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    Flashlight!! (Essential for Sunset)

    by muddybok Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: Small flashlight if you're to stay late for sunset. Esp sunset @Phnom Bakheng & Angkor Wat. Personally, i prefer a MagLight better than this Pelican water resistant torch. However, i cannot afford a MagLight & this bright yellow Pelican torch light make it easy to find among my packed clothes.

    After someone i hardly know drown my Pelican light 15M below sea level, i cannot use it underwater but on surface only.

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    by muddybok Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    Photo Equipment: - Digital Camera with good macro shot
    - High ASA for indoor cravings
    - Tripod for sunrise & sunset
    - Black & white films for more classic shots

    Miscellaneous: Walk into cyber cafe that say "CD-WRITER" to offload your memory sticks & make way for more shots. ;-)

    Better still if you have an iPod (with Camera Adapter) or X-Drive kind of digital storage devices.

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    Packing List

    by ECYM Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Most roads on Siem Reap have lots off potholes and it is dusty. It's good to travel with a haversack, not advisable to bring a travel suitcase (even if it has wheels)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For wet season (Jun - Nov) - bring raincoat, the down pour can be huge and fairly long in duration.

    Sandals and trackshoes are fine for climbing the steep stairs of the temples. Shoes with the slightest heels arent that appropriate.

    Hat that can block the heat and the rays from the sun is essential even in wet season.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: mosquito repellent is to be applied at all times!!! :P
    masks are essential if the flying dust on the road bothers you.

    Photo Equipment: Tripod (not mini)

    dusty roads

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    Passportcarrier of a ninja, or the paranoid.

    by medesin Updated Aug 13, 2006

    Luggage and bags: At times one might find it convenient to really hide valuables and for that
    matter I´ve made my first rough design of the strap-on secret pocket.
    I used a tough fabric woven rather "airy" to let the underlaying skin breathe
    properly (as opposed to the fake bandate I tied on my thigh once to conceal
    a larger amount of money and passports - after 24h hours of consecutive travel
    it left the skin a bit soar with small itching red dots).
    This model is supposed to be worn with the pocket on the innner thigh, view the
    second photo for example.
    Now, last time I used a sewing machine was about 13 years ago in elementary
    school, so bear with me here (also, I didn´t have the patience to make drawings
    or go find any pin needles for the job...).

    The idea is to use this little contraption during night-time travel (while sleeping)
    or when venturing in lesser secure areas.

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    Mozzies and Sun

    by Joy1912 Written Apr 4, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Light waterproof backpack or slingbag

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather during my trip (end Mar06-Apr) was abnormal. It was supposed to be hot and dry but it rained for 3 days. Light clothing, hat, sunglasses are a must. Good to bring along a poncho/waterproof jacket in case it rains.

    Sports shoes or sports sandals are sufficient to climb up the wats. Have seen people wearing heels and flip flops. :P

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant or patches are a must. Can bring along charcoal pills if you are not used to eating road-side food. Lip balm for the dry weather during March. Sunblock for the scorching sun.

    Photo Equipment: Camera for the majestic wats

    Choo, Mei and Ling on the hot and dusty streets. Shoes for climbing steep steps :)

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    Yellowing clothes...

    by peitsing Written Jan 6, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Try to wear clothes which are reddish/yellowish or brownish in color....
    Cambodia is a dusty country and the many many motorbikes zooming around does not help matters...
    One step out of your guesthouse etc and your white clothes will immediately turn brown...

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen sunscreen and more sunscreen!!!! Caps and sunnies!!

    Photo Equipment: Camera charger is a MUST as usual..
    However, plenty of cyber cafes or places with internet connection are available for burning of your precious photos into CDs....
    Believe me, you would be surprised how easily it is to take enough photos to load into CDs after CDs after CDs...

    Miscellaneous: I find it useful to use the "date" format on my camera... some may find that photos with dates are not attractive... Well, after seeing ruins after ruins, it is extremely easy to get confused at the end of the day... Dates on photos help to bring the memories back...

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    PHOTOCOPY your Important IDs

    by Homanded Written Jul 24, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Make sure you have photcopied all your personal ID such as passport, Driver's license from your home country, Visa, and Money Order receipts. Keep your original in your room or hotel safe, carry copies in your wallet and keep additional copies in your backpack and luggage. Idea is to divide into several areas in case of loss or theft.

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    Pack light - cheap laundry available!

    by Homanded Written Jul 24, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: My partner and I traveled with only 1 carry on each for a 1 month trip in Asia which included 5 countries. It really helped to lessen time spent in airport.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Our packing list was as follow: 2 Jeans (one we wore on plane, other in carry on), 5 T-Shirts, 5 Pr. Socks, 5 Underwear, 2 short sleeved duo purpose shirts (casual / semi dressy) and one long sleeved shirt. THATS IT!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock (Bullfrog is excellent, water proof)
    Mosquito repellent with DEET
    General toiletries (you'll need an adapter for a shaver if your country uses 110V)
    Bandaids (both for small cuts as well as possible blisters on feet)
    Deodorant (and our own soap-we find small hotel bars too inconvinient)
    TOILET PAPER (4 rolls for 1 month was sufficient)
    We also took 2 bottles of Immodium AD with us just in case (we never needed them)
    A prescription we had filled by doctor before leaving of a broad spectrum antibiotic in case of illness or infection...(bacterial).
    Cough medicine/Aspirin

    Photo Equipment: I highly suggest a digital camera or, trading your old SLR for digital before leaving.
    2 GB card (holds about 2000 pictures
    Extra batteries and charger.
    "Wolverine" (20 GB equipment about size of a large palmpilot which can store your pictures - up to 30,000, and makes cleaning out your card convinient) - about $120.00US
    Tripod, extra lenses and dont forget a polirizing filter and UV filter!
    If you have SLR 35mm, know that camera shops are common throughout Cambodia and will be able to provide you with extra film, batteries and even tripods for a slightly lesser price than here in US.

