Things You Must Pack If You Are Visiting Cambodia [Part 1]

Cambodia travel destination is always attractive to many backpackers keen on discovering the local history. Here’s a detailed packing list for you in Cambodia.

Making a trip to Cambodia by packing smart and bringing only what you need. You don’t want to over-pack or be weighed down by unnecessary luggage and items.

1. Clothes

Apart from being hot, Cambodia’s climate is often humid, so make sure you pack breathable clothes that can cope well with heavy sweating. Light, loose and cool clothing is essential. Because Cambodia is extremely warm and if you are visiting sites like Angkor Wat you will be doing lots of walking in the hot sun.

It also bodes well to remember that Cambodia is a Buddhist country and when visiting temples, religious structures or palaces, shoulders and knees must be covered. Lightweight long skirts and light-colored, loose and long-sleeved blouses are good.

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2. Mosquito Repeller

There are mosquitos at night in some places. If you are enjoying sundowners sitting outside on a verandah or heading into the jungle and similar, it is good to have this portable mosquito repeller.

Make sure you’ve liberally applied repellent before you go out, or covered up completely as mozzies love the dusk. It’s really worth paying attention to this as living with itchy mozzie bites can be miserable – prevention is most definitely better than cure. It can protect up to a 15-foot surrounding area.

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3. First aid kit

It’s good to have first aid with you while you travel. You will feel safe and when it comes to having an emergency need, you got it in your luggage. Travel first aid is a small, well designed with plasters, disinfectant, etc means you can quickly treat cuts and scratches and stop them getting infected.

If you’re in the provinces then health care can be less than desirable, so make sure you bring a well-stocked travel first aid kit. Essentials include plasters, pain-killers, antibiotic cream, gauzes and bandages, and any prescription medicine.

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4. Tissues

The ‘bum gun’ shower spray is the traditional way to get clean after using the toilet, although many establishments do provide toilet paper. However, if you’re heading out of town or getting the bus to somewhere more remote, don’t forget to take toilet roll, tissues or wet wipes with you – chances are there won’t be any in the bathroom.

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5. Sunscreen

Cambodia is hot. The Cambodia sun is brutal, especially after 10am in the morning. Wear a hat and cover up when possible. Apply first thing in the morning and first thing in the afternoon. It’s good to protect your skin while you visit the Angkor Wat temple or lay down on the beach at Sihanoukville.

The merciless sun beats down relentlessly in Cambodia, making sunscreen an absolute suitcase essential. A minimum of SPF50 is recommended, and for those sun gods and goddesses out there, yes, you will still tan.

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Discover natural beauty spots in the hilly Mondulkiri

If you want to escape from the crowds in some Cambodia attractions, maybe Mondulkiri is the best alternative choice. Here, you have a chance to climb gradually through some of Cambodia’s most beautiful countryside, watch high waterfalls, river gorges, pristine jungle, pretty fruit and vegetable orchards, and immerse yourself in the fresh atmosphere.

1. Where is Mondulkiri

Mondulkiri is an eastern province of Cambodia. This hilly province is relatively undeveloped and low populated province in the whole country. Sen Monorom, the capital of Mondulkiri, is the perfect off-the-beaten-track destination. Due to lying at an altitude of nearly 800m, Sen Monorom is possible to get a pleasant break from the intense heat noticed on the lower plains.

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Mondulkiri province has a climate like the other areas in the country. There are two main seasons: dry season and rainy season. The weather throughout the dry season is in the region of 23 to 29°C with plenty of sunshine. In the summer the temperature can increase slightly, and range from 27 to 31°C. However, in general, Mondulkiri’s average temperature throughout the year is definitely lower than in other areas of Cambodia. The best time to visit Mondulkiri is in the dry season when the climate is dry and dusty but still pleasant enough to experience the local area.

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2. What to do in Mondulkiri

2.1 Bou Sra Waterfall

Bou Sra Waterfall is the largest, highest and most stunning in Cambodia. This waterfall is relatively easy to travel to by road, bus or car. The journey gives a perfect opportunity to admire the beautiful local scenery that consists of the ethnic Phnong villages, paper plantations, rubber plantations, coffee farms and rice fields.

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The Bou Sra waterfall is split over three levels with the top level having the fast flowing water. The second level is the favoured destination for the tourists that wish to bath and relax in the cool waters and natural surroundings. Also on this level, there are plenty of locals with stands set up to sell a variety of Phnong products such as agricultural products (honey, potatoes, beans and bananas) as well as scarves and clothes. The third level is out of bounds to travelers because it is very dangerous.

2.2 Pahlung Village

A visit to Pahlung Village in the northern part of Sen Monorom is a popular destination within a one-hour drive of the provincial capital. It is the diverse regional culture and the scenic rustic setting. This helps to attract the attention of the tourists. This village is great for experiencing an elephant trekking trip.

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Pahlung Village is rich in scenic spots as well as the local houses and huts that are wonderfully designed. The surrounding forest area has many kinds of fauna and flora. You can take a half or full day tour in the surrounding area. For those travelers planning to stay the full day, there is the possibility of camping overnight in the village.

2.3 Chrey Thom Waterfall

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The Chrey Thom Waterfall is easily found in the Sen Monorum district. During the dry season, the waterfall has 15m height and 2m diameter. While in the rainy season, this can be changed to 11m height and 8m diameter. Unlike the Boo Sra waterfall which becomes inaccessible in the wet season, Chrey Thom Waterfall can be accessible all-year-round.  Here, tourists have a chance to see the plantation of Sro Lou around the waterfall. Especially, there is the huge brandy tree of Chrey which is standing there for quite a long time.

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