Your most frequently asked Cambodia travel questions

So you’ve decided to venture to Cambodia and explore the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat and perhaps get to know the locals on Tonle Sap lake. To help you focus on what really matters (getting excited!), we’ve put together a list of commonly asked questions and asked our Cambodia Travel Specialists to give you their advice.

Woman standing at a window in Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia

Which plug do I need?

Depending on where you stay will depend on which plug to take. So to be sure we recommend you take a US plug and a European one. However, don’t be surprised if you do not need to use an adaptor at all, as the hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap sometimes take UK plugs.

What money should I take and how much do I need?

Most of the prices are in US dollars, so you need to take these with you. You will quickly notice that they do not use cents and instead any change you are given under 1 dollar will be given to you in Riel the local currency. These notes are very helpful as you can use them for tips and to pay for the public toilets. The beer can be as little as $0.50 and main meals in a restaurant are about $6. If you budget for $35 a day each you will probably come home with change, unless you develop a serious shopping habit!

View of street from the back of a tuk tuk in Cambodia

Is it safe to take a tuk tuk and how much should I tip?

The tuk tuk is a common sight around the streets of Cambodia, and there are a lot of them. You never pay the first price you are quoted, but it is up to you to pay what you believe to be a fair price. Our experience and customer feedback tells us they are safe and all part of the experience, just set the price before you leave. If you are unsure your hotel can help you organize one and set the price, they will often come back and get you from the venue where they dropped you off if you ask them.

Pub street night life in siem reap

What is there to do at night in Siem Reap?

A favourite amongst the Rickshaw team is the Phare Circus. This social enterprise blends, juggling, acrobatics and aerial arts – there are no animals used. The revenue from the tickets goes back into the community to pay for housing, training, health insurance for the local artists and their families. All of the artists are local people from difficult background whose training has been funded by this organization.

Should I take something for the family I am staying with?

Absolutely, their lives and those of their fellow villagers are very simple. A book, a ball, skipping rope, balloons or sweets would be very well received. You may also wish to take something for the adults too but remember something simple and basic is best. If you wish to give them a tip when you leave, then this would be gladly received.

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