Tips & Guides
Kingdom of Cambodia
The following airport taxes are
subject to change, all quoted per person and payable in US Dollars
|International airport tax from
|Domestic airport tax from Phnom
|International airport tax from
|Domestic airport tax
from Siem Reap
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich meantime (same time zone
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is not obligatory but is common in Cambodia - a small tip
is always welcome. Porters expect at least 1000 Riels per bag.
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
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.