When to go
The ideal months to be in Cambodia are December and January,
when humidity is bearable and it's unlikely to rain. From
February, it starts getting pretty hot, with April being unbearably
so. The rainy season (from April to October) is very wet,
but can be a good time to visit Angkor, where the boats will
be full and the mountains lush.
There are direct flights to Phnom Penh from Bangkok, Ho Chi
Minh City, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Airlines operating into Phnom Penh are Thai Airways International,
Royal Air Cambodge, Lao Aviation, Vietnam Airlines, Dragonair,
Malaysian Airlines and Silk Air. There is an airport tax of
USD15 for international flights, USD4 for domestic flights
and USD5 from Siem Reap. There is a land connection from Ho
Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, via the Moc Bai border crossing:
buses take five to six hours. It is also possible to rent
both a car and driver in Vietnam for trips into Cambodia.
Passenger ferries link the Vietnamese port of Chau Doc in
the Mekong Delta with Phnom Penh.
Cambodia has a limited road network, most of which is deteriorating
badly. The rail system, which has suffered frequent sabotage,
is off limits to foreigners. In contrast, there are some 1,900
km of navigatable waterways, and Phnom Penh, which is 320km
from the mouth of the Mekong, is accessible by boat. Buses
serve Phnom Penhs suburbs. Cyclos are a cheap form of transport
and motorbikes and bicycles are available for hire. Beware
of Cambodians reckless driving habits and take extra care
when roaming the city.
A 30-day tourist visa costs US$20 while you can get a 3-month
visa for US$40. 2 passport-sized photographs are required.
Word has it that visas are granted upon arrival at Pochentong
International Airport, Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, Angkor, but
it's best to check the current situation with your local Cambodian
embassy or consulate office before traveling. If you enter
the country by land (e.g. from Vietnam), make sure you already
have a visa. You will not get one at the border. If you fail
to extend your visa, you will be charged USD3 for each day
The unit is the Riels. Riel demoninations are 100, 200 and
500. Exchange rates are subject to fluctuation. US dollars
are generally accepted thoughout the country. In Phnom Penh,
some credit cards can be used and limited services of purchasing
and cashing traveller cheques.
Cambodia's international telephone code is ++855. The area
code for Phnom Penh is 23.
Religious artifacts and precious stones that you have bought
in Cambodia will require an export permit. There is no limit
to the amount of foreign currency taken into the country,
but it should be declared upon arrival.
There are no coin-operated phones,as there are no coins,in
Cambodia. In Phnom Penh,however,phone cards are available
throughout the city,and the cards may be purchased at any
outlets.There are also several mobile phone systems.