Costs and currency

Cambodia is one of the least expensive Asian nations to visit, and in spite of the fact that costs are beginning to crawl up, the nation actually offers exceptional worth.

Great spending plan rooms are accessible for around $7 in many pieces of the country (somewhat more in Phnom Penh and Siem Harvest). Also, eating is cheap. A dinner at a neighborhood market or Khmer café can be had for $2 or even less, while fundamental courses in traveler eateries start from just $2 (albeit upscale spots can cost significantly more). A little container of mineral water costs only 1000 riel, while draft lager typically sells for $1 a glass. As a general rule, transportation costs $1 per hour, although you may pay a little more on certain routes or when traveling with more affluent bus companies. Although some museums and other attractions are significantly more expensive than others, tickets to the Angkor temples are extremely affordable.

Transport and visits are the two things probably going to blow your financial plan. To visit remote temples like Banteay Chhmar, Koh Ker, Preah Khan (Kompong Thom), and Preah Vihear, hiring a car and driver can easily cost between $60 and $100 per day. Tours also cost a lot. The Angkor temples can be visited for a reasonable price by tuk tuk, but more unusual tours, such as customized itineraries along the Mekong Trail, Rattanakiri trekking, birdwatching and boat trips, quad biking, horseback riding, and so on, typically cost at least $60 per day and frequently much more.

All of which implies that remaining in financial plan guesthouses, eating at neighborhood eateries and markets and going on open vehicle you might possibly make due with just $10 per individual daily if going in a couple and removing all additional items. This will increase to $15–20 per day if you eat at tourist restaurants, drink a few beers, and take tuk-tuk tours. You can live comfortably, eat well, and stay in nice hotels for $50 a day. You can stay in a luxurious hotel for $100 a day, but you can also spend a lot more than that.

A deals charge (containing a 10% government expense and 10% help) is much of the time charged in mid-range lodgings. Always check ahead of time. Charge is additionally now and again added to food at eateries - in which case this ought to be plainly expressed on the menu.

In spite of its recent turbulent history, Cambodia is now generally safe to travel to. However, it's important to keep in mind that Cambodia is one of the world's most heavily mined countries and has a lot of unexploded ordnance (UXO) lying around. When exploring the countryside, you must follow well-worn routes.

Cambodia employs a dual-currency system in which the local currency, the riel, is exchanged for the US dollar at a rate of 4000 riel to $1 (an exchange rate that has remained constant for a number of years). There are 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000 riel notes available—there are no riel coins in Cambodia and no US coins are used there. You can pay for most things - and will get change - either in dollars, in riel, or even in a combination of the two; It is not necessary to exchange dollars for riel. Bigger totals are typically cited in dollars and more modest sums in riel (albeit in some cases, as in menus, costs are cited in the two monetary forms).

Things get a smidgen more confounded close to the Thai line, where Thai baht are by and large liked to riel, or at Bavet, the Vietnamese boundary crossing, where you might be provided cost estimates in Vietnamese dong. You can usually pay in riel or US dollars if you don't have baht, though you might pay slightly more.

Bargaining Fares for flights, bus trips, and boat trips, as well as prices at upscale hotels, shops, food stalls, cafés, and restaurants, are set in stone. Be that as it may, while shopping in business sectors, taking motos, tuk-tuks or cyclos, haggling is normal. If you plan to stay for a few nights or more, you can often negotiate the price of a room in a less expensive hotel.

In shops and malls, prices are set, but you should bargain in markets and with hawkers. Haggling is viewed as an agreeable game and social trade. Typically, the seller starts at a price that is slightly overpriced: for cheapish things, with a beginning cost underneath $10, hope to have the option to knock around a third off; You might only get a 10% discount on more expensive items. It is important to keep in mind that the vendor's margin on items like T-shirts and krama can be as low as one thousand riel in order to maintain perspective when bargaining.

Getting money All of the big towns in Cambodia, as well as a growing number of smaller ones, now have ATMs that give out US dollars and accept foreign cards. Acleda Bank (pronounced A-See-Lay-Dah), which only accepts Visa, and Canadia Bank (which accepts both Visa and MasterCard) are the two primary networks. While Acleda and other banks typically charge $4–5 on top of whatever fees are imposed by your card provider, Canadia Bank ATMs will not charge you a commission fee to withdraw money. However, you will still be charged by your card issuer back in your home country.

A rising number of spots acknowledge Mastercards, commonly mid-and upper-range lodgings and Western-arranged eateries and shops in greater towns and urban areas. If you pay with a credit card, however, you may be subject to a surcharge of approximately 5%.

The majority of banks also change travelers' checks, usually with a 2% commission; voyagers' checks in monetary standards other than dollars are now and again saw with doubt and might be dismissed. Some banks and exchange bureaux, including Canadia, ANZ, and Acleda banks (the latter of which only accepts Visa), also offer cash advances on Visa and MasterCard. You can also have money wired to you from your home. The Acleda Bank handles Western Association moves, while the Canadia Bank is the specialist for Moneygram. Charges, obviously, can be steep.

There is no need to change dollars into riel; however, if you need to change money, you can go to a bank; most markets also have one or two moneychangers. Although other currencies may not be accepted for exchange, particularly outside of larger cities and tourist destinations, Thai baht, pounds sterling, and euros are all widely accepted. Before you leave, carefully examine your cash, and you are free to discard any notes in particularly poor condition, particularly larger-denomination dollar bills that have tears or other flaws.

Most of the time, banking hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and sometimes from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

Money upon arrival There are ATMs available at the international airports of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as in the border areas of Poipet, Bavet, and Koh Kong, so you can get US dollars upon arrival. Also keep in mind that you will need $20 in cash to buy a Cambodian visa upon arrival unless you have already obtained one in advance.


Tipping isn't by and large expected, however a couple hundred riel extra for a dinner or a tuk or moto ride is constantly valued.

Crime and personal safety Despite the presence of mines and other explosives, guns are still a part of Cambodian culture, and both locals and tourists have been the targets of armed robberies. Phnom Penh has a lot of gun crime, but it's much less common elsewhere in the country. It usually happens most often during festivals, like Khmer New Year. Even in popular tourist destinations, a small but significant number of visitors continue to be robbed at gunpoint and occasionally shot, so don't be paranoid. Because of this, it is in everyone's best interest to keep valuables well out of sight. If you are unfortunate enough to be robbed, you should never resist because doing so could result in your death. It's likewise worth ensuring that all sacks are concealed between your legs if going by moto - get in and out with burglaries have additionally been accounted for, with casualties periodically being pulled off the rear of motos by the lashes of their packs during endeavored snatches. All episodes ought to be accounted for to the police quickly - you'll require a marked, dated report from them to guarantee on your movement protection - and, in the event that you lose your identification, to your consulate too. In Phnom Penh, Siem Harvest and Sihanoukville, English-talking vacationer police will help, however in the territories you'll need to manage the nearby police, who are probably not going to have in excess of a sprinkling of English, so if conceivable take a Khmer-speaker with you.

