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I lived in Siem Reap for nine months and still never got to see everything that Cambodia offers. They will take you places off of the tourist circuit and it could change your life. Especially about hiring a driver and a guide.

I have a lot more to say about my remarkable experiences in Cambodia, but I wanted to start with this more practical post. Tidbits of information that could have helped me during my own stay in Siem Reap and tips that I hope will help you as you plan your own trip to this beautiful country. Before even leaving Cambodia though, I knew that there were several details I wanted to share.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Cambodia, an easy flight on Dragonair from Hong Kong. English is the second language, followed by French, even though they are not widely spoken except in the capital. There are various dialects spoken in areas outside Phnom Penh.

It is inherited from the Mon-Khmer family and enriched by the Indian Pali and the Sanskrit languages. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and ladies should wear long trousers or long skirts. For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds, visitors are asked to dress more formally.

Shoes (as well as hats) are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas. When visiting temples or pagodas, including those of the Angkor complex, shorts and T-shirts are acceptable. The rains, however, do not usually cause a major problem for travelers as they tend to be short- but hard- afternoon showers.

March to May sees hotter temperatures and dry skies, and the heat continues in to June through August when the monsoon season starts. However, the dust at this time of year can be irritating and the crowds at the Angkor temples are at their highest numbers. The winter months (October to February) are the best time to Travel to cambodia (cambodiatravel.co) as the air is cool and the skies are clear.

For tourists who would like to try the public local transport - which is an opportunity to get to know the country from a different perspective - it is always being advised to book two seats in a bus or even a taxi in order to get the least bit of comfort as the front seat in a taxi for example would have to be shared if not booked exclusively. Coaches from Vietnam can easily be booked and in most cases the same bus will take you all the way through. There are land borders from Thailand , Laos and Vietnam although the easiest are those between Bangkok and Siem Reap, and between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.

Although the main reason to visit is easy access to the Angkor Wat historical park, the town has a good market and excellent night market with varied goods, some of surprisingly good quality. Siem Reap is a small town filled with tourists and a large Cambodian population who have moved from the surrounding countryside to get their share of the tourist dollar.