Cambodia may be a small country, but it has a lot of important history. During the Khmer era this place was grandiose and even now, as temples and shrines lay in a state of disarray and the country grows and flourishes beyond its history, the kingdom’s old-fashioned charm and sleepy little towns will draw you in; the warmth and hospitality of its people will make you feel instantly at home.
Much like the rest of Southeast Asia, Cambodia's weather is dominated by monsoons, giving it two distinct seasons: wet and dry.
The season you plan on visiting, will determine what essentials you need to pack, but here are a few key items you will need regardless.
With all the historical architecture that Cambodia has to offer, you will undoubtedly be walking a ton and can't always rely on the local stores to supply what you're looking for. Think ahead and plan for every possibility with a lightweight. Easy storage and access for all the necessary snacks and toiletries is a must. Cover-More can help you pick out the right backpack for your needs.
During wet season, the weather is completely unpredictable. One second you will be soaking up the sunlight and the next, drenched from a torrential downpour. Instead of getting stuck in a hotel for your entire holiday, pack a rain coat or poncho. They're light weight, easy to pack and ensure you are always prepared for the rain.
During the dry season, be sure to pack a pair of comfortable sandals that are broken in and won't leave you with blisters. It is also recommended you pack a pair of closed-in shoes, for entering temples. A pair of sneakers is always a safe option, especially when you will be doing a ton of walking and can rely on them to support your feet.
Right before the start of the wet season, temperatures can soar up to 38 degreees. Don't let yourself get stuck with a nasty sunburn and ruin your Cambodian photos during the trip. Use this opportunity to check out the local markets, where you will find cheap, wide brim, light weight straw hats, perfect for the weather conditions.
Cambodia is a country where modesty is highly valued. Shorts, singlets, skirts or bare chests are not recommended. Although tourism has lowered the standards toward dress codes for visitors, it's always best to be conservative when visiting temples, they are religious buildings and sacred for prayer.
Finding your regular toiletries in Cambodia is tough to do, particularly if you are used to more luxurious brands. Pack enough toiletries for your entire trip plus some extra since you can’t rely on local stores to carry what you need.
Don't be restricted to your cameras limited free space, bring a few spare memory cards to ensure you can snap all your Cambodian adventures, you won't be short of sights to see.
English isn't very common in Cambodia, so it will be easier to know some of the everyday phrases, or carry a phrasebook with you. If you don't want to add weight to your backpack, download some of these handy translation apps to help you out.
Plan ahead to make the most of your time! Don't waste a second in this beautiful country that is full of culture, history and many must-see landscapes. Cover-More has some great information about visiting their famous city Siem Reap, or their coastline in Kep.
The largest religious monument in the world, the Angkor Wat Temple, located in Siem Reap.
Haven't found what you're looking for? Check out our Overview of Cambodia for more key information before your trip.