7 Interesting facts you should know about Cambodia

22 March 2019 Cambodia

Me in a Cambodian Tuk Tuk
Me in a Cambodian Tuk Tuk
When you are traveling to ASEAN countries like Thailand, it wont feel complete to skip Cambodia as it is very easy to get there using public transportation like bus. From Bangkok, you can reach Siem Reap Cambodia roughly within 6 hours depends on the traffic congestion. Also, the fare is quiet cheap since I just spent THB 750 (around IDR 350.000) from Bangkok to Siem Reap Cambodia. 

Instead of telling my journey story from Bangkok to Cambodia in this post, I would like to reveal 7 interesting facts about Cambodia from my experiences. I believe that everyone has their own experience once they are arriving in Cambodia and mine might be a little bit different haha. 


1) Tuk Tuk
One of the famous public transportations in Cambodia is Tuk Tuk. Perhaps this Tuk Tuk is similar with the one in Thailand, only it more looks like a Bajaj that can also be found in Jakarta. 
$1 for renting a bike in Cambodia
$1 for renting a bike in Cambodia
PS : But I dont quiet recommend for you to take Tuk Tuk as it is quiet expensive haha. You can rent a bike to explore around instead since it only costs $1 for 15 hours.
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Let me share one of my shucks aka Kamvret moments when I was there. So, I understand that there is always an unforgettable story that we've been through in this journey. Every country that we passed has its own uniqueness, either from the locals or the country itself. Take Yangon as an example, when we came to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, we met such a nice person explaining the pagoda in his very friendly way. Honestly, I innocently thought that we were so lucky to find such kindhearted person who would mind capturing us and explaining all the history of the pagoda. He said it over and over about the best angle to take photos. However in the end he wanted us to pay through his confession that he was a guide haha. I must admit that he was very good in approaching the visitors, making us believe that he only intended to help. ~ And the same case happened in Cambodia, when we arrived in Siem Reap, the tuk tuk driver directly said that he can take us to our hostel for free. And I was like.. oh thank God we met a helpful person guys, and in the end he asked for more payment again hahaha. So, what i'm telling is that dont be too easy to believe when someone offering a help specially in your travel guys hahaha. Dont be too innocent like me! Sometimes we do need to be suspecious 😂✌️
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2) USD is used more than KHR
When I arrived in Siem Reap, I innocently exchanged my money into Cambodian Riel (KHR) without notice the fact that everything is sold in American Dollars. 
Food menu is in Dollar
Food menu is in Dollar
KHR, Cambodian currency, turns out to be forgotton and lack of use in the society. Even, when I and my friends got dinner in our first night in Cambodia, we were asking the waitres saying “why everything is labelled in Dollar, arent you have your own currency?”. The waitres simply replied saying with her local accent “because there are so many tourists from America come to Cambodia so we want to make them easy in buying things”. Hearing that I just said “Oh” then wishpered inside me saying “even if actually you want to interact them, using your own currency can symbolize your own uniqueness”. 
When we were in the pub street
When we were in the pub street
So the above photo is when we were ordering our dinner in one of restaurants in the pub street. Also, those who are curious who behind my photos and whom I was traveling with, the answer is CrazyCheapAsians, thats how we call ourselves haha. 

PS : If you are traveling to Cambodia and bring dollars (USD), you dont need to exchange it since you can directly shop using it.

3) Mostly are foreigns aka BULE
Perhaps because I was in Siem Reap, I found mostly foreigns rather than locals. In every street and corner where I went cycling I barely able to find locals but Bules. I can say that Siem Reap is like Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur and Khaosan Road in Thailand where mostly of them are tourists. They are like the kings of the area. So, you barely able to find the uniqueness of the country itself until you visit the Angkor Wat.  
Here is me, about to go around by riding a bike
Here is me, about to go around by riding a bike
Renting a bike to explore Siem Reap is the best choise specially for those who are traveling on budget.

