Cambodia

General Travel Information

The ancient Khmer Empire left Cambodia with a rich array of historical sites to be explored. The former capital of the Angkor Empire, located near the city of Siem Reap, is littered with a magnificent temple.

For decades temple cities like Angkor Wat, the Bayon and Banteay Srey Temple that were once hidden by overgrowth from the jungle have brought travelers and pilgrims from around the world under its spell. The temple complex of Angkor Wat is considered to be one of the most valuable cultural treasures of mankind.

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, is situated along the river and is a city filled with colonial flair, originality, and a wide selection of restaurants and shops. Major attractions in Phnom Penh include the ornate Silver Pagoda at the Royal Palace and the National Museum that boasts some of the countries oldest artifacts. In addition to these rich cultural offerings, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields will give you insight into the dark past of the Pol Pot regime.

Apart from the unique partly subtropical landscape here will find beautiful beaches for a relaxing beach holiday.

Facts & Figures

Cambodia covers an area of 181,035 sq km with a population of 14.1 million people, including approximately 1.5 million in the capital Phnom Penh. 90% of the population is Khmer, Vietnamese 5%, Cham (Muslims) 4%, and 1% Chinese.

Local Time

MEZ + 6 hours / Summer + 5 hours

Weather

Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons.

The rainy season is from June to October. The southwest monsoon brings heavy rainfall and high humidity (about 90%).

The dry season is from November to May with cool weather from November to February, and hot weather from March to May. The humidity drops during these months to under 50%.

The average maximum temperatures in the interior throughout the year at about 30 ° C. On the island of Koh Thmei, temperatures do not get that high and are rarely more than 28 ° C.

Entry Requirements

A visa is required for entry into Cambodia. It is valid for up to 30 days and can be obtained upon arrival at the international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after departure from Cambodia.

Visas are also issued at the land border crossings of Poipet / Aranyaprathet, Hatlek / Cham Yeam, and Koh Kong (coming from Thailand) and Bavet / Moc Bai and Kaom Samnor (Vietnam).

Languages

The official national language is Khmer. In larger towns, English and some French are spoken.

Currency

Cambodian Riel (KHR)
1 USD = ca. 4.000 Riel, 1 EUR = ca. 5.500 Riel

Traveler checks can be cashed easily at banks. The easiest way to get money is with a debit card at the ATM. The fees here are about 5 USD. Riel and US Dollars are used interchangeably. USD can be used to pay for the most items that cost more than 1 USD. The change will be returned in Riel.

Medical Information

For the entry to Cambodia, no vaccinations are required.

The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A.

Please, check with your family doctor before you leave for the necessary medical precautions.

Recommended items to bring along include a first aid kit, antibiotic ointment for small wounds, cortisone cream, pain killers, antidiarrheals, something for sensitive skin, and burn cream.

If you are sensitive to insect bites, we highly recommend you bring a “Bite Away”. This device is widely available for purchase on the internet. It heats any insect bite to 50 degrees and destroys the protein in the bite, causing the itching to stop immediately.

Mosquito repellent is widely available and inexpensive in Cambodia. We recommend the Yellow Skelotone, which is available at any supermarket.

Cambodian Main Airports

Phnom Penh – Pochentong Airport (PNH)
Siem Reap – Angkor Airport (REP)
Sihanoukville – Sihanoukville International Airport (KOS)

Traffic Regulations

In Cambodia is right-side traffic.
Cambodian drivers license you get in a day for about 50, – USD.

Power Supply

220 V AC