Cambodia has very liberal visa regulations. It is meant
to say a valid passport and visa are required for entry.
Visas can be obtained at Phnom Penh International
Airport or Siem Reap (Angkor) Airport. All travelers
have to do is bring along two passport size photos and
fill up visa application. A one-month tourist visa costs
US$20 while a business visa costs US$25.00. Visa
application form will be provided on inbound flights.
Visas are also available at Thai/Cambodian overland
International Departures: US$20
Domestic Departure: US$10
Riel is the Cambodia’s currency. To check for the
today’s exchange rate, please refer to our
GoCambodia’s front-page, located top right page.
However the US dollar is widely accepted.
cheques: can be changed at most banks in Phnom Penh,
Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville and Kompong
cards: Visa, Master, JCB and American Express are
the most widely accepted especially at the major
hotels and restaurants in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap,
you plan to travel to outskirts, it is advisable to use
small change in US dollars although the Riel is
Although vaccination is not official required, it is
recommended that traveler get vaccinated for cholera,
typhoid, tetanus, and hepatitis A and B if you are going
to the provinces.
and From Cambodia: Most tourists are flying into the
International Airports at either Phnom Penh or Siem
Reap. Recently a growing numbers of visitors are
also arriving overland from Cambodia and Thailand.
arrival, Motorcycle taxis (Motodub) and taxis can be
rented just outside the arrival lobby. From Phnom
Penh International airport to anywhere in Phnom Penh
will cost you $7.00 while Motordub is charging $1.00
to $2.00. The distance is about 8 kilometers to
Room rate is starting from $3 to $100 per night. Whether
you prefer to stay at Guest Houses with no air-con but
fan, a motel style will cost you from $10 to $45 or you
may stay at one of the 5 stars hotel e.g. Cambodiana, Le
Royal or Inter-Continental. The cost of $10 and up will
equip with air conditioner, refrigerator and a cable TV.
The country code for Cambodia is 855. The telephone
networks consists of satellite, landlines, cellular, GSM
and radio systems which connect Phnom Penh, Siem Reap,
Sihanoukville, Battambang, Kompong Cham and other
provinces internationally. International dialing can be
done at main postal offices, private business centers or
hotel or at public phone booths, which can be found at
postal office, main streets, gas stations, major
restaurants, hotels etc. If you want a lower rate and
clear sound is not a factor, there are many Internet
café are offering International calling for a price
less than $0.10 per minute to most developed countries.
The main postal service in Phnom Penh is located on the
corner of street 102 and 13, which is east of Wat Phnom
Penh. From there, you can send parcels, telegrams etc.
It opens daily from 6:30AM to 5:00PM
Government offices are open from 7:30AM to 5:00PM on
weekday; the lunch break is from 12:00 to 2:00PM. Most
businesses, restaurants open from 7:00AM to 8:00PM while
most banks operate from 7:30AM to 3:30PM on weekday and
some are half day on Saturday.
Tipping is not expected in Cambodia but if you meet with
exceptional services or kindness, a tip is always
appreciated. Salaries remain extremely low in Cambodia.
Bargaining is the rule in the markets, when you are
hiring vehicles or buying things. A persuasive smile and
a little friendly personality is usually enough to get a
tourist behavior code is written with the intention to
minimize any that may arise between tourists and
residents due to differences in language and customs. It
is also to reinforce and even renew a sense of
pride in the local people, their culture and provide an
opportunity for tourists to learn, appreciate and
respect the Khmer culture. It aims to inform tourists
about the local society, its customs, dress code and
acceptable behavior in religious and other places.
! Welcome !
Welcome to the Kingdom of Cambodia. It makes no
difference whether you are here on business or pleasure.
You are in for a treat. You will catch a glimpse of the
Khmer people, their history, culture and nature through
the pristine beaches, natural landscapes, quaint
villages, exotic traditional dances, the world famous
Angkor complex and archaeological treasures.
Cambodians traditionally greet each other by joining
their hands together in front of their chest and bowing
often (Chum Reap Suor) followed by the western practice
of shaking hands.Although men tend to shake ands with
each other, women usually use the traditional greeting
with both men and other women.
It is considered acceptable
to shake hands with Cambodians of both
When you are invited to a gathering,
it is polite to make an effort to properly greet
you meet on your arrival.
should respond to greetings from others. It is
considered disrespectful not to return greetings by
you enter pagodas (wats) sit with your feet to the
side rather than in lotus position, then you join
both hands together under chin and bow three times
to the floor. Always be seated when the monks are
dress is the norm because of the hot and humid weather.
