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Airlines Flying To/ From Cambodia

Air Asia
SR: Siem Reap International Airport          Tel: 063-6666-333
PP: #179 Sisowath Quay                              Tel: 023-983-777

Cambodia Angkor Air                                  Tel: 063-964-488
SR: Sivutha Blvd                                                      


Korean Air                                                       Tel: 023-224-047
#254, Monivong, IOC Blvd, F3-R03

Bangkok Airways
PP: # 61 A, Street 214                                     Tel: 023- 426-624
SR: Sivutha Blvd                                              Tel: 063- 965-422

Silk Air
PP: # 219-B, Hamawari Hotel                       Tel: 023- 426-808

Vietnam Airlines
PP: # 41, Street 214                                        Tel: 023- 363-396
SR: Angkor Shopping Arcade, Rte #6         Tel: 063- 964-488

Laos Airlines
PP: 111, Sihanouk                                          Tel: 023-222-956
SR: # 114, Rte # 6                                           Tel: 063- 963-283

Royal Khmer Airlines
PP: # 36B, 245 Mao Tse Toung Blvd.         Tel: 023- 994 502
[email protected]

Siem Reap Airways
PP: # 65, Street 214                                       Tel: 023- 720 022
SR: # 571, Rte # 6                                          Tel: 063- 380 191

Angkor Airways
PP: # 1B/79, Mao Tse Toung                       Tel: 023- 222-693

China Airlines
PP: # 1B 179, Mao Tse Toung                     Tel: 023- 222 693

Malaysia Airlines (MAS)
PP: # 35-37, St.214, Monivong                    Tel: 023- 218-923
SR: At the airport                                          Tel: 063- 964-135

Jet Star Asia Airways
PP: # 333B, Monivong                                   Tel: 023- 220-909
SR: old market area                                       Tel: 063- 964-388

Royal Phnom Penh Airways                      Tel: 023- 990 564

Phnom Penh & Siem Reap Airport

International Departure Tax:

  • Foreigner    : Adult US$25….......under 12 years old US$ 13 and under 2 years old free. 
  • Cambodian: Adult US$ 18…......under 12 years old US$ 10 and under 2 years old free.

Domestic Departure Tax:

  • Foreigner   : US$ 6, Cambodia: US$ 5.

Banks & ATMS

Banks open between 8.30 AM - 3.30 PM on weekdays and some from 8.30 AM - 11.30 AM on weekends. There are an increasing number ATMs around Siem Reap. Some locations for ATMs include:
Currency exchange, T/C exchange, Union Pay, Western Union services. Visa/MC
1) Corner of Sivatha Road and Route #6, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Tel: + (855) (0) 63-964 741/742 2) On Sivutha near the Old Market area, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tel: + (855) (0) 63-965 3153).     At Siem Reap International Airport, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tel: + (855) (0) 63-963 152

Siem Reap Phsar Kandal: Lots 566, 568 and 570, Street Tep Vong, Phum Mondul I, Khum Svay Dangkum.
Siem Reap Phsar Leu:  556, National Road No 6, Phum Chong Kavsou Srok Siem Reap.

#1, 2 & 3, Sivatha Street, Mondul 2 Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, and Siem Reap Province.
Tel: + (855)-63 963 660/ (855)-15 900 396.

Credit cards accepted, currency exchange, t/c exchange. Visa/MC/JCB/AMEX
The Museum Mall, # 968, Vithei Chales de Gaulle., Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Tel : + (855) (0)63-964 417
Fax: + (855) (0)63-964 420 

Currency exchange, ATM, t/c exchange, Western Union services. Visa/MC/Maestro/Cirrus/Diners Club International/Riels.
1) # 18A Sivatha, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Tel: + (855) (0)63-963 838.
2) Lucky Mall Supermarket, Sivutha Blvd., Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Tel: + (855) (0)63-963 737.
Currency exchange, ATM, t/c exchange, Western Union services, Visa
#888, Sivutha Blvd, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Tel: + (855) (0)63-767 333
Fax: + (855) (0)63-767 222

Q: Are there any ATMs?
A: There are many ATM machine in most places in Cambodia, specially Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. You can cash either in US dollars or local currency (riel) from those ATM machine. They are normally 24/7 service. When you need money we suggest you be very careful if you are visiting an ATM late at night.

