Cambodia - Tips for Visitors

 

Passports and Visas

A valid passport and visa are required of all foreigners visiting Cambodia. Cambodian consulates (or Consular section of Embassy) in Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane, Moscow, and Washington, D.C. are able to issue visas. Visas are also available on arrival at the international airports.
Tourists on package tours will normally have their visas arranged by the tour operator. Business visas are obtainable through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Phnom Penh or an official invitation.
Application requirements: (a) Completed application form; (b) 2 passport-size photos; (c) photocopy of passport; (d) tour itinerary and fee; (e) business card, if applying for business visa.
The visa fee is US$20 and is usually valid for one month, although extensions may be granted by the Foreign Ministry in Phnom Penh.

Health

Regulations and requirements may be subject to change at short notice, and you are advised to contact your doctor well in advance of your intended date of departure. The numbers in the following chart are explained below.
Requirements Special Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No 1
Cholera Yes 2
Typhoid & Polio Yes -
Malaria 3 -
Food & Drink 4 -

[1]: Travelers arriving from infected areas require a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
[2]: A cholera vaccination certificate is no longer a condition of entry to Cambodia. However, cholera is a serious risk in this country and precautions are essential. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness.
[3]: Malaria risk exists all year throughout the country. The malignant falciparum strain predominates and is reported to be highly resistant to chloroquine and resistant to sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine. Resistance to mefloquine has been reported from the western provinces.
[4]: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should first be boiled or otherwise sterilized. However, bottled water is increasingly available throughout the country. Milk is typically unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised, but make sure that it is reconstituted with pure water. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Pork, salad and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Plague is present and vaccination is advised. Poliomyelitis continues to be reported. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Swimming pools which are well-chlorinated and maintained are safe. Rabies is present. Health insurance is absolutely essential and doctors and hospitals expect cash payments for any medical treatment.

Money

The riel is Cambodia’s currency. However, the US dollar is widely accepted and usually preferred by hotels, restaurants, and tourist sites. Travelers’ cheques in US dollars can be changed at most banks in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. If you plan to travel to outskirts, it is advisable to use small change in US dollars although the riel is acceptable. Credit card facilities are limited but some banks, hotels, and restaurants do accept them.

Travel to and Within Cambodia

 

Air

Twelve international airlines service direct flights to and from Cambodia, including Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways International. There are 11 cities in Asia that have direct international flights to and from Cambodia, including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Singapore. Within Cambodia, four airlines (Siem Reap Airways, Royal Phnom Penh Airways, President Airlines, and Royal Air Cambodge) serve seven cities or towns throughout the country. The cities/towns with flights are Battambang, Koh Kong, Mondolkiri, Phnom Penh, Rattanakiri, Siem Reap, and Stung Treng.

Waterways

Visitors can reach Cambodia by waterway at the two international ports at Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. Sihanoukville receives cruise ships from around the world. Visitors arriving by water are required to have an entry visa for Cambodia in advance.
Ferries and boats are also used to traveling around Cambodia. Government-run ferries depart from the Psar Cha Ministry of Transport Ferry Landing between 102 and 104 Streets and go to Kompong Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Kompong Chhnang and Phnom Krom.

Land

(i) Access from Vietnam
There is one international border checkpoint between Cambodia and Vietnam, which is at Bovet (Cambodia) and Mocbay (Vietnam). Most visitors traveling by land across this point are going between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. At the border, there are many taxis on both sides, and a taxi to Phnom Penh costs around US$10 per person.
Visitors accessing Cambodia through this point are required to have an entry visa for Cambodia in advance, which can obtained from a Royal Cambodian Embassy or at Cambodian consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.
(ii) Access from Thailand
Currently there are two international land border points between Cambodia and Thailand. One is located between Poipet and Aranyaprathet, and this is commonly used for travelers going to Angkor Wat by land. Visitors can get an entry visa for Cambodia on arrival at a cost of US$20. Taxi also available there, especially for Siem Reap, and it costs around US$15 per person. The journey from the border to Siem Reap takes around seven hours.
The second land crossing is at Cham Yem in Koh Kong (Cambodia) and Trad (Thailand). To cross at this point visitors are required to have an entry visa for Cambodia, which can be obtained at the Royal Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok. From Koh Kong, visitors can continue their trip to Sihanoukville, the seaside paradise of Cambodia, by speedboat. The trip takes around 3 hours and cost US$20 (one way). Other land crossings between Thailand and Cambodia are being discussed by the two governments.
(iii) Land transport within Cambodia
Buses to Phnom Penh suburbs are available from 182 Street. The bus station is open from 05:30 to 17:30.
Cruising taxis are not common in Cambodia. However, service taxis can be hired at various locations in Phnom Penh, including the international airport. Another location is Psar Chbam Pao Shared-Taxi Station between 367 Street and 369 Street. Cars can be hired easily from most major hotels in Phnom Penh and the other main cities.
There is a railway passenger service in the southern and northwestern regions of the country. Planning has commenced to provide international rail service between Poipet and Aranyaprathet, thereby creating a link between Phnom Penh and Bangkok.

