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General Info about Siem Reap, Cambodia

Visa requirements:
To enter Cambodia you need to acquire a one-month holiday visa. These can be bought (US$20) at Siem Reap airport and also the bus station when you first arrive (if you are arriving from outside of Cambodia). Make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months from your day of arrival. If not you will not be permitted entry.

If you are travelling from Thailand you will need to a tourist visa in Bangkok before departure. The same applies to those travelling overland from Vietnam.

Currency:
The unit of currency is the Riel (r). Notes come in denominations of 100r, 200r, 500r, 1000r, 2000r, 5000r, 10,000r, 20,000r, 50,000r and 100,000r. The US dollar is widely accepted also.

Language:
The national language of Cambodia is Khmer. French is widely spoken, as is English, particularly in hotels and businesses.

Climate:
There are four major seasons in this country which enjoys a tropical climate. The first begins in November, lasting until March which is the cool/dry section. March to May is the hot/dry season which is then followed by the hot/wet season which begins in June and lasts until August. Cambodia’s last season is from September to October and these months are wet but cooler than June-August.

Medical Care:
No vaccinations are required officially, but it is advised that you get them before travelling. Malaria is prominent in the country all year round. Enquire with your local doctor before entering the country about getting the required injections. It is also advised that you take out travel insurance which will cover you medically.

In case of an emergency you can contact the local hospital (Siem Reap Provincial Hospital) on +855 (0)63 963111. The local doctor can be contacted in Naga Clinic on +855 (0)63 964500. This clinic is the only clinic in the town but offers excellent medical services to travellers.

Time Zone:
Siem Reap is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Opening Hours:
Many of the stalls are open late into the night, particularly the one at Psar Chaa.

Everyday services such as shops, travel agents and tourist offices open daily. Banks open from 8am-3pm Mon-Fri and office hours are from 7.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, with a siesta at 11.30am, usually for around 2 hours.

Tourist Offices:
Angkor Tourism has an office in front of the Angkor Hotel at Route 6, Svay Dangkum.

Tax:
The rate of value added tax in Cambodia on goods and services is 10%.

Currency Exchange:
You can change any foreign currency you have in the town’s banks. Travellers cheques are accepted but not widely. Thai Baht and US Dollars are widely accepted.

Electricity:
220V/50Hv.

Telephones:
When dialling Siem Reap from overseas dial Cambodia’s country code which is 855, followed by the area code which is 63, and then the local number.

Calling overseas from within Cambodia, dial the international access code (00) followed by the code for the country you are calling, the area code (dropping the 0) and the local number.

Phonecards can be bought in the main post office and there are phone booths located at different places around the town.

Post Office:
Siem Reap’s main post office is on the west side of the Siem Reap River on Pokambor Avenue, 500 metres from the roundabout.

Tipping:
It is not customary to tip and is at your own discretion – if you feel the service provided warrants a tip, then tip!

Public Holidays:
It is worth noting what the public holidays are before you travel as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day.

In Cambodia they are New Year’s Day (January 1st), Victory Day (January 7th), Women’s Day (March 8th), Cambodian/Khmer New Year (April), Labour Day (May 1st), Chat Preah Nengka/Royal Ploughing Ceremony (May 1st), International Children’s Day (June 1st), the Queen’s Birthday (June 18th), Constitution Day (September 24th), P’chum Ben Day/All Saints Day (late September), Anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement (October 23rd), King Sihanouk’s Birthday (November 1st), Independence Day (November 9th) and UN Human Rights Day (December 10th).

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