My Siem Reap Tour prevalent Questions and Answers

Mysiemreaptours.com is a private and shared tour alliance providing an alternative tour to the crowded and often overpriced market in Siem Reap.

Mysiemreaptours.com offers private tours, shared tours and private tour packages in Siem Reap. Our private tours include very modern transport and tour guides.

Let’s jump right into our client’s most common questions.

There are a lot of national holidays and other events held throughout Cambodia.

The Angkor Festival is celebrated on January 24, while the Khmer New Year is celebrated in April of each year.

Each year, Royal Ploughing Day takes place in either April or May.

The Meak Bochea Festival, also known as the Festival of the Monks, is held on February 9 every year.

The Water and Moon Festival is held either in October or November, and Buddha’s Birthday is observed on June 15, according to the Buddhist calendar.

What are the main annual festivals or events held in Siem Reap

Are tour dates flexible?

Yes. If you cannot travel on the predetermined departure dates listed online, please get in touch with us. We can set up different departure dates for most tours.

You can consult our terms and conditions page for more in-depth info.

Should I bring cash or Traveler's checks? Are ATMs available? Can I use credit cards?

There are a lot of cash machines that give out US dollars in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Sihanoukville. However, once you leave these areas, there is no other place with ATMs, so you are strongly advised to bring cash with you (in small notes as people may have difficulty making changes).

You should budget between $8 and $15 per meal for any additional lunches or dinners that are not included in the price of your tour.

Consider setting some money aside if you want to try some of the regional cuisine at the markets or buy some souvenirs.

In metropolitan areas, you will easily use credit cards at hotels and restaurants, but in rural areas, cash is required. Credit cards are not accepted. There is no provision for accepting travelers’ checks.

Tips for cultural etiquette of Cambodia

Can you give us some tips for cultural etiquette?

Greetings

Put your palms together and bow your head ever-so-slightly as you greet someone in the Cambodian tradition called “Som Pas”. It is considered rude not to respond when one is greeted.

When Walking into a House

When entering a house in Siem Reap and Cambodia, as in most Asian countries, it is regarded polite to remove one’s shoes first.

Along with them, please take off your hats and sunglasses. This demonstrates that you respect the person who is hosting you.

Dress Code

When going to a temple or other religious building, it is especially important to dress appropriately. When a Buddhist enters a temple, they make an effort to cover as much of their body as they can with clothing. It is recommended that you cover your upper arms and upper legs.

Buddhist Etiquette

  • It is a serious offense for a monk to touch a woman or to allow themselves to be touched by a woman. 
  • Because monks are fasting during the afternoon, you should not offer them food or eat in the same room as them during this time.
  • When speaking to a monk, you should preface his first name with the word “Venerable,” and then use his regular name. 
  • When offering food to a monk, you should refrain from tasting it.

Temple Etiquette

  • Before entering a church or a temple, you are expected to remove your shoes.
  • It is not polite to touch a Buddha image or to stand on the altar it is kept on because of its sacred status.
  • When seated inside a pagoda (Wat), you should tuck your feet underneath yourself.

Dress in an Appropriate Manner

Make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.

What are the main points of interest and landmarks around Siem Reap?

The temple known as Angkor Wat. Siem Reap Province is in Cambodia, where it can be found. In addition to being the largest temple in the world, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Plus, the other dozens of unique Temples creations from the Khmer Empire times, distributed all around Siem Reap, in the province, and in the plains leading to Kulen mountain.

If you would be in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, it is also home to some of the country’s most recognizable structures, including the Royal Palace, the National Museum of Cambodia, and the Olympic Stadium.

What documents are needed to enter Cambodia?

You will need a passport that can be used for travel at least six (6) months after it is set to expire. Most people can get a visa as soon as they arrive in Cambodia at any border crossing or international airport. But we strongly recommend that you apply for an e-visa before you go to the country. You will not have to wait in a lengthy line at the airport if you proceed in this manner.

