Cambodia is warm year-round with temperatures rarely dipping below 68°F (20°C), whenever you go. Seasons are broken into wet and dry season. Wet season, from May to October, is usually marked by a brief downpour in the afternoon. This rarely affects travel plans and still includes many hours of bright sunshine, and is known locally as green season as the countryside springs to life. Travel in the dry season, from November to March, is marked by hot dry days.
Siem Reap Dry season temperatures, from November to April, range from a 68°F (20°C) minimum to highs in the 80s (high 20s), with maximums reaching 95°F (35°C) in March. Rainfall is minimal so roads can be a little dusty, while the leafy areas around the temples are easier to traverse. This is a busy time of year to travel, so some sites and temples can be crowded.
April and May are hot and it is not uncommon for temperatures to reach above 100°F (38°C). The green season from May to October is the best time for seeing full moats around the temples of Angkor, dramatic skies and verdant rice-paddies. Minimum temperatures are around 75°F (24°C) and maximums start to drop from May and stay around 90°F (32°C) for the rest of the season. Rain is tropical with refreshing afternoon downpours.
Phnom Penh Cambodia’s capital is warm year-round with tropical rains from May to October, and hotter, drier days from November to April. In the green season from May to October, temperatures range from lows of 71°F (22°C) to highs of 93°F (34°C) in May. From November to April lows rise to 77°F (25°C) with highs around the low 90s (low to mid 30s), and rainfall peaks during September and October. The best time to go is November to February when temperatures and rainfall are lowest.
Cambodia is well-connected by flights from India's major cities. The major carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Thai Airways all offer connections via their capital cities to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Call us at +91 44 24338665 to help book your Cambodia flights.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS & MONEY
As an Indian Citizen, you have three options to get a visa for Cambodia. First, you can get a Visa-on-Arrival, Second, to get an Electronic Visa (e-visa) online and third is to apply at Embassy of Cambodia to get a Visa Stamped on your passport prior to your departure.
If you hold a foreign passport and are resident in India, you may not require a visa for Cambodia, depending upon your nationality. To find out more, please call our Travel Documentation team at +91 98400 25898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The currency of Cambodia is called ‘riel’. There is however no need to change your currency into riel as US dollars are the preferred currency and accepted everywhere. Please note that ripped, torn, or old bills will not be accepted. ATM machines, which distribute US dollars, are nowadays found in the main cities across the country and, of course, in abundance in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 15:00 and Saturday morning until 12:00. In the major cities there are exchange bureaus and most hotels will change US dollars although for other currencies it is usually necessary to visit a bank. Visa Card and MasterCard are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. However, US dollars cash are still the most reliable form of money to carry. If you are traveling in a local tuk tuk, make sure to have the right amount of cash and change with you as the drivers are unlikely to carry lots of cash with them.
HEALTH & SAFETY IN CAMBODIA
No vaccinations are required except for yellow fever if you are coming from an area where the disease is present. However visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A & B, tetanus and polio. Malaria and Dengue Fever are present in some parts of Cambodia and it is advisable to take precautions especially if traveling off the beaten track. Please consult with your usual doctor or a doctor specialized in tropical countries before traveling.
Despite its turbulent history, Cambodia is a safe country to visit. All tourist areas have been cleared of landmines with a comparatively small portion remaining in the more remote areas. As a global rule, never leave your belongings unattended and always maintain eye contact and a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags.
WHILE YOU ARE THERE
Time Difference | India +1.5 hours
Electricity | Cambodia uses 220V, and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3-pin plugs. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adaptor. Power outages are quite common but most hotels have their own generator.
Water | It is not advisable to drink tap water but bottled mineral water is safe and available everywhere. All hotels provide a complimentary bottle of local mineral water per person in the room. Ice cubes in drinks is generally OK in good standard hotels and restaurants but it is best to avoid it on street stalls or in country areas. Some minor stomach problems are always possible when travelling in exotic countries. Bring a supply of your usual anti-diarrhoea medicine.
Shops | Cambodian handicrafts include silks, woodcarvings, rattan weavings, handmade papers and the krama, the traditional Cambodian scarf. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap’s local markets are the best places for shopping and there are also dozens of charity-run shops throughout the country where you can shop for a cause. Ask your guide for more information.
Internet | Internet access is widely available in every major city in Cambodia. In Phnom Penh and Siem Reap there are many Internet cafes from which to stay in contact with your home though most hotels and also cafes and restaurants offer Wi-Fi on a complimentary basis. Even in outlying regions, many hotels provide Internet access.
Mobile Communications | If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Check with your mobile phone provider for the costs before using it abroad - it may be expensive. It is quite easy to get a SIM/Micro SIM on arrival and use within Cambodia if required and cards cost only a few dollars. Internet cafes offer the best deals with programs such as Skype providing cheap, decent quality overseas calls.
Food | Khmer cuisine is very similar to Thai, but less spicy. Fish in varying forms is the staple ingredient. One speciality is grilled freshwater fish wrapped in lettuce or spinach and dipped in a nutty fish sauce. (Cambodia is home to the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia.) Cambodians are particularly fond of coriander, mint and lemongrass, a pleasant combination that appears in many dishes. It is also usual for meals to include a soup of some kind. Like Laos, the French colonial influence is best sampled in the freshly baked bread. For the sweet tooth, sticky rice cakes and jackfruit pudding are the order of the day.