Phnom Penh. Has a  population of around 2 million. Religion: The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, as is also practiced in Thailand, Burma, Laos and Sri Lanka. About 90% of Khmers are of this religion. The country also has minority religions of about half a million Muslims, and 60,000 Christians. Local Time: is 7 Hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). The capital has changed a lot with many new buildings, good roads etc and the airport is modern and easy with fast foods etc. It is transforming very fast with a wealthy section that one can only ask where does all the money come from when you see the number of people doing nothing. Everything is cash so how taxation exists must be a headache. However there are many poor people as well as the rich. Most if not everything comes in from China or Thailand.


Opening hours:
Government offices - Hours of business are 07:30 to 11:30 and again from 14:00 to 17:00, Mondays to Fridays.  General offices - privately run companies are usually open for business from 07:30 to 20:00 every days. Banks - open from 08:00 to 15:30, Mondays to Fridays. Closed on public holidays. 
Market - open from early morning to late evening; they do not close on Sundays or public holidays. Theres  ATM machines ANZ Royal Bank ATM's accept Visa credit cards. Canadia Bank ATM's accept bank debit cards holding a Cirrus/Maestro logo. Make sure all your US$ have no creases or rips as you won't be able to get rid of them. You can use Baht near Thailand and in Siam Reap so save your dollars for Phnom Penh.

Electricity -

All electric appliances use 220 volts. Tips for travelers: Visitors to Cambodia should realize that it is not safe to travel freely all over the country. The tourist information desk at Pochentong Airport and the information desk at the Ministry of Tourism, or reputable tour companies will give tourists advice on where it is safe to travel in Cambodia. Provided that advice is given, visitors will find no problems. The Cambodian people offer a warm welcome, and the natural and architectural wonders to be found make a visit to Cambodia an experience never to be forgotten but be careful as some will try to fleece you.


The music of Cambodia performed on traditional instruments plays an important part in the lives of the people, and accompanies with dance, rituals and ceremonies. Arts and Crafts can be found in intricate stone and woodcarvings, Cambodia hand woven silk, and their silversmiths expertise dates from the 11th century.  Shopping and Bargaining: Visitors should remember to be relaxed during the bargaining ritual, and to enjoy themselves. If they are not frustrated when they are not understood very well they will come away with a cheap and interesting souvenir.
Accommodations: Lots of Guesthouses &  hotels handle the yearly influx of a half million visitors of all faiths from all continents. Prices for accommodation are moderate, but those seeking luxury will find five star and some five star deluxe hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Tourist guides:

Highly professional government licensed tourist guides are available to help visitors to get the maximum benefit from sightseeing. These experienced multilingual guides accompany by organized bus tours or hired cars are offered by tour companies or private rental car companies. Visitors are welcome by 163 travel  agencies and offered guides speaking English, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese. However most Hotels have cars available with drivers to show you around. 

Motorcycle Hire: $3 a day for a Honda Dream but make sure you lock it up. $6 for a 250cc dirt bike & gas is 500 riel a litre. Keep away from Noradom Blvd as its a no go for bikes & lots of blue uniform Police who will fine you up to $20 for beer money?? Yes they even say it but settle for 5000 riel or $5.  

POLICE & CRIME: Police earn $16 a month?? You also see soldiers & guards who still carry AK47s around and crime does exist but its a lot better than 10 years ago and getting better all the time as the infrastructures get better. If you lose your wallet don't think they will investigate as you will have to pay for them to do that. Always carry your passport and make sure you have copies in your bag. If you lose your passport forget telling the Police as they will want a bribe and still do nothing so make sure you have the Embassy numbers in your pocketbook. However we believe there is a Tourist Police so perhaps life has changed a little but ask any of the riverfront hotels and guesthouse restaurants that are foreign owned and they will help you. Theres ATMs and Banks everywhere now so just have as much money as you need when travelling around but the Cambodians are very freindly & don't hassle you as much as Thais do.

