What to pack for Cambodia

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    by mikinho Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take your own antibiotics with you. There are plenty of pharmacy, and they have plenty of medecine in it, but they won't give you the box - just the meds piece by piece. You won't be sure of what it is, nor what is the expiracy day. I was lucky, though, as I got the right ones for a bad cold I contracted back in Vietnam - I still marvel at how lucky I was, but next time I'll pack my things at the outset.

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    by yeikloen Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: You would know best yourself....

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was caught off guard travelling from Battambang to Poipet when the weather changes from Hot to cold. It was really chilly that the aircon in the taxi was not as cold as outsite air. I would suggest to bring along a sweater if you are travelling around dry session around December....

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: As a guy no problem... :)

    Photo Equipment: You will need a lot of films, as I know a girl which I met she took a total of 4 rolls just in Angkor and I took a total of 250+ photos on my digital camera.

    Miscellaneous: Anti-Insect spray or something as there can be a lot of mosquito at some times.

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    by eelaine Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Take your usual backpack.. it'll be easier to move around..

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: simple cotton wear is perfect.. although the weather gets a bit hot, it is better not to wear anything too revealing.. bring good walking shoes.. quite a lot of climbing required in angkor wat as there are some extremely steep steps..

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: bring along some medicine for diarrhoea.. i got food poisoning on my second day there..

    Photo Equipment: it'll be great if you have some special filters to capture the sunset and sunrise in angkor wat..

    Miscellaneous: bring lots of usd$1 notes.. you can pay in usd$ and normally get cambodian riels as change.. so, you don't want to get too much Riels back..

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    by archan4698 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: a backpack is best.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals and athletic shoes, leave the fancy dress shoes at home. bring some light pants, shorts and lotsa t-shirts. Cambodia is year round hot!
    you might want an umbrella in the wet season, or you can buy them there for very little money.

    Photo Equipment: Take alot of pictures, film is cheap and easy to find in P.Penh and Siem Reap, or if your coming by air from Bangkok, film is also very reasonable there.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: To my knowledge Camping isnt really a concept yet here, the area's with alot of wilderness, still have possiblely the last tigers, river dolphins, and bears in the area, but many of these area's also contain mines from the war. But hopefully they can remove the mines and protect the forests, rivers at the same time.

    Miscellaneous: some people take malaria meds, some dont, its up to you. I personally got about 40 bites, and I didnt die or fall ill, but it only takes 1.

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    by l_joo Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure you pack your baggage properly or it will fly off the truck. In this condition, we are actually sitting on everybody's baggage, so if you have anything fragile please carry them with you. Dust are extremely strong on the drive, so do something. Luckily it's not raining.

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    by gotlostagain Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Backpack and smaller one for day trips.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cambodia is hot!hot!hot! I wore long sleeve shirts and light material pants to protect me from the sun.
    Hat, scarf (these are cheap and in plentiful supply here)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, mosquito repellant, anti-itching cream for bug bites

    Photo Equipment: lots of film!

    Miscellaneous: I flew in from Bangkok to Siem Reap. I bought a 30 day visa at the Siem Reap airport for $25US. Don't forget to bring extra passport photos for your visa and for the Angkor pass.

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    by o00o Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Cambodia lies in a tropical zone between 10 and 14 degree of latitude north the equator. The temperature is fairly uniform throughout the year and averages 25 degree centigrade (77 degree fahrenheit).

    Be prepared for the humidity - bring light summer clothing and dress comfortably.

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    by jose_a_juan Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: You don’t really need to bring every thing in your bag. In the Supermarkets you can find essential staff and there are very good markets all over the country: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, etc. where you can bay clouts, souvenirs and food.

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    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Medium size backpack or medium size soft duffle bag about 5,000 cu. in.It is much easier to pack on a motorcycle than a hard suitcase.

    Day pack to carry valuables,camera,first-aid kit, water bottle,pair of long pants and guide books.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring as little as possible.

    Anything made from thin coolmax material is probably the best for the hot humid temperatures in Cambodia.

    Any cheap,imitation (pirate) brand name clothing found throughout Southeast Asia also works well. The material is usually thinner,it is very cheap,affordable,comfortable and serves its' purpose

    Bring a combination of long and short sleeve shirts or t-shirts as well as short and long pants.

    Laundry service is so cheap, you will never run out of clothes to wear.

