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Cambodia is one tourist destination attracting the most current Asean region. No tourist attractions in the busy shopping centers such as Singapore or Hong Kong, and has no place flowers sa dissipated as neighboring Thailand, Cambodia possesses a mysterious charisma, irresistible and nothing can be compared. You can not not say in front of these amazing paintings exquisitely carved temples at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.


Additionally, this Cambodia Travel FAQ covers about climate, language, money, visas and many common frequently asked questions are needed when you coming to Cambodia.

What are the visa requirements and custom formalities in Cambodia?
What are Cambodia's visa requirements in Cambodia?
Is it safe to travel in Cambodia?
Is Cambodia safe?
Is Cambodia a safe place to travel alone to?
When is the best time to travel to Cambodia?
What money should I take in Cambodia?
Are credit cards accepted in Cambodia?
What about Tipping in Cambodia?
Should I tip in Cambodia?
Where I can do shopping in Cambodia?
Should I bargain for everything I want to buy in Cambodia?
What shouldn't I do when bargaining in Cambodia?
What are food are served in Cambodia?
What language should I understand in Cambodia?
Can I trust the Khmer police in Cambodia?
What are the chances of being robbed in Cambodia?
What kind of trekking gear do you supply to Cambodia?
Do I need Vaccinations when travel to Cambodia?
What general health advice can you offer for Cambodia?
Will I get diarrhoea in Cambodia?



What are the visa requirements and custom formalities in Cambodia?

When plan your trip to Cambodia, It is more easy to obtain a tourist visa (30 days validity fee USD 20 for tourist Visa and 25$ for Business Visa. You can have your visa at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airport (with a valid passport of six months beyond your visit and one ID-sized photos) and (Poi Pet, Oddarmean Chey, Cambodia and Aranyaprathet, Thailand), Koh Kong, Cambodia (border to Hat Lek, Thailand) Kham Samnor, Cambodia (border to Chau Doc, Vietnam) and Bavet, Svay Reing (Border to Moc Bai, Vietnam). The visa fee at the Thai border is THB 1000.- and can only be payed in Thai Bath.

Visas are required prior to arrival at the border at Voeun Kam (border to Laos).

Each traveler has to complete immigration and customs declaration forms during the flight or at border checkpoints entering Cambodia and must submit it upon arrival. Tourists and non-residents, carrying over USD 10.000 in cash or its equivalent, must declare it.



What are Cambodia's visa requirements in Cambodia?

A couple of photos, a valid passport and $25 are the official requirements for a month-long single entry tourist visa. This can be extended within the country, most easily through agents like Dong Travel. Business visas are also available, costing $40, and can be extended for up to a year, with multiple entry.

The visa costs US$25 and there is a $5 processing fee. Note this visa is only good for arrival to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh international airports.

For more easy, Dong Travel will help you apply your visas.



Is it safe to travel in Cambodia?

Since 2003, There was national election, a new era of peace and political stability is happened in the country, giving the chance to local and international traveler to discover the deepest heart of the Kingdom, Especially in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

However, there are still some places where travelers should not go without an experienced local guide, as the problem of mines is still present in the countryside.

Moreover, soldiers who do not like to be disturbed during their transactions with their neighbors, are controlling some regions sharing the border with Thailand and Laos as well as the Cardamons. Dong Travel advise you to avoid these areas during your visit to Cambodia.



Is Cambodia safe?

Generally speaking, yes, with the biggest problems being petty theft, scams and traffic accidents. Using common sense means you'll probably get out of Cambodia in one piece. Violent crime against foreigners occasionally takes place, but overall it's fairly safe.

Some sensible actions to take:
Wear helmets when riding motorcycles or bikes;
Don't go wandering aimlessly through a town or city late at night;
Don't get drunk and pick fights with bar staff or anyone else;
Don't travel on the roads during holiday periods.



Is Cambodia a safe place to travel alone to?

As with just about anywhere in the world, you are safer travelling with others, but as long as you use your common sense, travelling alone is generally perfectly safe.

Take all the usual precautions: carry copies of all your documentation in case you are robbed and try to keep in touch with family or friends overseas. There's no shortage of internet cafes across the country, so there's no excuse for not occasionally dropping an email to placate worriers at home. Better still, send a postcard - some people still use them.

If you ever find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, don't hesitate to ask a local for assistance - by and large Khmers are very helpful, end even if they don't speak your language, they'll be able to help you find someone who does.



When is the best time to travel to Cambodia?

From November to March, the temperature is cool with an average of 25 degree Celcius and the humidity is low.


What money should I take in Cambodia?