Climate/ What to wear

Generally speaking, November to April is the Dry Season and May to October is Rainy. The temperature ranges between 27C (80F) and 23C (73F).  You’d wear light, airy, covering clothing. The sun can intense so bring a hat, sun-glasses and perhaps sun block. Consider buying a traditional Khmer scarf to keep the sun off your neck. Carry raincoat during the wet season, though you will probably use in the afternoon. You should have a mosquito repellent for sunrise and sunset hour. For serious temple explore a flashlight and compass can come in handy. Sport shoes are the best for exploring the ruins. The peak season is from November till March, best time of the year, no rain, not too hot, all activities in town operate more flights, more bus & boat Service. 

Q: What kind of clothing is suitable?

A: People should wear whatever they are most comfortable in, but a fair amount of modesty should be exercised. It can be extremely hot and humid and while some are comfortable in loose-fitting cotton, others feel better in quick-drying synthetics. Garments made from "wicking" materials are available at outdoor/ adventure wear stores. This special fabric absorbs perspiration and dries while it is on your body. These items also launder easily, dry very quickly and do not wrinkle. A hat is also recommended to keep the hot sun off your face, as is a good sunscreen (mosquito repellent goes over the sunscreen). While hiking boots would be too hot in the tropical climes, walking shoes/sneakers are good but sturdy hiking sandals (those made by Teva, Keens, Chaco, Merril, etc) are ideal. For a thin cargo pant or Capri-length pant instead of jeans, which are too hot for the tropics? A definite no-no in Asia is showing too much skin. Women, keep it modest with the cleavage, showing a bare midriff or wearing short shorts. Swimwear is acceptable on the beach (you’ll notice the locals swimming in short and T-shirts!) but cover up when heading into town.  Cambodia can get quite chilly late at night or in the early morning in the cool months (December, January) and it is a good idea to bring a fleece jacket. It's also good to have this for bus travel as sometimes the A/C can get downright cold. When visiting active temples, you should cover their shoulders. It is required for both men and women to wear pants and skirt to cover knees. Those who are not dressed respectably will be turned away. 


The Cambodian currency is called Riel. However, US dollars are used as commonly as Riel. Depending on exchange rates, USD1 generally equals 4000 Riels. For up-to-date exchange rates visit: A few pointers on using US dollars in Cambodia:
• Bring smaller denominations when possible! Small shops (i.e. local transportation or restaurants) might not have sufficient change to large notes.
• Check that your bills are in good condition, as bills with any rips or tears are not accepted.
• You will usually get change in Riel, so it might not be necessary to get any Riel in advance.

Credit cards & Traveler’s Checks (in USD) can be used at some places in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, especially in high-end institutions. But you should always carry some cash.

Q: What is the proper currency to use?
A: US dollars are as commonly used as the Cambodian Riel and even Thai Baht is acceptable in many places. Most restaurants and shops set their prices in dollars. Small transactions are usually done in Riel. Always carry some small Riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks, beggars and other small purchases. Riel can come in notes of the following denominations: 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000.

Credit cards & traveler checks are not common but are catching on. US dollar, traveler checks are much more easily than other kind. Money changers cluster around the markets. When accepting money, inspect the bills. Hundred Riel is acceptable tender, but a large US note renders it worthless. There are banks in all of the larger provincial capitals, including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Battambang. But money effect telegraphic transfers and some banks can cash traveler checks and accept Visa cards. There are lots and lots of ATM in Cambodia. The Riel fluctuates in the range of 3900-3950 to a dollar, though for convenience some shops use 4000 as the exchange rate. Make sure you always have small bills (ones and fives) as you can never be sure of getting change on larger denominations.

Q: Doesn't using the local currency result in cheaper prices?
A: Not in Cambodia. For all intents and purposes, the US dollar is the currency of Cambodia. If anything, using riel for larger purchases may cost you more, not less, than if you used US dollars.