    Wear a good,comfortable pair of walking shoes or hiking boot's for climbing up and down the very steep stairs of all the temples.You will be walking on hard rock most of the time and the surface of the sandstone is very similar to walking on sandpaper

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always carry a 1 or 2 liter of bottled water with you to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.Also use it for brushing your teeth.Don't drink any tap water or drinks with ice in it.
    If you have respiratory problems, you might want to consider buying a few dusk masks.There is always a fine cloud of power dust every where in Siem Reap and it gets worst in the rural country side.Bring proper medications.
    Always carry a basic first aid kit, sun screen protection and dark glasses to protect your eyes from harmful uv rays.

    No malaria in Siem Reap.

    Don't forget you are in a third world country and quality, modern medical treatment is not available.

    Photo Equipment: I used Fuji Superia x-tra 400 ASA expanded multipurpose 35mm film for color prints with very good results.
    It performed very well for indoors shots using natural lighting conditions without flash,sunrise and sunset hours as well as outdoor shots.

    15 rolls of Fuji Superia x-tra 400 ASA didn't last very long during my 5 day visit.You can purchase Fuji Superia and Kodak Gold film just about every where in Siem Reap.One of the problems about buying film in Cambodia is the quality or condition of the film.You do not know how long the film has been out in the heat and sun before being sold.Just be sure to check the expiration date.I spotted several rolls way past their expiration dates.I could not find any of the better quality color film such as Fujicolor Superia x-tra or Kodak Royal Gold.There is also NO Polarid in Siem Reap.

    Take extra batteries with you for your specific camera. You wont find any camera batteries in Siem Reap, especially for the modern auto-focus, hi-tech camera's.

    Lens used were in the range of 32mm-135mm.

    Siem Reap and Angkor is a photographer's paradise.The scenery,temples,sunsets,monuments and the ruins are incredible.The people are also very friendly. If you ask politely with a smile, you will be suprised to find that they will actually pose for you.I took some incredible portraits of people.A simple 'wai'(hands together with a slight bow from the waist) and the word 'awkun' (thank-you) even makes them smile even more.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Pack a small lite weight flashlight.

    It will come in handy for exploring the ruins with dark rooms and caverns.Use it to find your way around; also use it to look for possible snakes while exploring the ruins.

    Keep your flashlight handy at night both indoors and outdoors.Everynight there is a electrical power glitch (blackout) which lasted anywhere from 5-30 seconds.

    Also there are no street lights in Siem Reap at night.

    Miscellaneous: Protect your camera and photo equiptment from the fine power road dust which is every where.

    Always keep some desiccite packs with your camera equiptment to absorb any humidity and moisture.

    Purchase a photo lead bag to protect your film from the airport security x-ray machines.

    I tested my Polaroid camera befor leaving, and it worked fine.Also took 3 extra packs of film hoping to share and leave a few photos for the people to enjoy.
    I'm not sure if the heat had any effect on the film, but none of the pictures came out.

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    by preben Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: You could here write the usual long list about light cotton clothing, solid shoes/sandals, various medications, moskito repellants & sun lotions but you can, at least in Phnom Penh/Siam Reap, buy everything that you would ever need in large markets as well as in big well equipped supermarkets like Lucky Market or Big Market. The pharmacies are also well equipped, try the big one next to the trainstation. My best advise would be not to travel to heavy, as you are bound to shop some nice, and very cheap clothes/shoes here -try the Russian Market for that.
    I have no picture of my luggage or shopping wherefore above please find me riding a cyclo, being one of the taxi options here in town - normally the customer is in the front seat though....Picture taken at the '2000 cyclo pub crawl' - can't wait for the next one.

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    by worldtraveler55 Written Feb 2, 2008

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    Miscellaneous:
    Freytag & Berndt
    Cambodia

    ISBN: 3-85084-855-8

    scale 1 : 1.200.000

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

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    Guidebook

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Feb 2, 2008

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    Lonely Planet
    Cambodia

    ISBN: 1-74059-111-9

    4th Edition Oktober 2002

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Road Trip

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    by Pierangelo Updated Dec 23, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Cambodians transport everything by motobike (they don't have cars). Also your luggage is easily transported by motobike lift.

    http://www.pbase.com/pierbase/angkor

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    by jolou Updated Jan 15, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Take some pens and exercise books with you, especially when you go to the temples at Angkor- the kids will really appreciate it.

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    by keeweechic Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cotton clothing, nothing too fitting or revealing. Good walking shoes, hat, sunglasses.
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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellant, sun block, tissues.
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    Photo Equipment: Extra batteries and film. Multipurpose adaptor.

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