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Travel Guide

With a long and sorrow history, Cambodia can offer her guests stunning temples and pagodas, colonial buildings, pristine islands and beaches, as well as abundance of natural landscapes. The most famous Angkor Wat Complex, a UNESCO Heritage site, can bring tourists to the ancient glorious Cambodia.

Here are the updated information and tips about Cambodia, including tourists attractions, food, drinks, shopping, visa, hotels, climate and etc. which are collected by our travel experts. Hoping you will get a better understanding about Cambodia and have a wonderful vacation in Cambodia.

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Cambodia Travel Guide
Cambodia Food and Drinks

The Cambodia's food culture is as charming as the famous Angkor Complex, which you should not miss. Thanks to the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap, the two major ingredients in the Khmer diet are rice and freshwater fish.

Khmer diet has been influenced by a variety of countries. As a colony of French in the past for many years, Cambodia have been influenced by the French diet greatly. And it also takes influences from neighboring countries, such as China, Thailand, as well as Vietnam.

Fish Amok

Fish Amok

Beef Lok Lak

Beef Lok Lak

Kampot Pepper Crab

Kampot Pepper Crab

Cambodia Beers

Cambodia Beers

Popular Dishes

1. Fish Amok

Fish Amok is one of the most well-known Cambodia dishes. It is a fish mousse with fresh coconut milk and kroeung, a type of Khmer curry paste made from lemongrass, turmeric root, garlic, shallots, galangal and fingerroot, or Chinese ginger. You can find this dish in both cookshop and upscale restaurants, and also you will find similar dishes in neighboring countries.

2. Nom Banh Chok

Known as "Khmer noodles" in English, Nom Banh Chok is a popular dishes both in local and in foreign countries. The rice noodles are topped with green fish gravy and green bean, banana flowers and other vegetables, such as cucumbers and mint leaves. As a famous street dishes, it costs less than a dollar in Phnom Penh.

3. Bai Sach Chrouk (Grilled pork and broken rice)

It is one of the popular street food in Cambodia and is available everywhere in this country. Local often take it as their breakfast. You can find it in middle and upper restaurants for its popularity. The authentic grilled pork and broken rice dish usually came with many type of meats on top, and usually with combination of shrimp, pork, beef, chicken, duck, fish, egg or whatever meat that you prefer with broken rice.

4. Beef Lok Lak

Stir fry the beef that have been salted with oyster sauce, soy sauce, tomato, sugar fish sauce, garlic and black pepper. Then put the lettuce and tomato on a plate and add the beef on it.

5. Kampot Pepper Crab

Kampot pepper enjoys a high reputation from the finest chefs in the world which is grows in abundance in the south of the country. Peppered crab is found along the coastal regions in the south of Cambodia, this is where it is at its freshest and most aromatic.

Drinks

Tea is commonly known and drank in Cambodia. You can have it mixed with sweetened condensed milk or served over ice. Coffee, coconut milk, soft drinks are widely available.

Beers in Cambodia can be easily found. There are two local brands worth a try: Angkor and Anchor. Foreign beers, such as Carlsberg, Heineken, Tiger, Guinness and Singha are available. Hard liquors and wine are tougher to find unless you're in a nice hotel or restaurant catered to tourists.

Dining Tips

1. Western-style restaurants are easy to find in the major tourist cities like Siem Reap and Phnom Pen. Book our private Cambodia tours; we arrange the restaurants depending on your requirements.

2. Tipping is not specially expected by the waiters. You can tip them according to the quality of service you get.

3. Please note: check the price before you order food or drinks there; choose the clean restaurants for your meals.

4. The staff in most star-rated restaurants is able to speak English fluently. You needn’t worry about the language barrier.

 

Cambodia Shopping Tips

When touring Cambodia, buying some valuable and inexpensive souvenirs featuring with the famous Angkor Wat and other Khmer symbols is a good choice to mark your tour in Cambodia. Shopping in Cambodia is simple and you can easily find things that you want.

Khmer Silk

Khmer Silk

Cambodia Paintings

Cambodia Paintings

Cambodia T-shirt

Cambodia T-shirt

What to Buy

Weaving Silk

Weaving silk, also known as the Khmer Silk, is the most popular products sold on the Cambodia streets. They are beautifully designed and hand-made, using the traditional methods with the pattern dyed into the threads before the silk is woven. Old silk and new silk are both sold with the same quality but not the same price.

Wood Carving

traditional handwork in Cambodia. There are a variety of attractive and decorative wooden items, including furniture and apsaras. The prices are related with the size, the quality of wood and the handiwork. Be careful when choose the wooden carved items.

Paintings

The most representative souvenir for Cambodia may be the artist items related to the Angkor. On the streets or in a market, you can find paintings with Angkor Wat and the carvings on the walls. If you visit a Gallery, you will find original oil and watercolor paintings, created to add some bright colors to everyday life.