Q: So change is given in riels, do the merchants cheat you?
A: Not really. The most common way to scrape a few extra riels is that some merchants will put the riel at 3900 to a dollar change, but put it at 4000 to a dollar when you are paying in. Until September 2002, 100 riels was the smallest denomination would get for fifty cents change then, was 1900 riels. To you, these few extra riels they make are only a couple of cents, but spread that out over thousands and thousands of transactions during the course of a year and it adds up to a tidy sum of cash. For purposes of giving change, many foreign-owned businesses value the riel at 4000 to a dollar regardless of the direction, but it's more common for Khmer-owned businesses to use a 4000 in/3900 out system, which, if you really get analytical about it, is cheating.

Q: Where can I change money?
A: The best place to go is to any of the hundreds of private money changers. Do not bother with banks as most (all?) are not in the money changing business. You always see a concentration of money changers around the markets, but they are everywhere. They can be recognized by the glass case full of money (also a testament to the general honesty of most Khmers), most of it riels, and two numbers on the glass, both numbers being 39xx. These numbers are the present exchange rates for US dollars and Riels. Exchanging dollar and riel is a straightforward process and rip-offs are extremely rare. With any other currency some bargaining may be necessary. Japanese Yen, Euros, and Baht seem to pose no difficulties, though rates may vary slightly from changer to changer. However, the more obscure the currency is, the less likely the money changer will know the actual rate nor be willing to offer a fair rate as it may be more difficult for them to reconvert the notes. It's also been my experience that in most cases the money changers will offer a better rate than the hotels regardless of what currency you're changing.

Q: Are there a lot of counterfeit bills floating around?
A: Some, but if I ever had once I didn't know it, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. If for any reason you find yourself with a possible counterfeit, just keep trying, eventually somebody will take it. The best place to get rid of it would probably be in paying your airport departure tax as they don't seem to check the money they handed.

Q: Does the condition of the bills make a difference?
A: For Cambodian riels, you will see some bills so worn and torn you might have trouble figuring out what denomination it is. But with the US dollars one little rip in a bill and nobody will accept it (don't bring rip money to Cambodia). On my very first visit to Cambodia I got stuck with a torn ten-dollar bill that nobody would take until finally as I arrive at Pochentong International Airport they took it when I paid the departure tax. Do not accept torn money and if you're receiving money from a bank, check every bill and don't be shy to turn one back if you don't like the appearance of it. I've often handed back bills at several different banks and they've exchanged them without question. Old dirty bills that aren't torn can still be spent, but new ones are better, so if you can, turn back the dirty ones, too.


Cambodian has a lively local drinking culture, and the heat and humidity will ensure that you hunt out anything on offer to quench your thirst. Coffee, tea, beer, wine, soft drinks, fresh fruit juice or some of the more exotic “fire waters” are all widely available tea is the national drink, but these days it is just as likely to be beer in the glass.

Wine & Spirits
Local wine in Cambodia generally means rice-wine; it is popular as with the minority people of the north-east. Some is super strong and it has been fermented for months, other wine is fresher and tastes more likely a demented cocktail. Other local wines include the light sugar-palm wine and ginger wine. In Phnom Penh and Siem Reap foreign wines include the light sugar-palm wine and ginger wine. In Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, foreign wines and spirits are sold in super market at bargained prices, given how far they have to travel.

Tea & coffee
Chinese tea is a bit of national institution, and in most Khmer and Chinese restaurants a pot will automatically appear for no extra charge as soon as you sit down. Coffee is sold in most restaurants. It is either black or café Aulait, several with dollops of condensed milk which makes it very sweet.

It is popular throughout Cambodia. It is a little like fruit smoothies and is a great way to wash down a meal. Stalls are set up around local night market. It is sometimes, before dark and the drinks cost between 3000 or 3500 riels.

Emergency Contact Addresses


  • Police                          : 012-856-385
  • Tourist Police             : 012-402- 424
  • Tourist Office              : 012-402-424/509-00
  • Ambulance                 : 119 or 023-724-89
  • Fire Department         : (855-12) 784-464
  • US Embassy               : (855-23) 728-000
  • British Embassy         : (855- 23) 427-124
  • Australia Embassy     : (855- 23) 213-470
  • France Embassy        : (855-23) 430-020
  • Chinese Embassy      : (855-23) 720-920
  • Japan                           : (855-23) 217-161
  • Canada                        : (855-23) 213-470
  • Vietnam                        : (855-23) 726-274
  • Thailand                       : (855-23) 726-306
  • Singapore                    : (855-23) 221-875
  • North Korea                 : (855-23) 217-013
  • Laos                              : (855-23) 983-632
  • Bruei                             : (855-23) 211-457
  • Switzerland                 : (855-23) 219-045
  • Germany                      : (855-23) 210-912

