You can come anytime to Cambodia! But depending on whether you like it hot, cold, wet or dry, some days are better than others... Probably when the kids are off school and your boss lets you take a well earned holiday...
Cambodia’s rule of the road is quite simple: the bigger has right of way. At the bottom of the food chain is the unwary foreign pedestrian. Large coaches and buses may be on the slow side, but other vehicles usually make way for them.
Being an international tourist attraction has its advantages. Although Siem Reap is sometimes a sleepy provincial town, many flight paths lead to Angkor. Most Asian capital cities have direct connections to Siem Reap.
If you don’t know the usual price for an item you are interested in. I suggest you check prices at three different stalls to have a feel for the prevailing market conditions! With the exception of a few scoundrels, Cambodian vendors don’t usually ask for crazy mark-ups.
For a quick start, you only need to learn numbers from 0 to 5 and multiples of 10. That’s only 16 Khmer words to be able to count to 1000! Khmer has the particularity of using a bi-quinary counting system (base 5 and 10), which makes it easier for visitors to pick up.
The easiest way to get around in Cambodia is on a motorbike. You’re travelling with a group of friends. Should you all fit on the same moto dup (Cambodian motorbike taxi) or hail separate rides?
Despite its typically audacious old school Khmer name (Siem Reap means victory over the Siamese), Siem Reap is a rather sedate provincial settlement. As you arrive in Siem Reap, notice the slower pace (it gets a lot slower in the countryside surrounding the city).
If there is one expression you should learn, it is Sok Sabay, which is used to greet people, ask how they fare, bid goodbye. Literally Sok means peace and Sabay means happiness.
Let's have a look a what the local 21st century supermarkets have to offer in Siem Reap. Lucky, Angkor Markets, Thai Huot and Chao Ang Hok are conveniently located in the centre of town and should provide enough grocey supplies for most travellers.