INTERNET: Cheap and its everywhere. In many Hotels its free and internet cafes charge $1 an hour. Theres wifi everywhere and no worries if you have your laptop.In Cambodia to have Internet in your home costs a mere $19 a month. Compared to NZ where satellite internet stings you for $120 a month & you have to pay for downloads, Cambodia internet is quick and fast. Even Thailand do not as yet allow free internet in many places and oversharge but the west is worse??? There is also free wifi computers at the departure lounge for free everything

DOING BUSINESS: Forget it unless you are game or don't mind bribing the police each month. Basically you can then do anything you want and open as long as you want. You can open a bar and obtain a genuine license for $US500 then forget the tax and away you go. No food or liquour license like Thailand & they do have supermarkets and all night shops same as in Thailand. The Vietnamese invasion effectively gave Vietnam a foothold in Cambodia so Vietnamese Nationals only need ID cards to come over and a lot have filled the vaccuum of those Cambodians who lost there lives to Pol Pot and his bunch. Again we see the Vietnamese are in no hurry to share their talent with the Khemer and as for the Thais you will not see Thai restaurants springing up who will explooit the place as the Cambodians have had problems with Thailand in the past so Thais are not exploiting openly any more. This is a good sign as the Thais would take over everything from property to business as they do in other countries. But for a foreigner with a good Cambodian guide there is an opening to do business but just remember the US$ goes a long way in Cambodia so pick the right business that you want to do. We found in 2011 when we visited that even giving more money for items bought they would mention the fact whereas a Thai wouldn't or overcharge a foreigner so from our experience we felt the Cambodians are much nicer to deal with than Thais who are over obsessed with money.


For Machinery etc like truck parts and machinery parts the Cambodians are good at stripping things and No 70 road which one takes to the airport from the river is abundant with truck and machinery parts. Like in Thailand there is no uniformity of where one department is from another but the city is easy to get around and theres plenty of motorbike taxies and bikes to hire.  


Yes. There is a Thai Embassy again in Phnom Penh but you get a visa on arrival and its a place where many foreigners come to get their visa then head back to Thailand. The visa-on-arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport cost $US20 for a tourist visa and $25 for a business long stay visa so make sure you have $US on you when you arrive. As you come off the plane you hand your passport into one counter then go to the next counter where they will give you back your passport with visa stamp and you pay the $US charge. You then continue to the Immigration and they will finally stamp you thru then you can get your luggage and exit. Make sure you have a passport photo with you when you get the visa. Airasia has a daily run from Bangkok 3.20pm and a return is at 5.20pm once a day as well as Bangkok Airways. If you book with Airasia at the airport then they will include your departure fee of $US20 so this aves you the hassle of having the $20 needed if you have to do.Like anything you can book on the internet now.

You can also get the visa at any crossing and or at the Poipet crossing to the west with Thailand. Have a spare passport photo to avoid undue delays and a small additional charge. Otherwise the fee is in US dollars for a tourist visa which can be extended for a further 30 days for an additional fee without leaving the country. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from your departure date. Living in Cambodia is a lot easier for a foreigner than in Thailand and cheaper. The food is excellent as is the infrastructure and its easy to get around. The problem will be for most foreigners is what to do but one can get a long visa without having to go out all the time like Thailand


Cambodians & the Chinese/ Vietnam population are rich and you will see the many hugh homes that line the streets in various areas in the city. Of course there are still the NGOs like UNICEF with their flash offices and overpaid staff who seem to do very little to stimulate the economy in favour of their own pockets and the army are all into business which is usually the norm in such countries. Bit the Cambodians are a lot more friendlier than Thais and do not hard press you to buy as in Thailand. Cambodia has come a long way since 10 years ago as you will see the huge homes with high gates and fences adorn boulevards. Theres a big gap between rich and poor as the tax system is pretty useless and those in the army and high places dominate the business world. Over the years the UN and US Governments and others have poured millions of $$$$ into officicials pockets and still do just like many countries whose GDP is minimal??? so corruption in ven Cambodia is no different than Thailand or laos.