Cambodia Fact File


  • Country name: Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • Head of state: King Norodom Sihamoni.
  • Prime Minister: Mr. Hun Sen
  • Motto: Nation, Religion, King.
  • Capital City: Phnom Penh.
  • Government: Constitutional Monarchy.
  • Major Cities: Siem Reap province, Sihanouk Ville, Battambang, Kampong Chham.
  • Major Rivers/Lakes: Tonle Sap, Mekong, Bassac Rivers.
  • Airport: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (International Airports).
  • Climate: Tropical Monsoon season: Wet season (May-October), Dry season (November-April).
  • Language: Khmer (90-95%), ethnic-Chinese, Cham, Vietnamese and hill tribes in north-east.
  • Guides: Government-licensed tourist guides (English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Italy, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Russian…).
  • Religion: Theravada Buddhism (95%), Islam, Christianity, Animism, Roman Catholic.
  • Population: 15 million.
  • People: 90% ethnic Khmers, 5% Vietnamese, 1% Chinese, 4% other.
  • Food: Fish and Rice.
  • Land Area: 181 035 Square kilometers (11,224 sq miles).
  • Currency: Riel (US$ 1= 4000 Riels). US dollars are as commonly used as Riel.
  • Voltage: 220V/ 50 Hz.
  • Time: 7 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and 12 hours ahead United States.
  • Country code: 855.
  • Internet TLD: KH.
  • Business hours: Government office: 7:30 - 11:30 am, 2:00 - 5:00 pm (Monday–Friday).
  • Private offices: 7:00 am – 20:00 pm (Monday–Saturday Morning).
  • Banks: 8.00 am - 15.00 pm (Monday-Saturday Morning).


Sending faxes is setting cheaper as telephone charges drop. The cheapest fax services are those via the internet, these can be arranged at Internet Café for around $ 1-2 a page. Some of the most popular midrange hotels hark reliable business centre, but be aware that Cambodia’s top hotels here expensive business centers where sending a fax will cost three times the price charged elsewhere.

Khmer Food

Cambodia has a great variety of national dishes, some similar to the cuisine of neighboring Thailand and Laos, other closer to the Chinese and Vietnamese cooking, but all come with that unique Cambodian twist, be it the odd herb here or the odd spice. The overall impression is that Khmer cooking is similar to Thai cooking, but with fewer spices.
Q: How is the local food? A: Personally, I don't particularly care for Khmer food. It's a cross between Thai and Vietnamese but with a fraction of the flavor. I find Khmer food quite bland, really. It's been suggested that Khmer food is less exciting than its neighbors' because of years of war and occasional famine, whereupon they just let their cuisine fall away. It's a plausible explanation as apparently Cambodia did have quite a cuisine but in the past thirty years or so, like so many things, it seems to have been lost. That said, there are those who do like the food and of course if you're coming on a holiday, please ignore what I say, try the food and make your own decision about whether you like it or not.

Q: What's the availability of western food?                                                           
A: In Phnom Penh just about any cuisine you can think of is represented somewhere by a restaurant and represented fairly well. Siem Reap also has a generous supply of western and other Asian cuisine restaurants. If Khmer food doesn't do it for you, you will find plenty of satisfactory alternatives in either of these locations. Elsewhere the choices become slimmer. Sihanoukville has a couple of eateries with western food in Battambang there are a couple of places as well. Anywhere else and you're going local.

Q: Is the food safe to eat?  
A: Everybody eventually comes down with some kind of food poisoning here but everybody has to eat it. I wouldn't stress too much on the food. Look at it, smell it whatever, just eat. I've gotten sick at nice restaurants and I've eaten from street stalls where the food was pre-cooked hours before and I had no problems whatever. The best rule to follow is if you see a place with a lot of locals; than the restaurant is okay. Also realize that individual body chemistry plays some role in how you will react to unfamiliar food. Five years, I've been here and there is still some kind of bacteria I can't seem to get my body to adjust to.

