- Official name: Kingdom of Cambodia
- Capital city: Phnom Penh
- Population: 4.5 million
- Language: Khmer, Chinese, Vietnamese
- Local time: GMT+7
- Power voltage: 220 V, 50 Hz
- International dialing code: +855
The blue stands for the country’s royalty while the red represents the nation and white, the religion, beginning with Brahmanism and growing into Buddhism. The temple symbolizes the structure of the universe.
Q: Do I need a visa?
A: While ASEAN member countries are offered a 30-day free visa, travellers from other countries can easily get a visa on arrival at the airport for only USD 30 or apply online for an Evisa following the directions on the website here. If you apply for an Evisa, you must pay USD 36.
To complete the procedure for visa on arrival, you can either fly through Siem Reap or Phnom Airport or cross the Thai/Khmer border at Poi Pet or Bavet at the Khmer/Vietnamese border. Bring along a passport-sized photo and the USD 30 fee in cash, and make sure to have exact change if doing a border crossing by land.
Q: What kind of currency is used in Cambodia?
A: Although the Riel (CRI) is the official currency of Cambodia, USD are more widely-used for most hotels, restaurants, shops, and attractions. Even the ATM’s dispense USD instead of the local currency. Keep in mind that if you pay in USD, amounts of money less than USD1 will be paid back in the local currency of riel, with USD 1 = 4000 Riel.
Thai Baht and VND are also used in some famous tourist attractions. Avoid using the rare USD 2 to pay local people as its not used for daily use and considered lucky money for special occasions.
Q: How can I communicate?
A: It’s easy to communicate with locals in major tourist spots since most people in big cities can speak a variety of languages from English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese. However, learning a few basic Khmer words can help make travelling even easier and ensure more chances for cultural interaction.
Q: Can I access Wi-fi or 3G/4G networks?
A: Sure! You can find Wi-FI in most restaurants, cafes, coffeeshops, hotels, office buildings, and even traditional markets. For those who would like to have access to 3G/4G, it’s available at USD 0.25 for 1GB per day.
Q. What should I eat while visiting Cambodia?
A. Often overlooked due to its more popular neighbours of Vietnam and Thailand, Cambodia too has a rich history of delicious culinary dishes to choose from, always served with a huge portion of rice for USD 6 or less.
Cambodia’s national dish, Fish Amok
Start your morning right….
A delicious noodle soup perfect for breakfast
Cambodian Red Curry
The iconic “husband killers”
Q. What kind of local transportation is available in Cambodia?
A. To get around Cambodia as a whole, there are a range of transports offered to tourists. Buses are the cheapest and the most convenient way to get between cities, and charge between USD 4 – 6 depending on the distance.
Booking pick-up trucks or shared taxis is another alternative to reach some of the country’s more off-the-beaten-track routes for a very reasonable price. For example, a shared taxi between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville is usually around USD 50.
You also can rent a self-drive car (USD 60 – 70/day) or a 110cc motorcycle (USD 5 – 8/day) to explore on your own. Bicycles are also popular means of transport within cities and go between USD 1 – 2 per day for rentals.
Finally, remorks and tuk-tuks are fun ways to get around town, but make sure to haggle the price before getting in. A short trip around town should cost USD 1 – 2.
The iconic remork sits on a corner in Kampot
Q. Is Cambodia safe?
A. Cambodia is generally a very safe place to travel around. Just remember a few rules of thumb to ensure your trip runs smoothly, such as
Q. Any tips for budget travellers?
A. The best advice is to haggle when using local transportation like motorbike taxis, remorks, tuk-tuks or when shopping in markets. Paying half of what the original asking price is is usually a safe bet.