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    Spending how much pain and destruction under Khmer Rouge,  how much poverty and political unstableness afterwards, Cambodia has come back to show the whole world its beauty and mystery.  

    Contemporary Cambodia is the successor state to the mighty Khmer empire, which during the Angkorian period, ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The remains of this empire can be seen at the fabled temples of Angkor, monuments unrivalled in scale and grandeur in South East Asia. The traveller’s first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is sublime and is matched by only a few select spots on earth, such as Machu Picchu or Petra.

    Coming to Cambodia, you will find yourself immerse in the beauty of the capital Phnom Penh, which used to be chaotic but extremely attractive now with its gorgeous scenes by rivers, its cultural renaissance...that is rival to anywhere else in the region.

    For those who desire to return the peaceful and tranquil countryside, then this is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and timeless landscapes of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms.

    For those who loves ecotourism adventures, come to the South Coast which is fringed by tropical islands, with just a handful of beach huts in sight. Inland from the coast lie the Cardamom Mountains, part of a vast tropical wilderness that provides a home to elusive wildlife.

    LANGUAGE

    Speaking languages:

    Official language: Khmer (Cambodian).

    Foreign languages: English, Vietnamese, Chinese (widely spoken and taught at schools and foreign language centers). The older people can speak French clearly (Cambodian French).

    The most popular languages for tourist guides: English, Chinese, French, Vietnamese and Japanese.

     
    Dialects

    Khmer is the official language of Cambodia and is used in most social contexts including government administration, education at all levels, and in the mass media.

    Regional differences are slight and normally mutually intelligible. Based on the dialect of the capital city of Phnom Penh, Modern Khmer is used throughout the nation and widely understood by its inhabitants. Much Khmer vocabulary used in literature, the military, and administration is borrowed from Sanskrit, or Pali. Due to years of French colonial rule, numerous French words have been incorporated into the language as well.

     
    Common Phrases
     
    Hello
    Goodbye
    Thank you
    I don’t understand
    I understand
    How much is it?
    Yes
    No
    Do you speak English?
    Sorry
     
    Suosday
    Lea heuy
    Akun
    Khnum ot yol
    Khnum yol
    Teu nis thlay pun mann?
    Baat (for man)/Cha (for woman)
    Otay
    Teu nak niyeay phea sar anglei tay?
    Sohm toh
     
     

    CURRENCY

    Official currency in Cambodia: Riel (KHR). However, most Cambodians use US Dollar as well as their own currency. Even the littlest shops quote prices in US Dollar.


    METHOD OF PAYMENT 

    * Direct payment of cash is most popular in Cambodia. They mainly use US Dollar and Riel. Pay for something cheap in US Dollars and the change comes in Riel. In remote areas of the north and northeast, locals only deal in riel or small Dollar denominations.

    * The only other currency that can be useful is Thai Baht, mainly in the west of the country. Prices in towns such as Krong Koh Kong, Poipet and Sisophon are often quoted in baht, and even in Battambang it is as common as the Dollar.

    * There are no banks at any land border crossings into Cambodia, meaning credit cards and travellers cheques are effectively useless on arrival. In the interests of making life as simple as possible, organise a supply of US Dollars before arriving in Cambodia.

     
    CREDIT CARDS

    * Top-end hotels, airline offices and upmarket boutiques and restaurants generally accept most major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, sometimes American Express), but they usually pass the charges straight on to the customers, meaning an extra 3% on the bill.

    * Cash advances on credit cards are available in Phom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kampot, Battambang and Kompong Cham. Canadia Bank and Union Commercial Bank offer free cash advances, but most other banks advertise a minimum charge of US$5.

    Several travel agents and hotels in Phom Penh and Siem Reap arrange cash advances for about 5% commission, this can be particularly useful if you get caught short at the weekend.


    TRAVELLERS CHEQUES

    Acleda Bank now offers travellers cheques encashment at most branches, bringing financial freedom to far-flung provinces like Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri. It is best to have cheques in US Dollars, though it is also possible to change euros at Acleda Bank and most major currencies at branches of Canadia Bank. Generally, you pay about 2% commission to change travellers cheques.

