It's hot and humid dress appropriately. Some temples require a skirt over knees for girls or long pants, long pants for boys and sleeves that cover shoulders for both. I thought I would be smart and bring a scarf to help with dress code, they do not accept this anywhere. They only require this in certain areas, dress how you need to so you can be cool and bring the required in your bag. We wore zip off pants. They were great to help with layers. A sarong would be accepted for the skirt and would be lightweight in your pack.
Bring fun things for the kids. There are kids everywhere. Do not buy from them. All the local people we had as guides told us this encourages them not to be in school, and beg. We bought candy and gave them, they would quickly quit working and turn into a kid as soon as you pulled out the candy.
Bring old stuff and shed stuff. Things are cheap to buy. Don't think you have to bring everything. Pants run around $3.00 and shirts about the same. Dress like the locals. Or plan to do laundry. Most hotels or guest houses charge $1.00 a kg.
Learn how to use Asia toilets and bum guns. They are everywhere. I never quite mastered the Asia toilet, anyone have pointers? Yeah and never tried the bum gun. Only Vietnam really had toilet paper, so bring some along for everywhere else.
Bring your unlocked phone and buy a SIM card here. We bought one for $9.00 2g of data and $5.00 of calls charging $0.03 a minute with no connection charge.
Have an open mind. Go for any adventure thrown your way. You do not come to Asia to stay in your comfort zone. Don't come to Cambodia if you don't want to experience the culture. One of our guides said it best, "when you stay in really nice hotels, eat at really nice places, and only stay with tourist, you miss out on the best part, the people. The nice tourist places are paid to smile at you. It isn't genuine." Our hotels were in no way five stars, and yes I was a little worried about them when we decided to go, but the experiences we had were amazing and memories were made!
I have had many people ask about the people invading my personal space. I have a pretty big personal space bubble. I only had my bubble popped in Vietnam a couple of times at the market. Other than that everyone pretty much stayed out of my bubble.
Now in saying that be prepared to be pampered! Josh and I both got 5 one hour massages, that's 10 hours of massages and our bill was less and $60.00 total.
Bring American cash to Cambodia. They function with American bills and theIr money for coins. Their money is 4000 to one $1.00 so it feels crazy giving 3000 for $0.75. Most things are $1.00 so bring mostly ones. As for budgets we brought $50.00 each for every day. We did everything we wanted to activity wise, ate what we wanted, had many massages, and still came home with money.
Go to markets and never accept the first price they give you. Usually you can talk them down to about half of the initial price.
Wear some kind of hiking sandle. It is very dusty and really hot. Tennis shoes would be nasty with the dirt and sweat.
For a day pack bring a small backpack like a camelbak. It was not so big we bumped into anything and if we didn't feel safe we could put it under our arm. Perfect size for everything we needed to carry around.
Relax! They do most things the "Cambodian way" and it works for them.
Most important go make memories!
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