Compared to the majority of Western countries, the cost of living in Cambodia is extremely cheap, allowing foreigners to live luxuriously. Regardless of your lifestyle choices, the standard of living in Cambodia will allow foreigners to live comfortably. Prices in Phnom Penh are higher than in any other city, but the cost of living is still relatively inexpensive. The cheapest way to travel around in Cambodia is by tuk-tuks or motorbike taxis, which only costs around 5 USD for a journey across the city.
Cambodian Riels (KHR) is the official currency of Cambodia. 1 USD converts to 4,080 KHR. However, US dollars are widely accepted in the country and some ATMs dispense dollars instead of Cambodian Riels. In some areas close to the Thai border, many shops and restaurants often accept Thai Baht.
The weather in Cambodia stays warm throughout the year and rarely drops below 20°C. There are two distinct seasons: wet and dry. The wet season starts in May and ends in October. Expect to experience some brief rainfall during the day. The dry season, from November to April, has pleasant temperatures. However, the temperature can soar to 35°C in March.
Cambodia has a rich culture. The local tribes include Khmer Loeu and the Cham. 10 percent of the population is made up of Chinese, Vietnamese, and some other minorities. Around 95% of the population practice Buddhism, but other faiths, including Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, and Daoism are also practiced. Make sure to respect the local culture by wearing modest clothing when you visit religious sites. English is widely spoken in big cities, such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, due to tourism.
If you are planning to stay in Cambodia for an extended period of time, you need to apply for an E-class visa (not to be confused with online visa). This type of visa is valid for 30 days but can be extended indefinitely. When extending the visa, visitors can choose EB, EG, ER, or ES visa extension. Most expats in Cambodia has EB visa extensions, which can last for up to 12 months.