General Information in Cambodia travel

20, December, 2015

General Information in Cambodia travel

Before travelling to Cambodia, most of tourists would like to know the necessary information about country which they are going to visit. That is why would like to support clients general information in Cambodia travel as below:

1/ Visa on arrival
Issuance of a visa on arrival at the airports and international border crossings is relatively quick and easy, taking about 20-30 minutes. Passport with at least six month validity and one 4x6 photo is required.
30-days tourist visa (Type 'T'): US$30
Tourist visas can be extended for one month, but only one time.
30-days business visa (Type 'E'): US$35
Business visas can be renewed indefinitely, one month, three months, six months or one year at a time.
Diplomatic, Official, Courtesy, and Special (Cambodian) visas are issued free of charge.

2/ Countries with Visa Exemtion
Country with visa exemption are: Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. These nationalities can be obtained free tourist visas upon arrival for a stay up to 14 and 30 days respectively.

3/ E-visas
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched e-Visa, which enables you to apply for a Cambodia tourist visa online. Instead of applying through Cambodian Embassy, all you need to do is to complete the online application form and pay with your credit card. After receiving your Visa through email, print it out and bring it along when you have  Cambodia tours.

4/ Countries not supported
Visa on arrival is not permitted for holders of the following passports: Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Nigeria. Holders of these passports must obtain a Cambodian visa before arriving in the country. Holders of these passports are also required to hold a sponsor letter or invitation from a company / organization / travel agent, and you are also advised to hold a valid return ticket.

5/ Clothing
For sightseeing tours, particularly Angkor Wat, you should wear cool, comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Sunscreen lotion and a hat are strongly recommended. Although many tourists do wear shorts and sleeveless shirts, please do respect the culture and traditions of Cambodia. The only place where you are forced to “cover up” is the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, where knees and shoulders should be covered. Shoes have to be removed before entering certain temples.

6/ Bank and currency exchange
Most banks open from 8am – 3pm, Monday to Friday
The local currency is RIEL, however, most major tourist destinations, almost all goods and services are calculated and paid for in the US dollar. The exchange rate (At time of printing) is approximately 4,000 Riel equal to 1 US dollar. Credit cards, Traveler’s checks and some other currencies other than US dollars are accepted only at the bank and a few places such as major hotels, some foreigner-owned restaurants and some souvenirs shop. Small denominations of US dollars are recommended to carry for spending during your tour.
ATMs are available in the major cities and provinces such as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanouk ville.

7/ Post and communication
Most of hotels have the International Direct Dialing (IDD) Line from the rooms, but calls and faxes are very expensive with average cost of a call to Australia, Europe and USA Approximately US$ 6 per minute (Ringing without answering will be cost as per minute).
Sending mail and parcels from Cambodia are much more reliable through the post office.

8/ Shopping times

Most shops are usually open at 8am till 7pm from Monday to Sunday. Russian Market and Central Market in Phnom Penh are open daily from 8am to 5pm.

9/ Tipping
Tipping is quiet common in Cambodia, Only at very simple restaurants waiters do not expect a tip. A small tip are always welcome and never refused by most of tourist services such as porter, waiter, tour guide, driver ect..

10/ Air ticket / Passport
To be sure that your return flight is in order; you should reconfirm your return air tickets with the local airline. Tour guides would be able to assist you to reconfirm your tickets.

Your passport/ Air ticket and any other travel documents should be leave in the safe deposit boxes of the hotel while sightseeing. When you are traveling overland or by air, please ensure that your passport/air ticket and other travel documents is in your hand luggage – Never pack in your suitcase.

11/ Power Voltage

in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is now regular, although most hotels and restaurants still have their own generators. However, power cuts should be expected in other parts of the country. It is a good idea to carry a flashlight.
Standard current used is 220 Volts or (50 Hz).

12 / Visit hours
Toul Sleng Genocide Museum: Open daily from 7:30am till 5:30pm. New visitor are not admitted after 5:00pm.

National Museum: Open daily from 8:00am till 5:00pm. New visitor are not admitted after 4:30pm.

Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: Open daily from Morning: (8:00am to 11:00am) and Afternoon: (2:00pm to 5:00pm). One of the two compounds will be closed on the day of His Royal Highness Kind conducts religious ceremonies at the Silver Pagoda or Royal rituals at the Royal Palace. Only in the morning will be allowed for visitors during the Water festival’s day.

Angkor Complex: Open daily from 5:00am till 5:00pm.