– Dollars are accepted everywhere! First country we’ve been that you pay with dollars and you receive the change in Cambodian Riel or in both💸;
– Cheap country for food, but tourists always have to pay more for other things (especially in Siem Reap) – Tuk-tuks, fruits, shakes, or even in the restaurants!;
– Many public places are free for Cambodians, but foreigners need to pay. Good example is popular Ankor Wat which is free for citizens but costs 37$ for foreigners (used to cost 20$ but “hey, it is so awesome that people will pay anyway” – right?);
– Comparing to other countries that we have visited so far Cambodia seems to be developing, but still a country that needs much work. It is visible in many aspects, such as transportation, nutrition, lack of care for the environment, dirty public places, etc.
▫️ % with snakes 🐍 : An alcohol bottle with small snakes inside.
▫️ Let’s say that right at the beginning: Yes, Cambodians do it insects, yes they do it things like snakes or crocodile meat and yes it is casual food, not a fancy thing;
▫️ Fruits, fruits and fruits 🍌🥭🥥🍍🍉 ! You can get a variety of delicious fruits in any place for very low price! Cambodia takes fruit shakes to the next level! You can buy them literally everywhere and as they are made of local fruits they are truly delicious;
▫️ Amok – the most popular version is with fish but it might be also with chicken. It is a rich, creamy curry sauce with very strong coconut taste with rice as a side. Sometimes you can get it served in coconut shell. Anna loved it, Joao really did not like 😝 ;
▫️ Khmer curry – another curry sauce, made with chicken, beef or fish, potatoes and coconut milk. The special ingredient is kroeung, which is a paste made of many different ingredients such as lemongrass, turmeric, garlic, shallots and dried red chillies, to name a few;
▫️ Lok lak – stir-fried beef or pork with a brown, slightly sweet sauce served with rice and lettuce with tomatoes, cucumbers and onion. This dish is served with a dipping sauce made of pepper, salt and lime which is often used to spice up many Cambodian dishes;
▫️ Balut – a fertilised embryo of a duck 🐣 The first dish we write about that we did not try (because we tried insects in Thailand). Eggs like this are also popular in the Philippines! The egg is eaten whole, usually directly from the shell, as a very popular snack rich in proteins – as one vendor told us “You eat one and you have a lot of power!” – nice way to sell 😛 ;
▫️Siem Reap: Angkor Wat is very expensive: 37$!
For architecture lovers there are 3-day passes but if you are not an expert and not especially interested in such topics one day will be enough. With organised trips, you would usually see 4-6 temples and it is already a decent amount of information to remember and distance to walk;
▫️Siem Reap is also a good place for party people! There are hostels that have a DJ even during the day and a lot of young people come to this city just for fun!🍻🕺💃🏻;
Events & Meetings
▫️ We tried to find some interesting business event in the capital but unfortunately, during our almost two-weeks long stay there was nothing really interesting;
▫️ However, we met interesting people in our hostels. Some of them would stay in hostels for free working there a few hours per day – without any contract. It is a legal thing as they do not receive any payment – they can just stay and eat for free in the hostel. If you do not work it is a way to save some money and get some experience!
▫️ You can easily travel by bus inside the country and even to neighbouring countries 🙂 If you need a visa, for example to Vietnam you can do it even in your hotel or a travel agency;
▫️ There are a lot of companies selling trips by Tuk-tuk (1-day trips) and buses. Before booking in your hotel check travel companies – sometimes the price is 50% lower (the same for visa and other services);
▫️ Negotiate prices and preferably ask some friend about fair price before paying for something. It works especially well with Tuk-tuks;
▫️ Come prepared with dollars and that way you can avoid ATM fees and exchange rates – you can pay practically everywhere with dollars 💰 ;
▫️ You can be tempted to rent a motorbike but in Cambodia it may not really pay off. There are situations in which police stops you and as legally you cannot drive you do not get fine but you need to bribe them!
▫️ In Siem Reap we found one of the best hostels that we have stayed in so far. As we do not promote such places on our website, if you need a place in Siem Reap simply leave us a message 😉