However, more formal attire is preferred for meetings,
official functions and major ceremonies or events.
you are here for pleasure, wear sport shirts, tee shirts
and trousers, skirts, slacks, blouses and comfortable
you are here on an official or business visit and will
be attending meetings, receptions and parties, you will
need to be appropriately attired. For
any such occasions-in a suit or sports jacket and tie
for men and formal dress for women.
not wear shorts or sandals to government offices, or
wear swim suits, biker suits (lycra), bikinis, or
see-through apparel in the city streets or villages.
This is considered offensive by local people.
men and women should be particularly sure to dress
appropriately if visiting a religious site, for
example, a pagoda (wat). Smart casual attire is
bathing is unacceptable in Cambodia
are many photographic shops in Cambodia, offering
international standard services. Be sure to take plenty
of photographs so you can take back good memories of the
Kingdom. Photographers are free to shoot almost
everything. However, a few principles should be
photographing local people, always ask their
permission first. Most of them will be happy to pose
photographs of military bases and other designated
security areas is prohibited.
permission before taking photos inside pagodas,
royal palaces, other sacred places or special
Cambodian culinary specialties can be described as
mild variations of the tastes of Thailand, but often
with some French influence. Rice
and fish are the basic ingredients for many Khmer
specialties include curries, soup and varieties of
dishes prepared with beef, pork, poultry and seafood
which are abundant. Fresh
fruits and vegetables are readily available in the
only bottled beverages (including water) or
beverages made with boiled water. Eat well-cooked
foods while they are still hot and fruit which can
are most likely to be offered a cup of water or hot
tea when you visit a Cambodian house or other
places. This is a symbolic gesture of welcome.
is inappropriate to put all the dishes on the table
at the start of a meal.
Cambodian meal almost always includes soup (samloh).
It is eaten at the same time as the other courses,
not as a separate stand-alone dish.
Pagodas (Wats) and other religious and traditional
official religion of Cambodia is Theravada Buddhism,
which is also practiced in neighboring countries like
Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The sight of a
saffron-robed monk is common throughout the Kingdom and
almost every village had a pagoda (wat).
should dress neatly in all religious places. They
should never go shirtless, in shorts, hot pants or
other unsuitable attire.
sandals and a hat should be removed when entering a
mosque or a pagoda (wat) where Buddhist images are
kept. Each Buddha image, large or small, well kept
or in ruins, is regarded sacred.
climb onto a Buddha or photograph a Buddha inside a
temple without asking permission. Always be
respectful when viewing a Buddha image.
of the family or people whom you wish to treat as
friends should be addressed according to the following
of your age or younger can be called by their
older than yourself should be addressed as Bang
(older brother ) and Bang Srey (for women).
people should be addressed as Ta (for men and Yeay
and casual acquaintances are supposed to be
addressed by usages approximating
"comrade", but in practice people use Lok
(Mr), and Lok Srey (Mrs), which is not only formal
but conveys respect as well. When speaking with
such people in English, it is best to use Mr, Mrs or
There is no regulation on tipping in Cambodia. However,
tipping is greatly appreciated as salaries are low. The
value of the tip is optional, depending on individual
generosity. It should commensurate with the level of
small present, instead of a tip, is greatly appreciated.
is a way of life in Cambodia and many shops will offer
discounts after negotiation. Cambodia is noted for its
handicrafts - handmade articles such as silk materials,
wood carvings, stone copies of Khmer art, silver items
and jeweler are worth buying. It is illegal to export
any antique art objects.
behavior is welcome everywhere. What is considered
polite in other countries is probably considered polite
in Cambodia too. However, there are few customs, social
and religious taboos.
admire a calm and considered approach to all aspects
of life. Open show of temper and anger should be
is considered a grave insult to touch another
person's head, even if is meant as a friendly
the right hand to accept things or shake hands.
is considered rude to point your foot at a person or
an open mind and do not demand much from your host.
Loud voices and boisterous behavior are considered
impolite. Smiling and nodding establishes good
displays of affection between men and women are
If you like someone to come over to you, motion with
your whole hand, palm down. Do not signal with your
picking your teeth with a toothpick after a meal, it
is considered polite to hold the toothpick with one
hand and to cover your open mouth with the other.
private homes, it is polite to remove your shoes
when entering the house.
appreciative of people who appreciate
observing the behavior code, you can thoroughly
enjoy your stay in Cambodia and take home pleasant