    Miscellaneous: Candy, Gum, School supplies (such as pens, pencils, paper, plastic rulers), small toys *(you can order through Oriental Trader by bulk) as gifts which you can offer children at temples.
    Also, Money belt, photocopies of all your personal ID's such as passport/visas and US driver's license in triplicate divided up between your luggage, wallet and back pack in case of loss or theft.

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    one D please

    by richiecdisc Written May 7, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Backpacks are a real plus in country with a limited travel infrastructure. It makes getting from one point to another easier when you find yourself walking.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A bathing suit may not suit the locals but Westerners will want one to enjoy the local beaches. Sandals come in handy but boots are better travel days.

    Photo Equipment: A wide angle is essential for getting the whole of Cambodia's great architecture in and a good zoom for capturing people without their knowing.

    Miscellaneous: Someone in that bathing suit...like D. :)

    D captures even the monks' imagination
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    Be Prepared

    by khaichung Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: used backpacks! always have lock secured to every zipper you have.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: cotton and light clothes with easy to dry will be good. get thin clothing as the place is very hot and dry. sandles will be good for travelling

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: do have sufficient toiletries and medical supplies. have some diarrhoea medicines too. be prepared for bugs and mosquitoes bites!

    Photo Equipment: get a digital cameras and video camera will be great.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: not a place for camping. cheap hotel and guest house can be found at the rate of 5 USD per night.

    Miscellaneous: do have a cap/ hat along and drink a lot of water

    Poipet town
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    Make travelling a little more comfortable

    by planxty Written Jan 27, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Just a short tip. If you plan on doing much travelling by jeep / truck, a couple of sturdy inflatable pillows can make a world of difference. Apart from lying / sitting on them I find them invaluable for putting between my knees and whatever they are jammed against. I'm 6'5" and Asian transportation really isn't designed for people like me.

    Also, a sarong / piece of cloth or whatever you like to call it to wrap round your head whilst travelling outside. apart from the obvious sun protection, after you've picked red dust out of every facial orifice for a day or two, you will appreciate this advice - trust me.

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    What to Bring

    by batgirl1001 Written Jan 5, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A torchlight if you plan to see sunrises

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good solid trekking shoes or sandals. No loose slippers- you are asking for trouble if you do so. Many of the temple steps are slippery and small and hence easy to fall.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant
    Hand disinfecting spray
    Diarrhea pills

    Photo Equipment: Tripod, extra batteries

    Miscellaneous: Lots of cash. If not, travellers checks or VISA/Mastercard for advance cash withdrawals. There are no ATMS in Cambodia and hence if you are without any means of obtaining cash, you are in trouble.

    Always buy a lot of mineral water- for washing hands, brushing teeth, drinking etc. Mineral water is cheap here. Water from the tap is undrinkable and not good either for washing hands.

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    Packing List

    by Fudge Updated Oct 24, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure your bags have security locks esp if you're staying in lower end budget places.

    Lots of travellers report stolen things. The city is full of street kids who can't /don't have access to money for basic survival so anything tempts them.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking sandals are good as Cambodia is hot. And make sure they're not looking brand new and flashy brands.

    Wear light stuff but pls be considerate that cambodian women in general do not wear clothes that expose their hands and legs. You'll notice this when you look at all the locals and realise the only women who are wearing sleeveless tops and above-the-knee skirts and shorts are the foreigners/tourists.

    You only attract more attention on yourself and long long glances from the men.. so best to wear loose long pants, cullottes or skirts for women.

    It rains in May-Aug so a poncho is handy. Light material raincoats are easily avaible in Cambodian cities.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your own specific stuff. Most pharmacies have regular stuff but things like contact lens solution/cleaners, best to carry your own. Just in case. Once I cldn't find iodine at a pharmacy on the main street in Phnom Penh. It was late and difficult to get anywhere else. So basic antiseptic stuff, do carry with you. Also advisable to carry your own needles in case.

    Photo Equipment: Most camera shops have basic films but dont expect slide film to be in every camera shop. Charges are reasonable in some places and expensive in others.

    Miscellaneous: Mosquito repellent or cream if you're prone to be bitten. In the hot months, there's a bit of humidity.

    Also sun block... and sunshades. Dont forget !
    There's not many shady trees along the walkways... so a hat/cap is useful (however the risk is if you sport a very different hat, from the locals, you WILL attract attention)

    Also, pack a torch as some streeets at night have no or v little street lighting. The flip side to this is you attract attention with a light shining in front of you. But its handy if anyone wants to attack etc.

    Also learn some khmer words -- very useful in places away from the main city areas and also at night when you're in need of getting back safely to your hotel/guesthouse.

    Lastly, always wear a ------------ SMILE. It works wonders in Cambodia :)

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    Hammock? Don't Forget the Net

    by aukjejetty Written Aug 22, 2004

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you bring (or buy) a hammock to Cambodia, and plan to sleep in it. I would suggest buying a mosquitonet made especially for hammocks.
    You can find them at the central market in Phnom Penh, and I've also seen them at the Old Market in Siem Reap.

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    Tough Backpack

    by muddybok Updated Apr 2, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: If you’re to travel by land to visit Cambodia, be sure to use one reliable, tough backpack. Suit cases with wheels are more for those who travel by air & check into luxury hotel.

    The advantage of backpack & travel light is, you can squeeze your badgage into limited cargo space due to it shapeless nature. Your backpack can also be sit on, to lean on while waiting for connecting transport. Most importantly it’s easy to carry & extendable to carry your latest acquisition.

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