Today explore the stunning Royal Palace complex and the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor. Cotton and linen retain moisture as you sweat making the material damp and heavy – whereas synthetics wick the moisture away so remain feeling dry – or, at least, less sweaty. Tshirts, tops, trousers and shorts: Traditionally linen or cotton was the way to beat the heat but nowadays synthetic materials like those used by UnderArmour and similar sport brands are more effective at keeping you cool.
Cambodia is hot all year round, even in rainy season – the heat and the humidity combine to make most tourists sweat a lot. If you’re planning an extended hike around the temples, a dedicated Camelbak hydration pack or similar may be worthwhile. Bottled water is readily available in Cambodia and sage.
Remember to drink at least 2 litres of bottled water a day, and drink before you feel thirsty. Many people are dehydrated before they even go on holiday, and a tropical country like Cambodia with heat and humidity will quickly increase that. Stay Hydrated : Dehydration is the number one cause of people feeling crappy.
Having travel insurance will give you peace of mind for any medical emergencies in Cambodia as well as providing cover if you lose your passport, money or luggage. As such it’s vital to have travel insurance for Cambodia We use and recommend World Nomads which you can quickly buy online. If you have any kind of illness or injury you will want to be immediately removed to a hospital in neighbouring Thailand for treatment (Bangkok’s Bumrungrad and Samitevej hospitals are internationally renowned).
Cambodia’s medical facilities are currently not world class. Eating out is no problem in Cambodia with a decent meal in a restaurant coming to between USD $5-7 and street food sometimes barely even costing a dollar. Beer is usually less than a dollar per glass and water is in a similar region.
Accommodation can range from budget rooms for about USD $7-10 per night to top end hotels for around USD $30. Cambodia is generally very cheap, even in comparison with neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam. Another popular dish is Amok, a curry made with fish, spices and coconut milk.
Prahok (fermented fish paste) is used to flavour many dishes and coriander, mint leaves and lemongrass are popular herbs. A typical meal usually consists of a soup, a main dish (often curry, stir fry or salad) and dessert. The staple food is rice, which is served with almost every meal and noodles are also popular.
It also tends to be healthier than other Southeast Asian cuisine. Cambodian (Khmer) cuisine is similar to Thai cuisine though with fewer spices, but no less flavoursome! Avoid having ice in your drink as it might have been made with tap water.
It’s recommended to only drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available in hotels, shops and restaurants, or purified water. Tap water in Cambodia is not considered safe trip in Cambodia to drink.