If you are planning a trip to Cambodia anytime soon, please be advised that rainy season has started. It is quite rare to have a day without a single drop of rain these days, so it is best to start preparing for rain – just in case. Cambodia rainy season should not stop travelers, from stepping outside.
You can survive. And here are some tips how to:
What to wear in the rainy season
Ditch the umbrella – More often than not, rains in Cambodia are windy. If you bring an umbrella along, you often end up with an upturned one in a matter of minutes.
Wear flipflops – If you find yourself in Phnom Penh, then chances are, you might waddle into some flood. It does flood in Phnom Penh, despite best efforts to control the waters. Wearing fancy shoes is not really ideal, and you just might end up with soggy shoes and socks.
Buy the plastic ponchos – One of the things that is GREAT about being in Cambodia is that there are plastic ponchos sold everywhere. Okay, getting fancy raincoats might come to mind, but if you are just on a trip, then these plastic ponchos are very useful. One plastic poncho is often sold at 2,000 riels or $0.50.
Dress appropriately – Moving around can be cumbersome in wet jeans, so shorts are ideal. Most people travel in shorts or pants that are easy to roll up during this time. In most cases, bringing additional clothes to change into is always a good idea.
Transportation during the rainy season
There are many ways to get around during the rainy season. However, if you are visiting a part of Cambodia that is prone to flood, getting around on tuk tuk would be your best option. Most tuk tuk also have covers that will protect passengers from the strong rain and wind. Best way would be by taxi, although it is more expensive.
Get a rain cover for backpacks that are not waterproof
Put electronics and important things (i.e., passports and documentation) in plastic bags
One of the greatest concerns travelers have whenever heading to Cambodia is the fear of getting dengue fever. Dengue, for sure, is something you would not want to encounter especially when on your holiday. It is a good thing, however, that there are always ways to protect from dengue fever whenever you are travelling to Cambodia.
While it is not guaranteed 100% that travelers will suffer from dengue fever whenever visiting Cambodia, but it never hurts to be on guard. After all, you would not want to get sick in a new country.
Quick information about dengue fever
Dengue fever is a tropical disease caused by the dengue virus, which is mosquito borne. Symptoms often start three to fourteen days after there is an infection. Symptoms include joint pains, high fever, vomiting, headaches, muscle pains, as well as skin rashes. When travelling and you notice these symptoms, it would be best to get checked as soon as possible.
How to protect from dengue fever
There are many ways that you can constantly protect yourself from getting dengue fever. Some of these are cited below:
Apply mosquito repellents, especially on exposed parts of your skin. – This is a basic way to protect from dengue fever, as travelers are often outside at all hours. The least you can do is just slather on some mosquito repellents to be safe.
Sleep under a mosquito net. – While it does feel good to sleep under the stars when travelling, it is always a good idea to sleep under a mosquito net. Luckily, most bungalows and huts in Cambodia offer mosquito nets, so you can sleep in peace.
Wear long sleeved shirts and pants. – Good thing in Cambodia is that you can always find those airy long pants with elastics at the ankles, so only your feet are exposed. There are also several breezy tops that are comfortable to wear whenever travelling or exploring temples. Not only does it protect from dengue fever and mosquitoes, but it also shields from the sun. It certainly is more comfortable than wearing jeans all day long.
Make sure that your rooms do not have stagnant water. – When you get into a hotel or an apartment during your travel, be sure to check if there are any stagnant water around the rooms. This can come in the form of vases, pots, pans, and even your regular bucket.
Plan your trip. – It is important to plan your trip wisely. Most cases of dengue fever happen during the monsoon season, so if you want to fully protect from dengue fever, it would be best to travel during summer or when it does not rain so much.
The treat of dengue fever should not stop travelers from exploring what Cambodia has to offer. While it is a reality that there is a possibility of getting dengue fever, protection always helps. Even if it just something as small as putting on mosquito repellent.
A month ago our BookMeBus team had a great honor to be invited by Mr. Kosal, a director of Nattakan Transportation Co., Ltd. for a visit at Mo Chit Station, Bangkok. As of now, BookMeBus stands as the top ticket agent of Nattakan Transportation with its average sale of 26 tickets daily for both routes of Nattakan, Siem Reap to Bangkok and Bangkok to Siem Reap.
No more printing your E-Ticket
We also had a meeting together with Nattakan to find ways of making our passengers more convenient with their travel. One of the results came out that BookMeBus’ passengers, who book their tickets online, are no longer need to print the ticket out. They just need to show their E-Tickets from their smart phone to the inspector in exchange for the hard-copy ticket of Mo Chit Station. This is already a great help since travelers find it hard to look for printer at their hotels or hostel.
Greeting our Passengers
Meanwhile, we took that opportunity to surprise our 15 passengers, who booked their tickets online to Siem Reap on our website, by taking a photo together before they departure.
4 Easy Steps to Catch Nattakan Bus at Mo Chit Station Video
Apart from this, our team had shot a short but meaningful video to give some ideas to passengers that travel with Nattakan of what they are supposed to do until they can sit down and relax on their bus after arriving at Mo Chi Station. Please enjoy the video below!
Cambodia summer is often described as something only the toughest survive. True enough, with weather temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius or even higher, sometimes the thought of going out makes anyone faint.
In fact, some expats have experienced sweating immediately after leaving the shower. Some even went as far as profess that they would rather stay in the shower for the whole day. But we all know there is a lot of Cambodia to conquer!
Surviving Summer in Cambodia
The truth is, there IS a way to conquer Cambodia summer, and here are a few tips:
Drink up and hydrate yourself. – This is a cardinal rule for summer survival. Never mind the need the probable need to go to the toilet often. Your body needs to cool down, especially after hours of walking through temples or even the hot streets. It is always a good idea to bring a bottle of water wherever you go.
Hats please! – Even if you plan to just take a short walk to the mart, it is a good idea to wear hats or caps to protect your head from the heat of the sun. Umbrellas work wonders, too. But you really do not see a lot of Cambodians walking around with a parasol.
Wear loose clothing. – While you normally see Cambodians wearing layers upon layers of clothes, more often than not, it can be suffocating to have all those layers on. There are many loose fitting tops and bottoms for sale at markets that are breathable but still give ample protection.
Bring a fan along. – We do not mean an electric fan – although the battery operated ones might be handy! We suggest bringing a hand-held fan that you can use to cool yourself wherever you may be visiting. Some markets offer wooden sticks that expand into fans, and these come in fun colors. Perfect for summer in Cambodia.
Pop into cool cafes for some air conditioning. – Cambodia is actually a step ahead of summer since pretty much all establishments come with air conditioning. So if you lose your fan along the way, you can always go into a café and cool off for a while. In fact, it is recommended to cool off every so often, so that you do not faint from the heat.
If all else fails, you could always go for a swim at a nearby pool, or buy a bus ticket, hop on the next bus and head over to Sihanoukville. Relax under umbrellas and watch kids frolic on the sea, feel the cool breeze, and definitely have a cool Cambodia summer.
Everything you need to know about your travels across Cambodia