Cambodia

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Best known for being home to the ancient city of Angkor, the Kingdom of Cambodia has earned a top spot in the world’s tourism routes. This does not mean Angkor is all the country has to offer. On the contrary, Cambodia is teeming with breath-taking sights, from bustling city markets to lush jungles, and some of the best beaches in Indochina. With no shortage of impressive scenery and a captivating history, Cambodia is the perfect choice for the discerning traveler.

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Entry & Custom Procedures

Cambodia offers visa free stays  for 9 Asian countries. For most countries, including European and American countries, it’s possible to obtain a visa on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Visa on arrival is also available at most land and sea border crossings. The Terraverde Team is always ready to check the requirements and help you with the process.

Transportation

By Air

There are three international airports in Cambodia: Phnom Penh’s airport is Cambodia’s largest airport and the main gateway into the kingdom, Siem Reap's airport, the gateway to Angkor also welcomes international flights, and Sihanoukville International Airport in the southern resort town of Sihanoukville.

By Road

More than half of Cambodia’s 6,000 kilometres of roads are classified as “poor” or of “bad” quality by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. To cover the distance of 317 km, from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, it usually takes around 6 hours.

By Train

After years of being shut down, today both the Northern and Southern Railway Lines are open for passenger services. The Southern Line runs from Phnom Penh to the coastal city of Sihanoukville, while the Northern Line goes all the way to the Thai border passing by the colonial town of Battambang. These are no bullet trains, as it takes around 7 hours to complete each route, but they make for an authentic way to travel and experience the Khmer countryside.

Currency

The official currency is the Cambodian Riel (KHR) although US dollars are widely accepted. At the time of publishing the exchange rate is US$ 1 = 4000 KHR.

Credit and debit cards are accepted in major hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, while cash is preferred in restaurants, shops, markets and other establishments. There are ATM machines in most cities and towns on the tourist route.

Language

Khmer is the official language although good English is increasingly spoken in the main cities. The local language is written in the Khmer script, aesthetically similar to Thai or Lao.

Tipping

Tipping isn't expected in Cambodia. However, many service workers in Cambodia earn a low wage, so if you are happy with the services provided by waiters, drivers, guides or others, leaving a small tip, depending on the service, will be much appreciated.

Water

It is advisable not to drink water from the tap.

Telecommunications

As in most of Southeast Asia, WIFI is readily available for free in hotels, restaurants, cafes, etc. Moreover, getting a SIM card in Cambodia is fairly simple and cheap (from $2 to $20). We recommend Cellcard or Metfone for most travelers, since they offer the best coverage.

Health & Medical Facilities

No vaccination is required, but visitors are advised to receive inoculations against hepatitis A and B, typhoid and tetanus. Inoculation for yellow fever and tablets for malaria are not necessary although doctors still usually recommend them.

While some highly-regarded hospitals and clinics may be found in and around the capital, Phnom Penh, in more rural areas medical facilities are few and far between. In addition to these difficulties, serious medical complications are often not dealt with in Cambodia itself, but will instead require treatment abroad. We therefore strongly recommend taking out medical travel insurance.

Public Holidays 2020

Jan 1New Year's Day
Jan 7Day of Victory over the Genocidal Regime
May 1World Worker’s Day
May 6Visaka Bochea Day
May 10 Royal Ploughing Ceremony
May 14Birthday of the King
Jun 18Birthday of the Queen
Sep 16 - 18Pchum Ben Day
Sep 24Constitution Day
Oct 15Mourning Day of Late King NORODOM SIHANOUK
Oct 29Coronation Day
Oct 30 - Nov 1Water Festival
Nov 9National Independence Day

Safety

Cambodia, like its neighbors is a relatively safe place to travel. However, it is always wise to exercise the usual precautions when traveling in this country, where petty theft and traffic incidents are not uncommon.

Population

Cambodia has 16,2 million inhabitants, the vast majority of them Khmer (90%). Minorities include Vietnamese (5%) and Chinese (1%). The dominant religion is Buddhism (95% of the population).

Shopping

Prices displayed are usually fixed, but in other cases, bargaining is accepted.

Local Time

Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. It is the same time zone as Bangkok.

Electricity

In Cambodia electric current is mostly 220V. Sockets are both round and flat types.

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About Cambodia

No trip to Cambodia is ever complete without delving into the country’s turbulent past. From the glorious days of the great Khmer Empire to the horrifying rule of the Khmer Rouge, a visit to Phnom Penh’s museums and the infamous Killing Fields, will aid your understanding of the country’s complex history. Cambodia today emerges as a modern and hospitable nation with plenty to offer, including some of Asia’s most acclaimed resorts. Come explore long forgotten jungle temples, cruise down the Mekong river, lounge at the Raffles’ bar or just simply escape the world to a private island paradise.

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