     
    ATM Machines

    There are now credit-card-compatible ATMs (Visa and MasterCard only) in most major cities including  Phom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kampot, Battambang and Kompong Cham  There are also ATMs at the Cham Yeam and Poipet borders if arriving from Thailand. Machines dispense US Dollars. ANZ Royal Bank has the most extensive network, including ATMs at petrol stations and popular hotels, restaurants and shops, closely followed by Canadia Bank. Acleda Bank has the widest network of branches in the country, including all provincial capitals, and many have ATMs. However, these are not yet compatible with international credit cards.


    TIME & WORKING HOURS 

    Government offices: 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Monday to Friday

    Business offices: 08:00 AM. to noon and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Monday to Saturday

    Shops: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. 7 days a week

    Banks: 8:00 AM. to 3:00 PM. Monday to Friday

    Markets: 6:00 AM. to 5:00 PM. 7 days a week.

     
    TIMEZONE   GMT+7
     
    TELEPHONE

    Emergency telephone numbers and area codes of Cambodia as following:

     
    Police
    117
    Fire
    118
    Emergency medical services
    119
    Country code
    855
    Phnom Penh
    23
    Siem Reap
    63
    Kampong Cham
    42
    Kampong Thom
    62
    Kratie
    72
    Battambang
    53
    Kampong Chhnang
    26
     
    INTERNET

    Cambodia may not be the country you have in mind when you think about modern and reliable Internet access. If you want to get online, do it in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap - here you're never far from an Internet shop or café. In other provinces it's a different matter even in Battambang and Sihanoukville, Internet access is limited and expensive. A lot of hotels and restaurants in Phnom Penh also offer wifi internet access.

     
    TRANSPORT

    - Airlines flying to/from Cambodia

     
    Air Asia
    Dragon Air
    Shanghai Airlines
    Angkor Airways
    Eva Air
    Siem Reap Airways
    Asiana Airlines
    Jetstar Asia
    Silk Air
    Bangkok Airways
    Lao Airlines
    Thai Airways
    China Eastern Airlines
    Malaysia Airlines
    Vietnam Airlines
    China Southern Airlines
    PMT Air
     
     

    - Other means of transportation

    Boat service.

    Car and motorcycle rental are comparatively cheap in Cambodia.

    Cambodia’s rail system is like the old road network, one of the most notorious in Asia.

    As in Vietnam, cyclo is a cheap way to get around the city center.

    Bicycles are also preferred for independent travelers to explore the adventurous Cambodia.

     

    PUPLICH HOLIDAYS

     
    Liberation Day
    January 7th
    Khmer New Year
    April 14th - 16th

    Visak Bochea (date of birth, enlightenment & death of Buddha)

    April 28th

    Royal Ploughing Day (Phnom Penh or Siem Reap)

    May 2nd
    King’s Birthday
    May 13th – 15th
    Pchum Ben Festival
    October 7th – 9th
    Independence Day
    November 9th
    Water Festival
    November 20 - 22nd
     
        

    EMBASSIES & GENARAL CONSULATE IN CAMBODIA

    Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    16B National Assembly St

    Sangkat Tonle Bassac
    Khan Chamkamon
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: +855 23 213 470

    Fax: +855 23 213 413

    Website: http://www.cambodia.embassy.gov.au/

    Email: australian.embassy.cambodia@dfat.gov.au

    Office Hours: Monday to Thursday - 08:00 to 12:00 (Morning) and 13:30 to 17:00 (Afternoon) Friday - 08:00 to 12:00 (Morning) and 13:30 to 16:15 (Afternoon)

    Details: Penny Richards Ambassador

     

    Belgian Consulate in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Phnom Penh Center

    Sihanouk Bldg., Corner Sotheros Street

    Block Entrance F - Floor 7

    Phnom Penh

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: + (855) (23) 214.024

    Fax: + (855) (23) 214.024

    Email: belco@online.com.kh

     

