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Phnom Penh
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World Heritage Site
2 Days / 1 Night
3 Days / 2 Nights
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Phnom Penh City
and Siem Reap
4 Days / 3 Nights
5 Days / 4 Nights
6 Days / 5 Nights
7 Days / 6 Nights
Cambodia
Discovery Tours
2 Days / 1 Night
Battambang
2 Days / 1 Nights
Kompong Thom
4 Days / 3 Nights
Kampot, Sihanoukville
4 Days / 3 Nights
Rattanakiri
4 Days / 3 Nights
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
6 Days / 5 Nights
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
14 Days / 13 Nights
Great Cambodia Discovery
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Tourist Tips & Guides
Tourist Destinations
Angkor Wat Temples
Beyond Angkor
Phnom Penh City

 

 

Tourist Tips & Guides
Kingdom of Cambodia

AIRPORT TAXES
The following airport taxes are subject to change, all quoted per person and payable in US Dollars cash.

International airport tax from Phnom Penh US$ 20
Domestic airport tax from Phnom Penh US$ 10
International airport tax from Siem Reap US$ 8
Domestic airport tax from Siem Reap US$ 4

ANGKOR COMPLEX ENTRANCE PASS
Please note that one passport size picture is required to obtain a multiple day pass for the Angkor Temple Complex.

ARRIVAL FORMALITIES - IMMIGRATION
During your flight to Phnom Penh, an Arrival/Departure Card and Customs Declaration from will be handed to you. If you are obtaining Visa On Arrival, please ask for a Visa Application Form. Upon arrival, go to the Visa desk if you need a visa - present your completed Visa Application Form, two photographs and your passport. Immigration Officials will ask for payment (US$ 20 in cash) when they return your passport to you with the appropriate visa stamp.

Passengers with visas should proceed directly to the Immigration desks.

CLIMATE
The climate is tropical with two main seasons. The dry season runs from November to April. Monsoon rains affect the country from May to October - but ir rarely rains all day and a trip at this time of the year is rewarding because of the rich green jungle and moss covering the ruins of Angkor.

CANCELLATION
If hotels, restaurants or vehicle hire companies charge Angkor Adventure for cancellation fees at less than 30 days prior to arrival, these cancellation fees will charged to you.

CLOTHING
The grand old buildings of Phnom Penh may remindyou of Paris but it is not necessary to dress for dinner! 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 tradition of Cambodia. The only place where you are forced to "cover up" is the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoa, where knees and shoulders should be covered. Shoes have to be removed before entering certain temples.

CREDIT CARDS
Credit cards are not widely accepted, except at major hotels. It is possible to withdraw money from a bank with a credit card but this is very time-consuming.

CURRENCY
The local currency is Cambodia Riel, available in 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 notes. The vas majority of prices are quoted in US Dollars, with local currency being returned as change instead of US coins. Money can be changed at major hotels, banks and money changers. Travellers' cheques are not widely accepted but can be changed at most banks. It is easiest to travel to Cambodia with US Dollars in cash, including small denominations (one and five dollar bills). US Dollars are accepted almost everywhere, including local markets.

CUSTOMS
You should declare valuables, which you are taking into Cambodia with you (foreign currency, radio, camera, antiques, electronic goods, etc.). There is no incentive to under-declare your valuables. Customs might check your luggage carefully on departure to ensure that you are not exporting antiques.

CYCLO RIDES (TRISHAWS)
It is safe to take trishaws in daylight but we suggest that you avoid taking them at night. Always fix the price before you start the journey! Your hotel will be happy to arrange for a taxi if you would like to go out at night.

DRINKING WATER
Do NOT drink tap water - bottled water is readily available everywhere. Ice is safe in the hotels but not recommended elsewhere. In local restaurants, it is best to order only canned soft drinks and beer - avoid freshly made juices.

ELECTRICITY
Standard current used is 220 volts (or 50 Hz). Electricity supply 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 torch.

FOOD
Khmer cuisine is similar to Thai but much less spicy. The staples are soup, rice and noodles, served stir fried or curried with meat, fish or vegetables. A wide choice of Western dishes is also available at restaurants and hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

HEALTH
Good medical facilities are available in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap - elsewhere standards are very basic. There is no compulsory vaccinations but we advise you to seek the advice of your doctor. Whilst Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are malaria-free, it is strongly recommended to take anti-malarial tablets if travelling outside these two areas. The best way to escape malaria is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes - in the evenings, wear trousers, socks and long sleeved shirts, and use insect repellent.