However by far most of Cambodian police will put forth a valiant effort to help in a crisis, a little minority are not disinclined to attempting to evoke cash from outsiders. They might think you've broken the law if you're riding a motorcycle or driving a car. You can argue that the "fine" should be reduced to a few dollars; however, if you can handle the hassle and don't mind wasting a lot more time, you might decide that it's worthwhile to report such incidents to the police commissioner.

If there is damage to property or injury to a person or domestic animal, you must remain at the scene until the police arrive, as road accidents typically draw large crowds of curious observers. The driver is responsible for negotiating a financial settlement with the other parties. Despite their overall friendliness, it's not obscure for local people to attempt to pressure outsiders into hacking up cash, regardless of whether they are the honest party or just a traveler.

Soft and hard drugs are common in Cambodia, as you might expect given its proximity to some of the world's most important drug-producing regions. Marijuana is readily available, particularly along the southern beaches, and peddlers will frequently approach you in all major tourist destinations. Ownership is obviously unlawful, and despite the fact that arraignments are uncommon, buying and consuming dope generally conveys a gamble of falling foul of the police - and in all likelihood paying some kind of backhander to try not to have charges squeezed. There are also hard drugs like cocaine, opium, and others. Obviously, the authorities view these much less favorably than dope, and possessing them could land you in the nearest Cambodian prison. Given the questionable quality of many of the drugs sold on the street, it could even be fatal. Travelers have lost their lives after purchasing what they thought was cocaine but turned out to be pure heroin.

Note that on account of any unexpected problems the closest appropriately prepared emergency clinic is in Bangkok.

Hidden mortars and unexploded arms

The UN gauges that somewhere in the range of four and 6,000,000 hidden explosives were laid in Cambodia somewhere in the range of 1979 and 1991, yet nobody truly knows. The Vietnamese and the public authority laid them as security against Khmer Rouge guerrillas, who thusly laid them to threaten neighborhood populaces; The positions of the minefields were not recorded by either side. More than 2,000 minefields have been found so far, most of which were discovered by blowing up locals, and new locations are constantly being reported. The number of casualties is finally decreasing, as several organizations are actively demining the countryside; However, the scale of the problem means that the mines won't be completely cleared out for many years. Particularly risky is the border region with Thailand between Koh Kong and Preah Vihear. Avoid leaving well-traveled paths in rural areas and never take shortcuts across rice fields without a local guide. With the words "Beware Mines" and a red skull, areas that are known to be severely contaminated are marked.

In the 1970s, the United States dropped more than half a million tons of bombs on Cambodia, as if this problem weren't bad enough. This began as part of a shady plan to expose the communist North Vietnamese troops' use of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and it culminated in a massive nationwide bombing campaign to support the pro-American Lon Nol government's fight against the Khmer Rouge. Explosive remnants of war (ERW) or unexploded ordnance (UXO) remains a threat in rural areas, particularly in the southeast, center, and northeast of the country; It is foolish to kick or pick up unidentified metal objects in the countryside.


The electrical stockpile is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most Cambodian attachments take two-pin, round-pronged fittings (in spite of the fact that you'll likewise discover some which take two-pin, level pronged attachments). Although power outages are not uncommon and some locations, particularly island resorts in the south, may rely on solar power, the electricity supply is fairly dependable.

Cambodia for gay and lesbian travelers Gay and lesbian travelers shouldn't have any issues when traveling there because homosexuality is not illegal, but it is not acknowledged or discussed. In public, it is acceptable for two men or women to hold hands or arms together, but it is not acceptable for straight couples. However, since open displays of affection offend Cambodians, it's best to keep things quiet. In any case, there's an arising gay scene ( with gay-accommodating foundations in Phnom Penh, Siem Procure (which has the country's just male-elite retreat, the Men's Hotel and Spa; in addition to Sihanoukville.

Insurance: Before going to Cambodia, you should get insurance to cover theft, loss of personal belongings and documents, illness, and injury. However, before purchasing a new policy, it's a good idea to see if you are already covered: Check to see if your private medical plans, as well as some all-risks home insurance policies, include coverage for your belongings while you're away from home in Cambodia. Students frequently find that their health insurance covers them during vacations and for one term after their last enrollment date.

The loss of your baggage, tickets, cash, or checks—up to a certain limit—and the cancellation or rescheduling of your trip are typically covered by a typical travel insurance policy. The majority of them do not cover so-called "dangerous" activities unless an additional fee is paid: Trekking, riding a motorcycle, and scuba diving are all examples of this in Cambodia.

Internet Access is relatively simple in Cambodia. In addition to numerous restaurants and bars, many hotels and guesthouses now provide free Wi-Fi, and virtually every town of any size has at least one internet café. Rates are for the most part modest (2000-4000 riel/hr), in spite of the fact that associations might be slow.

Buy a Skyroam Solis, which works in more than 130 countries at a single daily rate and can be paid for on a pay-as-you-go basis, to have unlimited Wi-Fi on the go while traveling through Cambodia. Up to five devices can be connected at once. The daily cost starts at just €5.

Laundry: Private laundries as well as hotels and guesthouses in all towns offer laundry services; look for signs in English. Prices range from 500 to 1000 riel per item, or $1 to $2 per kilogram. There are numerous locations with dryers in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap that offer a quick turnaround time of three hours.


Mail to Europe, Australasia and North America requires somewhere in the range of five and ten days. To Europe or North America, postcard stamps cost approximately 3000 riel.

Because airmail packages to Europe and North America cost more than $20 per kilogram, it's best to wait until you get to Thailand, where postage is cheaper. The mandatory customs form that details the contents and their value will cost you 3000 riel, but you don't have to open the package for inspection. Additionally, cardboard mailing boxes are available from post offices.

For 500 riel per item, Poste Restante mail can be received at the main post offices in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap. While gathering mail, bring your identification as verification of personality and request that they check under both your most memorable name and your family name.

Maps The majority of Cambodian maps are either out-of-date or horribly inaccurate. The Kambodscha map, which means "Cambodia" in German, by Reise Know-How is by far the best. It is beautifully drawn on waterproof paper that can't be ripped, as detailed and up to date as you could hope, given Cambodia's ever-expanding road network.

Opening times and public occasions

Key traveler sights, like the Public Exhibition hall, the Regal Castle, Silver Pagoda and Toul Sleng Annihilation Gallery in Phnom Penh, are open consistently including most open occasions. The sanctuaries at Angkor, Tonle Bati and Sambor Prei Kuk and the country's public parks are open day to day from sunrise to nightfall. Shops are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or until 9 or 10 p.m. in tourist areas) every day, and markets are open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main Phnom Penh post office is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. In the areas, mail center hours will quite often be 8am to 11am and 2pm to 5.30pm (prior on Saturday), with some, in Siem Harvest, for instance, open on Sunday. Banks typically open from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and occasionally from 8.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on Saturdays.

Buddhist religious holidays have varying dates, which shift with the lunar calendar each year. Any open occasions that fall on a Saturday or Sunday are taken the next Monday.

Note that public occasions are frequently "extended" by a day or somewhere in the vicinity, especially at Khmer New Year, Bonn Pchum Ben and for the Water Celebration.

Activities outdoors Cambodia's vast potential for outdoor and adventure activities is slowly being tapped, with myriad tour operators offering an ever-expanding range of one-day trips as well as more extended tours. January 1 is International New Year's Day, January 7 is Victory Day, which celebrates the liberation of Phnom Penh from the Khmer Rouge in 1979. March 8 is International Women's Day. April 13 and 14 are variable. Bonn Chaul Chhnam (Khmer New Year) April/May The opportunity to get off the beaten path and into the countryside for a glimpse of the time-honored lifestyles of rural Cambodia is the primary draw of most outdoor activities. There are numerous trekking opportunities as well as trips by bike, kayak, and boat.

Journeying, going from one-day to extended climbs, is the significant attract the upland backwoods of eastern Cambodia. The primary center for trekking is Banlung; however, Sen Monorom offers a growing number of hiking opportunities, including the unique Elephant Valley Project, where visitors can walk through the forest with elephants. Climbing trips around Siem Procure can be sorted out through Secret Cambodia and Terre Cambodge. From the community-based ecotourism project Chi Phat, you can hike into the southern Cardamoms. They organize trekking and cycling trips that last from one morning to several days. Hiking, cycling, and kayaking are just some of the activities offered by the Wild KK Project in Koh Kong on multi-day excursions into the Areng Valley, which is deep within the Cardamoms.

Cycling visits are one more famous choice, obviously fit to Cambodia's overwhelmingly level landscape and broad organization of somewhat sans traffic provincial dirt roads. In Siem Reap, Camouflage, Terre Cambodge, and Hidden Cambodia offer tours; in Phnom Penh (see Culinary tours), Grasshopper Adventures offers tours; in Battambang, Soksabike offers tours; and in the south, the Wild KK Project offers tours. There are likewise many cycling prospects around the Mekong Trail, with visits run by Xplore Asia in Stung Treng, who can likewise organize journeying, cycling and fishing trips. Off-road motorcycle enthusiasts are also drawn to the country's rough dirt trails in the backcountry; Secret Cambodia in Siem Harvest puts together a scope of gathering soil trekking visits. Quad-trekking journeys can likewise be organized in Siem Procure through Quad Experiences Cambodia and in Kampot through Quad Cambodia Kampot.

Another major draw is Cambodia's grand lakes and rivers. Kayaking trips are controlled by Sorya Kayaking Undertakings in Kratie, Green Orange Kayak in Battambang, Indo Chine EX in Siem Harvest and Xplore Asia in Stung Treng. There are likewise a lot of boat stumbles on the Mekong accessible at Kompong Cham, Kratie and Stung Treng; around the Tonle Sap's various floating towns in Siem Reap, Kompong Chhnang, and Pursat; and in the vicinity of Koh S'dach, Ream National Park, and the islands near Kep in the south. Sihanoukville also offers numerous watersports, snorkeling, and island-hopping excursions, as well as diving at Sihanoukville and Koh S'dach.

Horseback riding excursions are available through The Happy Ranch in Siem Reap, and elephant rides continue to be popular in Banlung, Sen Monorom, and the vicinity of the Angkor temples. Between Siem Reap and Sisophon, the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve and the Ang Trapaeng Thmor Crane Sanctuary offer exceptional birdwatching opportunities around the Tonle Sap lake. Tour companies in Siem Reap like Osmose tours and the excellent, if pricey, Sam Veasna Centre are the easiest places to arrange visits.

Real adrenaline junkies should head to Flight of the Gibbon in Siem Reap, which offers tree-top ziplining adventures through the forest canopy or rock climbing in Kampot. There are also balloon, helicopter, and microlight flights above the temples of Angkor.


Assuming that you will be spending long in Cambodia or settling on a ton of decisions it's certainly worth purchasing a neighborhood Sim card, which will get you rates for both homegrown and worldwide calls far underneath what you're probably going to pay utilizing your home supplier (albeit clearly you'll have to ensure that your handset is opened first - or get one locally that is). Most mobile phone stores sell sim cards for a few dollars; you'll have to show your visa as confirmation of character. Domestic calls, on the other hand, can run anywhere from 300 to 500 riel per minute for as little as US$0.25.

Cellcard/Mobitel (, Smart (, and Metfone ( are the three primary mobile phone service providers in Cambodia. All three of these companies provide dependable nationwide coverage, with Cellcard/Mobitel possibly being the best. A prepaid portable broadband record costs around $30 each month, albeit given the general accessibility of wi-fi, it's probably not going to merit the cash except if you're investing a ton of energy in extremely far removed places.

If you want to use your home mobile phone, you need to find out from your phone service provider whether it will work in other countries and how much it will cost to call Cambodia. The majority of mobile phones in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand use GSM, which works well in Southeast Asia; however, unless the phone is tri-band, it won't work in North America.

Most towns have post offices and telecom offices where you can make domestic and international phone calls. Camintel, the government's telecommunications network, always runs these services (

You can also use Skype to make calls in many internet cafés; better places have earphones with a receiver so you can talk in sensible protection.

At approximately 500 riel per minute, which must be paid to the attendant, the cheap glass-sided booths that can be found in all major towns are a cost-effective option for only domestic calls. The coverage of Cambodia's various networks by the booths varies: available numbers will be composed on the stalls.

To make a international call from Cambodia, dial 855, then the local area code minus the first 0 and finally the number.

Calling Cambodia from outside the country There is no Cambodian service for searching an international directory.

To Australia, enter 001 or 007 + 61 + city code without the first zero; to New Zealand, enter 001 or 007 + 64 + city code without the first zero; to the Republic of Ireland, enter 001 or 007 + 353 + city code without the first zero; to South Africa, enter 001 or 007 + 27 + city code without the first zero; to the United Kingdom, enter 001 or 007 + 44 + area code without the first zero; to the United States Additionally, they take a lot of their own pictures and might ask you to stand in theirs. In the event that something has a military connotation, it is best not to take any pictures of it. Most photographic shops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap can print or transfer your digital photos to a CD, but the quality of the prints may not be as good as it would be at home.


Cambodia is 7hr in front of GMT; 12 hours earlier than New York and Montréal; 15 hours ahead of Vancouver and Los Angeles; 1 hour after Perth; 4hr behind Sydney and 5hr behind Auckland; 5hr in front of South Africa. There is no sunlight saving time


Aside from in places that are accustomed to catering for outsiders, squat latrines are the standard. Except for a few places set up by entrepreneurial individuals and available for a few hundred riel, there are generally no public restrooms. It is fine to request to utilize the loo at eateries, regardless of whether you're not eating there, despite the fact that you may now and again wish you hadn't as they are frequently upsetting. Toilets are almost always located at the back of transport stops; however, you will need to bring your own toilet paper, which can be purchased in the markets and is worth carrying with you. Some of the time you might need to do as local people do and take to the shrubberies - yet recollect there is as yet a gamble of mines, so don't wander off very much trampled ways.

Traveler data

There are traveler workplaces in numerous bigger towns, however most are constantly underfunded, absolutely ailing in English-talking staff, and frequently shut in any event, when they ought to be open. Your hotel or guesthouse, as well as a local tour operator or travel agent, are probably the most reliable sources of local information on the ground. Cambodian embassies lack the capacity to respond to inquiries from tourists, and there are no Cambodian tourist offices abroad. there is some helpful data on the web, in any case.

Travelers with disabilities Cambodia has one of the world's highest proportions of disabled people per capita (around 1 in 250), which is unfortunate given the prevalence of polio and other wasting diseases as well as land mines. However, there are no special accommodations for disabled travelers, so they will need to be especially independent. Stock up on any drug, get any fundamental gear overhauled and take a determination of extras and accessories. When making a reservation, inquire about the hotel's amenities, as lifts are still not as common as you might expect in Cambodia.

Getting around sanctuaries can be an issue, as even at moderately humble pagodas there are trips of steps and entry kerbs to arrange. The majority of the entrance pavilions and central sanctuaries at Angkor are accessed via steps, making them particularly challenging. However, with assistance, it is possible to negotiate at least the most accessible temple areas. Additionally, some tour operators may be able to arrange customized visits that include all necessary assistance; try Cambodia specialists About Asia (

Traveling with children Despite the fact that many families find it a rewarding experience, particularly with slightly older children, traveling through Cambodia with children in tow is not for the anxious or overprotective parent. Despite their affection for children, Cambodians have a tendency to greet them affectionately, which can be upsetting. The West's protectiveness is absent, and there are no special facilities or concessions made for children. Children who share a seat with you can travel for free on public transportation; If not, prepare to pay the adult fare. You might want to think about hiring a car and driver because it will be more comfortable and allow you to stop whenever you want for food and rest stops. However, child car seats are not available. Family rooms are available in some hotels, and extra beds can typically be arranged. Keep in mind that children under the age of 11 can visit the Angkor Archaeological Park for free—a passport is required as proof—or they will be charged the adult admission fee.

In major cities, you can buy disposable nappies, formula milk, and baby food in tins or jars at supermarkets and mini-markets; however, if you are traveling with a toddler or baby, you will need to bring your own supplies.

Except for individuals who are citizens of Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, or Indonesia, visas for Cambodia are required. Visas are given on appearance for $20 at Phnom Penh and Siem Harvest worldwide air terminals, at Sihanoukville port, at all overland intersections from Thailand and Vietnam, and at Voen Kham from Laos.

a $20 tourist visa for one entry upon arrival; One passport photo is required, or you can have your passport photo scanned for a small fee, usually a dollar or two. The passport is good for thirty days, including the day it was issued, and it can only be extended once for one month. Keep in mind that Cambodian officials may ask for a little more than the official fee at the Thai border; an e-visa prevents this hassle. A business visa can also be purchased for $25; upon arrival (one passport photo). Similar to the tourist visa, this one is valid for thirty days but can be extended in a variety of ways, including for a single entry for one month, multiple entry for three months, multiple entry for six months, and multiple entry for twelve months; cost between $42 and $270). A business visa is the only one that allows for multiple entries.

Tourist e-visas for one entry and thirty days are available online at for $20, plus a $5 processing fee. However, they are only supported if you enter via Phnom Penh or Siem Reap airports, or via Koh Kong, Bavet, or Poipet. They are required to be utilized within three months of their issue date. They're mostly valuable assuming you're entering through Poipet and wish to keep away from the conventional problems related with that intersection.

In Phnom Penh, only the Department of Immigration (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m. and 2 p.m.–4 p.m.; 017 812763, 8 kilometers out of the city center, at 332 Russian Blvd., directly across from the airport. It is, however, much preferable to use one of the visa-extension services offered by travel agents and guesthouses in town, who will do all the running around for a commission of approximately $5–10. However, there is a significant amount of red tape involved and the office is located in an inconvenient location. You will be charged $5 per day if you overstay your visa. There is no tax on departures.

Australia and New Zealand's embassies and consulates for Cambodia are located at

Canada, via email at, Canada c/o Embassy of Canada, 15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place, 990 Rama IV Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Laos Thadeua Rd, KM2 Vientiane, BP 34

South Africa at the South African Embassy, 12th A Floor, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok (

Thailand 518/4 Pracha Uthit Rd, Wangtonglang, Bangkok 10310 (, Soi Ramkamhaeng 39

Ireland and the UK, US

Vietnam, Hanoi, 71A Tran Hung Dao Street (; 41 Phung Khac Khoan, Ho Chi Minh City (

Volunteering There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer in Cambodia, but many of them will actually cost you money. Australian Volunteers International ( and the UK charity Voluntary Service Overseas ( both seek volunteers to work on projects in Cambodia for wages that are comparable to those in the country. Outskirts ( has projects showing English or assisting with natural life preservation, while Coral Cay Protection ( has a continuous undertaking on Koh Rong (less expensive in the event that you have plunging experience). At the point when you're in Cambodia watch out in bistros and bars where associations post their ventures and request volunteers. Even if it's only for a few days, teachers, veterinarians, and other medical professionals will be greatly appreciated.

Women who travel Cambodia should not encounter any difficulties while traveling there. Nonetheless, dressing modestly and avoiding excessive familiarity, which can be misinterpreted, particularly after men have had a few beers, is a good idea. A firm "no" is usually all that is needed to stop someone from going too far. By subtly putting yourself in a position of superiority by addressing the man as your nephew (kmaoy bprohs) or referring to yourself as the older sister (bpong serey) or aunt (ming), Khmer women use a good ruse. In the event that this doesn't work, then kick up an enormous fight so everybody in the area realizes that you're being bothered, which ought to disgrace the man into easing off.

Youngsters in danger

Cambodia has a lamentable standing as an objective for pedophiles, and kid sex the travel industry has developed here because of crackdowns on kid prostitution in other Southeast Asian nations.

The Service of the Inside (Public Police) asks that anybody seeing youngster prostitution in Cambodia promptly report it to the police on their public "kid wise" hotline (023 997919). Additionally, you can contact ChildSafe via a national hotline (012 311112, at any time. You could likewise consider reaching ECPAT (End Kid Prostitution, Misuse and Dealing,

Sey If you go in the direction of dusk through any Cambodian town, you will see groups of young men standing in circles in parks, on pavements, or in any other available space playing the game of sey, which is unique to Cambodia. The game's objective is straightforward: each player kicks a large, heavily weighted shuttlecock around the circle in an effort to keep it in the air for as long as possible. Although players typically attempt to outdo one another in the flamboyance of their footwork, it is more of a collaborative keepy-uppy than a competitive sport. Straightforward side-footed kicks keep the shuttlecock moving; cheeky backheels receive additional points for artistic merit; Also, for extra points, players try spectacular overhead kicks from behind the back before the shuttlecock goes down and the game starts over.

Lager young ladies and taxi young ladies

Cambodia's lager young ladies, generally working in nearby cafés and bars, will move toward you nearly before you've plunked down. They each represent a beer brand and take commissions based on how much they sell. They will keep opening bottles or cans and filling your glass in an effort to get you to drink more. They don't charge you for the beer because the cost is determined at the end by counting the empty bottles. Some beer girls may drink and talk to men to increase their consumption, but that's about it, and it's not part of the deal. Beer girls may also assist with food service in some Western establishments.

Even though things are more laid-back now, "decent" Cambodian women rarely go to bars or drink alcohol. While beer girls are regarded with some suspicion, taxi girls who frequent karaoke bars and nightclubs are above reproach. They play a variety of roles, including call girl, dance partner, and hostess, typically coming from very poor families. The cost of their drinks and the charge you incur if you invite them to dance with you or join you at your table will be added to your final bill.

The maltreatment that taxi young ladies get is a difficult issue, and various NGOs in Cambodia -, for instance - have been gotten up in a position offer ladies elective livelihoods as spa and cosmetologist preparing, crafted works and such.

Shopping in Cambodia Cambodia offers a wide variety of souvenirs, including lacquerware, jewelry, colorful cotton and silk fabrics, wood and stone carvings, and more. The numerous local and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have been established to provide training in a variety of traditional crafts to Cambodia's large disabled population and other disadvantaged members of society have also helped to boost local handicrafts.

When looking for collectibles, local markets are frequently the best options. In the capital, Psar Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market) is the recognized spot to purchase gifts, and there are additionally a few fantastic business sectors in Siem Harvest. In both cities, there are also a lot of specialty shops, galleries, and hotel boutiques, which are usually more expensive but generally of much higher quality.

When looking for souvenirs, it's best to buy them as soon as you see them. Something uncommon you chance upon in the regions may not be accessible somewhere else.

Textiles The krama, a chevron-striped scarf that is worn by all Cambodians and is arguably the most popular tourist item in the country, can be purchased in markets everywhere. Numerous kramas are woven with a variety of synthetic threads; A krama of this kind is hot to wear and doesn't dry very well if you want to use it as a towel, despite the fact that the cloth feels soft. Cotton (umbok) is used to make the best kramas in Phnom Sarok and Kompong Cham. Those from Kompong Cham are frequently to be had from female vendors in the business sectors - an enormous one expenses around $3.

Cotton kramas initially feel stiff and thin, but a few good scrubs in cold water will soften them and make them feel more dense. They make a cool, dust-proof, and absorbent fabric that lasts for years and actually gets better as you use it.

Silk Silk weaving in Cambodia dates back to the Angkor period, when the Khmer people began to imitate imported Indian cloth. Winding around abilities mastered over ages were lost with the Khmer Rouge, however the 1990s saw a resurgence of silk winding in numerous Cambodian towns (the string is typically imported from Vietnam, however a couple of Cambodian towns have again begun to keep their own silkworms). If you visit a village where silk is woven, don't be surprised if they don't have any fabric for sale because the majority of the cloth is made to order for the dealers and silk-sellers in Phnom Penh. Modern designs as well as dark and pastel unpatterned silk are becoming increasingly available by the meter.

Silk is created in fixed widths - almost consistently 800mm - and sold in two lengths: a kabun (3.6m), adequate for a long straight skirt and short-sleeved top; and a sampot, which is half a kabun and is sufficient for a lengthy skirt. A sampot costs between $15 and $20, but depending on quality and design, you could easily pay twice that. Sometimes the silk has been washed, which makes it feel and look softer and costs a little more. Silk scarves are readily available and reasonably priced (around $5–$6). They come in a variety of colors, are typically pre-washed, and the knots at the ends are tied by hand.

There are a few unique styles of texture, with towns work specifically sorts of winding around. Hol is a traditional cloth made with threads of five primary colors: yellow, red, black, green, and blue (modern variations use pastel shades). It is decorated with tiny patterns that represent diamonds, flowers, and butterflies. The vibrant, glimmering hues shift depending on which perspective is taken. Parmoong is a lustrous ceremonial fabric made by weaving gold or silver thread onto plain silk to create a motif or border. Checks or stripes in cream, green, or red are woven into some parmoong specifically for men to wear as sarongs. The classical designs of traditional pedan wall hangings frequently feature stylized temples and animals like elephants and lions; They can be easily transported and cost between $5 and $10.

Wood and stone carvings are available in a wide range of sizes, from tiny heads of Jayavarman VII for a few dollars to dancing apsaras that are almost life-size and cost hundreds of dollars. A good selection can be found in Psar Toul Tom Poung or along Street 178, near the National Museum, in Phnom Penh; however, due to their mass production, they lack finesse. If you want to find something truly exceptional, you should go to the Artisans d'Angkor workshop in Siem Reap or a traditional stone-carving village like Santok.

Antiques and oddities You can find oddities and antiques at the Siem Reap Night Market and at specialized stalls in and around Psar Toul Tom Poung in Phnom Penh. Be on the lookout for elegant silver boxes for the betel nuts, phials for the leaves and paste, cutters that resemble small shears for slicing the nuts, and partitioned wooden boxes used to store betel-chewing equipment. In addition, a wide variety of religious artifacts are available, including brass bowls and offering plates, Buddha images made of wood, and other carvings.

The chapei, a stringed instrument with a long neck and a round sound box, is one of the more archaic traditional instruments you might come across from time to time. and the chhing, in which the two small brass plates, which look like castanets, are brushed against each other to play.

Compasses utilized in the old Chinese craft of feng shui can be purchased for only a couple of dollars; they demonstrate compass headings connected with the five components - wood, fire, earth, metal and water. You might also be able to find opium weights, which are made of small figures of people or animals and are used to weigh the drug.

Although it is unlikely that you will be offered ancient figurines because most of the trade goes to Bangkok or Singapore, many other stolen artifacts, such as chunchiet funerary statues from Rattanakiri, are finding their way onto the market. The ancient temples of Cambodia have been heavily looted. To send out anything implying to be a valuable collectible you'll require the right desk work, so check the vendor can give this prior to concurring an arrangement. Be aware that Cambodians are skilled at artificially aging their goods, and make sure you want the item for its own sake rather than its alleged age.

Bamboo, rattan, and woven baskets Rattan is a versatile fiber that is used to make both furniture and household items like placemats, bowls, and baskets. In Rattanakiri, you can find khapa, deep, conical baskets made of rattan and bamboo that are strapped to the back with shoulder straps. The chunchiet still uses them to transport produce to the market, even though they cost around $10. Noodle ladles and nested baskets, two everyday items made of rattan and bamboo that can be found in markets, can also make interesting souvenirs; the last option are utilized to apportion segments of rice but at the same time are valuable back home for putting away leafy foods.

Silver and gold In Cambodia, the majority of silverware is made in nearby villages, particularly Kompong Luong, and sold in Phnom Penh. You can tell if a piece of copper is solid silver or silver-plated by looking at its price—a few dollars for silver-plated items; over two times that for a similar thing in strong silver. Gifts in the form of small silver or silver-plated boxes shaped like fruits or animals are great and affordable options. Ceremonial plates and offering bowls, typically crafted of solid silver and intricately adorned with leaf designs, are significantly more expensive. Mostly imported from Indonesia, silver necklaces, bracelets, and earrings cost just a few dollars in markets and are only sold to tourists (Khmers don't like the metal for jewelry). Phnom Penh and Siem Reap's NGO-run shops and boutiques also carry contemporary silver designer jewelry.

The Khmer's obsession with gold jewelry is not romantic or sentimental. This is thought to be an investment, which explains why there are hundreds of gold dealers in and around markets all over the country, where locals often negotiate to trade in their jewelry for more expensive ones. Items can be made quickly and inexpensively from gold, and they can even be set with Pailin and Rattanakiri gems.

Festivals in Cambodia People in Cambodia always go to a festival, whether they go to the pagoda with their families and friends or to the provinces; obviously, celebrations are the most active times for shopping and voyaging. For subtleties of public occasions, counsel the "Travel basics".

The main celebration of the year is Bonn Chaul Chhnam (Khmer New Year; On April 13 or 14, families gather, homes are spring-cleaned, and elaborate offerings are brought to the temples. Bonn Pchum Ben (late Sept), or "Precursors' Day", is one more key date on the happy schedule. In the fifteen days preceding it, families offer sacrifices to their ancestors, and the day itself is celebrated in temples.

Denoting the beginning of the establishing season in May, the service of Bonn Chroat Preah Nongkoal (Imperial Furrowing Function), held at Lean Preah Sre park in Phnom Penh, joins animism, Buddhism and a lot of grandeur. It starts with reciting priests asking the earth spirits for authorization to furrow. Rice is then scattered, a ceremonial furrow is made, and offerings to the deities are made. However, the Royal Bulls' decision to accept rice, grain, grass, water, or wine is the most significant aspect of the ceremony. Rice or grain foreshadow well; Rain means water; Grass is a sign that insects will destroy crops; and wine, the likelihood of drought.

The Bonn Om Toeuk (early November) water festival has traditionally been celebrated when the Tonle Sap River current, which swells so much during the rainy season that it actually pushes water upstream, reverses and flows back into the Mekong. Despite the fact that it has been canceled for the past few years, the festival used to take place. The riverbank in Phnom Penh serves as the focal point of the celebrations, where people congregate to watch boat races, an illuminated boat parade, and fireworks.

Buddhist offering days, whose precise dates depend on the lunar calendar, are also colorful events: Flowers that are brought to temples and used to decorate home shrines are sold at stalls at a roaring rate. While jasmine buds are threaded onto sticks and strings as fragrant tokens, the traditional flower used to offer to the Buddha, the lotus buds, are folded artistically to reveal their pale pink inner petals.

Advice for Cambodians in the health care industry Inadequate facilities, poor cleanliness, and terrible patient care make even the best hospitals unsuitable for serious medical emergencies. If you are able to travel, get to Bangkok for anything serious. If you have to go to a Cambodian hospital, try to get someone who speaks Khmer with you.

A few private Western-oriented clinics in Phnom Penh provide slightly superior care to hospitals at a higher cost. In the event that you get sick external Phnom Penh or Siem Procure, self-conclusion and therapy is in many cases better compared to visiting a facility. You will be required to pay for food, medication, and treatment upfront wherever you seek medical attention.

Even though there are a number of pharmacies in every town, most of them are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day and stock a wide range of medications. The employees aren't required to have a dispensing license, so before you buy anything, make sure to check the product labels and even the expiration dates. Counterfeit prescriptions proliferate and there's no simple method for deciding whether what you're purchasing is the genuine article. Whenever conceivable purchase just in Phnom Penh or Siem Harvest, which have two or three trustworthy drug stores utilizing qualified faculty who can assist with finding and solutions for basic medical issues.

If you are going to be traveling for a long time, you should think about getting a dental checkup before your trip because the only places in Cambodia where you can get good dental care are in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. It's a good idea to bring a copy of your prescription or a spare pair of glasses if you wear glasses; In Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, replacements can be made for a reasonable price.

Immunizations and vaccines It's a good idea to make sure you're up to date on routine shots like tetanus and diphtheria before you leave. You should think about getting vaccinated against typhoid, tuberculosis, and hepatitis A in Cambodia; immunizations against hepatitis B, rabies and Japanese encephalitis are prescribed on the off chance that you will be at a specific gamble (for instance assuming that you're working in a far off region). If you arrive from an infected region (West and Central Africa, or South America), you will need to show proof that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever.

It is too to counsel your primary care physician or travel facility as soon as conceivable since it can take anything as long as eight weeks to finish a full course of vaccinations. An international travel vaccination card is a good idea to have on hand in case you get sick and need to record all of your vaccinations.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can be spread through contact with an infected person or through contaminated food and water. In Cambodia, shellfish sold by hawkers and untreated water pose particular risks. Dark urine, aches and pains, nausea, general malaise, and tiredness are some of the symptoms. After a few days, jaundice appears. For diagnosis, a blood test is required, and for convalescence, a diet high in carbohydrates, plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, and rest are recommended. A solitary shot of immunoglobulin offers momentary insurance against hepatitis A.

Undeniably more serious is hepatitis B, passed through debased body liquids; Sexual contact, non-sterile needles (such as those used in tattooing and acupuncture), and unscreened blood transfusions are all potential routes of transmission. Nonspecific abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dark urine, and jaundice are some of the symptoms. If you plan to stay in Asia for more than six months, you may be asked to get immunized. It's especially important to see a doctor if you think you have hepatitis B.

There is a vaccine that protects against both hepatitis A and hepatitis B for ten years and five years, respectively; Your doctor can tell you if it's right for you.

Tuberculosis, rabies and lockjaw

Tuberculosis, contracted from beads hacked up by contaminated people, is far and wide in Cambodia and is a significant reason for death in small kids. You might have been protected against the disease when you were younger; however, if you are unsure, you should think about getting a skin (Heaf) test to see if you already have immunity.

The saliva or bite of an infected animal is how rabies is spread. If you plan to spend a lot of time in rural areas, vaccinations are a must; However, even if you have been vaccinated, if you are bitten or licked on an open wound, you will need to get two booster injections as soon as possible, preferably within 24 to 48 hours. This is true even if you have been vaccinated.

Tetanus is a bacterial infection that can cause muscle spasms and cramps. It comes from spores that are found in the earth and can get into the bloodstream through cuts and grazes. It may result in breathing difficulties and even death if left untreated. It merits checking in the event that you've been immunized against lockjaw over the most recent decade and getting a supporter if important.

Bacterial infections that affect the digestive system like typhoid and cholera are spread by contaminated food and water, so outbreaks are typically associated with particularly unsanitary conditions.

Tiredness, dull headaches, and spasmodic fevers are typhoid symptoms. After about a week, spots appear on the abdomen. Immunization is proposed assuming you intend to remain in rustic areas of Cambodia, yet it doesn't give total resistance, so it stays critical to keep up with great norms of cleanliness.

Cholera is characterized by sudden, watery diarrhea and rapid dehydration, both of which necessitate antibiotic treatment and require medical attention. Inoculation is not generally prescribed for cholera because of its unfortunate viability. Now and again there are episodes of cholera in Cambodia that are widely discussed in the media.

General safeguards

Cambodia is a hot and muggy nation, and lack of hydration is a possible issue, its beginning showed by migraines, wooziness, queasiness and dim pee. Cuts and crude rankles can quickly become contaminated and ought to be instantly treated by cleaning and sanitizing the injury and afterward applying an air-penetrable dressing.

Bites and stings There are a lot of insects in Cambodia. Around November, when the dry season begins and there are still-flowing pockets of water from the rains, they are at their worst. With the exception of mosquitoes, they are more annoying than harmful, even during the hot season (March–May). They swarm around light bulbs and warm flesh.

Sand flies show up on the coast in the late afternoon and evening. They bite you badly and don't start to hurt until a few hours later, when they get really red and itchy. The bites become even more inflamed when you scratch them, and it can take up to a month for them to heal, leaving ugly scars behind. These tiny pests typically target victims on the sand and have a limited range; It is probably best to use an insect repellent if you are on or near the beach.

Heat and sunburn You should take precautions to prevent heat stroke and sunburn wherever you are because the Cambodian sun is fierce even when the sky is cloudy. Conceal, utilize a high-insurance factor sunscreen, wear a cap and drink a lot of liquids over the course of the day.

In spite of the fact that the catering facilities of many restaurants and food stalls may appear to be basic, the food you will typically be served is always completely fresh; Every ingredient is purchased on a daily basis and most are cooked to order. A decent guideline while choosing a spot to eat is to pick one that is well known with nearby individuals, as the Khmers are fastidious about their food and rarely allow a spot a subsequent opportunity in the event that they've found the food isn't new. If the food is cooked in front of you, street hawkers usually serve it in good taste. Faucet water isn't drinkable, however filtered water is accessible all over - adhere to that and be wary of ice, which is much of the time cut up in the road from huge blocks and dealt with by a few group before it gets to your glass (however in Western cafés it will most likely come from an ice-creator).

Symptoms of an upset stomach are the most common complaint among travelers. Travelers frequently experience diarrhoea in the early days of a trip due to a straightforward diet change, though stomach cramps and vomiting may indicate food poisoning. If your symptoms last more than a few days, you should see a doctor because you might need antibiotics to get better.

The majority of diarrhoeas are brief and can be treated with plenty of fluids and avoiding spicy or rich foods. Tablets containing activated charcoal aid in digestion by absorbing harmful bugs and typically speed up recovery; they're sold across the counter at drug stores, however it merits carrying some with you from home. It's generally expected a smart thought to recharge for a little while on the off chance that your timetable permits. In case of determined loose bowels or retching, it merits taking oral rehydration salts, accessible at most drug stores (or make your own from a portion of a teaspoon of salt and eight teaspoons of sugar for each liter of filtered water).

Imodium and Lomotil should not be taken unless you are traveling for a long time. These bung you up by halting stomach developments and can broaden the issue by forestalling your body ousting the bugs that brought about the looseness of the bowels in any case.

Looseness of the bowels and giardiasis

In the event that there is blood or bodily fluid in your excrement and you experience extreme stomach cramps, you might have loose bowels, which requires prompt clinical consideration. Amoebic dysentery is the more serious of the two forms of the disease. The amoebae will remain in the gut and have the potential to attack the liver, despite the fact that the symptoms may subside over a few days; Metronidazole (Flagyl), an antibiotic, is therefore necessary for treatment. Similarly upsetting is bacillary looseness of the bowels, additionally treated with anti-toxins.

Protozoa, which are typically found in rivers and streams, cause giardiasis. Around two weeks after the organism has entered the system, symptoms like watery diarrhea and wind that smells bad can appear and last up to two weeks. Metronidazole is used to treat giardiasis, which can be diagnosed by examining stool samples under a microscope.

Mosquito-borne illnesses

Given the commonness in Cambodia of serious illnesses spread by mosquitoes, including multi-safe jungle fever, it is essential to try not to be nibbled. In most guesthouses and hotels, mosquito nets aren't provided, so bring your own.

Having long pants, socks, and a top with long sleeves will lower your risk of being bitten. Bug anti-agents containing DEET are the best, despite the fact that you might need to consider a characteristic option, for example, those in view of citronella.

Malaria Malaria is widespread throughout the country throughout the year, with the exception of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and the Tonle Sap region. In 2013, nearly 70,000 cases were reported, and in 2013, over 40,000 cases were reported.

The female anopheles mosquito, which bites at night and injects a parasite into the bloodstream, is the vector that transmits malaria. After about 12 days of incubation, chills, fever, and sweating come along with aching joints, a cough, and vomiting. After a few days, the symptoms come back. The dangerous falciparum strain of the disease is the most common in Cambodia; It can be fatal if left untreated.