    Belgian Consulate in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Bureau for Development Cooperation, Phnom Penh

    Consulate de Belgique / c/o KOSAN Engineering

    Hotel Cambodiana, Groundfloor - Office 4

    Phnom Penh

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: + (855) (23) 214 024

    Fax: + (855) (23) 214 024

    Email: belco@online.com.kh

     

    Bruneian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    No . 237, Pasteur St. 51

    Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I

    Khan Chamkar Mon
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (00855) 23 211 457 / (00855) 23 211 458

    Fax: (00855) 23 211 456

    Email: Phnompenh.cambodia@mfa.gov.bn

    Office Hours: 0800 to 1200 hrs & 1330 to 1630 hrs Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1130 hrs & 1430 to 1630 hrs (Friday)

     

    Bulgarian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Bulgarian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Norodom Blvd. N- 227 / 229

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: + 855 23 217 504

    Fax: + 855 23 212 792

    Email: bulgembpnp@online.com.kh

     

    Canadian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Canada to Cambodia, in Phnom Penh

    #9 R.V. Senei Vinnavaut Oum (Street 254),

    Sangkat Chaktamouk, Khan Daun Penh

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (011 855 23) 213 470

    Fax: (011 855 23) 211 389

    Email: pnmpn@international.gc.ca

    Details: Consular services are offered through through the Australian Embassy which is located in the same compound.

     

    Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    No.156, Blvd. Mao Tsetung

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: 00855-12-810928

    00855-23-720920

    Fax: 00855-23-364738

    Website: http://kh.chineseembassy.org/

    Email: chinaemb_kh@mfa.gov.cn

    Details: Ambassador: Pan Guangxue

     

    Cuban Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Cuba in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    96-98 Street 214
    7 Makara
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (855) 213 965

    Fax: (855) 217 428

    Website: http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/cambodia

    Email: embacambodia1@online.com.kh

    Office Hours: Customer service (at the consulate): Monday through Friday, 8:30 am. to 12:00 pm closed on holidays in Cuba and holidays to Cambodia

    Details: Ambassador: His Excellency Mr. Jose Ramon Rodriguez Varona

     

    Danish Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Royal Danish Embassy in Cambodia

    House #8, Street 352
    Boeung Keng Kang 1
    P.O. Box 100

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: +855 23 987 629

    Fax: +855 23 993 065

    Website: http://www.phnompenh.um.dk

    Email: pnhrpk@um.dk

    Office Hours: Monday to Thursday:7.30-12.00 to 13.00-16.30 Friday: 7.30-12.00 to 13.00-14.00

     

    French Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of France in Cambodia

    1 Boulevard Monivong - BP 18

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: [855] (23) 43 00 20 (a 23)

    Fax: [855] (23) 43 00 38

    Website: http://www.ambafrance-kh.org/

    Email: ambafrance.phnom-penh-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

     

    French Consulate in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Honorary Consulate of France in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    1 Boulevard Monivong - BP 18

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: [855] (23) 43 00 38

    Fax: [855] (23) 43 00 41

    Website: http://www.ambafrance-kh.org/

    Email: consulat.phnom-penh-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

     

    German Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    German Embassy in Cambodia

    No. 76-78 Rue Yougoslavie

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (844) 216 193, 381

    Fax: (844) 23 42 77 46

    Email: germanembassy@everyday.com.kh


    Greenlandic Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Royal Danish Embassy, Development Cooperation Section in Cambodia

    P.O.Box 100
    House #8, Street 352
    Phnom Penh

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: +855 023 987 629

    Fax: +855 023 993 065

    Website: http://www.phnompenh.um.dk

    Email: pnhrpk@um.dk

    Details: The Faroe Islands and Greenland are part of the Kingdom of Denmark. As a main principle, the Danish Constitution stipulates that the foreign and security interests for all parts of the Kingdom of Denmark are the responsibility of the Danish government.

