In Cambodia with Love

Do you want to gain a whole new experience of living in Cambodia like a local? Cambopedia.com provides local insights, practical tips and advice to travel and live the life like Cambodian people when in Cambodia. On this website, you’ll find useful travel information and local living experience in this beautiful country in Southeast Asia.

Living in Cambodia with Love

Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Tharum Bun
Photo by Tharum Bun

Getting to Know Cambodia

First of all, you may ask why would anyone want to experience this local lifestyle. Well, it’s really easy to visit Cambodia as a tourist, or a traveler, or an expat. However, it’s a rare, unique experience to feel and breathe this lovely country and city like Phnom Penh as any local here.

Being a local here, it means that you eat, sleep, and enjoy the way of living like the majority of Cambodians. Not only that you learn about culture and traditions, but you do really feel and experience them. So are you ready to start? You won’t regret for a second after all.

Cambodia is a safe destination and place to travel and live! Actually, there are problems due to extreme poverty and inequality, but people are generally super friendly and trustworthy. Most Cambodians are very kind and generous, and they’re are hospitable and helpful to tourists, travelers, backpackers, and expatriates.

Kids on the street may call you foreign traveler a “Barang,” which means a French. Or “Ta Barang” to refer to an older Westerner. “Ta” means grandfather, a way of saying with respect to an elder.

Getting into or out of Cambodia by bus is the cheapest option, although there are many direct flights to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Travel across Cambodia is also getting easier. What amazes most travelers and visitors to Cambodia is high-speed Internet and free Wi-Fi everywhere, either on the bus, in a cafe, or in a budget guest house for backpackers.

Mobile Internet? You can easily buy a 3G or 4G sim card. How to describe Cambodia? Believe it or not, Cambodia is about the same size to Oklahama of the United States of America. Khmer people are super friendly and gentle people. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville all have its own unique characteristic. If you’d love to know and learn about Cambodia, visiting one of these cities is not enough.

This is a list of reasons people from all over the world fall in love with Cambodia, a charming country in Southeast Asia. Before you continue reading this, please make sure that you’ve been to Cambodia before. Or at least you’ve heard about Cambodia from you friends or family members. After reading this, it’s time for you to decide to make your first visit to Cambodia. If not, you may regret it.

Best Places & Destinations to Visit When in Cambodia

Top of the list is that Cambodia has Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Not Angkor What, but the earth’s largest religious monument. The best beaches in Southeast Asia, the Lazy Beach and Koh Rong Saloem. These destinations and places must be on your itinerary when you travel to Cambodia.

Khmer People Are Super Friendly in Asia

The most friendly people in Asia are Cambodians. Khmer people are very hospitable. Get a formal or informal invite to visit their home? You must be very fortunate because Khmer people consider you a nice person. In the urban cities like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, or Sihanoukville, most Cambodians people are able to have a conversation with you in English.

Eat Khmer Food to Feel Cambodian

Khmer food doesn’t have the global brand name just yet. But it’s just a matter time that Cambodia will take its authentic Khmer food to the international arena. Have you ever heard of fish Amok? It’s very Cambodian dish popularly served at air-conditioned restaurants.

Want to smell Prohok? Cambodia’s iconic salted fish paste favorable by the majority of ordinary Cambodians, Prohok is a must-taste if you really want to know what it’s like to live a Cambodian life.

If you can eat Prohok for the first time, you’ll be good the next time. But if you couldn’t taste it, forget it, you’ll never ever understand why Cambodian people live and eat this their entire life.

Phnom Penh: Cambodia’s Most Colorful City

Phnom Penh, the largest and most vibrant capital city of Cambodia, is sandwiched by Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Yangon, and Vientiane. Basically, Phnom Penh is a safe city in Southeast Asia. Phnom Penh is not largely known as a city of burglary, theft, robbery, or vandalism.

