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General Info about Cambodia

Visa Requirements:
Visitors to Cambodia can purchase a one-month visa for their visit at Phnom Penh Airport. These usually cost US$20. 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 get one 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 three major seasons in this country which enjoys a tropical climate. The first, and best time to travel, is the dry season between November and March (average temperatures ranging between 20˚C-28˚C). The second season is the hot season which runs from March to June (average temperatures ranging between 28˚C-35˚C). Finally, the wet season begins in May and continues straight through to October.

Medical Care:
It is advised that you take out travel insurance which will cover you medically also. 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.

Time Zone:
Cambodia is seven hours ahead of GMT and twelve ahead of EST. Perth is one hour ahead, while Sydney is three.

Opening Hours:
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:
Tourist offices are scarce and are generally only found in the big cities such as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battabang.

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

Currency Exchange:
The best place to change foreign monies in Cambodia is in the banks in Phnom Penh and other cities. Changing money in more rural areas is more difficult and may not be possible in some areas.

Electricity:
220V/50Hv.

Telephones:
When dialling Cambodia from overseas the international access code is +855. After that, drop the 0 from the area code and then the full number. When calling international numbers once within Cambodia dial 00 and then the country’s international access.

Post Office:
The safest place to send any post during a stay in Cambodia is in Phnom Penh. Postcards and letters cost between 1400r and 1900r.

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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