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About Cambodia 

Cambodia is a country located in southwestern part of the Indo-Chinese Peninsula in South East Asia.  It was founded on November 9, 1953.

Cambodia Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with local travel information & tips to plan your trip to Cambodia and find the best things to see, do and experience in Cambodia even before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Silver Pagoda
Silver Pagoda

Tonle Sap
Tonle Sap

Bayon Temple
Bayon Temple

Bokor Hill Station
Bokor Hill Station

Koh Ker
Koh Ker

Preah Vihear
Preah Vihear

Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville

Shopping Guide

Shopping Malls, Streets, Markets

  1. Lucky Supermarket
  2. Sorya Shopping Center

Markets

Local Food Guide

  1. Fish Amok
  2. Lap Khmer (Lime-marinated Khmer beef salad)
  3. Red Tree Ants with Beef
  4. Nom banh chok (Khmer noodles0
  5. Khmer red curry
  6. Bai Sach Chrouk (Grilled pork and broken rice)
  7. Lok lak (Stir-fried beef in brown sauce)
  8. Kaw
  9. Ang dtray-meuk (grilled squid0
  10. Num pang pâté
  11. Bai sach chrouk (Pork and rice)
  12. Kdam chaa (fried crab)
  13. Fried fish on the fire lake

Drinks & Desserts Guide

Local Drinks

  1. Iced coffee
  2. Anchor
  3. Angkor
  4. Beer Lao and Tiger
  5. Palm wine and rice wine

Local Desserts

  1. Cha houy teuk (jelly)

Other Activities

Siem Reap

  1. Playing Golf
  2. Attend Classes & Instruction
  3. Attend Khmer Cooking Classes
  4. Practice Yoga & Meditation
  5. Taking Helicopter Flights
  6. Horse Riding
  7. Cycling
  8. Spa & Massage
  9. Volunteer Work

Map

Facts

History [Founded on November 9, 1953] • Capital [Phnom Penh] • Government [Constitutional Monarchy under a Multiparty Democracy] • Currency [US dollar (USD) officially used, Khmer riel (KHR)] • Language [Khmer (official), French, English] • Religion [Theravada Buddhist, Christianity, Muslim] • Electricity [230V/50 Hz (European plugs)] • Time Zone [UTC +7] • Country Code [+855] • Internet TLD [.kh] • Emergencies [Dial 117 for police, 118 for fire fighters]

Climate

January

Best time to visit Cambodia. Cool and Dry. Temp is around 20 – 25 degree Celsius.

February

Best time to visit Cambodia. Cool and Dry. Temp is around 20 – 25 degree Celsius.

March

–  Hot and Dry. Temp is around 30 degree Celsius.

April

– Hot and Dry. Temp is around 30 degree Celsius.

May

– Hot and Dry. Temp is around 30 degree Celsius.

June

– Hot and Wet.

July

– Hot and Wet.

August

– Hot and Wet.

September

– Cool and Wet. Temp is around 30 degree Celsius.

October

– Cool and Wet.  Rainy Season. Temp is around 30 degree Celsius.

November

– Cool and Dry. Rainy Season. Temp is around 20 – 25 degree Celsius.

December

Best time to visit Cambodia. Cool and Dry. Temp is around 20 – 25 degree Celsius.

EVENTS, FESTIVAL AND HOLIDAY

January

New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri
Victory Day,  January 7, Thu

February

Meak Bochea, February 22, Mon

March

International Woman’s Day, March 8, Tue

April

Khmer New Year, April 14–16, Wed – Sat

May

Labor Day, May 1, Sun
King Sihamoni’s Birthday, May 13–15, Fri-Sun
Visaka Bochea, May 20, Fri

June

International Children’s Day, Jun 1, Wed
Queen Mother’s Birthday, Jun 18, Sat

September

Constitution Day, September 24, Sat
Pchum Ben Festival, September 30, Fri

October

King Father’s Commemoration Day, October 15, Sat
Paris Peace Agreement Day, October  23, Sun

November

Independence Day, November 9, Wed
Water Festival, November 13, Sun

December

Human Rights Day, December 10, Sat

Tipping

Restaurant – 5%-10% of the bill
Tour Guide – 10% of the bill
Hotel – USD $1 for bell man to carry bag for you. Maid a $1 a day.
Spas – 5%-20% of the bill
Taxi Driver – No need to tip
Hair Dresser – $1-$2. You are free to tip any amount.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Riel :  KHR with symbol : CR
Cambodia Notes denominations: CR100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50.

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Not widely accepted.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0800-1500

How to get in and out of Cambodia

Entry Requirement

Passport

A passport with at least 6 months validity.

Visas

A valid tourist visa. You can obtain the visa at Cambodian embassy or on arrival at the international airports.  The visa is valid for 30 days.

By Plane

You can enter Cambodia by its international airports:
1. Phnom Penh International Airport
2. Siem Reap International Airport

By Road

You can enter Cambodia by
1. Thailand
2. Vietnam
3. Laos

By Boat

You can enter Cambodia by
1. Laos

How to get around Cambodia

By Plane

  1. Domestic airlines

By Train

  1. Not in operation

By Road

  1. Taxis

By Boat

  1. Ferries

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 111

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.