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Welcome to Cambodia

Cambodia, bordered by Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, has a fabulous heritage, warm friendly people and an untamed wild landscape. The beautiful and extensive temple ruins at Angkor, now a UNESCO Heritage site, represent the glorious Khmer civilization and one of the most spectacular historical sites in Asia.

Adventure seekers will love Cambodia's wild north east with its stunning scenery, alternative hill tribe cultures and wildlife. Go trekking, mountain biking or simply explore.

The legacy of Cambodia's artistic past can still be seen in the handicrafts and silverware found in the bustling markets of Phnom Penh. Excellent craftsmanship at excellent prices.


Official name:

Kingdom of Cambodia (Kampuchea)


Area :

181,040 sq km

Capital :

Phnom Penh



20 Provinces and 4 municipalities

Population :




Multiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy established in September 1993

Ethnic groups:

Khmer 90% , Vietnamese 5% , Chinese 1% , other 4%


Location :

Southeastern Asia , sharing border with Thailand to the West , with Lao to the North , with Vietnam to the East and the Gulf of Thailand to the South.


Cambodia's official language is Khmer. French is still taught in schools and universities. English increasingly predominates.


Climate :

Tropical ; rainy , monsoon season (May to November) ; dry season (December to April)

Local Time

GMT +7



The official religion is Theravada Buddhism(95%), which is also practiced in neighboring Laos, Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka. , other 5%

Business Hours

Government: Monday-Friday 07.30 am-5.00 pm; Shops:8.00 am-9.00 pm.



The Cambodian currency unit is the Riel.


Cash US dollars are universally accepted however, with the equivalent change tendered in Riels. (Exchange rates for currencies other than US dollars can be disadvantageous) Only larger hotels and souvenir shops accept credit cards. Money changers give a slightly better rate than banks. Most banks open from 08.00 am to 3.30 pm. Some banks also open on Saturdays.


Electricity supply

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Large hotels and businesses have generators. Outside cities, electricity is available only in the evening from 1830-2130



Not obligatory but widely practiced in hotels and restaurants in addition to the service charges shown on bills.



Public Holidays

January 01

International New Year

January 07

Victory over Khmer Rouges

March 08

International Women Day

Mid April

Khmer New Year

End April

Pisak Bochea

May 01

International Labor Day

June 18

Queen's birthday

September 24

Constitution Day

Beginning October

Bon Pchum Ben Day

October 23

Paris Peace Agreement

October 30 – 31

King's Birthday

November 09

Independence Day

December 10

International Human Right Day


Festivals & Events

Oct -Nov

Water and Moon festival - Bonn Om Touk


Siem Reap Half Marathon

End December

Les Nuits d'Angkor


Chinese New Year


Cambodia New Year


Royal Ploughing Ceremony - Bonn Chrott Preah Nongkoal


Festival of the Dead - Pchum Boeun





R# 307 – 309 Cotec building , 7  Nam Quoc Cang

Disttrict 1 , Ho Chi Minh City

R# 304 North Star building , 4  Da Tuong St.

Hoan Kiem Dist. Hanoi

Tel. (84-8) 9253385 / 9253378

Fax. (84-8) 9253378 / 8395619

Tel. (84-4) 9423315 / 9423316

Fax. (84-4) 9423316 / 8647360

E-mail.  saomaitours@hcm.vnn.vn

E-mail. saomaihanoi@fpt.vn


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