4) Pub Street
If you are doing your expedition in Cambodia, it will never feel enough if you skip this street that they call pub street. Before coming to this country, I tried to look for a must thing to do in Siem Reap and one of them is visiting Pub Street. In fact, this pub street is just similar with other most visited tourist streets. And one thing I can tell for sure is that If Malaysia has Bukit Bintang and Thailand has Khaosan Road, then Cambodia has Pub Street. However, when I was there I did not find myself to be excited as I felt more uncomfortable to be surrounded by BULE and the very lound music. I, somehow, felt my heart was about to blow up haha. Unless, you like clubbing and such, pub street will be the best place to visit. 
Pub street Siem Reap Cambodia
Pub street Siem Reap Cambodia
5) 7-eleven or minimarts do not exist
Unlike in Thailand and Vietnam where you can easily find minimart like 7-eleven, in Siem Reap Cambodia instead you can only find street foods and restaurants. The restaurants are varies from the lowest price to the highest price. However, the good thing is that every restaurant whether it is small or big, there is free wifi available. So, even if you only spend $1 for fried rice for example, you can also use the wifi for free.  
One of affordable restaurants in Siem Reap Cambodia
One of affordable restaurants in Siem Reap Cambodia
6) Foods Taste
As Indonesian, I found the foods in Cambodia to be tasteless. I actually not certain the reasons why because whenever I ordered foods, the smell was really good and even made me hungrier. But when I put them into my mouth, the taste just disappeared instantly. For example the following :  
Fried rice in Siem Reap Cambodia costs $1
Fried rice in Siem Reap Cambodia costs $1
Before ordering this fried noodle, I was wondering how would it taste like. I was assuming it to be more or less delicious comparing to Indonesian fried noodle that I used to eat in Indonesia. In fact, even if it looks like tasty, it is tasteless. Haha 

PS : Indonesia and Cambodia have really different taste in terms of foods.

7) Depot Tela
The last interesting fact that I found during my visit in Cambodia was the gas station. This one might me usual for most and yet to me haha. Instead of using gas station, they are using depot tela. So, if you are renting car or motorbike then running out of gas, the place to refill the gas is called depot tela or just tela (dont get lost) haha.  
Depot tela Cambodia
Depot tela Cambodia
Well, I honestly do not know what depot tela means, even when I try to translate it using google into English, the same words still appear haha. If you guys know what depot tela or tela means, I’ll be very grateful if you could leave a comment below.

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18 comments

  1. That's good, the 5th fact. I can't imagine it if I was there, because in Indonesia I live with it. The minimarts and cafe.

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    1. Thats what I felt as well when I was there haha

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  2. So, if there are no 7-eleven or mini market, where did you shopping for small needs, such as mineral water, snacks, etc?

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  3. Are they fluently with English? I mean do you have a problem to communicate with people of Cambodia. Lucky you, I never been there so I don't have a clue at all about Cambodia :)

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    1. well, most of the locals are unable to speak English. You need gesture a lot to communicate with them. Even my friend said that "gayanya ji pake uang dollar baru tidak bisa bahasa Inggris" hahaha

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  4. Jauh lebih murah pake sepeda ya daripada tuktuk? Berapaan ongkosnya kalo tuktuk?

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    1. Kalau tuk tuk bisa mencapai 10 dollars kak hehe

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  5. interesting!
    also interesting how low their self confidence with their own currency. maybe - just maybe - that is because Cambodia used to be become a great ally for US?

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  6. I don't think I will enjoy being in that Pub Street. Seems way too crowded for me as I am a loner kinda person. Nice post, btw. Might need it someday when I visit Cambodia.

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  7. I become curious to see the photo of Tuk Tuk..Is it similiar to Pete2 , isn't it ?

    And finally, No comment about Depot Tela, hehe )

    Keep travelling dan sharing..Happy writing..:)

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    1. Its similar with Bajaj hehe. Take a look the picture above :D

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  8. Wah saya baru tahu negara Cambodia dari postingan kak Ida ini Tuk tuk, nama transportasinya lucu sekali, hehe. Sayang ya tarifnya lebih mahal daripada naik sepeda.

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  9. keren yah tidak ada minimart, jadi penduduk lokal bisa jualan tanpa saingan dengan minimart yang modalnya besar.

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