However, beware of having your handbag snatched by a motorcycle driver while you are riding in a Tuk Tuk. Don’t wear valuable jewelry and ride motorbikes. You just need to not go out at night alone at a quiet place. Keep your wallet or purse under close surveillance in crowded markets. It’s always good to avoid dark and lonely areas at night or groups of drunk youths.

Phnom Penh was once regarded as Paris of the East and the Pearl of Asia. Phnom Penh is becoming one of the most beautiful cities in Southeast Asia.

The infrastructure is getting better every year. It’s not very clean, but people start to realize this importance of a livable city. Unlike Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok, Phnom Penh is a cheap city to live and work. There are nice, friendly people who speak English and Chinese, too.

Moving to and Living Cambodia?

Q: What is visiting Cambodia like?
A: Cambodia’s Siem Reap is internationally known for its temples of Angkor, where you can have the breathtaking view of the sunset on the top of Phnom Bakheng.

In Phnom Penh, the charming capital city, Cheoung Ek and the S-21 prison (for those who are brave enough to delve into the country’s dark past).  S-21 prison is an ideal place to visit and learn about Khmer history.

You might want to visit the floating villages on the Tonle Sap lake. Cambodians people are typically friendly, smiley, and polite. If you’re planning a long-term stay in Cambodia, you’d be able to figure out how to enjoy the low cost of living.

You should visit the floating villages on the Tonle Sap lake. Cambodians people are typically friendly, smiley, and polite. If you’re planning a long-term stay in Cambodia, you’d be able to figure out how to enjoy the low cost of living.

Q: What things should you do and see when you travel to Cambodia?
One of the best things to do when visiting Cambodia is to get to know the local people, who are typically friendly and kind.

Getting to know Cambodians personally allows you to learn about Cambodia in a way that you don’t find on the travel guide book. The ultimate place to visit and see is Angkor Wat and many other ancient temples in Siem Reap.

Q: When is the best time to visit Cambodia?
A: from November to March. Avoid the rainy season. April is the hottest month of the year, although Cambodians celebrate the Khmer New Year during this time of the year.

In December, it’s typically dry, sunny weather, low humidity and quite cool temperatures (average temperature: 26 °C) throughout the country. Not surprisingly, December is amongst the most popular months to travel to Cambodia.

Q: What are the best islands in Cambodia?
A: Both Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem (as tipped by Lonely Planet writer Jessica Lee) are on the south coast of Cambodia. In Sihanoukville or Kampong Som alone, there are nearly 20 islands.

However, these two Koh Rong and Kong Ron Sanloem have been praised by travelers for their cleanliness, beauty, and serenity. Also, the best choice and closer from Phnom Penh is Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay).

Khmer food?
While Amok is much better known as something called authentic Khmer food, there are some more dishes you should know. I’m not just talking about Prohok. Cambodian people eat cooked crickets, ants, snakes, among other things.

Khmer music
There is no better way than getting into Cambodian culture through Khmer music, which is part of Cambodian daily life. Cambodian legendary singer Sin Samouth is Elvis Presley. In this blog post, you can find some selected YouTube music video to listen to.

Cambodia?

The Kingdom of Cambodia is located in the South-East Asia region of the Indochina Peninsula. The Kingdom of Cambodia is the eighth country with an area of ​​181035 square kilometers out of 10. This geographical position provides easy connectivity in the economy, tourism, and neighboring countries.

Cambodia has an area of ​​181035 square kilometers (69898 square miles) and the whole plains enter the retreat zone between 10 ° and 15 ° and 102 ° and 108 ° latitude. Cambodia has been well-developed in the tourism industry as it has been affected by hot weather throughout the year.

It borders Thailand to the north and west 800 km and Laos in the north east 541 km and Vietnam in the east and southeast 1228 kilometers. It has a coastline of 443 kilometers (275 miles) along the Gulf of Thailand.

The Kingdom of Cambodia borders 2600 km, with 5 and 6 mainland borders and one-sixth offshore. Mainland borders: Cambodia borders to the North, the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, the East, and the South, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the West, with the Kingdom of Thailand, which has signed a Treaty of Cooperation Politics and development of the country.

