You are preparing for your trip to Cambodia and are wondering what to bring when traveling to Cambodia? Cambodia is a reasonably easy and safe place to travel but the heat and humidity in Cambodia can be hard to tolerate at the best of times. With temperatures over 32°C (89.6°F) in low season and around 25°C (77°F) in high season.
To get the most out of your visit to Cambodia, you will need to gather as much information as possible in order to pack properly. And to know exactly what you need for example suncream in Cambodia is expensive and can sometimes be hard to find.
In this post, we will go through what to bring when traveling to Cambodia. So let’s get started!
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Quick Information on Cambodia
- Currency: Riel and the US Dollar
- Language: Khmer
- Population: Over 16 million
- Capital City: Phnom Penh
- Best time to visit Cambodia: Dry season is between October to April with an average temperature of around 25°C. While the rainy season is from May until September with an average temperature of around 32°C.
- How to get there: You can enter by land through Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Or you can fly into Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.
What To Bring To Cambodia?
To get the most out of your visit to Cambodia, it’s essential to learn as much as possible about Cambodia before going. This is particularly important to help you pack appropriately.
Here are our tips are what to bring to Cambodia!
What Clothes You Should Bring?
Cambodia is a tropical country, therefore it can get very hot and humid. So, bringing thin and comfortable clothes is recommended to help handle the heat.
Most visitors to Cambodia will use T-shirts, shorts, and tops for comfort. You can need to wear something long to protect your skin from the sun and mosquitoes and it helps to choose loose-fitting clothes.
Don’t forget to bring a sarong or scarf. It can be handy when you are visiting temples especially if you accidentally wear clothes that are too revealing. This can be a problem entering temples as you will need to cover up.
You can also use them as a towel, blanket, and so on as you need.
Use Day Backpack
When you leave your luggage at the hotel and as preparation for the day explore by putting what you need into your day backpack. You can pack things in your backpack such as toilet roll, water, and whatever else you think you might need.
In this way, you can safely leave your passport, visa, flight ticket, and other important things at your hotel.
Cambodia Uses Two Currencies
The official Cambodian currency is the Riel but the US Dollar is also used in Cambodia. In some cases, you will be paying for things in 2 currencies. It takes a while to figure it out, as the Riel starts to build up. Generally, 10,000 Riel is equal to $2.50 US Dollars.
You can use your Riel when purchasing smaller items such as snacks or water as Cambodia doesn’t use American coins.
Always ask what the conversion rate is. Bring US Dollars when going to Cambodia.
Bring Medicine, Sunscreen, And Toiletries
In case of an emergency, you might find it hard to find pharmacies near you. So, always be prepared to bring a first-aid kit in your bag.
Also, you might think you can buy sunscreen anywhere in Cambodia. That is not the case as Cambodia doesn’t need suncream. And when you find a shop that sells suncream it is going to be expensive.
As well as sunscreen, mosquito repellent is also essential. Also, hand sanitizer can be useful because you can’t always find clean water with soap to wash your hands.
For other toiletries, pack them inside a toiletry bag so you can take in and out everything easily. Don’t forget to bring a quick-dry towel that more lightweight and easily dry after using it.
What Electronics That Are Needed?
Electronics play an important role when traveling, you will mostly use your smartphone to take photos, use Google Maps, listen to music, and so on. So your battery will drain faster than normal.
You can consider bringing a power bank but remember there may be restrictions on power banks when checking in for your flight. Also, bring a universal adaptor. Cambodia uses A, C, and G socket types.
Finally, to get the most out of your visit to Cambodia requires you to do a little preparation. You don’t want to be trying to find a shop where to buy a universal charger or sunscreen when in Cambodia. This is one of the reasons to gather as much information as possible in order to pack properly. Remember to bring what you need and leave at home what you don’t need.
And that’s it for now! I’d love it if this post on what to bring when traveling to Cambodia was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.