Cambodia

Cambodia Travel information over view

Country Description:

Cambodia is a developing country with a constitutional monarchy and an elected government.  King Norodom Sihamoni is the constitutional monarch and head of state.  Elections for Members of the National Assembly were held in July 2008 and are scheduled to take place again in July 2013.  The July 2008 elections sent representatives from five different parties to the National Assembly, with the Cambodian People’s Party holding a majority of seats.  The country has a market economy, with approximately 80 percent of the population of 13.4 million engaged in subsistence farming.  The government has generally good relations with its neighbors despite strains over residual border disputes and other historic antagonisms.  The quality of tourist facilities varies widely in Cambodia, with the highest standards found in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville.


!!Our things you should always Remember while here!!

  • Don’t go out at night using a motorbike taxi, you will get robbed sooner or later.
  • Don’t go off the beaten path, landmines are still a big problem here but if you stay on the road/path you will be fine.
  • Don’t travel by car cross country especially at night, fly!!
  • Just use your common sense and keep your wits about you and you will be fine.

Health Issues

All visitors to Cambodia should have up to date inoculations as recommended by their doctors.  Visitors should take preventive measures against mosquitoes as in any tropical country, especially at dusk. Health insurance, especially medical evacuation cover is recommended as international standard health care is minimal, especially in rural areas.

Although Cambodia is not a Malaria risk-free country, your health will not be at risk if a proper precaution is undertaken. Consult your doctor is our best advice. Generally, the anti-malarial pills like Chloroquine and Mefloquine are recommended, however, if you were going to the remote area, then Doxycycline may be a better choice. Proper clothing and insect repellent can help a lot from insect disturbance.

We have included a list of some major hospitals and medical centers in Cambodia in case of emergency need. It seems that most of them do not currently have any website.  If we were able to find one, we will add it here. To call Cambodia, dial (855) and Phnompenh prefix (23)

Access Medical Services

No.4 Street 432, Sang-kat Bong Trak,
Phnompenh;

Tel: (015) 913358, 913831-405

AEA-SOS International

No. 161 Street 51, Sangkat Boeung Peng

Tel: 216911  215811

Calmette Hospital

Monivong Street

Tel: 914093, 810785


Phnom phen Medical Services

No. 181, 1st Floor Norodom Boulevard,
Phnompenh

Tel:300311

Raffles Medical Center

Sofitel Cambodiana, No. 313 Sisowath
Boulevard Office No.7, Ground Floor

Tel: 426288 ext.650

Sihanouk Hospital Center

No. 363 Street 271

Tel: 723273, 982571



Visa/Entry Information

All Foreign Visitors are now able to obtain the Cambodia visa upon arrival at the airport.  It is no longer necessary to get the visa stamp at the Cambodian Embassy before your visit.

Thing you must have before entering!

  1. 1 photo (4 x 6)

  2. US$ 20 Cash for tourist visa fee (good for 30 days)

  3. US$ 25 Cash for a business visa fee (good for 30 days)

The only difference between the two is, you can renew the business visa in Cambodia without having to leave the country.  The tourist visa, you are required to leave the country in order to renew.

E-Visa

The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs now offers ‘e-visa’ – visas available online through the Ministry’s website.


http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/e-visa/vindex.aspx

  1. Scan of passport and passport size photo required.

  2. Payment by credit card.

  3. US$25 for a 30 day visa (three month validity.)

  4. Processing time: 3 days.

  5. Issued by email and print from from your computer.

The Ministry recently
announced that e-visa entry points now include Siem Reap International Airport, Phnom Penh International Airport, the Bavet/Moc Bai border crossing, the Poipet/Aranyaprathet border crossing and the Koh Kong/Had Lek border crossing.


!!
E-Visa WARNING!!
– On March13, 2009 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning about certain websites selling fraudulent e-Visas. Do not purchase e-Visas through any website other then the official site below.


Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website
.

Visa Renewal:Renew visas through a travel agent or the ‘Immigration Department’ on Confederation de Russie (‘Airport Road’), located opposite Phnom Penh International Airport. Tel: 012-581558. Fax: 023-890380. E-mail:

visa_info@online.com.kh
.

*IMHO*
The visa’s take up a full page, which sucks, so make sure you have two open pages in your passport.

The Cambodia Visa is issued officially at:
By Air:
Pochentong Airport in Phnompenh
Siemreap Airport (Angkor Wat Region)
By Land:
Aranyapathet-Poipet Border
Trat-Koh Kong Border of Thailand
Moc Bai – Bavet Border of Vietnam

Currency and Banking

The official currency in Cambodia;is the Riel which come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 50000 and 100000 notes. However, in the major towns and cities, US dollars can be freely spent though travelers are recommended to use smaller denomination notes as change may be difficult.Most international currencies can be exchanged openly and freely.  Major credit cards are only accepted in a very few places so travelers checks or cash are recommended.
There are ATM’s in Cambodia!! ATM’s are now popping up all over Cambodia.  If your in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang or Sihanoukville you won’t have any problems finding a 7-day, 24 hour ATM.  The most common Banks that are running these ATMs are, ANZ Royal Group, ACLEDA Bank, Canadia Bank and others, with most of the common networks like swift or cirrus being available.But outside of the larger cities you will be hard pressed to find an ATM, so if your planning a day trip to the country side make sure you bring enough cash to get you there and back.

*IMHO” Most places will refuse old, tatty or damaged US bills, sometimes they do try and give you old notes for change (even the banks).  If this happens just smile, wink and ask nicely for a different note and they will give you one.



Food

Basic tips on eating and drinking in Cambodia
  • Tap water throughout the country is not potable, so stick to bottled water.
  • In restaurants, they should open the bottle in front of you. If not, send it back.
  • Ice is generally safe in the cities as well.
  • The street food is a gamble, eat at your own risk.  What I do is if the vendor looks clean, especially his hands, then I will consider it.
  • For restaurants, brick and mortar shops, for the most part are pretty safe.  But even at these I will look around and check the over all cleanliness of the place.
  • And if you do get a bug, it is extremely rare to be life threaten.  So don’t be careless but your in Cambodia, live a little.
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