Cambodia Geography

Cambodia is a well-known country in South-east Asia, steeped in history and rich culture. But 2 decades of war destroyed nearly the entire society, including the social economic infrastructure and human resources that are the key factors in developing a country.

Land boundaries: It located in South-east Asia within the Indochina peninsula and is bordered between Vietnam on the east and south-east, Thailand on the west and south-west and Laos on the north-east. This region corresponds to the present area of mainland South-east Asia. The kingdom of Cambodia has made the agreements on political and development cooperation with these neighboring countries.

Dimension: Kingdom of Cambodia comprises 181 035 square kilometers and has population of about 15 million. Its shape is an almost-square polygon, with the Kompong Thom province as is a centre. It extends 440 kilometers wide from the north to south and 560 kilometers long from the west to east. Among the lomenta countries of the association of the southeast Asia-Nations (ASEAN), Cambodia ranks eighth in land size & seventh in population. Its geographical location makes Cambodia as easily accessible ecotourism destination for the trader in neighboring countries and the other parts of the world. The country is situated geographically between the 10th and 15th parallels of northern latitude and the 102nd and 108th parallels along eastern longitude. Cambodia has a tropical climate-warm and humid. It’s affected by Asian monsoon with abundant rain to enable growth of vegetation and all variety of crops with these characteristics makes Cambodia a favorable for developing tourism. Tourism development is highly desirable due to warm climate for year around. In addition, Cambodia doesn’t have any serious natural disaster like volcano, typhoon, and earthquake because Cambodia situates under the direction of storm. Cambodia can offer much business opportunity.

Topography of land: Cambodia’s surface is deep and plain at the center. It’s surrounded by mountains and plateaus, which are the wind-breakers. The south-western part lies the coastal area.

Emergency Medical Services


1. International Dental Clinic  

Address             : #545, National Road 6A

Telephone        : 063-767-618

Website             :

2. Khmer-China Hospital

Address             : Sivatha Blvd.

Telephone        : 012-596-686/011-565-737

3. Ly Srey Vyna Clinic

Address             : # 113 National Road N0 6 (Airport Road)

Telephone        : (+855-11) 990-988

Web-site            :

4. Neak Tep Clinic

Address             : Ta Nuey Road

Telephone        : (+855-17) 928-655/ 063-654-5500

Web-site            :

5. Royal Angkor International Hospital  

Address             : Road N0 6 (Airport Road)

Telephone        : (855-63) 764-091

News for visitors

Visitors to the temples of Angkor must buy an entrance ticket. An information desk has been set up at the ticket sales booths with staff on hand seven days a week to provide full service.
Ticket sales booths:The entrance ticket to Angkor Park is called "Angkor Pass". Visitors can buy it only at the official ticket sales booths, located on the road from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat. The checkpoint on the road from the airport to Angkor Wat and the checkpoint at Banteay Srei also have one-day Angkor Passes, but not three-day and one-week Angkor Passes. No other organization (guest houses, etc.) are authorized to sell Angkor Passes. The ticket sales booths are open from 5 am in the morning to 5:30 pm at night. At the ticket sales booths, visitors may also get information about:

  • Angkor Pass.
  • Temples and other monuments in Angkor Park.
  • Balloon ride with views over Angkor Vat and other parts of the Angkor Park and buy:
  • Maps and guide books about Angkor Park and its temples.
  • Drinks

Entrance to the Angkor Park: Every day, visitors must stop and show their Angkor Pass at one of the checkpoints first. Currently, there are the following checkpoints to the Angkor Park:

  • Behind the ticket sales booths on the road from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat.
  • On the road from the airport to Angkor Wat.
  • On the road from Siem Reap to Srash Srong.
  • At Banteay Srei temple.

In addition, visitors must show their Angkor Pass every time they pass one of the checkpoints and at the entrance to most temples and other monuments in the Angkor Park.
Opening hours: The Angkor Park including its temples and other monuments are open for sunrise and close after sunset. All visitors must leave the Angkor Park after sunset.
Other rules: Visitors must observe the rules for photography and filming, as well as the rules of conduct in the temples, which are still sacred places to Cambodians today.

