General Info

VISA

Tourist visas are available on arrival in Cambodia, are valid for one month. E-visas can also be obtained from the Cambodian government website in advance of arrival. Tourist visas cost 30 US dollars. To get a visa, you will need a passport valid for at least 6 months and two passport photos. Tourist visas can be renewed once for a further 30 days for 45 US dollars.

CULTURE AND CUSTOMS

Cambodia has a vibrant culture largely based around the family, religion and tradition. It is a Buddhist country with a revered monarchy and visitors should show respect for both as well as for the elderly.

Touching people’s heads or feet is considered taboo and visitors should refrain from touching any monks. Shoes are generally removed before entering pagodas or houses, and female visitors in particular should keep their shoulders covered when visiting any ancient temples, modern pagodas or cultural attractions.

CURRENCY

The national currency of Cambodia is the Riel which is pegged directly to the US dollar with an exchange rate of 4,000 Riel to 1 US dollar. US dollars are universally accepted in Cambodia and are used more commonly than the national currency. In general, Riel is only used for smaller purchases. US dollar notes with any tears or blemishes on them are not generally accepted by shops or vendors in Cambodia.

GENERAL HEALTH

Recommended vaccines for visitors to Cambodia include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, and meningitis.
Visitors to Cambodia should also ensure their routine vaccinations are up to date for polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Visitors should only drink bottled water and take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes which can potentially carry malaria and dengue fever.

VOLTAGE AND TIME

In Cambodia the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Cambodia, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). The time in Cambodia is GMT +7.

COMMUNICATIONS

Cambodia has extensive 3G and 4G mobile and internet networks. Tourists can purchase mobile SIM cards on arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport and overseas mobiles can access international roaming. Most hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and bars in major cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap also have free Wi-Fi available for customers.

WHAT TO BRING

A money belt – Pickpockets can be a problem in busy areas so bring a money belt to keep your money safe.
A sweater/pashmina – The Temples of Angkor and religious sites such as the Royal Palace and pagodas have dress codes which prevent entry with bare shoulders. Bring something to cover up for entry as well as sun protection.
Sunscreen – Cambodia is a hot country with day long bright sunshine so good sunscreen is essential to protect your skin.
Walking shoes – Bring good shoes for your time visiting the Temples of Angkor and exploring Cambodia’s cities or countryside.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER

Cambodia is a tropical country that is hot all year around with two main seasons which are wet and dry. The wet monsoon season generally lasts from May until mid-November and the dry season runs from mid-November until April.
In the dry season, December is the coolest month in Cambodia, while the hottest months are April and May, when the temperature rises up to 40 degrees. Rainy season temperatures are a bit lower, but come with high humidity of over 90%.