Cambodia has a coastal location with 440 km of coastline, wide and subtropical sea, with medium depth, full range of seafood, easy access to sea fishing, sea fishing and a beautiful tourist destination, mixed with colorful sand.

Cambodian landscapes are characterized by central plains surrounded by high land and low mountains, including the Tonle Sap Lake and the extension of the Mekong River Delta.

The outward stretch from the central area is a sloping plateau with slopes of wood and rising about 200 meters above sea level.

To the north of the Cambodian plains, against the sandstone slopes, which make up the southward slopes of more than 320 kilometers (miles) from west to east and rise up to the plains to an altitude of 180 to 550 meters. This slope sets the southern boundary of the Dangrek Mountains.

Cambodian Climate

Cambodia’s climate, as well as across Southeast Asia, is dominated by the so-called “hot and humid” monsoons, due to the distinct seasons of the season.

Cambodia has a temperature range from 21 to 35 ° C (69.8 to 95 ° F) and has a tropical monsoon. Southwest monsoons enter the mainland, bringing moisture from the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean from May to October. The northeast monsoon brings the dry season from November to March.

The country experiences the greatest rainfall from September to October, during the dry season, which runs from January to February. The maximum average temperature is between 25.5 ° C and 29.5 ° C (April’s warmest), and the minimum average temperature is between 24 ° C and 26.5 ° C (December’s coolest).

This temperature has some variations in areas such as in the mountains and uplands (Bokor Mountain, average temperature is 20 degrees Celsius).

Cambodia has two different seasons. The rainy season, which runs from May to October, can see temperatures drop to 22 ° C (71.6 ° F) and are generally widespread with humidity.

The dry season lasts from November to April, when temperatures can rise to 40 ° C (104 ° F) by April. The catastrophic floods occurred in 2001 and again in 2002, with some floods almost every year.

Cambodia’s Tourism: the Backbone of the Economy

The tourism industry is the second largest source of the country’s hard currency after the textile industry. Between January and December 2007, arrivals of 2.0 million, an increase of 18.5% At the same time in 2006.

Most tourists traveled through Siem Reap (49%) through Phnom Penh and other destinations. Other destinations include Sihanoukville in the east of the South, which has a beach resort.

The most popular and the area is near Kampot and Kep, including the Bokor Station. Tourism has increased steadily each year in a stable period, compared to the 1993 UNTAC 1993 in 1993, with 118,183 international tourists, and in 2009 there were 2,161,577 international tourists.

Most of the Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, American, South Korean and French tourists, the report said. Tourism is one of Cambodia’s triple-heavy industries. The Angkor Wat historical park in Siem Reap, the coast of Sihanoukville and the capital city Phnom Penh are a prime attraction for foreign tourists.

Cambodia’s souvenir industry employs most of the people living near the main attractions. In fact, the number of souvenirs produced is not enough to the growing number of tourists, and most products sold to tourists in markets are imported from China, Thailand and Vietnam. Some souvenirs made locally include:

  • Scarf
  • Granite works
  • Soap, Candle, Spice, Grocery
  • Wood Carving Painting, Lacquer Painting
  • Bottle of painted wine – white

The Royal Water Festival is an annual boating tournament, the most popular Cambodian festival.

Khmer Water Festival usually take place at the end of the rainy season when the Mekong River receded back to normal levels, allowing the Tonle Sap River to reverse. About 10% of Cambodians participate in the event for watching the moon and fireworks.

Khmer New Year is a major holiday in April. Modern art characters include singers Sin Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea (and later Him Sivorn and Meng Keo Pech Chenda), which have incorporated new musical styles to the country.

Rice is the most important cereal, as in other Southeast Asian countries. Fish from the Mekong River and Tonle Sap are an important part of the diet.

Khmer cooking rules include fruit, juice, and dumplings. The main ingredients are lemongrass, lime, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, caramel, ginger, ginger, olive oil, coconut milk and pepper.

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