Procedure for free entrance: Visitors of official delegations, media representatives working on behalf of APSARA Authority and researchers authorized by APSARA Authority may qualify for a free, 2-day entrance. To obtain a free, 2-day entrance, the exact procedure has to be observed. Six-months and annual entrance passes are exclusively reserved for the researchers working in the Angkor Park. Entry is free for all Cambodian nationals. They do not have to follow the above mentioned procedure for free entrance.

Angkor Pass: The Angkor Pass is the entrance ticket to all the Angkor temples and monuments in the Siem Reap area. There are several options regarding how many days the pass is valid. All passes are issued with a picture. They’re not transferable to another person. Visitors can buy the Angkor Pass at the main ticket sales booths on the road from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat, at the checkpoint on the road from the airport to Angkor Vat and at the checkpoint at Banteay Srei. No other organizations (guest houses etc.) are authorized to sell Angkor Passes.
Fees and number of days

1. One day

US$ 20 (Photo required)

2. Three days visit per one week validity

US$ 40 (Photo required)

3. Seven days visit per one month validity

US$ 60 (Photo required)

Photographs have to be taken on location and tickets are not valid after the expiry date.

The fee must be paid in US dollars, Cambodian Riel, Thai Baht or Euro. Credit cards are not accepted for payment, but there is a bank counter at the ticket sales booths, where visitors can get a cash advance on their credit card.

Notes about fee: For the comfort of foreign visitors, these prices include use of the sanitary facilities in the park without charge. These prices do NOT include special permits for picture taking or film shooting. Entry is free for children under 12 years old. Children 12 and above must pay full price. Entry is free for all Cambodian nationals. There are no discounts for groups. The Angkor Pass is not refundable for any reasons.

Validity: Angkor Passes issued between 5 am in the morning and 5 pm in the afternoon are valid the same day. Angkor Passes issued after 5 pm in the afternoon are valid the same day until sunset and also the next day. Other than this exception, visitors may NOT buy a ticket in advance. Angkor Passes for 3 days are for 3 consecutive days. Angkor Passes for 1 week are for 7 consecutive days.

Other: Angkor Passes for 1 day do not require a picture. Angkor Passes for 3 days and 1 week require a picture. It may be taken at the ticket sales booths free of charge. Visitors of official delegations, research or media teams may qualify for free entrance.

Rules for photography and filming: Visitors, who wish to take pictures or shoot film in the Angkor Park for commercial purposes, must respect the following procedures established by the Department of Tourism of the APSARA Authority:

  • A letter to the President-Executive Director requesting permission to take pictures or shoot film must be submitted to the Department of Tourism.
  • The request must include an attachment of the equipment list.
  • The request must name the exact dates and places of taking the pictures or shooting the film in the Angkor Park.
  • The request must describe the use of the picture or film material from the Angkor Park (for example, documentary, tourist promotion, etc.).

For more information please contact the Department of Tourism.
What you should know:

  • In the temples, you should wear proper clothes. If you like to wear shorts, please make sure that they are long enough to cover your knees with a t-shirt to cover your shoulders.
  • You can't sit or stand on any statues and you can't touch the carvings either in the temples.
  • No smoking, spitting and eating in the temple complex.
  • No shouting in the temple.  
  • You can take photos of the children and it's better to show them after doing. They like it.
  • You should ask the old people or monks before you can take their photos. 
  • You can spend dollars in this country, but remember you can't spend old or torn notes. So you don't need to exchange the money if you have USD with you.
  • Siem Reap is a safe town and you can walk around at night, but avoid the dark places.
  • Drivers for tourists wear a vest with their numbers on the back, so make sure you go with those people. Please always ask the price first before you start the trip. Confirm the price whether it is a person or a car or tuk tuk. Otherwise, you will be end up ripped off.
  • Drivers can't take tourists to the temple. Only tour guides with licenses can do this.
  • You should leave some tips when you eat in the restaurant, use long service on.
  • You can't touch the heads of other Cambodian or point to them with your pointed finger. 
  • You can bargain when you want to buy something at all of the souvenir markets but not supermarket or mini-marts.
  • Beggars: Some women carry babies around and ask for the milk product. Some tourists feel heart-broken and buy a milk product for them. After a while, the beggars go to the shop and exchange for the money back.
  • Cold towels: If re-usable towels, you can only use for your hands and your faces not your feet. Remember we regard the feet as bad...
  • Children at the temples: Some tourists give them some sweets, but they don't know those children have no toothbrush and toothpaste. 