     

    Indian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of India in Cambodia

    No. 5,
    Street No.466

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: 00-855-23-210912, 210913

    Fax: 00-855-213640,210914

    Email: embindia@online.com.kh, hocembindia@online.com.kh

     

    Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Indonesia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    No. 1, Street 466

    Corner Norodom Boulevard 90

    Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmon

    (PO. Box 894)
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (855-23) 217-934, 216-148

    Fax: (855-23) 217-566

    Website: http://www.phnompenh.deplu.go.id

    Email: kukppenh@online.com.kh

    Details: 08:00-12:00 : 14:00-17:00 (Monday - Friday) Saturday, Sunday and official holiday closed

     

    Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Japan in Cambodia

    No 194, Moha Vithei Preah Norodom

    Sangkat Tonle Bassac
    Khan Chamkar Mon
    PO Box 21

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (855-23)217161~4

    Fax: (855-23)216162

    Website: http://www.kh.emb-japan.go.jp/index-e.htm

    Office Hours: Office Hours        Monday to Friday, 08:00^12:00, 14:00^18:00

     

    Lao or Laotian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of the Lao PDR in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    15-17 Mao Tsetung Bld
    PO BOX 19
    Phnom Penh
    Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (+855-23) 982632, 426441, 424781, (+855-15) 838968

    Fax: (+855-23) 720907, 427454

    Email: laoembpp@canintel.com

    Office Hours: 08:00-11:30 and 14:00-17:00

     

    Malaysian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Malaysia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Villa No. 5, Street 242

    Sangkat Chaktomouk,

    Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh

    Kingdom of Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: +855-23-216 176/177

      Fax: +855-23-426 101

      Website: http://www.kln.gov.my/perwakilan/phnompenh

      Email: malppenh@kln.gov.my

      Office Hours: Monday - Friday 0800 - 1630 hours [Lunch Break 1200 - 1330 hours]

     

    Myanmar Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Myanmar in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    181, Preah Norodon Boulevard

    Boeung Keng Kang 1
    Khan Chamcarmon

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (855-23) 213663, 213664

    Fax: (855-23) 2136665

    Email: m.e.phnompenh@bigpond.com.kh

     

    Pakistani Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Pakistan in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    House No.45,
    Street No.310,
    Boeung Keng Kang-1

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (+855-23) 996890 &91

    Fax: (+855-23) 992113

    Website: http://www.mofa.gov.pk/cambodia/

    Email: parep.cambodia@yahoo.com

    Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m

     

    Philippine Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of the Philippines in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    House No. 15, Street 422,

    Sangkat Tonle Bassac,

    Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of CAMBODIA

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (+855-23) 222-203; 222-204

    Fax: (85523) 215-143

    Email: phnompenhpe@ezecom.com.kh / phnompenhpe@online.com.kh / phnompenhpe@dfa.gov.ph

    Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m

     

    Polish Embassy in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

    Embassy of Poland in Cambodia

    767 Monivong Boulevard
    PO Box 58

    City: Phnom Pehn

    Phone: (+855-23) 217782-3

    Fax: (+855-23) 217781

    Website: http://www.polishembassy-cambodia.org

    Email: emb.pol.pp@online.com.kh

     

    Russian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Russia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    213, Blvd. Sothearos, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: +855 23 210-931

    Fax: +855 23 216-776

    Website: http://www.embrusscambodia.mid.ru

    Email: russemba@online.com.kh

    Office Hours: Embassy: 08.00-12.00 and 15.00-18.00Consular: 09.00-12.00 (Mon, Wed, Fri)

     

    Singaporean Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of Singapore in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    129 Norodom Boulevard,
    Phnom Penh
    Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: +855-23-221-875

    Fax: +855-23-214-578

    Website: http://www.mfa.gov.sg/phnompenh/

    Email: singemb_pnh@sgmfa.gov.sg

    Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8.00 am to 12.30 pm 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

     

    Korean Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of the Republic of Korea

    50-52 Samdech Pan (Street 214)

    P.O.Box 2433
    12211 Phnom Penh
    Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (+855-23) 211900

    Fax: (+855-23) 219200

    Website: http://khm.mofat.go.kr/eng/as/khm/main/index.jsp

    Email: cambodia@mofat.go.kr

     

    Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Royal Thai Embassy in Cambodia

    No.196 Preah Norodom Boulevard

    Sangkat Tonle Bassac
    Khan Chamcar Mon
    Phnom Penh

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: 855) 023 726 306 - 10 (Auto Line)

    Fax: (66) 0-2354 6190/(855) 23 726 303

    Website: http://www.thaiembassy.org/phnompenh

    Email: thaipnp@mfa.go.th

    Office Hours: Office Hours :Monday - Friday 08.30-12.00 hrs. and 14.00-17.00 hrs. Visa and Consular section : 08.30-11.00 hrs. (Submission Time) 14.00-16.00 hrs (Collection Time)

     

    British Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    British Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    27-29 Street 75
    Sangkat Srah Chak
    Khan Daun Penh

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (00) (855 23) 427124 or (00) (855 23) 428153

    Fax: (00) (855 23) 427125

    Website: http://ukincambodia.fco.gov.uk/en/

    Email: britemb@online.com.k

    consular.phnompenh@fco.gov.uk

    Office Hours: Office hours: Monday - Friday: 08:30-12:00 and 13:30-17:00

    Consular hours: Monday- Friday: 09:00-11:30 and 13:30-15:00

     

    British Consulate in Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia

    British Honorary Consul in Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia

    c/o Mlop Tapang Organisation

    Street 7 Makara

    Group 7, Mondol 7, Sangkat 4

    Khan Mittapheap, Sihanouk Ville

    Cambodia

    City: Sihanouk Ville

    Phone: (00) 855 12 587 407

    Email: maggie@mloptapang.org

     

    American Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    16, Street 228 (between streets 51 and 63)

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: (855-23) 216 436/ 216 438

    Fax: (855-23) 216 437

    Office Hours: Morning: 8:00 AM--12:00 PM Afternoon: 01:00 PM--05:00 PM

     

    Vietnamese Consulate in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Embassy of the S.R. of Vietnam Consular Department

    No. 436 Monivong Blvd., Khan Chamcarmon, Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh
    Cambodia

    City: Phnom Penh

    Phone: 855) 23 726 274/ 726 284

    Fax: (855) 23 726 495 / (855) 23 726 273

    Website: http://www.vietnamembassy-cambodia.org

    Email: embvnpp@camnet.com.kh

    Office Hours: From Monday to Friday: Morning : 08.00 hrs.- 11.00 hrs. Afternoon : 14.00 hrs.-16.30 hrs.


    WEATHER SUMMARY


    Cambodia's climate, like that of the rest of Southeast Asia, is dominated by monsoons, which are known as tropical wet and dry because of the distinctly marked seasonal differences. There are  two distinct seasons here - the dry season and the rainy season.
    Just like Vietnam, Cambodia always offers you good chances to travel here and there through the whole country all year round.

     

     Dry season     Rainy season
    - October - April.
    - Average temperature: 24°C - 27°C


    Note:

    * November - January: very cool,
    (the temperatures may reach 20°C)
    * In April, Cambodia's climate can easily reach temperatures of 40°C

    *This is the peak season in Cambodia.
     
    - May - October
    - Average temperatures: 25°C - 27°C, taking  almost 75% of Cambodia's annual rainfall.

    Note:

    * May - July: hot, short downpours.
    * Late July - September: the rain is more constant and heavy.
    (this is an advantage: dust is gone, the environment is clear and green.

    *Angkor Wat is stunning in the wet season as it is less crowded.


