Food & Clothing
Phnom Penh offers the discerning diner plenty of choice at a range of prices to suit any pocket. We recommend that you acquire a taste for the local cuisine, which is varied and can be very inexpensive. Be prepared for rice and seafood, especially shrimp, crab, and freshwater fish dishes.
Cambodian cuisine is related to both Thai and southern Chinese cuisines. Ubiquitous soups include somlar machou banle (sour fish soup), somlar chapek (pork soup with ginger) and num banh choc (a noodle and fish soup often served for breakfast). Rice is often served with sach mon chha khnhei (stir-fried chicken and ginger), choeeng chomni chrouc chean (pork spareribs), or the spicy an sam chruk (pork and soybeans marinated with ginger and chilies.
In Phnom Penh, the large number of Chinese immigrants means that excellent Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochou and Hailam restaurants abound. Thai, Vietnamese, and French outlets are also available.
Fresh vegetables and fruits - especially coconut, durian, mango, pineapple, rambutan, starfruit, and watermelon - are in abundant supply, as are vegetarian restaurants.
It's always best to drink bottled water and juices in Cambodia, while the beverage to indulge in is coffee.
Light, comfortable, easy to launder clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton, suits Cambodia well. Good walking shoes and sandals that can be easily slipped off are recommended, as shoes are removed when entering temples and homes. No need to over pack, as high-quality clothes are strikingly cheap, while inexpensive laundry service is generally available wherever you go.
Teachers should adhere to the local culture and ideas of professionalism. "Casually smart" attire means that women should cover their shoulders (sleeveless shirts are acceptable, but very thin straps or tank tops are not). No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Bare midriffs must not be visible, even when lifting arms up. Open-toed shoes are acceptable. Men should wear long pants (not jeans), short- or long-sleeved shirt with a collar (possibly with a tie), and loafers or dress shoes. Sandals and tennis shoes are not acceptable when teaching. Long hair should be neatly tied into a ponytail.