General Information

Location and area

Cambodia, which is physically located in Southeast Asia, occupies a total area of 181.035squares kilometers; it is commonly bordered to the north by Thailand and Laos, to the east by Vietnam, to the south by Vietnam and the Gulf of Thailand, and to west by the Gulf of Thailand and Thailand.
Geographically speaking, Cambodia can be divided into five major regions the western and northwestern mountains rich in tropical forest, wildlife, diamonds and fruit trees, the northeastern plateau abounding with tropical forest, wildlife, waterfalls, diamond and magic, and the northeastern valleys suitable for the development of hydro-electric power, the central plan know as a large area of flat land for cultivating mainly rice, corn and beans and for favoring fish, the western coastal plain rich in mangrove and popular with tourist who sunbathe on the sandy beaches, and who consume seafood, and the eastern region suitable for rubber cultivation.

Total population is 14million. Ninety percent of residents are Khmer, and the remnants of theses are Chinese, Vietnamese, Phnorng, Kuoy, Stieng, etc. Chinese influence is strong, particularly in the business sectors. Population density is 78 squares kilometers.

The Phnom Penh capital, which has an area of 290 square kilometers. I seriously considered the major center of administration and commerce .Communication culture, economy education. Industry, policy, and tourism. It is also to legal immigrants from Australia , Burma , china France , Indian , Japan , Korea , Laos, Malaysia, Philippine, Russia , Singapore, Taiwan , Thailand , UK, USA, Vietnam , etc. the Cambodia economy for sustaining resident and it is a tropical paradise for tourists and businessmen the Phnom Penh’s resident population is said to total over two million people.

The average temperature is 27-28oC during the wet season and from 28-35oC during the dry season. The climate is comprised of two main seasons affected by the tropical monsoon – the wet season from May to October and dry season from November to April. The cool period lasts from December to January.
The monsoon season may carry some heavy rains but theses quite often occur during the late evening and overnight and are unlikely to spoil your enjoyment.

Theravada Buddhism is the official prevailing religion in Cambodia, and approximately ninety percent of the population is Buddhists. The country also has minority religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Christians believe in. since Buddha’s statues and images represent the Buddha, visitors are asked to behave respectfully to all statues and images so as not to cause offence to local people. It is illegal to take any Buddha’s statues out of Cambodia without the express permission of the ministry of culture and fine Arts.

Khmer is the official language in Cambodia. English is very popular in with Khmer people for communicating with foreigners in administrative, commercial, diplomatic, economic, industrial, and tourist affairs. The older people educated tat their local comprehensive school can speak French clearly. Khmer- English road and street sighs are found nationwide.

Local Time
7 Hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

The Cambodian currency is Riel that can fluctuate a little if it is compared with dollar. Riel denominations are 100.000, 50,000 , 20,000 , 10,000 , 5,000 , 2,000 , 1,000 , 500 , 200 , 100 , 50. Banknotes, which are printed in both Khmer and English, increase in size according to value and are in different colors.
Foreign currencies can be easily changed at airport, hotels or markets. But American dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia. Credit cards are only accepted in banks and main hotel.

Telephones, faxes and internet.
International phone calls can be made quite easily from lower to upper level hotels. Rates for calling out of the country are normally considerably higher that for calling in. Phone and SIM cards for mobile systems can be purchased at many outlets throughout cities and provinces. Mobiles and telephones for direct dialing can be rented at stands in streets nationwide.
Country code: 855

Phnom Penh code (IDD) : 023
All hotel and travel agencies will offer complete facsimile services all day.

In response to globalization. Cambodia has been expanding information services for tourists through the internet system. Services are now available at hotel and shops.

All visitors entering Cambodia must possess valid passports. Your passport has to be validated for at least six months after date of obtaining a visa.

All nationalities need to apply for travel visa, except from the following countries: Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. A visa on arrival, valid for a thirty-day stay, is specifically granted at Phnom Penh international airport, Siem reap international airport, and international border checkpoints. Visas are also granted at royal Cambodian embassy or consulate abroad, the visa fee for a businessman is US$25. Visas can be extended at immigration department in Phnom Penh city. A free visa (K) is expressly granted to the Cambodia living overseas. The royal government of Cambodia has recently approved e-visas. All you have to do is complete the online application form available at the official website (, pay by credit card online, and include uploading a recent passport-side photo in JPEG/PNG format. The visa will be approved within three business days, allowing you to breeze by that lengthy line and get a jump-start on your holiday.
The E-visa valid for a thirty-day stay is available only for a typical tourist visa for a single entry. It is currently not available for nationalities from Iran Irap, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Arab Saudi, Algeria, Sudan, and Sri lanka. For a business visa. Please apply at your nearest embassy or on arrival in all major check point Tourist getting such a visa online can enter and exit Cambodia through Phnom Penh International airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Bavet (Svay Reang), Cham Yeam (Koh Kong), and Poipet(Bonteay Meanchey) .

Domestic Transport
Tourist can Travel to all parts of cambodai by bus, taxi, motorbike, boat , and plane. Within Phnom Penh, Siem Reap province, and Preah sihanouk Province, they can tour around by Reumork. In Phnom Penh Capital and Siem Reap Province, a Cyclo with a driver can be hired at US$3 Per Hour to take you to tourist attractions. Metered tais are also available.
Buses ara available from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Preh Sinhanouk, Pursat, battambang, Poipet, Bonteay Meanchey, Kratie, and Preah Vihear. Between Phnom Penh Capia and Siem Reap Province, a bus will charge you at US$4, and between Phnom Penh Capital and Preah Sinhanouk Province, a bus will charge u US$3.50. Tourist can also take a train from Phnom Penh Capital to Battambang Province and to Preah Sihanouk Province. Water Travel is very popular along the Tonle Sap, Bassac, and Mekong Rivers, Boating along the way offers spectacular scenery.
Instead they can travel to and from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap on Domestic flights operated daily by the Cambodia Angkor air, or the National Flag Carrier. For further information, please contact the ministry of tourism, provincial tourism departments. Or officers on call at the tourism information counter in Phnom Penh International Airport and at other International border checkpoints.

Airport Tax
International Flight: Each foreigner has to pay US$25, and each Khmer person has to pay US$18 at Phnom Penh international airport or Siem Reap International airport. Additionally, the child below the age of 12 have to pay US$13, and the child below the age of 2 does not need to pay the tax on any airports. Domestic flight: Each foreigner has to pay US$6 and each Khmer person has to pay US$5 at Phnom Penh International Airport or Siem Reap International Airport.

About Cambodia

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