Helpful tips in Cambodia

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Helpful tips in Cambodia
Helpful tips in Cambodia

Donations and gift giving

Cambodia is a very poor country with little in the way of social services and you are likely to see poverty.  Please read the following advice about donations and gift giving.

  • Do not give money to people begging, especially children. This reinforces the belief that begging is an acceptable way to make a living.   If children make money from begging, their parents are less likely to send them to school.  Children working on the streets are also vulnerable to abuse.
  • Giving money and goodsto beggars can accentuate an unequal relationship between locals and visitors, with tourists being seen as purely money givers.
  • Do not give sweets to children in villages that we visit.
  • Do not feel that you necessarily have to give material things. Sometimes, giving your friendship, time and interest to locals can be the best gift of all.
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Tipping

Tipping is a personal matter and travellers are encouraged to tip any amount they feel is appropriate. For your convenience, we have included a suggested tipping guide below:

  • Bellboy: $1
  • Chambermaid: $1 per day
  • Guides: $5-$10 per day for guides (depending on group size and performance)
  • Drivers: $2-$5 per day, per person
  • Restaurants: In smart establishments you may find that the tip is already included in the bill. In local restaurants tips are not expected but you may wish to leave loose change on the table.

Price guide

Restaurants

  • Khmer food: from $5
  • Western food: from $7

Drinks

  • Soft drinks: $2.50
  • Local beer: $3.50
  • Bottled water: Small $1.50, large $2.50
  • Juice: $2.50

Other Items

  • SIM card: $3
  • Books: $10-$15
  • DVDs: $2.50- $3

Health and safety

Health and well-being

Please be aware that your health can be at risk in Cambodia due to poor sanitation and lack of proper medical facilities. Rural areas have few, if any, pharmacies and hospitals so make sure you travel with a full supply of any prescribed medicine you take.  If you need medical assistance, we recommend Royal Angkor International Hospital in Siem Reap, (t: 063761888) and International SOS Medical & Dental Clinic in Phnom Penh (t: 023216911). Each traveller is responsible for his or her own health. First and foremost, make sure that you have travel insurance for your trip. You should also consult your doctor or local travel clinic for the latest information and advice on travelling to Cambodia before departure.

Please note: If you have a medical condition or allergy which requires particular attention, carry a doctor’s letter with you that describes the nature of the condition and treatment needed. We also recommend you pack a medical kit, including paracetamol and a diarrhoea remedy.

Vaccinations

There are many vaccinations needed when travelling to this part of the world. It is important you ensure you have adequate protection against disease.  Book an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic, no less than two months before your departure.

Travel insurance (compulsory)

Go Asia Travel does everything possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. However, travel inevitably involves some risk and this should be recognised by holiday-makers. Travel insurance is a cost effective way of protecting yourself and your equipment should any problems occur such as cancelled trips, delays, medical emergencies, baggage loss or damage. It also gives you peace of mind. Please also ensure your travel insurance covers all activities planned on your trip.

Useful websites:

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice on travelling to Cambodia:
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/cambodia

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advice on travelling to Cambodia: http://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/cambodia/index.html

The official tourism website for Cambodia:
http://www.tourismcambodia.org/