Currency : The Cambodian Riel (USD $1 =~4000R)
Climtes: All seasons are suitable for travel,
however, the beginning of the year is ideal. December-February,
cool/dry; March-May, hot/dry: June-August, hot/rain; September-November,
Peoples and ethnic groups: 90-95% Khmer, 5% Vietnamese and Chinese, Chams, and several ethnic minorities in the northeast.
Populations: about 15millions
Religion: Theravada Buddhism, Islam (Chams), Christianity, Animism
Languages : Khmer (Cambodian), French and English.
Formalities : A passport valid for at least 6 months
after your return date. A valid visa at least 1 month at the embassy,
but more conveniently on arrival at the international airports: Siem
Reap or Phnom Penh and at border crossings with Thailand, Vietnam, and
Laos. Tourists visa: $25 USD–Business visa: $30 USD.
Time difference : GTM +7 hours
Main activities : Rubber, textile, rice plantation, tourism.
Transport : transport in the country is fairly
rudimentary. The taxi is safe and simple. In town, opt for motorcycle
taxis or tuk-tuks will take you couple USD on average. Bus and boat are
available and inexpensive means:
Health: No vaccinations mandatory is required to enter Cambodia from Europe but still check that you are up to date for your vaccines.
Water : Do NOT drink the tap water. A priori, any
ice has treated water but remain cautious, as for vegetables and fruit
peeled. Check if the bottled water (purified) which are encapsulated
Food: As in any tropical country, of course, there
are risks. So be cautious about fruits and vegetables peeled. In case of
intestinal disorders, avoid street vendors and look for sanitized
Nature: The sun is strong in Cambodia, especially
Angkor area cover your head, wear loose clothing and do not forget your
sunscreen. Drink plenty of purified bottled waters.
To avoid any unpleasant surprises being bitten by poisonous insects, better avoid walking off the beaten track.