If you’re looking to get or gain a whole new experience of living in Cambodia like a local or a Khmer, this is an ideal blog for you. This blog has been continuously updated by your local insiders. You’ll get new insights as well practical tips and advice to travel and live the life like Cambodian people here. In this page, you’ll find some of the most useful travel information to help you prepare for your trip to Cambodia, my beautiful home country.
Phnom Penh’s royal palace. Taken by Tharum Bun
I was born in Kandal province, Cambodia. I’ve been living in Phnom Penh for over 30 years. I’ve witnessed dramatic changes over the years. Today, Cambodia is becoming an attractive place to visit and to live. Phnom Penh, the largest and most vibrant capital city of Cambodia, is sandwiched by Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Yangon, and Vientiane. 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.
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. By 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.
How to describe Cambodia?
Cambodia has many charming cities and 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.
Quick questions about moving and traveling to 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 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.
Q: Is Cambodia a safe country to travel and live?
A: 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.
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).
Q: How safe is Phnom Penh?
A: 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.
Q: Khmer people eat insects and bugs?
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 Brohok. Cambodian people eat cooked crickets, ants, snakes, among other things.
Q: Getting to know and listen to 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.
Phnom Penh: once upon a time the 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.
A local guide to Cambodia
- Getting a visa to Cambodia is super easy
- Hospitals and clinics in Phnom Penh
- Holidays in Cambodia: Cambodia Public Holidays 2017
- Internet Service Providers in Cambodia
- Cambodia’s 5 job websites you should know
- Learn Cambodian language? Are you sure you want to learn Khmer language?
- Raise your children in Cambodia? Choosing the right kindergarten for your them
- Web resources: Cambodia