V&A Villa



Boutique quality, guesthouse prices


Family run accommodation in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Currency
 
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel, although US dollars are the main method of payment throughout the country. You’ll be given Riel for small amounts of change, generally less than a dollar, but there is no need to bring Riel with you, US$ in clean crisp notes is fine. Most currencies can be easily exchanged at banks and official changers in all larger towns. Regardless of what anyone tells you, and how official they look, there is no need to change money at any border crossing or airport, you will end up out of pocket!

Climate

Cambodia enjoys a warm, sub-tropical climate that falls into two seasons, dry and rainy. The dry season stretches from early November to late April. November to February tend be to dry and a bit cooler, and are regarded by many as the best times to visit but as a result are also the busiest times for tourism. March and April can be hot and humid as the wet season approaches. Rainy season lasts from late April to early November. Rainfall can vary from a small shower to a heavy downpour, but doesn’t always happen every day and usually doesn’t last too long. While some flooding can occur, life in Cambodia continues as normal and some visitors prefer this time as the rain creates a lushness to the vegetation and a noticeable reduction in the tourist numbers.

ATMs
 
ATMs are widely available in larger towns throughout the country, and are also now spreading to the more remote areas. Usage charges vary from free to around 5 dollars and we can provide current information when you arrive.

Food and drink
 
Siem Reap, as with other larger towns, has a host of options catering to all tastes and budgets. From local delicacies like fried water beetles and fermented duck eggs, to high quality international dishes, you can find it here. Restaurants serve everything from traditional Cambodian food to Mexican, and everything in between. Street stalls and barbeques can also offer some tasty local delights and we can point you in the direction of some that have proved to be of reliable quality. Water in Siem Reap comes either from the town’s water supply system or directly from a well and neither is safe to drink, although washing, teeth cleaning should not pose a problem. Bottled water is available cheaply everywhere! Ice can also come from various sources, so best to ask or avoid if you are unsure.

Safety
 
Both Cambodia and Siem Reap are generally safe, probably more so than many Western cities. Violent crimes, especially towards visitors, are very rare. Petty crimes, although uncommon, do happen from time to time. They tend to be opportunist, such as snatching handbags from a bicycle basket, and can be easily avoided with a common sense approach by ensuring that bags, cameras etc. are well secured and concealing mobile phones. After many years, Cambodia still raises thoughts of landmines. Thanks to the dedicated work of several organizations, just about anywhere a short term visitor could venture to will be totally safe. There are, however, some remote areas of the country that are still heavily mined. We will advise and seek local guidance if necessary. Probably the biggest danger in the busier areas is the traffic. Cars, buses and motorcycles will ignore red traffic lights, cross in front of oncoming vehicles and use the pavements if they provide a quicker route. Use caution and common sense, and do not trust any kind of official looking pedestrian crossing!

Tuk-tuks

Tuk-tuks and motodops (motorcycle taxis) are available on just about every corner in Siem Reap. The constant call of ‘Hello, tuk-tuk’ may seem a bit frustrating after a while, but a polite refusal will generally do the trick. Most drivers are very genuine and, once employed by you, will give a fantastic service for a very reasonable price. Feel free to haggle the price, it’s all part of the fun and you can guarantee that the first price they give you will be vastly inflated! There are a few rogue drivers, usually found around the bus stations, who will say anything to get tourists to the places that give them commission. Take any stories like ‘that guesthouse/restaurant was destroyed in a fire last night’ with a pinch of salt! At V&A Villa we have our own reliable, trustworthy drivers who can take care of your transport needs.

Visas
 
Injections

Border crossing

All overland entry points into Cambodia have their quirks and frustrations. By far the most popular is the crossing between Aranyaprathet in Thailand and Poipet in Cambodia. As a result it attracts many ‘helpful’ people trying to relieve travellers of a few dollars. Look after you property while crossing the border and, if you are applying for a visa on arrival, bring a couple of spare passport photos to avoid a ‘fine’ in the visa office. Please contact us if you would like more specific information relating to your method of arrival.
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Address: Lucky International School Road, National Road 6, Siem Reap City, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
Phone: +855 12 296 486  
E-mail: info@vandavilla.com

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