Cambodia has two monsoons, the southwest monsoon from May to October brings heavy rains and the northwest monsoon from November to April spreads dry weather throughout the country. Temperatures vary from around 24-35°C with the coolest period between November and January and the hottest from February to April.
MONEY : The Riel is Cambodia’s official currency (US $1 = 4000 riel), but US dollars are widely accepted. Most hotels accept international credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard and travellers checks can be easily cashed. It is advisable for guests to use a combination of cash and travellers cheques for convenience.
VISAS :Visa is easily obtained on arrival at airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap at USD 20 plus a passport-sized photo. Visas can also be obtained at the land entry points from Vietnam and Thailand. For all cases, a valid passport is required.
ELECTRICITY : 220V
TIPPING : Tipping for good service is not expected but is always appreciated in these developing nations. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. Hotel and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for their troubles.
|April 26:||Visak Bochea Day|
|April 30:||Royal Ploughing Ceremony|
|May 1:||Labour Day|
|June 1:||Children’s Day|
|June 18:||Queen’s Birthday|
|September 24:||Constitution Day|
|October 6-7:||Pchoum Benh’s Day|
|October 23:||Paris Peace Accords|
|November 1:||King Sihanouk’s Birthday|
|November 9:||Independence Day|
|November :||Water Festival (three days in mid-November)|
|December 10:||Human Rights Day|
Cambodia’s national language is Khmer, which is also referred to as Cambodian. English is the first language among young students, while French is spoken by older people.
– HELLO : Sour Sdei
– THANK YOU : Aw Kuhn
Cambodia offers a wide range of handicrafts, such as beautiful silverware, pottery and jewellry. Religious themes and scenes of daily life feature strongly in oil paintings and intricate carvings made from sandstone, marble and some of Cambodia’s tropical hardwoods. Perhaps most attractive to visitors are the wide range of traditional silk and cotton cloths which can be made into fine clothing by local tailors at a low cost. In true Asian tradition, open marketplaces are an integral part of Cambodian life. These markets sell everything from mainstream and exotic foods, clothes and electrical appliances, to hundreds of krama, the multi-purpose scarf worn by many Cambodians. Even for non-shoppers, the markets offer a fascinating glimpse of Cambodian daily life and culture.
Since the election of a democratic government in 1993, Cambodia has welcomed tourists with open arms. In the last few years, the country has opened up with the coming of peace and it is now possible to visit many more attractions than in the past. Many of these destinations are unknown to the outside world, helping the visitor feel as much an explorer as a tourist.
Cambodia is justly famous for its magnificent temples, but will soon be renowned for its abundant natural attractions and empty beaches. The tourist infrastructure in Cambodia has developed tremendously in recent years, including the opening of quality hotels and restaurants and the upgrading of roads and transport links, both within the country and to neighbouring countries. Cambodia is more accessible today than at any time in the past three decades and a journey here is a journey to a land of timeless grace and charm.