T-shirt

The T-shirt featuring the famous Angkor Wat and other Khmer symbols is one of the perfect souvenirs you should buy, because it is easy to carry and memorable. Price ranges from $2~5 depending on the quality and where you get.

Handicraft, Statues and Gemstones

The Cambodians are born with the gift of making exquisite handicraft, delicate carvings and Buddha Statues. Rubies, sapphires and emeralds are available in the markets. With Cambodia’s tourism industry expanding, numerous silver shops have sprung up, selling carved decorative and practical items. The normal working material is an alloy which contains 70% – 80% of pure silver, and prices are based on a combination of weight and artistry.

Tips

1. In Phnom Penh, you can go to Lucky Supermarket, Night Market, Olympic Market and Russian Market to purchase products while in Siem Reap, you can go to Angkor Night Market, Khmer Ceramic Centre, Angkor Gallery and Angkor Market to search for things that you want.

2. Always remember to bargin when buying thingsin local markets to make sure you get the best prices.

3. Bringing a genuine antique out of Cambodia is prohibited and the penalty could be harsh.

4. Be care when you decide to buy the local crafts for there might be some fake goods.

 
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Cambodia Climate

Being located in the tropical zone near the equator makes Cambodia has a monsoon climate.

Like other Southeast Asia countries, Cambodia is either warm or hot all year around with two distinct seasons: wet and dry seasons.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Siem Reap Climate

The Overview of Angkor Wat

The Beautiful Tonle Sap Lake

The Beautiful Tonle Sap Lake

Wet season is from June to October with rains happen in the afternoon or at night. The afternoon rains usually last no more than a couple of hours.

Dry season can be divided into two sub-seasons, cool and hot. The cool dry season is from November to February. The monsoon rains trail off through October and November, and have usually stopped completely by mid November offering the best comfortable time of the year. The hot dry season is from March to May when it is less breezy and the sun can be quite intense and the air becomes hazier with the rising humidity.

Best time to visit Cambodia

Cambodia tour can be arranged during the whole year. The ideal month are December and January, when humidity levels are relatively low, there is little rainfall and a cooling breeze whips across the land, but this is also peak season when the majority of visitors descend on the country.

Other things you may want to know is when the major festivals take place so that you could catch up with the fun. In April, the Khmer New Year lasts three days and is celebrated throughout the country. In October or early November, the Water Festival celebrates the beginning of the dry season together with exciting boat races and Buddhist ceremonies. On 9th, November, the Independence Day is celebrated, which marks the independence from France and is also known as Khmer National Day.

Siem Reap

The climate in Siem Reap is regularly asked by tourists to Cambodia since Angkor Wat is here. It is hot and muggy all year around, just like other parts in Cambodia. There are also two seasons here, which are differentiate by the amount of the rainfalls. Dry season is from November to April with the most comfortable temperatures and less rains. While the wet season runs from May to October with showers in the afternoon and heavy downfalls in the midnight. If you are not into the heat, then you'd better to visit during the early phase of the dry season. But if you don’t mind the heat, the rainy season is a better choice.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is hot year-round with average temperature from 28°C to 33°C. It has three basic seasons in Phnom Penh. The rainy season runs from June to October with rains regularly. The summer season runs from February to May when the temperature gets very high with strong sunshine. So, the best time to visit Phnom Penh is from December to January with a cooler temperature and less humidity.

Tonle Sap Lake

It is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. During the rainy season from June to October, the water in the Mekong River will fill the lake. But it will flow out from the lake to Mekong during the dry season from November to May. Although tourists can visit it all year round, the best time should be July to December.

 
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Cambodia Visa

Tourist visas for Cambodia can allow visitors to enter and depart Cambodia at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports and other land borders shared with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

Cambodia Visa

Cambodia Visa

Cambodia e-Visa

Cambodia e-Visa

Passport/Visa Requirements

To visit Cambodia, a visa is required for most nationalities except nationals of the Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia. Citizens of these countries do not need a tourist visa and may stay in Cambodia for 21 and 30 days respectively.

Some nationalities are required to get visa in advance in their countries, which means visa on arrival is not permitted for holders of the following passports: Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Nigeria.

A passport with at least six month validity and a recent passport-sized photo is required.

Visa Fees

30-day tourist visa for single entry( T ): US$ 30

30-day tourist e-visa for single entry( T ): US$ 37

30-day business visa for single entry( E ): US$ 35

Diplomatic, Official, Courtesy, and Special (Cambodian) visas are issued free of charge.

Visa Extension

The tourist and business visas can be extended at the Immigration Department, National Police. The tourist visa can be extended only once for up to one month with single entry and business visa can be extended for one and three month for single entry and six months and one year for multiple entry. US$5 per day will be fined for overstaying.