How much is a visa to Cambodia?

Tourist visas valid for 30 days can be purchased in advance or upon arrival at the airport by travelers of most nationalities for a fee of 30 dollars if the visa is obtained at the airport itself.

The tourist visa is only valid for a single entry into the country, but it can be renewed once for an additional 30 days at a cost ranging from $30 to $50.

Can I get a Cambodia visa online?

Visitors who want to go to Cambodia can either get an e-visa or get a visa when they get there. Fees, conditions, and the necessity of providing a photograph are all subject to change. You can check out and can find the most up-to-date information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website, which you are asked to visit.

There are no restrictions on travel at any land crossings between Cambodia and Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, or Cambodia and Vietnam.

Suppose you fill out an application for a Single Tourist entry visa and make a safe payment with your VISACard, MasterCard, Unionpay, Alipay, or WeChat. In that case, you will be granted the visa. Complete the safe and secure online e-visa application. Ratify and make the payment. Obtain a letter of approval within the next three days.

Sok San beach on Koh Rong island

Can I use my debit card in Cambodia?

Although a few ATMs in Phnom Penh only accept Visa cards, the situation is not terrible. The most common merchants that accept both Visa and MasterCard are ABA, ACLEDA, ANZ, Canadia, and Mekong. These five also accept American Express. A few ATMs dispense Cambodian riel, so you can keep your money in riel. Most ATMs will dispense US dollars if you use a card not issued in the United States.

Does Cambodia require travel insurance?

It is highly recommended that you purchase all-inclusive travel insurance. This type of insurance will cover any medical costs incurred while traveling outside the country, including medical repatriation and evacuation, the repatriation of remains, and legal costs.

You need to make sure that your insurance policy does not have any exclusions, particularly that it covers you for the activities you want to participate in.

All foreign nationals, whether they are living there or just visiting, must sign up for the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS). This online program keeps track of information about arrival and departure and, according to the General Department of Immigration, protects the safety of foreigners in case of an emergency. If you do not register on this system, you risk having your visa extension request denied.

What is the current state of COVID-19 in Cambodia?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia kept its place as one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the world. Cambodia can now have normal relationships with the rest of the world again because almost all its people have been vaccinated.

I have finished my travels in Cambodia, but I now need a COVID-19 PCR Test and Fit-to-fly certificate to leave. Where do I get a COVID-19 PCR Test and Fit-to-fly certificate in Cambodia?

  • Phnom Penh

Option 1: National Institute of Public Health – NIPH

Option 2: Institut Pasteur du Cambodge

Option 3: Intercare Medical Center

  • Siem Reap

Option 1: Siem Reap Youth Club

Do you have to wear a mask in Cambodia?

In Cambodia, citizens are now not required to cover their faces with masks.

You do enter Cambodia without the need to go through a quarantine period.

Are businesses and attractions open in Cambodia?

Many businesses in Cambodia are now open again after a long absence during COVID-19.

When should I go to Cambodia?

Spending two weeks in Cambodia, a relatively small but very populated country, is the perfect time to spend there. Aim to see and experience most of the country’s must-see attractions and spend some time in one of Cambodia’s national parks and on a beach with white sand.

How many days do you need in Cambodia?

November to May is the best time to visit Cambodia because it rains less and is still warm. On the other hand, Cambodia is usually very hot and humid all year long.

What should I wear in Cambodia?

Temperatures and humidity levels in Cambodia remain consistently high throughout the year, so visitors should prepare accordingly. In general, it is advised to wear loose and lightweight clothing. Garments made of cotton and linen with long sleeves protect against the sun and insects.

PS: Temples and beaches in Cambodia are two attractions that make a trip to this country well worth the time. There is a tendency for people to overlook the islands of Cambodia in favor of the more well-known islands of Thailand. However, you will be passing up a great opportunity if you do not travel to the islands in Cambodia.

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