    FESTIVAL & EVENTS

    January
      Chinese New Year  
    Due to the large number of people of Chinese descents who run much of Cambodia's business enterprises; and also Vietnamese immigrant communities, the Chinese New Year is widely celebrated, especially in Phnom Penh. Fireworks are seen and wealthy families organize their own private displays which light up the skies for all to see.
        National Day This day is newly added to the festival list and marks the end of the Khmer Rouge Regime. However for many Khmers it also marks the start of the Vietnamese regime seen as another period of foreign occupancy.
    March
    International Women’ Day    
     
    April
      Khmer New Year's Day (celebrated at the same time as the Thai New Year)    This is one of the happiest times of the year when people celebrate the turn of the year and marks the end of the harvest. This is the time when Cambodians decorate their homes to please the Heaven God and many people can be seen on the streets armed with small bags of water and water pistols to bless people passing by, with joyous smiling faces everywhere you turn.
    May
      Royal Ploughing Day     Cambodia has a deep connection with the Earth and farming, and there is a deep astrological belief that the Ox has an instrumental role in determining the fate of the agricultural harvest each year, this cultural ceremony takes place in the large park next to the Royal Palace and in front of the National Museum. The King plays a key role in driving the Ox and depicting real ploughing activities in the process of growing rice. The Ox is given a selection of foods and beverages to consume and the royal soothsayers interpret what the Ox has eaten. For this festival both men and women can be seen wearing brightly colored traditional Khmer costume.
         May Day    
     
    September 
      Pchum Ben    This is the most culturally and religiously significant event of the year. This festival of souls concentrates on blessing the souls of ancestors, relatives, and friends who have passed away. All Buddhist temples, especially Wat Phnom, are the focal points for this festival and most Cambodians visit the temples to make traditional offerings and pray.
    October   Water festival    This vast festival is probably the most extravagant festival in the calendar, when you can enjoy boat racing with hundreds of brightly colored boats ridden by over 50 paddlers battle racing out for top honors. The festival marks the changing of the flow of the Tonle Sap and is also seen as thanksgiving to the Mekong River for providing the country with fertile land and abundant fish.
    November   Angkor Festival    This festival is a showcase of performing arts with Angkor Wat as a backdrop. Performers from all over Asia attend this festival performing great epic stories from myths and legends, including the Ramayana, with their own national dance costumes and musical and rhythmic international melodies.
        Independence Day
    This important ceremony takes place at the site of the Independence Monument at the junction of Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevards. This ceremony celebrates Cambodia's gaining of independence from France in 1953. All over the city flags adorn the shop fronts and bunting stretched over all the main thorough fares as a sign of national pride.
    December 
      International Half Marathon    This International Half Marathon is held at Angkor Wat and attracts competitors from all over the world. Thousands of people come to see this international event held in the spectacular setting that is Angkor.

     
          
     


      
     
     
       
       
         
     

     

    People in Cambodia are well-known for their hospitality and warmth. Out of respect, visitors to the Kingdom should be careful to observe the local customs and practices. You may find it useful to familiarize yourself with the following common DOs and DONTs before embarking on your trip to Cambodia.

    DOs
    ● Ask for permission before taking photographs of any Cambodian people or monks.
    ● It is customary to remove your shoes when entering a place of worship such as a pagoda or temple. Additionally, visitors should dress appropriately when inside a religious site (upper arms and legs should be covered, hats removed).
    ● It is respectful to remove your shoes when entering someone’s home.
    ● Though not always expected, a respectful way of greeting another individual is to bow the head slightly with hands pressed together at the chest (known as “Sampeah”).
    ● If invited to dine in a Cambodian family’s home, it is polite to bring a small gift for the host such as fruit, dessert, or flowers.
    ● If invited to attend a Cambodian wedding, it is customary to bring cash as a wedding gift.
    ● When using a toothpick at the table, use one hand to cover your mouth.
    ● Keep business cards ready, and present them with both hands. Accept business cards with both hands.

    DON'Ts
    ● Don't use your feet to point at someone.
    ● Don't touch a Cambodian person on the head.
    ● Don't begin eating if you are a guest at a dinner and the host has yet to take a bite.
    ● Women should never touch male monks or hand something directly to them.
    ● Keep public displays of affection to a respectful minimum.

    Commonsense Practices
    ● Do not litter; keep our community clean and safe
    ● Plastic bags can be hazardous; dispose them properly
    SIEM REAP

    Siem Reap is one of the most popular destinations on the planet right now. The Cambodia’s eighth wonder of the world is developing as a new center of the country. Beside the magnificent Angkor temples, people find out more charms in the heart of this place with old French shop-houses, shady tree-lined boulevards and a slow-flowing river. It’s time to get there and feel the land of mystery.

