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181,035 square kilometers. It is bordered to the North by Thailand and Laos, to the East and the South by Vietnam, and to the South and West by the Gulf of Siam and Thailand.

Phnom Penh, 290 square kilometers, is considered as the center of Industry, Administration, Commerce and Tourism. The population is over 1 million.

Total population is over 13 millions. Khmer people account for about 90% of citizens. Ethnic group is 10%.
The official language is Khmer. It is part of the Mon-Khmer family. English has gained popularity. The older people speak French.
The official religion is Theravada Buddhism. Ninety percent of Khmers follow this religion. The country also has minority religions such as Islam, Christianity.

The average temperature is 27ºC. Tropical Monsoon; There are two seasons, the rainy season from May to October, and dry season from November to April. December to January is the coolest period.
7 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
There are no coin-operated phones in Cambodia. Phone cards are available through out Phnom Penh Capital and the cards can be purchased at many outlets. There are also several mobile phone systems.

  • Country Code: 855
  • Phnom Penh Code (IDD): 023
The visa on arrival valid for a thirty-day stay is issued to each tourist at a cost of US $20 and to each businessman at a cost of US $25 at the Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap Airport, and international border checkpoints. Visas can be obtained at Royal Cambodian Embassies or Consulates in foreign countries. Indeed, the free visa (K) is issued to the Cambodian who live overseas. The visa can be extended at the Immigration Department in Phnom Penh City.
For international departures: US$25 (US$13 for children under 12 and children under two are free). For domestic flights: US$6.
All passengers must complete an immigration form and separate customs declaration for submission upon arrival. Any amount of foreign currency can be brought into Cambodia , but the amount of local currency (Cambodia riel) must not exceed 100,000 reils per person. Tourists and nonresidents carrying more than US$10,000 in cash or its equivalent must declare it - otherwise you may run into problem if you wish to take the same amount out of the country.
The Riel. Denominations are Riel 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500; 200; 100; 50. Foreign currencies can be easily changed at hotels, airports, markets and banks.
Tipping is not required but is widely practices in hotels and restaurants in addition to the service charges shown on bills.
Visitors enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap Airport. If previous booking is made, arrangements will be made for an airport pick-up. If any traveler makes their own way to the city, the taxi will take 15 minutes to reach Phnom Penh City from Phnom Penh International Airport at a cost of US $7 and 10-15 minutes to reach Siem Reap City from Siem Reap Airport at a cost US $5 Motorbikes costs $1.
There are many kinds of transport in Phnom Penh. The favored mode of transportation is still by taxi, car rental, bus, motorbike Cyclo. The Cyclo (maximum US $3 per hour) provides visits with a way to view the city at leisurely place. Rail transport is available. Travel by rail is only possible to reach Battambang province and Shianoukville. There are eight provincial airports throughout the country. River travel is becoming popular, along the Tonle Sap, Tonle Bassak, and Mekong River. Travel to some parts of Cambodia, tourists are advised to contact the Ministry of Tourism, Provincial Tourism offices at the information counters in Phnom Penh International and Siem Reap Airports.
Local Khmer food is inexpensive and often tasty. Rice and Fish, together with a tempting array of herbs, sauces and spices are typical Khmer cuisine. Curries and soups with beef, port, poultry and seafood can be bought from any street vendor at a normal charge. There is no problem in Phnom Penh. All the world's main cuisine are found here in more than 100 restaurants such as European, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese.
It's hot, so drink plenty of water, but never drink tap water. Good quality bottled water are available everywhere. Also remember to wear high-factor sun block when sightseeing, and use an insect repellent as protection against mosquitoes. Although no vaccinations are officially required for entry to Cambodia, they are highly encouraged. And one should always bring essential medications to Cambodia, as there is no guarantee they will be available locally.
Plenty available, but take your own driver or "motodop" (motorbike taxi driver) for the evening.
  • Government offices are opened from 07:30am to 11:30am and resume from 14:00pm to 17:00pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Private offices are usually opened for business from 7:00am to 20:00pm everyday. Banks are opened from 8:00am to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00 noon. It is closed on Sunday and public holidays. Markets are daily opened from the early morning to the evening.
Photography in airports, railway stations and vicinity of military installation is forbidden and discretion should be used when photographing people, particularly monks.
It plays an important part in the lives of the people, and accompanies all of the dances, rituals and ceremonies.
More than 100 supervised hotels handle the yearly influx of nearly half million visitors from all continents. Accommodation price is moderate, but those seeking luxury will find five star deluxe hotels in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and SihanoukVille. Tour Guides Government-licensed tourist guides are available to help visitors pay a trip. These multi-linguistic guides accompany organized bus tours, or the guide or the visitor can hire car on an individual basis with the driver. Visitors are welcomed by more than 100 travel agencies and offered guides speaking English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese.


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