check its website before you hit the road to check the political pulse and catch up with any recent events on the ground such as demonstrations.
- Take care with some of the electrical wiring in guesthouses around the country, as it can be pretty amateurish.
Here is our guide for Safety and Precautions in Cambodia
3. Do I need a travel insurance for Cambodia?
Travel insurance for Cambodia is an absolute must!
Cambodia, if you take common-sense precautions, is a safe place to travel but accidents happen. You’ll want to be covered for medical treatment as well as missed flights, theft, and other unforeseen circumstances.
Holidays are for relaxing, de-stressing and not worrying about what could happen if…x, y, or z should occur. Buying reputable travel insurance before you go alleviates you of this worry. Make sure you check that the insurance you are buying covers you for the activities that you are planning.
Check the detailed article for Cambodia travel insurance here
4. What should I take to Cambodia?
A trip to Cambodia is an unforgettable experience. Make sure you bring everything you’ll need to enjoy it to the fullest.
- A money belt – Due to the amount of pick-pocketing that occurs, a money belt will allow you to keep your money and passport safe.
- A sweater/pashmina – Many of the religious sites have a strict dress code, but the temperature outside will be very warm. A sweater or pashmina that one can wear inside and then remove is a great idea.
- Sunscreen – Cambodia very warm and gets a lot of sunlight, meaning sunscreen is important.
- Walking shoes – Visitors will likely want to explore the huge religious sites or the gorgeous outdoors, making good shoes a must.
Here is the detailed guide for what to pack for Cambodia
5. Are you supposed to tip in Cambodia?
First things first, remember that tipping is never compulsory in Cambodia and that you should think of it only when you are really satisfied by someone’s service. It is an individual reward that aims at supporting high-level service, helpfulness and friendliness.
Contrary to many others Asian countries, tipping in Cambodia is not traditionally expected, but in such a poor country, a small tip can go a long way.
There are no hard and fast rules about tipping in Cambodia, and travelers who decide not to will not be frowned upon.
Check out the Cambodia tipping guide & other local etiquettes here
6. Do I need to buy a Cambodia SIM Card? And where can I buy it?
It is recommended to buy a local SIM card why travelling in Cambodia as it surely has a stable connection and also the cheaper price for calling & data usage.
You can buy the SIM Card almost everywhere in Cambodia, especially inside the big cities like Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.
Check out the detailed guide for Internet & phone in Cambodia here
7. Do I need to bargain while shopping in Cambodia?
Bargaining and haggling for a better deal is all part of the experience when shopping at markets in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, or Sihanoukville. The first price offered is rarely the true price, especially in overly tourist areas.
- Remember that while bargaining is common in markets, it is not accepted or possible in convenience stores like Smile Minimart or upscale shopping malls.
- Look around and check with your guide to have the idea of what you are going to buy. You can check the 8 tips for bargaining in Cambodia for more detail
Here is our guide for Buying and bargaining in Cambodia