Health and Advice
Drink lots of water. Never drink tap water. Purified bottled water is available everywhere.
Use an insect repellent against mosquitoes. It is the only way to be sure of protection against mosquito borne diseases. Since Cambodia has a hot and humid tropical climate, casual and light-weight clothing is best. Clothing made from natural fibers is the best option. A jacket might be needed on cool winter evenings or in hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning. A hat and high-factor sun block is advisable as protection against the hot sun when sightseeing.
Although no vaccinations are officially required for entry to Cambodia, they are highly encouraged. Visitors are advised to check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and B. Any essential medications should be brought with you as there is no guarantee they will be available in Cambodia.
When visiting temples or pagodas, including those of Angkor Wat, shorts and T-shirts are acceptable. Shoes are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas. For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds, visitors are asked to dress more formally. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and ladies should wear long trousers or long skirts.
Photography in airports, railway stations and near any military installations is forbidden and discretion should be used when photographing people, particularly monks.
The conference will be held during the wet season (May to October). Consideration of the weather should be made during this time, and it would be useful to pack a light rain jacket and/or an umbrella (plastic ponchos can also be purchased cheaply in Cambodia).
The local currency is called the Cambodian Riel (KHR). 4000 Riel are worth $1 USD.
The US dollar is also widely available and accepted in Cambodia and is usually preferred. It would be handy to keep some on hand. If you can BRING LOTS OF $1 NOTES - as you will use them a lot. Most tuk tuk rides are $1USD, as are a lot of other convenience purchases. Most ATMs throughout the country will dispense dollars instead of Riel. In the western parts of Cambodia close to the Thai border, Thai baht is often accepted.
Prices are very low for most items in Cambodia. A bottle of beer or water will cost between 50 cents and a $1. Meals are only a few dollars, and accomodation is less than $100 for quality hotels.
Do’s and Don’ts in the Kingdom of Cambodia
During your stay in Cambodia, you will most probably be touched by the kindness of the Cambodian people. In most places, you’ll be warmly welcomed and guided by local residents, eager to show you the treasures of their country. Although your Cambodian hosts will do their best to tolerate tourists’ involuntary mistakes, stemming from different cultural and social conventions, the following tips will help you understand Cambodian culture and avoid social misunderstandings.
Do’s in Cambodia
Don’ts in Cambodia