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CAMBODIA TRAVEL TIPS

 

Passport & Visa

For USD 25 - most Citizen travelers can obtain a tourist visa valid for 30 days upon arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports (passport valid for six months beyond your visit and one ID-sized photos for visa application).

 

For travelers joining an Asian Trails Cambodia tour departing from Bangkok, visas can be arranged there within two working days in Bangkok.

 

Visas for Cambodia are available upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Poi Pet (border to Aranyaprathet, Thailand), Koh Kong (border to Hat Lek, Thailand, Kham Samnor (border to Chau Doc, Vietnam) and Bavet (border to Moc Bai, Vietnam).

Visas are required prior to arrival at Voeun Kam (border to Laos). Visas can also be issued at Cambodian Embassies or Consulates abroad.

 

Social custom

Cambodians greet each with a bow and a prayer-like gesture called a Sompeah, the younger or lower ranked person normally initiating the gesture. Handshakes are also becoming more acceptable for greeting Cambodians. Acting calmly and quietly - especially when under duress - is recommended, while displays of bad temper, especially in public, will make a bad situation worse.

The head is considered the highest part of the body, while the feet are considered the lowest, both literally and figuratively. Touching someone's head or pointing at people or things with the feet - especially the soles - are, therefore, considered extremely rude. Permission should be sought before taking photographs of people, especially monks and hill tribe villagers.

 

Though it is acceptable to wear smart casual dress to most temples and pagodas - including those at Angkor - visitors to the Royal Palace's Silver Pagoda are expected to dress a little more formally, with men wearing long trousers and women in long skirts (not long trousers, however). Shoes are generally removed before entering pagodas.

 

Photography in airports, inside the National Museum, some part of the Royal Palace and near any military installations is forbidden, and discretion should be used when photographing people, particularly monks.

 

Local transport

The most convenient way to travel around the capital is by cycle (tricycle) which costs roughly US$3 per hour or motodops (motorcycles). Cruising taxis are not the norm. Domestic flights (note: weight limit of 10 kg on luggage) connect major cities. Public bus, boat and train travel are available.

 

Journey time to town 10-15 minutes. A taxi cost around US$7. Motorcycle taxis can also be hired outside the airport for US$ 1

 

Car for rent : Self-drive generally not recommended. To hire a car or a van with a driver is approximately US$20-50 per day. US$6-7 per day for motorcycle (self-drive), US$1-2 per day for bicycle. Traffic drives on the right

 

Tap water safety

Not potable. Drink sealed bottled water only

 

Medical

No vaccinations required for entry, but protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and B is strongly recommended. A full supply of any personal medications should be carried with you.

 

Postal service

Airmail to Europe takes 4-5 days, and to the USA 7-10 days

 

Telephone

Telephone and Fax are available. Country code: 855. Phnom Penh code: 23. Most big hotels have IDD lines, but calls are expensive. Public phones utilising prepaid phone cards are now common in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, with the cards on sale at the post office, most hotels, and supermarkets.

 

Newspapers

English dailies: The Phnom Penh Post and The Cambodia Daily. Check out the Cambodia news section on this website

 

Email/Internet

A few Internet-service and e-mail providers are currently operating in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

 

Security , Safety , Emergency services

The security situation is steadily improving, but travel outside major urban areas and tourist sites is not advisable, visitors are advised to contact local authority or tourist offices when traveling outside major urban areas and tourist sites. Cambodia remains one of the most heavily mined countries in the world.

There are emergency services in Phnom Penh, call 119. Medical facilities and services in Cambodia are significantly improving. Medical facilities and services in Cambodia are not up to international standards. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

 

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