The Riel is the local currency but the US Dollar is widely accepted and used in most transactions. Credit cards, Traveller's cheques, foreign currencies are accepted in hotels and major banks. It is recommended to carry U.S. Dollars in small denomination notes. Credit Card Teller machines are now available in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.



Are credit cards accepted in Cambodia?

Not generally, but most top-range hotels, some middle range and very few lower range hotels will accept them. Very few restaurants and bars accept them. Most travel agents prefer cash. If you can use them, expect to be charged a 3% surcharge.


What about Tipping in Cambodia?

Tipping is general formal in Cambodia. You dont have to very hard with your money spening. Khmer People most generous. Major hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge & tax on bills. If not included in the bill, a 5% tip would be apppropriate if service was satisfactory. For porters, 1,000 Riel per bag is sufficient.



Should I tip in Cambodia?

Tipping is not expected but as always appreciated. If you want to tip, 10% percent is generous.


Where I can do shopping in Cambodia?

Cambodia, Especially in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap offer fine silks, textiles, statues and carvings along with silverwork and even art, The Buddhism-themed items, Daily used Items and Grocery Store are sold in most center market and on the street and in large markets both in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and, generally speaking, specific items for sale are to be found in specific parts of the towns. However, in certain markets, without a basic foundation in the Khmer Language you'll find it nigh on impossible to bargain prices down so make sure you take a Khmer-speaking friend along or stick to the big markets.



Should I bargain for everything I want to buy in Cambodia?

No. If an item has a price tag then you're not expected to bargain. You are not expected to bargain in a restaurant either.


What shouldn't I do when bargaining in Cambodia?

Yell, scream or behave like a rude foreign tourist;
Throw your money at the vendor;
Refuse to buy something after the vendor has accepted your price;
Go red in the face arguing over 100 riel;
Lose your sense of humour. You are supposed to be having fun.



What are food are served in Cambodia?

Khmer Foods is closely related to its neighboring countries, Thailand, although it is not as spicy. The Amok (fish prepared with coconut milk and spices) is probably the most famous Cambodian dish. There is a wide variety of dishes that you can have such as curries; stir-fried vegetables, noodles, soups and vegetarian. All meals are served with steamed rice. Western food is available in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

French, Italian, Spanish and Other Western Foods are available and More Asian Dishes.



What language should I understand in Cambodia?

Khmer Languages is the official language but English is widely spoken in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and fore every most hotel, restaurnat, bar, night club, followed by French. In the countryside, people speak Khmer.


Can I trust the Khmer police in Cambodia?

Depending on the situation, the Khmer police will try to help you out as much as they can, although often that isn't very much. In cases of theft they'll quite happily let you file a report, but don't expect them to go rushing out to catch the culprit. If you are driving yourself around in Cambodia, don't be surprised if the police stop you and muddle around basically looking for a bribe. Be polite, smile a lot, and pay them -- you are allowed to bargain! The one time you do not want the police involved is if you are involved in a car or motorcycle accident. As long nobody is seriously injured, try to sort out - you will inevitably be at fault and must pay - before the police show up. If you wait for them, you'll have to pay them as well.



What are the chances of being robbed in Cambodia?

In Cambodia, pretty high. Petty theft, particularly snatch-and-grab incidents, are on the rise here, primarily in Phnom Penh. Hang on tight to any handbags and never leave a camera or mobile phone sitting on a bar or restaurant table. Be careful if talking or messaging on a mobile while riding pillion on a moto - friends have had their phone snatched. Motorcycle snatch-and-grabs in particular, where the thieves are on a motorbike, can be quite dangerous. Walk on the footpath rather than the road where possible.

Don't go outside with anything you don't need and can't afford to lose.



What kind of trekking gear do you supply to Cambodia?

Dong Travel supply back packs, hammocks with integrated mosquito nets and blankets.


Do I need Vaccinations when travel to Cambodia?

When you enter Cambodia, No vaccinations are required. Most traveler are advised to check in their own country regarding protection against malaria, typhoid, hepatitis A and B and any type of illness.

Present, there has been no difficulty to find a foreign doctor or dentist in Phnom Penh. Siem Reap and find private clinic with international standards for traveler's treatment. Foreign medicaments can be easily found in major towns.



What general health advice can you offer for Cambodia?

If you require medical attention in Cambodia, you will be expected to pay cash even if you have medical insurance. Keep all your receipts and claim the cost back from your insurance company when you return home. For serious medical care get out of the country as quickly as possible.



Will I get diarrhoea in Cambodia?

Yeah probably. Prevention is the best cure, so be careful of what you eat and drink, and also wash your hands before eating. Activated charcoal can provide relief and is a time-honoured treatment. Despite rumours to the contrary, a diet of beer and bananas will not help.