     
    Places of interest
    Entertainment
    Top eats and drinks
    Ta Prohm
    Warehouse Bar
    char kreung (spice paste)
    Angkor Thom
    Temple Club

    Amok (a delectable baked fish curry in banana leaf)

    Beng Mealea
    La Noria Bar
    Angkor Beer
    Banteay Srei
    Apsara Theatre
    Lok Lak (stir fried beef with oyster sauce)
    McDermott Gallery
    Old Market
    Umph Rou Pau
    Phnom Kulen
    Les Artisans D'Angkor Bar
    Cha-Urk
    Cambodia Land Mine Museum
    Dead Fish Tower
    Kau-Pad-Ki-Mau (Thai style pork fried rice)
    Wat Athvea
     
    BBQ pulut (glutinous rice) with banana
     
     
    Poriteh koun
     
     
    Sombai
     

    PHNOM PENH

    Phnom Penh is the bustling and attractive capital of Cambodia. It is located by the river with broad boulevards and numerous sights to charm the tourists. Phnom Penh spent so many years of war and under the Khmer Rouge's cruel rules, It has now risen so strong from the ashes and now the city looks brighter, with new upscale shopping centres, luxury residence complexes and hotels opening all the time. Besides, you’ll find a surplus of great restaurants, bars, shops, affordable and tuk-tuk drivers ready to take you to see all the sights.
     
    Places of interest
    Entertainment
    Top eats and drinks
    Tuol Sleng Museum
    Equinox Bar

    Amok (a delectable baked fish curry in banana leaf)

    Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
    Gasolina
     
    Wat Phnom
    Magic Sponge
     
    Royal Palace
    Apsara Arts Association
     
    Silver Pagoda
    Royal University of Fine Arts
     
    National Museum of Cambodia
    French Cultural Centre
     
     
     
    KRATIE

    Kratie is a natural attraction in Cambodia. It has no large tourism scale, but plenty of backpackers drop by this place during high seasons. At Kratie, tourists have chances to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, which live in the Mekong River in ever-diminishing numbers. The beautiful riverside town also has a rich legacy of French-era architecture, as it was spared the war-time bombing that destroyed so many other provincial centres.

     
    Places of interest
    Entertainment
    Top eats and drinks
    Phnom Sombok temple
    Irrawaddy Dolphin Watching
    Khmer salads
    Sambor (pre-Angkorian era settlement)
    Bird Watching
    home made prahok
    Town Museum
    Basketball and Volleyball
    Khmer herbal spirits
    Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
    Mekong Discovery Trail
    tuk-a-lok (fruit shake)
    Concrete Animals
    Sorya Kayaking Adventures
     
    Basket weaver villages
    Looking Glass Jeep Tours
     
     
     
    BATTAMBANG

    Battambang is Cambodia's second most populous city and a popular tourist destination due to the many nearby ancient temples, Buddhist shrines and the infamous bamboo railway. It is popular with tourists thanks to its fine blend of modern cities, of small-town friendliness and some well-preserved colonial architecture, which work together to give the town a unique charm.

     
    Places of interest
    Entertainment
    Top eats and drinks
    The Governors Residence
    Cycle along the river

    Amok (a delectable baked fish curry in banana leaf)

    Battambang Museum
    The Bamboo Train
    French cuisines
    Phnom Sampeu
    Kayaking
     
    Wat Banan
    Take a cooking class
     
    Wat Baydamram
     
     
    Wat Ek Phnom
     
     
     
     
    SIHANOUKVILLE

    Sihanoukville is a collection of beautiful beaches, which attracts tourists with its relaxed beach atmosphere when compared to Thailand's more developed ones. The city has attracted not only tourists, but also several NGOs, foreign and national investors in the last years in order to develop not only the growing tourist industry, but its capacity as an international sea port and other sectors like textile and real estate. For those who like to freshen themselves drinking, let’s come here, as in Sihanoukville is also located the main factory of Angkor Beer, the Cambodian national beer.

