CAMBODIA, The official name is “ Kingdom of Cambodia “ , located in the southwest of the Indochina Peninsula, Cambodia, with a total area of 181,035 square kilometers with population around 17millions. Divided in 24 Provinces and one capital city, Phnom Penh. And borders Thailand to the west and northwest of Laos, northeastern Vietnam, and the Gulf of Thailand. Southwest. The land area of Cambodia is mostly lowland with mountains in the southwest and north. The two main physical features of Cambodia are the Mekong River, which flows from the north to the south of the country, and the Tonle Sap Lake. Natural resources include oil and gas, wood, gems, iron ore, manganese, phosphate, hydropower potential.
The capital of Phnom Penh is the most populous city in Cambodia. It has been the national capital since the French Protectorate of Cambodia and has grown to become the country's ancestral city and its economic, industrial, and cultural center.
Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Cambodia, with about 90 percent of the population practicing Buddhism. Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are also accepted in Cambodia. Since the Buddha statues and Images represent the revered Buddha, visitors are asked to pay homage to those statues and images so as not to offend the local people. In Cambodia, regardless of religion, the country maintains a harmonized state.
Cambodia has two seasons and a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year.
The dry season runs from October to April. During this time temperatures peaking as high as 40°C in April. However, it brings sunny and dry weather, especially in early January and February.
The rainy season from May to November. The temperatures also remain high in May and June and bring more humidity, sticky on some days. During the rainy season, the rain falls from light to heavy. There will be some rain for a short time from July to October.
The rainy season is also a perfect time for travelling to see the rice fields and tropical leaves in the most green and lush.
The best months to visit Cambodia are December and January with dry weather and low humidity, of course, this is also the busiest time of the year when you can expect some crowds and high prices. More than that.
The Cambodian currency is the Riel and there are banknotes of 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 & 100000 Riel. Although Cambodia's official currency is the Riel, the US Dollar is used in most transactions. The citizens have used the riel alongside the U.S. dollar at the well-known rate of 4,000 - 4,200 KHR/USD for retail payments. Although, we recommend taking some US Dollars in cash (with some small denomination notes).
Any traveler entering Cambodia must have a visa and Traveler’s passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia. The visa can be obtained directly upon arrival at :
Phnom Penh International Airport,
Siem Reap Angkor international Airport(SAI)
Sihanouk Ville International Airport
Visa at the border can get a 30-day visa and obtain the visa directly on arrival in Cambodia at the following land borders:
From Vietnam: PrekChak –Phnom Den – KaamSamnor (Mekong river) – Bavet – TrapeangPhlong – Trapeang Are – O’Yadav
From Laos: TrapaingKriel – Dong Krolar
From Thailand: Poipet – O’Smach– Cham Yeam – ChoamSanguam – Prum – Doung
Travelers with a passport of the below: Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Nigeria, are not allowed to apply for a visa on arrival. Therefore, the holders of these passports have to apply for a Cambodian visa before arriving in the country.
Travelers must pay a fee in cash
Apply for an e-visa - Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The travelers can request a single-entry tourist visa online through Cambodia’s e-Visa service (http://www.evisa.gov.kh/). Tourists can obtain a single-entry tourist visa online through Cambodia’s e-Visa service via the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at: www.evisa.gov.kh. (http://www.evisa.gov.kh/)
Note: the E-Visa is only accepted at 7 entry points, which are
The 30-day visa is valid. After the first 30 days of overstay, the non-immigrant foreigner must pay 10 USD/day and depart Cambodia within 7 days or pay a penalty of 30 USD/day. When leaving the country, the visitor must pay the overstay fees at the airport or land border. A non-immigrant foreigner will be fined $100 USD and required to depart Cambodia within seven days if they use their visa for a purpose that is not allowed by its terms. For young people: A 30 USD visa fee is required for children aged 0 to 12 who travel on their own passport or on their parent's passport.
Visitors travelling to the Kingdom Of Cambodia should take care to observe local customs and practices. You may find it useful to familiarize yourself with the following common DOs and DON’Ts before embarking on your trip.
Keep smiling, because of the kindness and patience of its people
Please be aware that APSARA (Authority for the Protection of the Site and Management of the Region of Angkor) has issued a Code Of Conduct for visitors who visit Angkor temples. The National Authority was established in 1995 to ensure the conservation and sustainable development of the Angkor site. Therefore, the organization is responsible for research, protection, conservation, as well as urban development and tourism of archeological sites in order to raise the awareness of tourists on the conservation of Angkor Wat and to make the tourist experience harmonious with public safety and respect for the local community, they have developed an ethic that must be respected by each visitor.
Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct