Cambodia brief information
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Name: KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
Area: 181,035km2. 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 Thailand.
Capital City: Phnom Penh (Population approx 2 Million,
290 square kilometers). It is considered the center of
Industry, Administration, Commerce, and Tourism.
Population: 13,124,764 Million (2003 est.) (90-95%
Khmers) the balance being ethnic Chinese, Cham, ethnic
Vietnamese and hill-tribe people.
Language: Khmer, secondary languages: English and French
Religion: 95% Theravada Buddhist with the balance being
Muslim, Christian and animist
Food and Drink: Rice and fish are the basic foods enjoyed
by Cambodians. Delicious noodle soups are available at
cafes. Fresh seafood is plentiful at Sihanouk Ville. In
major cities a wide range of culinary fare is on offer
including; Chinese, Thai, French, Korean, Japanese,
Indian, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern.
Climate: Cambodia has four seasons:
1. Nov-Feb, cool/dry
2. Mar-May, hot/dry
3. Jun-Aug, hot/wet
4. Sep-Oct, cool/wet
Time: GMT+7 hours
Currency: RIEL (USD1 approximately 4000 Riels). US
dollars are widely accepted.
Telephone: Country code: 855, Phnom Penh code: 23. Phone
cards are available, and can be purchased at many
outlets. There are also several mobile phone systems.
Mobile phones can be rented from booths on the street on
a pay-per-call basis.
Postal service: Airmail to Europe takes 4-5 days, and to
the USA 7-10 days
Newspapers: English dailies: The Phnom Penh Post and The
Internet services: The Internet and E-mail are available
in city and all the provinces.
Tourist information: Ministry of Tourism Tel.: (855)23
211 593, Fax: (855)23 212 837
Emergency: There are emergency services in Phnom Penh.
Call 119 ambulance, Call 118 fire truck, Call 117
Tipping: Tipping isn't obligatory but is widely practiced
in hotels and restaurants in addition to the service
charges shown on bills.
- Can be obtained at Royal Embassies and Consulates of
- A visa on arrival, valid for 30 days, is issued at
Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap
International Airport. Poi Pet, O'Smach and Cham Yeam at
the Cambodia-Thailand international border checkpoint
and Bavet, Kaam Samnor at the Cambodia-Vietnam
international border checkpoint.
- Visa fee: Business visa: USD25, Tourist visa: USD20.
Hotels and Guesthouses: There are many of each in Phnom
Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Accommodation ranges
from guesthouses charging from USD5/night to luxurious
5-star hotels. In Siem Reap there are several small
hotels along the road between the airport and the town.
(These are peaceful as they're set among rice fields and
palms but require a taxi ride for each venture outside).
Nightlife: Plenty available, but take your own driver or
"motodop" (motorbike taxi driver) for the evening.
Opening Hours Government offices: business hours are
from 7:30am-11: 30am and 2:30pm-5pm, Monday to Friday.
Banks are open from 8am-3pm Monday to Friday. Markets
are open from early morning to late evening, including
Sundays and pubic holidays.
Source: Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of