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LAND AREA

It is 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 the west by the Gulf of Siam and Thailand.

POPULATION

Total population is 12.2 million. Khmer people account for about 90% of all citizens. Ethnic groups are 10%.

CAPITAL
Phnom Penh (290 square kilometers). It is considered the center of Industry, Administration, Commerce, and Tourism. The population is 2 million.

CLIMATE
The average temperature is 27°C. It is comprised of two seasons affected by the tropical monsoon - the rainy season from May to October and dry season from November to April. December to January is the coolest period.

RELIGION
The official religion is Theravada Buddhism. Ninety percent of Khmers follow this religion. The country also has minority religions such as Islam and Christianity.

LANGUAGE
The official language is Khmer. English is very popular. The older people can speak French.

LOCAL TIME
7 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

CURRENCY
The Cambodian currency is Riel that can fluctuate a little if it is compared with a dollar. Riel denominations are 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 or markets.

TELEPHONE
In Phnom Penh, phone cards are available throughout the city, and cards can be purchased at many outlets. There are also several mobile phone systems.

  • Country code; 855
  • Phnom Penh code (IDD); 23

VISA
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 International Airport, and International Border Checkpoints. Visas are also issued 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.

DOMESTIC TRANSPORT
There are many kinds of transport in Phnom Penh; the favorite modes of transport are accessible by taxi, car, bus, motorbike and cyclo. The cyclo (maximum US$ 3 per hour) provides visitors with a way to view the city at a leisurely place. Transport and travel are available by train from Phnom Penh Capital to Battambang Province and Sihanoukville. There are eight provincial airports in the country. Travel is very popular by water along Tonle Sap, Tonle Bassak, and Tonle Mekong. When traveling to some parts of Cambodia, you are strongly advised to contact the Ministry of Tourism, Provincial Tourism Offices or officers on call at the Tourism Information Counters in Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap International Airport.

ON ARRIVAL
If visitors entering Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport (Phnom Penh Capital) and Siem Reap International Airport (Siem Reap Province) reserve their journey and accommodation, the pleasant arrangement will be made for an airport pickup. If travelers make their own journey into the city, a taxi will take you from Phnom Penh International Airport to downtown only 20 minutes, 7km, costing US$ 7, and from Siem Reap International Airport to downtown only 10 minutes, 5km, and costing US$ 5.

FOOD
Rice and fish, together with array of herbs, sauces and spices are the Khmer typical cuisine. Curries and soup with beef, pork, poultry and seafood can be bought from vendors along the street. There is no problem in Phnom Penh. All of the world is main cuisine is found here in more than 100 restaurants such as European, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai.

OPENING HOURS

  • Government offices:
    Monday to Friday: 07:30-11:30 and 14:00- 17:00
  • Business offices:
    Monday to Friday: 07:30-12:00 and 14:00-17:30
    Saturday: 07:30-12:00
  • Banks:
    Monday to Friday: 08:00-15:00
    Saturday: 08:00-12:00
  • Shops and markets:
    Everyday: 07:00-17:00
  • MUSIC
    All types of Khmer traditional musical instruments, which are performed, play an important part in lives of the Cambodian people, and accompany all of dances, rituals and ceremonies.

    ACCOMMODATION
    Accommodation ranges from guesthouses to hotels. Accommodation prices are moderate, but those seeking five-star deluxe hotels in Phnom Penh Capital and Siem Reap Province.

    TOUR GUIDES
    The Ministry of Tourism-licensed tourist guides can help visitors in visiting around the city. These experienced multilingual guides accompany the organized bus tour. The car can be hired on an individual basis with a private driver by the guide or by visitors. Visitors are welcomed by more than 100 travel agencies, which offer guides speaking English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai.

    SOCIAL CONVENTIONS
    Avoid pointing your foot at a person or touching someone on his or her head. Women should wear long clothing that covers the body. For business meetings, men should wear a lightweight suit and tie. The minimum drinking age is 18 years. It is very polite to ask permission before photographing Cambodian people, especially monks. Gratuities are very popular at hotels, restaurants and for other services.

     

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