Hotels

There are numerous hotels located in Phnom Penh. Below is a short list of the major foreign business and tourist hotels in the capital. The country and area code for Phnom Penh is 855- 23.

City Central Hotel
Monivong Blvd. at Street
128
Tel: 722-022
Fax: 722-021
Hotel Cambodiana
No. 313, Sisowath
Tel: 426-288
Fax: 426-392
Hotel Inter-Continental
No. 296, Mao Tse Toung
Tel: 424-888
Fax: 424-885
Hotel Le Royal
92 Rukhak Vithei Duan Penh
Tel: 981-888
Fax: 981-168
Juliana Hotel
No. 16, Street 152
Tel: 366-070
Fax: 427-916
Royal Phnom Penh Hotel
No. 26, Sothearos
Tel: 982-673
Fax: 982-661
Sunway Hotel
No. 1, Daun Penh, Sangkat
Wat Phnom
Tel: 430-333
Fax: 430-339
   

Hotels also abound in Siem Reap. Below is a short list of the major foreign businessclass/ tourist hotels.
Angkor Hotel
Street 6, Phum Sala Kanseng
Tel: (63) 964-301
Fax: (63)964-302
Grand Hotel d' Angkor
Vithaei Charles De Gaulle
Tel: (63) 963-888
Fax: (63)963-168
Sofitel Royal Angkor
(opened in late 2000)

Embassies

There are 26 foreign embassies in Cambodia:

Embassy of Australia 
No. 11, Street 254
Tel: 213-466 
Fax: 213-413
Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
No. 237, Street 51
Tel: 211-457 
Fax: 211-456
Embassy of Bulgaria
Nº 227, Norodom Blvd.
Tel: 723-182 
Fax: 426-491
Embassy of Canada
No. 11, Street 254
Tel: 213-470 
Fax: 211-389
Embassy of Cuba
Nº 96-98, Yougoslavie
Tel: 368-610 
Fax: 217-428
Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Nº 39, Suramarith St. 
Tel/Fax: 217-013
Embassy of France
Nº 1, Monivong Blvd.
Tel: 430-020
 Fax: 430-038
Embassy of Germany
Nº 76, Yougoslavie
Tel: 216-193 
Fax: 427-746
Embassy of India
Nº 782, Monivong Blvd.
Tel: 210-912 
Fax: 364-489
Embassy of Indonesia
No. 90, Norodom Blvd.
Tel: 216-148 
Fax: 216-129
Embassy of Japan
Nº 75, Norodom Blvd.
Tel: 217-161 
Fax: 216-162
Embassy of the Lao People's
Democratic Republic
Nº 15-17, Mao Tse Toung Blvd.
Tel: 982-632 
Fax:720-907
Embassy of Malaysia
Nº 11. Street 254
Tel: 216-176 
Fax: 216-004
Embassy of Myanmar
No. 181 Norodom
Tel: 213-664; Fax: 213-665
Embassy of the People's
Republic of China
Nº 256, Mao Tse Toung Blvd.
Tel: 720-920 
Fax: 210-861
Embassy of The Philippines
Nº 33, Street 294
Tel: 428-592 
Fax: 428-048
Embassy of Poland
Nº 767, Monivong Blvd.
Tel: 720-916 
Fax: 720-918
Embassy of the Republic of
Korea
No. 64, Samdech Pan
Tel: 211-901
Fax: 211-903
 
Embassy of the Republic of
 
Malta
 
Nº 10, Street 370
 
Tel/Fax: 368-184
Embassy of the RussianFederation
Nº 213, Sothearos Blvd.
Tel: 210-931 
Fax: 216-776
Embassy of Singapore
Nº 92, Norodom Blvd.
Tel: 360-855 
Fax: 360-850
Embassy of Sweden
No. 8, Street 352
Tel: 212-259 
Fax: 212-867
Embassy of Thailand
196 Norodom Blvd.
Tel: 363-869 
Fax: 810-860
Embassy of the United
Kingdom
Nº 27-29, Street 75
Tel: 427-124 
Fax: 427-125
Embassy of the United
States of America
No. 27, Street 240
Tel: 216-436 
Fax: 216-437
Embassy of Vietnam
Nº 436, Monivong Blvd.
Tel: 362-741 
Fax: 362-314
 

 

 
Last Updated
22 Oct 2010 15:00 pm
 


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