Government offices are open from 07: 30 am - 11:30 am & resume from 16: 00 pm - 17: 00 pm, Monday to Friday private offices are usually opened for business from 7: 00 am - 20:00 pm every day. Banks are opened from 8:00 am-15:00 pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 am -12: 00 noon. It is closed on Sunday and public holidays. Markets are daily opened from the early morning to evening.


Passport must valid more than six months beyond the end of your trip. Cambodian Immigration will not issue a visa if you have less than six months’ validity left on your passport. It is important to make sure that there is plenty of space left in your passport. Do not set off on a six-month trek across Asia with only two blank pages left. Cambodian visa alone takes up one page. It is sometimes possible to have extra page added to your passport, but most people will be required to get a new passport. This is a possible for most foreigners in Cambodia, but it can be a time consuming and costly, as many embassies process new passports in Bangkok. Losing a passport is not the end of the world, but it is a serious inconvenience. To expedite the issuing of a new passport, keep a copy of your passport details.


Q: Are land mines a problem for tourists?                                                     
A: No. Half a million tourists alone walked around Cambodia in 2001 and nobody stepped on a land mine. To this day, there have been no reported incidents of any foreigner visitor stepping on a land mine in Cambodia. Not one. The major tourist areas are absolutely mine-free. While the guidebooks still suggest being careful, even around Angkor Wat, the question you need to ask yourself is - do you plan to go bushwhacking through the trees, treading upon land no human as walked upon in years? I think the answer is 'no'. Even if you step into the bushes to answer nature's call, you're certainly going to walk along a well-worn path. So relax. According to the head of the HALO Trust in Cambodia, you'd have to drive at least one hour from Siem Reap to find a mine.


Cambodia telephone numbers are usually listed beginning with a “0” for example: 012 329 981.The first three numbers (011, 012, 015, 016, 017, 023, 063, 092, 098, 099…etc which represented the provincial area code or the mobile phone system. When dialing domestically, it is necessary to dial the entire number including the “0” at the beginning. For example: 012 299 458. When dialing an internationally to Cambodia, use the country code but exclude the “0” for example: +855-089-855-666. When dialing an international call from Cambodia, precede the phone number with 001 or 007.

Pre-travel Vaccinations & Preparations

We recommend you to check with your doctor prior to arrival about pre-travel vaccinations required for Cambodia (such as those necessary for protection from malaria, typhoid, tetanus, and hepatitis A & B). Malaria is not commonly present in Siem Reap, but if you plan to spend extended time in the rural remote areas, you should take appropriate medical advice. In addition, it is probably a good idea for you to bring all essential medications with you. There are pharmacies in Siem Reap selling ordinary medicines, such as headache tablets, skin creams and diarrhea medications. U-Care is one of the more popular pharmacy chains in Siem Reap, with imported medicines, and English-speaking pharmacists. You may find the following items useful when packing:

  • Lightweight, loose-fitting cotton clothing
  • Full-length trousers/ jeans/ skirts
  • Long sleeves shirts for protection against sun and mosquitoes
  • Umbrella or raincoat in the appropriate season
  • Hat and high factor Sun block (SPF 30 or above)
  • Insect repellent (with DEET)

Travel Insurance
Taking out a medical travel insurance policy BEFORE coming to Cambodia is recommended. For reference only, some providers are;

  1. Patriot America Insurance -
  2. STA Travel -
  3. International SOS -

Staying healthy when you get here
Because of Cambodia’s hot climate, it is extremely easy to become dehydrated. Bottled water is inexpensive and available everywhere. Drink as much as you need. Restaurants in the city will typically serve safe drinking water, and using sealed bottles is recommended. It is advisable NOT to drink directly from the tap water.   

Do I need any vaccinations?
Travelers have very little to worry about in a country where health standards are ranked amongst the highest in Asia. The medical vaccinations are required to enter the Kingdom of Cambodia; you are unless coming from a "yellow" infected area.