     
     
    Places of interest
    Entertainment
    Top eats and drinks
    Victory Beach
    Go for a ride
    BBQ
    Independence Beach
    Scuba Diving
    Greek cuisines
    Sokha Beach
    Golden Spa & Massage
    Western cuisines
    Ochheuteal Beach
    Snorkeling
    Chicken Amok Curry
    Serendipity Beach
    The Cambodian Children's Painting Project
     
    Otres Beach
    Unspoiled Island Day Trip
     
    Kampong Pier Nup Lok
     
     
    Ream National Park
     
     
    Koh Russei (Bamboo Island)
     
     
     
    All Foreign Visitors are now able to obtain the Cambodia visa upon arrival at the airport.  It is no longer necessary to get the visa stamp at the Cambodian Embassy before your visit. Just prepare the following documents:
    ● A Passport-size Photo (3 x 4 cm)
    ● US$ 20 Cash for tourist visa fee (paid directly to the Immigration)

    THE CAMBODIA VISA IS ISSUED OFFICIALLY AT THE FOLLOWING PORTS OF ENTRY:

    By Air
    ● Pochentong Airport in Phnompenh
    ● Siemreap Airport (Angkor Wat Region)

    By Land
    Travelers can travel to/from Cambodia by land through Aranyapathet-Poipet Border and Trat-Koh Kong Border of Thailand and Moc Bai - Bavet Border of Vietnam
    Cambodia Visa Validity:  3 months from the date of issue NOT from the date of entry.
    Duration of Stay:  30 days for single entry

    Visa Extension
    ● Travelers who would like to prolong their stay in Cambodia may extend their visa at the Department of Immigration situated just opposite the Pochentong Airport. The visa may be extended for 30 days at the cost of USD 25.

    Visa exempted for the following ASEAN nationals:

    ● Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore


    E-VISA OR ELECTRONIC VISA

    To promote tourism and investment in Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched e-visa or electronic visa.  Travelers who wish to visit Cambodia can apply visa online with credit card payment direct to the Ministry's website. Normal processing time takes three business days and valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Length of stay is 30 days. The cost is US$ 20 for visa plus US$ 5 for processing fee.

    The following nations should apply visa at the Cambodia Embassy or Consulate before traveling to Cambodia:
    Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria 
    (Requirements are letter of sponsor from his/her company, Return air ticket to/from Cambodia, One photocopy of Aien ID card)
    PHNOM PENH
     
    Categories
    Map &Locations
    Address
    Fabric
     
    Russian Market
     
    Olympic Market
    Beautiful Shoes
     
    BR Shop
    Corner of Street 163 and Street 444
    Street 286
    138 Street 143, Boeung Keng Kong 3
    54 Street 426, Tuol Tum Pung I
    Antiques and Home Décor
    Hidden Treasures
    9 Street 148
    Handicrafts
    Rajana
    Colors of Cambodia
    Kravan House
    Stef's Happy Painting
    House 170, Street 450
    373 Sisowath Quay
    13 St. 178

    Sisowath Quay (near St. 178, directly under FCC)

    Jewelry
    Russian Market
    Corner of Street 163 and Street 444
    Books
     
    Monument Books
    Bohr's Books
    Boston Book Company
    The National Museum of Cambodia
    111 Norodom Boulevard
    5 Sothearos Boulevard
    8 Street 240

    Street 13, Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Khan Daun Penh

     
    SIEM REAP
     
     
    KRATIE
     
    Categories
    Map &Locations
    Address
    Handicrafts & Souvenir
    CEDAC Shop
    On the river front near Heng Heng guesthouse
    Market
    The Market

    Along the main road at the centre of town

     
     
    SIHANOUKVILLE
     
    Categories
    Map &Locations
    Address
    Handicrafts
    Rajana
    Building G, Street 502, Village 4

    Clothing & Souvenir

    Victory Hill
    Ocheteaul area
     
     

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