HEALTH INSURANCE
All visitors to Cambodia should have adequate health insurance, in particular covering evacuation in the event of a medical emergency. Although there are good doctors, hospitals are sadly lacking up-to-date medical equipment.

LANGUAGE
Khmer is the principal language of Cambodia, although there are several ethnic groups who have their own languages. However, the younger people are all learning English, which is now widely understood.

LOCAL TIME
Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich meantime (same time zone as Thailand).

MEET & GREET
Your guide will meet you after you have completed Immigration formalities, collected your luggage and passed through Customs.

MOTO-DUP (MOTORBIKE TAXI)
The vast majority of Khmer people travel around by motorbike taxis. There are taxis almost everywhere you look in Cambodia. It isbest to negotiate the fare before you start your journey. Please note that it is not recommended to travel by night with a moto-dup.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Please use your discretion when taking photographs - it is polite to ask people before taking their picture. Cambodia is an exceptionally photogenic place - don't underestimate how much film you will use in one day! Film (for colour prints) is readily available in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. However, if you need specialist equipment please bring it with you.

POPULATION
Cambodia's total population is approximatley 12 million. 90% of the people are ethnic Khmers, with the remaining 10% made up of Cham (Moslems), Vietnamese and Chinese.

POST & TELECOMMUNICATIONS
From Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, it is normally easy to make international calls, although it is expensive. Calls are often charged even if the connection is not made - check with the telephone operator. There is a wide mobile phone network and the public telephones normally require purchase of phone cards. The post system is efficient, with mail routed by air through Thailand.

PHNOM PENH - NATIONAL MUSEUM
Please note that the National Museum is closed on Mondays.

ROAD CONDITIONS
Road conditions in Phnom Penh are normal on the main roads. In the little streets roads are in bad conditions. In Siem Reap the roads to the temples are under renovation and should be finished by late 2002. The National roads are good from Phnom Penh to Kompong Som, Komgpong Thom and Kompong Cham, but in bad shape from Phnom Penh to the Vietnamese border and to Battambang. The Publich Work Ministry is renovating the road from Poipet to Siem Reap and from Kompong Thom to Siem Reap.

SECURITY
Both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are now secure. However, as is the case of most big cities, we suggest that you avoid walking along unlit streets at night.

SHOPPING
There are plenty of local souvenir stalls as well as some smarter shops, particularly in the hotels. At Angkor Wat, local people selling "antiques" and paintings will approach you. A visit to one of Phnom Penh's markets is interesting. Possible souvenirs include beautiful Cambodian silk and cotton, silver, gems woodcarvings, paintings, etc. Remember that you are not permitted to export antiques.

TAXIS
Apart from rides from Phnom Penh Airport to the city, there are no fixed taxi fares. Please agree a price with the driver before starting your journey - and it is good idea to have your hotel porter to explain to the driver exactly where you want to go.

THEFT
Remember that by Cambodia standards you are incredibily wealthy - a one dollar bill might not be worth much to you but it's a large sum of money in Cambodia. Please be carefl with your money - carry only what you need each day and leave the rest in your hotel's safety deposit box. Passport, flight tickets and other valuable should be left in your hotel's safety deposit box.

TIPPING
Tipping is not obligatory but is common in Cambodia - a small tip is always welcome. Porters expect at least 1000 Riels per bag.

TRADING HOURS
Government offices and most businesses are open from 0730 to 1130 hours and from 1400 to 1730 hours, Monday to Friday. Banks are open from 0800 to 1530 hours Monday to Friday. Many shops close at lunch time.

VISAS
Visas are available on arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports for tourists and businessmen. Passports should be valid for a minimum of 6 months.

The visa fee for tourists is US$ 20, payable in cash only. One passport-zxied picture is required, along with a competed Visa Application Form which is available in-flight. Please see under arrival formalities. Please note that anyone arriving overland into Cambodia must obtain a visa in advance, indicating his or her point of entry.

 

 
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