Visa on Arrival

 A one-month tourist visa can be easily obtained on arrival from:
• Phnom Penh International Airport
• Siem Reap International Airport

• Cambodia-Vietnam border
1. Bavet International Checkpoint
2. Kha Orm Sam Nor International Checkpoint
• Cambodia-Thailand border
1. Cham Yeam International Checkpoint
2. Poipet International Checkpoint
3. O’Smach International Checkpoint

You will need:
1. Passport valid for at least four (4) months from the expiry date
2. One recent photograph (4 x 6)*
3. Visa Fee payment: USD 20
*At the International Airport it is now possible to have your passport photo scanned for use on your visa. There is a $2 charge for this service at the visa application counter upon your arrival. (Source: Cambodia Airports).

Visa & entry requirement
Most nationalities receive a one-month visa on arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Issuing Cambodian visa requires one photo. Visas are now available at most of land borders. Arrival by flight can issue “on arrival visa” at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports. Overland crossings can issue visa at the following check-point borders. But arriving overland from Vietnam and Laos, you will need to have obtained your visa in advance. A single entry tourist visa ($20 plus one photo required) is valid for one month, including the day of issue. But $25 for a business visa (plus one photo).Tourist visa can be extended only once for one month, but business visas can be extended indefinitely. Renew visas through a travel agent for the immigration department located opposite the Phnom Penh International Air port.

Basic information is as follows;
Entry Type                          Single entry only
Fees                                     USD20 + USD5 (processing charge)
Validity                                3 months (starting from the date of issue)
Length of Stay                   30 days (Can be extended)
Processing Time              3 business days
Requirement                      A passport validity of more than six months balance at time of entry, a recent passport-size photo in digital format (JPEG or PNG format), a valid credit card (Visa/MasterCard).
(Source: Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation).

Business Visa
How to get a Business Visa
While the standard tourist Visa can be applied for online, that is not the case for the business visa. You can only get a business visa through an embassy prior to the trip or on-arrival.
For an on-arrival business visa you will need:
1. Your Passport at least one page empty for the visa and 6 months validity from date of entry.
2. The Application form, provided at the airport.
3. The application fee in $US (currently $25).
4. One (1) passport sized photo.
5. A pen for filling out the form.

Getting the on-arrival business visa
The process is exactly the same as applying for an on-arrival tourist visa, the single difference being that you tick the business visa box on the application form and indicate that you’re planning to stay for more than 30 days. The form itself is simple and clear and, if you haven’t brought a passport photo with you, the necessary image can be scanned from your passport for a small charge. With the form completed and photo provided, it usually takes about 20 minutes before you’ve got your passport back, with the business visa secured inside it and you can move on through immigration and into Cambodia proper.

Officially, a one-month tourist visa extension costs $30, three months $ 60, six months $100 and one year $150. They can’t call it corruption in Cambodia but “under the table,” and you can have your passport back the next day for inflated prices of $39 for one month, $60 for three months, $145 for six months and $275 for one year. Over staying your visa currently costs a whopping $ 5 a day. [email protected] http:

Water & soft Drinks

Drinking tap water must be avoided, especially in the provinces, as it is rarely purified and may lead to stomach complications. Locally produced mineral water is about 1000 riels per bottle at shops and stalls, through some locals and expatriates alike doubt the purity of the cheapest stuff. Those with a weak constitution might want to opt for one of the better local brands, such as Pure-Drop, Mineral, or imported water like Evian.

Soft drinks 
Soft drinks are available in Cambodia. Bottled drinks are about 2000 riels, while canned drinks cost about 3000 riels and more again in restaurants or bars.

It is produced with treated water at local ice factories, and it is a legacy of the French. Transporting it often involves dragging huge blocks along the ground, but most people don’t worry about this, as it usually gets cleaned off all the time.

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Our profit from tour-packages contribute directly to the local charity school to support "The poor, homeless, street, disabled, victim, destitute and orphans" in our community (Chongkoasou, Siem Reap). And it also enables us to participate in improving their quality of education, lifestyle, hygienic, clean water, while expecting and promoting cultural traditions and Khmer values.                       As you know that, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world and is still facing the current problems surrounding poverty.