You must try the baguettes. You will see stalls everywhere but check out the ones with pate; cucumber, onions, tomatoes and they are delicious



Khmer Rouge period, as well as information relating to Cambodian refugees and immigrants abroad Cambodia files   archive of the Khmer people, legal aid, press  Cambodia Web  information about Cambodia, its history,  Angkor Wat, culture and traditions, tourism Cambodian History and socio-economic info Including Killing Fields info. Cambodian Webring  Index of  personal & official sites. World Factbook                 Current Local Weather Forecast          Embassy Page                 

Festivals & Holidays 
January or February Chinese and Vietnamese New Year celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese minorities, but many shops close. The celebration is determined by the lunar calendar so the date may change. 
January Commemoration Day: last sermon of the Buddha; date is determined by the lunar calendar. 
January 7 National holiday: The Fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979. 
March 8 National holiday: Women's Day  with parades. 
April Chaul Chhnam; traditional Cambodian New Year, same as Songkran in Thailand; last for three? maybe 7 days during which Cambodians throw water; date determined by the lunar calendar. 
April Visak Bauchea; commemoration of the birth and first Buddha sermon. Date determined by the lunar calendar. 
April 17 Independence Day; national holiday in commemoration of the fall of the Lon Nol dictatorship on April 17, 1975. 
May 1 Labour Day:National holiday 
June 19 Memorial Day founding of the revolutionary forces of Cambodia in 1951; parades in Phnom Penh. 
June 28 Memorial Day of the founding of the Revolutionary People's Party of Cambodia in 1951; parades and celebrations in Phnom Penh. 
July Beginning of the Buddhist Lent; the exact date depends on the lunar calendar. The day is preferred by Cambodian and Buddhist men of neighbouring countries to enter a monastery, most Buddhist men will enter the Monkhood for 3 months during their life. 
September The day of the final celebrations of the Buddhist Lent; exact date determined by the lunar calendar. 
September Prachum Ben; a kind of Cambodian All-Saints-Day in commemoration of the dead and ancestors; exact date determined by the lunar calendar. 
October and November Water Festival celebrates the turn of the Tonle Sap river current. This river connects lake Tonle Sap with the Mekong. For most of the time the river flows from lake Tonle Sap into the Mekong. However, during the rainy season from about June to October the Mekong carries a high water level, and in response the Tonle Sap river flows in reverse direction, from the Mekong back into lake Tonle Sap. This causes lake Tonle Sap to swell to over twice its regular size. At the end of the rainy season, when the water level of the Mekong drops again, the current reverts and the water added to lake Tonle Sap during the rainy season flows back into the Mekong. 


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City River Hotel combines traditional Khmer Hospitality and style in a modern, comfortable, boutique environment.A warm welcome await you when you arrive at City River and from that moment you will know that you have made the right choice. Centrally located in a tropical setting overlooking the scenic Siem Reap River and within easy reach of Siem Reap city centre, the international airport and the magnificence of the Angkor Temples, City River Hotel is your home away from home whilst visiting Siem Reap.P. O. Box 93171
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Cheapest visa run to the Cambodian border from Pattaya

Get a Songtheo taxi from Pattaya to Sukhumvit Road/Pattaya Klang (5 Baht). Every few minutes a blue bus stops. Go to Rayong, change to a bus to Chantaburi, change again go toTrat (non-air 30 Baht, slow). From Trat by Minibus to the Cambodian Border (100 Baht). The whole trip to the border is less than 300 Baht/one way.
If you haven't got a visa for Cambodia, you can get one at the Border (1 picture, 1 application form, 20 $ for the Visa and $US5 "beermoney). Don't go back the same day, because the guards ask for an additional 300-500 Baht 'permit fee'. Take a 'moto taxi' at the Cambodian side to Koh Kong (50 Baht). Guesthouses in Koh Kong: 'Otto' Fan room 150 Baht but its a bit of a dump? (nice restaurant ) - 'Cheap Charley' is 60-80 Baht for a fan room, very friendly owner.
Nightlife: 'Chicken farm' (10-20 Baht moto taxi). Few Houses with tables - enjoy a beer (Lao, Singha $US1), lots of Vietnamese girls (100 Baht), if you're a newbie they start with 200 Baht or more.

Do you want to stay in Thailand longer? This tour gets 30days stamp at Cambodia border without Thai Visa, included 2,200B! with full option. Express VIP SERVICE! and VIP bus!! PATTAYA to CAMBODIA in a day.
Depart from TESCO LOTUS at South Pattaya RD. by overpass at 6.00am everyday.


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