Cambodia in Brief
Cambodia officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia with a population of over 14.8 million. The state religion is Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by approximately 95% of the total population; the rest are Khmer Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer Muslim, Thai, Indian and 30 hill tribes.
Population density is 80.09/km2
Various factors contribute to the Cambodian culture including Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, French colonialism, Angkorian culture, and modern globalization. Cambodian culture not only includes the culture of the lowland ethnic majority, but also some 20 culturally distinct hill tribes colloquially known as the Khmer Loeu. Rural Cambodians wear a Krama scarf which is a unique aspect of Cambodian clothing. The Sampeah is a traditional Cambodian greeting or a way of showing respect to others. Khmer culture, as developed and spread by the Khmer empire, has distinctive styles of dance, architecture and sculpture, which have been exchanged with neighboring Laos and Thailand throughout history.
We recommend tourists to wear long clothes once entering Angkor and other temples rather than the short. Loose, light clothing is also recommended during day tours in Siem reap.
As the most of the Southeast Asia Countries, Cambodia’s climate is hot and warm almost all year round. The climate is dominated by the annual monsoon cycle of rainy and dry seasons. The dry season extends from November till April and temperatures range from 26°C to 38°C. The rainy season lasts from May to October with temperature range from 20°C to 32°C. December to January is the cool months while the hottest period is in April.
LanguageKhmer is the official language of Cambodia, although French is still spoken by the older generation. English is gaining in popularity, particularly in tourist areas such Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanouk Vill.
Riel is the national currency with 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000 notes. In Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanouk Ville, however, US dollar is accepted and tourists are recommended to carry small notes in this currency. We accept accepts Visa Card and MasterCard to settle your incidental bill
VISA in CambodiaTourist VISA: Tourist visas are required and can be obtained in advance or upon arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. In the latter case, guests must provide a passport photo and US$25. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date and must have one entirely blank page available for the visa. Guests are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.
Business VISA: Guests are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.
Reasonable precautions should be taken against mosquito-borne diseases, including the use of mosquito repellents in the early morning and late in the day to minimize the risk. Travelers may also wish to consult their doctors.
Electricity voltage is 220 with 50 cycles. Cambodia time is plus seven hours GMT. It is the same as neighboring time zone of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. In the dry season, which is a little cooler, a light sweater may be needed during the evening. It is recommended to bring along a comfortable pair of walking shoes, wide brimmed hat and sunscreen. Bargaining is customary in some of local markets.
Jayavaraman VII Hospital and Angkor Hospital for Children are the completely free treatment for poor Cambodian children and they really need fund to support their daily operation. For charity, please contact our hosting desk for facilitation and the donation must be made directly at any of the hospital you wish.
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