 
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Cambodia Practical Information

Currency

The official currency in Cambodia is Riel and its notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000 denominations with the distinctive red 500 Riel note is the most commonly used. But it is better to keep dollars with you for most of the shops set their prices in dollars. You pay them in dollars and they give you money back in dollars. However, to keep some small Riel is suggested for motorcycle taxis, snacks, beggars and other small purchases.

Euros are sometimes accepted but it is a little bit disadvantageous to use euros because the rate will be 1 euro = 1 dollar.

Telephone

In Cambodia, you can visit internet cafes and shops where internet phone call services are available for 100r to 500r per minute. And cellphone shops also provide phone call service but with price about 1000r per minute.

You can use your cell phone in Cambodia, but with high "roaming" charges. You have no right to buy SIM cards for it is legal to purchase SIM cards only for Cambodians in Cambodia.

Internet

Internet services are widely available in Cambodia's urban centers. There are many internet stores, restaurants, cafes, hotels and bars feature tolling internet or complimentary Wi-Fi service.

Time & Business hours

Cambodia runs at GMT +7 hours, the same time zone as its neighbors Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

Government offices usually open at 7:30am and end the day at 5:00pm with two and half hours to have a break during 11:30am to 2:00pm. Bank standard weekday hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm, most also open on Saturday mornings.

Health

It is important to look after your health in Cambodia. Although the medical service and facilities are improving greatly in Cambodia, only Phnom Penh and Siem Reap can offer the best hospitals and medical clinics. After you falling seriously ill in Cambodia, you should immediately go to these two cities and if you are not going well, be prepared to transfer to Bangkok. Be sure you get travel and health insurance before visit other countries.

Tap water is extremely forbidden while bottled water is your drinking choice. You should also avoid ice for it may produced by the tap water.

The Cost of Living

Accommodation: Most guesthouse offer dorm beds for about $3-10 USD per night and private rooms about $5-13 USD per night. You can cost $12-22 USD for a comfortable hotel with air-conditioner, TV and other facilities.

Food: Food is cheap in Southeast Aisa countries. A meal at local street vendors cost about $1-2 USD and regular restaurant meals usually cost about $3-5 USD. Western meals at nice restaurants go about $5-10 USD. You can get some really world class food in Phnom Phen these days for around $8-10 USD.

Transportation:It is cheap as the meal. You can get a bus anywhere in the country for under $10 USD and renting a driver for a day between $15-20 USD.

Cambodia Transportation

Get to Cambodia Generally, there are three ways to enter Cambodia: by air, by roadway and by water.

1. By Air

So far, there are two international airport in Cambodia: Pochentong International Airport in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international Airport. Phnom Penh International Airport is the largest airport in Cambodia and the gateway to the capital, while the Siem Reap International Airport is the busiest airport for it serves visitors to the temple of Angkor. Both airports boast good custom services and restaurants, bars, shops and ATMS are available.

Siem Reap Airport

Siem Reap Airport

Cambodia Tuk Tuks

Cambodia Tuk Tuks

Cambodia Cyclo

Cambodia Cyclo

Cambodia Motorbikes

Cambodia Motorbikes

Cambodia Bikes

Cambodia Bikes

2. By Roadway

a. from Thailand

The border crossing between Aranyaprathet in Thailand and Poi Pet in Cambodia opens from 08:00-18:00. There are also two trains to Bangkok in a day at 06:40 and 01:00. Visitors have to get Cambodia visa at Royal Cambodian Embassy in advance.

b. from Laos

Borders are often closed to foreign travelers with little notice. Travellers entering Cambodia from Laos must obtain a Cambodia visa before travelling to the border.

c. from Vietnam

International border crossings at Bavet in Cambodia and Moc Bai in Vietnam connect two major cities of two countries: Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam and Phnom Penh City of Cambodia with the distance of around 230km.

3. By Water

The only international connection by water is through Mekong River crossing from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh.

Get Around in Cambodia

1. By Flight

Daily domestic flights between Phnom Penh And Siem Reap are very convenient. Flights to Sihanoukville are now available.

2. By Boat

Major routes operate boats transfer include Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and Siem Reap to Battambang. It is slower than road transfer and charge higher.

3. By Motorbike

Motorcycle taxis are available in major cities for a quick trip across the town. Usually cost only US$1 or less.

4. By Bus

Air-conditioned buses and 15–20 seat VIP coaches are available in Cambodia running between major cities, including Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, Battambang and Kompong Cham.

5. By Pick-up or Shared Taxi

Shared taxi are now popular in Cambodia with its speedy but comfortable service. You can look for them at Phnom Penh's central market.

6. By Bike

Transfer within one city and want to explore the city deeply, cycling is the best choice. Bicycles are available for hire at many guesthouses and hire shops in towns for around $1.50–3 per day.

7. By Cyclo

Cyclo, also named three wheeled pedal powered vehicle, is quite common in the cities. Although it is slow, but a unique and pleasant way for you to take in the city and street scenes.

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