Before you travel, it means a lot to take counsel on a reasonable prophylaxis system, as the need might arise to be begun ahead of showing up in a gamble region. Doxycycline and malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), the two most commonly prescribed antimalarials in Cambodia, are Mefloquine, also known as Larium, is also sometimes recommended, but it has well-known side effects and may not work in western and northern provinces close to the Thai border due to mefloquine-resistant malaria there. Note that taking antimalarials doesn't ensure that you won't get the illness, a reality that supports the need to try not to be chomped.

The emergency treatment for falciparum malaria is 600 milligrams of quinine sulphate taken three times a day for three days. After the quinine course has been completed, a single dose of three Fansidar tablets is taken. These tablets can be bought over-the-counter at pharmacies all over Cambodia. However, if you think you might have malaria, you should still see a doctor for a blood test to rule out the possibility of it.

Dengue fever Dengue fever outbreaks occur annually in Cambodia, resulting in 37 deaths in 2009. This virus is spread by female aedes mosquitoes that bite during the day. It takes about a week for a bite to cause the disease. It has the appearance of a severe flu; high fever, aches and pains, a headache, and back pain are some of the symptoms. A red rash appears on the torso after a few days and gradually spreads to the limbs. Additionally, there may be abnormal bleeding that necessitates medical attention.

At the time of writing, there is no vaccine or effective treatment, though paracetamol (not aspirin, which can increase the risk of bleeding) can be taken to alleviate symptoms. Additionally, you should get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Albeit the side effects ought to work on following five or six days, dormancy and misery can keep going for a month or more - counsel a specialist on the off chance that side effects continue. Any individual who has recently contracted dengue fever is at specific gamble on the off chance that they in this way contract an alternate infection strain, which can bring about dengue haemorrhagic fever. Abdominal pain and nausea are the typical signs of dengue fever in this condition; Because it could be fatal, you should get medical help right away.

Night-biting mosquitoes that breed in rice fields carry the serious viral disease known as Japanese encephalitis. Between May and October, the risk is greatest. If you plan to spend a lot of time in Cambodia's rural areas or are visiting during the high-risk period, you should think about getting vaccinated. Side effects, which seem five to fifteen days subsequent to being nibbled, incorporate migraines, a solid neck, influenza like hurts and chills; There is no specific treatment, but you should get medical help and take aspirin or paracetamol to ease your symptoms.

Physically communicated infections

Cambodia has one of Asia's most elevated levels of HIV/Helps contamination, a lot of it the consequence of the nation's expanding sex exchange. An expected 0.7 percent of the grown-up populace matured 15-49 conveys the illness, despite the fact that rates are gradually tumbling from a high of 2% toward the start of the thousand years because of fiery intercession by wellbeing administrations. Also prevalent are gonorrhea and syphilis. Condoms are readily available, though Western brands are preferred whenever possible.

Canadian Society for International Health's ( medical resources Broad rundown of movement wellbeing focuses.

CDC Official travel health website of the US government.

The UK Travel Clinic of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases

Global Society for Movement Medication a comprehensive list of travel clinics.

UK for information on the closest clinic. MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad).

Tropical Clinical Department Ireland

TMVC is The Travel Doctor. Records travel centers in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The media in Cambodia Despite the prime minister's declaration of support for press freedom, the media continue to be subject to the whims of the government and are sponsored by the country's political parties.

Cambodia has approximately seven daily Khmer-language newspapers and magazines. Rasmei Kampuchea (Light of Cambodia) and Koh Santepheap are the two primary publications, both of which support the government.

Cambodia's two English-language papers - the Cambodia Day to day (; published every day, with the exception of Sunday) and the Phnom Penh Post (; Monday through Friday) – can be purchased at newsstands in larger cities. The numerous English-language magazines are also worth keeping an eye out for. Asia Life (; free from bistros and eateries) is the Break of Phnom Penh with a large group of articles connected with new things occurring in the city. A free monthly satirical publication, Bayon Pearnik (, can be found in Western restaurants and bars in Phnom Penh. It features travel articles and news about new bars and clubs.

TV and radio

Cambodia's seven Khmer Channels broadcast a blend of political inclusion, game shows, shows, kid's shows, sport - kick-boxing is an immense #1 - and Thai cleansers named into Khmer. The ruling CPP owns TVK, the state broadcaster, and has influence over most other channels. You can watch a wide variety of international channels on cable and, increasingly, satellite TV at guesthouses and hotels. These channels typically include BBC World, CNN, CNBC, HBO, National Geographic, and Star Sport.

Among the numerous Khmer radio broadcasts, only a couple convey English projects. The vital neighborhood station leaned toward by outsiders is Love FM on 97.5 FM, including a blend of Western pop, reports and telephone ins.

The handshake is now quite common in Cambodian culture, and it is used both between Cambodian men and when Cambodian men greet foreigners. However, the sompeyar, the traditional Cambodian greeting, is still used by women in most situations.

The sompeyar is a token of good manners and an honorable gesture. It is typically performed with the head slightly tilted forward as if about to bow and the hands placed palms together, fingers pointing upward, in front of the body at chest level. However, the hands should be held in front of the face when greeting monks, and the hands should be held in front of the forehead when paying homage to Buddha or the king. The sompeyar is taught to children at a young age and is always used against older people.

Cambodians are reserved people who find it offensive to show affection in public; People in the provinces tend to be particularly stoic. Even though it is a common sign of friendship between men and women to hold hands or link arms in public, it is considered inappropriate when it involves a person of the opposite sex; Even married couples refrain from touching in public. In the past, women in Cambodia would never have drank or been seen with a man who wasn't their husband or fiancé. However, times are changing, and towns are becoming more cosmopolitan, with groups of boys and girls going out together.

Travelers will be treated with more respect if they are well-dressed everywhere in Cambodia. Men typically dress modestly in long pants and shirts among Cambodians. Younger girls in larger cities are increasingly seen in the kind of short skirts and strappy tops that their Western counterparts prefer. Many women also wear sampots (sarongs) or knee-length skirts instead of T-shirts. All things considered, when in doubt keeping away from scanty garments and shorts except if you're at the beach is ideal.

It is essential to wear clothing that covers your legs and shoulders when visiting temples. Caps ought to be eliminated while going through the sanctuary door and shoes taken off before you go into any of the structures (shoes are likewise eliminated prior to entering a Cambodian home). On the off chance that you plunk down on the floor inside a hallowed place, try not to point the bottoms of your feet towards any Buddha pictures (as a matter of fact, you ought to notice similar rule towards individuals for the most part, in any area). Women should exercise caution when walking near monks and avoid sitting next to them on public transportation because monks are not permitted to touch women.

Cambodians are frequently interested at the presence of outsiders, and it isn't viewed as impolite to gaze eagerly at guests. Men wearing earrings may also be laughed at by the locals; in Cambodia, boys are given earrings in the hope that they will aid an undescended testicle. Keep in mind that the Khmers simply find it embarrassing to show anger, so it won't get you far.


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