Capital: Phnom Penh. Has a  population of around 1.3 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).

Bangkok to Siem Reap via Aranyaprathet/Poipet border crossing 466km, 9-12 hour trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap.  4-5 hour bus or train ride from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet (‘Aran’),then a short tuk-tuk ride 6 km to the border crossing. Cambodian visas available. From Poipet on the Cambodian side, 3-8 hour bus or taxi to Siem Reap. From Poipet through Sisophon to Siem Reapyou can take: tourist bus, pickup , or  shared/private taxi. Tourist Bus:varies & watch out for touts taking you to a bus then extracting money and running while the driver isn't there. Buses are slow. 4-8 hours. Pickup: 30 baht (back) - 100 baht (inside, 2 seats) to Sisophon. Change vehicles in Sisophon. 50 baht (in the back) - 200 baht (inside, 2 seats) to Siem Reap. 3-5 hours. Taxi: 150-200 baht per seat in a shared taxi. 900- 1200 baht for the whole car. 3-4 hours. This is the easiest, fastest, most expensive option

Cambodia Visa: 2011:

Visiting Cambodia most nationalities need a visa. Make sure your passport has a min six month validity left. Philippine and Malaysian nationals don't need a tourist visas forstays of up to 21 and 30 days. Visa on arrival is not permitted for the following passports: Afghanistan; Algeria; Bangladesh; Iran; Iraq; Pakistan; Saudi Arabia; Sri Lanka; and Sudan. You need a visa before going plus a sponsor letter or invitation from a company / organization / travel agent, and it may pay to have a valid return ticket. Singaporean nationality is also exempt from the usual visa requirement. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cambodia and International Cooperation has launching e-Visa that enables traveler to apply for a travel visa online. The applicant does not need to visit a Cambodian Embassy to submit an application or even need to sent an application to the Embassy and wait for a response. All they need is to access the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website,, get their passport and credit card information ready and e-Visa will deliver the Visa to their mailbox for them to print. You can always review our website for more information. Payment by credit card. US$25 for a 30 day visa (three month validity.)

Passport/visa requirements:

30-day tourist visa (Type ‘T’): US$20 Tourist visas may be extended for one month, but only one time.

30-day business visa (Type ‘E’): US$25 Business visas can be renewed indefinitely, one month, three months, six months or one year at a time.

Visa requirements and price:

Issuance of a visa on arrival at the airports and international border crossings is relatively quick and easy, taking about 20-30 minutes. One 4x6 photo is required and if coming via plane then you just hand in your passport with photo and the Immigration form. The take at one window then you pay at the next window where they call your name out. Only normally takes 5 minutes then proceed to the immigration & out to the luggage. The airport is nice and new and easy to get around with free internet at the departure lounge to use. Internet is everywhere in Phnom Penh and quick broadband. Its amazing to see even western countries like NZ and Australia still make you pay and the broadband network not as good as Thailand or Cambodia still as at April 2011. In fact in NZ it costs far too much???.

The Mekong River front has many Guesthouses & Hotels

Visa Renewal:

Renew visas through a travel agent or the ‘Immigration Department’ on Confederation de Russie (‘Airport Road’), located opposite Phnom Penh International Airport. Tel: 012-581558. Fax: 023-890380. E-mail: Renew Diplomatic, Courtesy and Official visas at the Consular section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Validity and cost: Border crossings with Thailand: Cambodian visas and 30-day Thai transit visas are available at all of the Thai/Cambodian border crossings. Thai transit visas are free of charge.  Poipet and Koh Kong crossings, Cambodian immigration charge 1000 baht ( tourist visa) and 1500 baht (business visa). No dollars.  Baht is more expensive than the official prices of $20 and $25. 

Visitors arriving by air can obtain a visa for up to 30 days on arrival at Pochentong International Airport, Phnom Penh. One month visa costs US$20, up to 3 months US$40 and more than 3 months US$60 & extensions may be granted by the Immigration Office in Phnom Penh. However first check prices with your Travel agent or the Consulate.

O’Smach Checkpoint Cambodia visas available & Thai transit visas: between Siem Reap, Cambodia and either northern Thailand, or southern Laos via Thailand. From Siem Reap take taxi or pickup to the border via Anlong Veng town.  5-8 hour trip on a rough road from Siem Reap to the border. Price in a pick-up truck: $5-$9.  Nearest Thai city is Surin.

Border Scams Cambodian border guards & touts, especially at Koh Kong and Poipet.  Drivers and touts will insist that you need their help to obtain a visa--crap. Don't let touts take you to the bus saying they work for the company. They will put you on the bus, you then pay and they run away. The visa process is easy, straightforward and do-it-yourself. The guards may charge 50 baht for a SARS form. The form may be required, but it is free. Immigration police try to overcharge 100-300 baht for the visa, or charge 100 baht for the normally free exit/entry stamp. Ask for a receipt or bycet".

Application to: On arrival $20 or 1000 baht.  Business visas cost $25. Tourists on package tours will normally have their visas arranged by the tour operator.

Application requirements: (a) 3 completed application forms.

(b) 2 passport-size photos. (c) Passport. (d) Fee. (e) Business card, if applying for Business visa. (f) Proof of sufficent funds to cover stay.
Visas valid for one month only may also be issued at Pochentong airport and at border towns like Hat Lek and Aranyaprathet.

[ See Visa runs ]

1/. LUCKY MARKET GROUP LTD: Lucky Investment Ltd. Lucky Supermarket, Lucky Burger, Lucky Department Store. Tel: 855(23) 215-229  Fax: 855 (23) 426 291No 160, Preah Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh City, Cambodia.

2/. BAKERS EXPRESS: NZ owned #82, St. 63 Sangkat Boeung Rang Khan Doun Penh, Phnom Penh. Tel: (023)215784  & 018820933

3/. FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS CLUB OF CAMBODIA: Bar restaurant & Business centre. 363 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Restaurant: 724-014, Mobile: 012804-650, Tel: 855 23 210 142. Fax: 855 23 427758  

PLACES TO STAY: This has not been updated and some hotels may not be there anymore

Allison Hotel: International Hotel in the Centre 128 Monivong Blvd. Tel: 018811663/ 015919328 Fax: 360-469

Bayon Hotel: French and affordable: Tel: 427-281 Fax: 427-378

Cloud 9 Guest House & Restaurant: OK and affordable. Tel: 368-289 Boeng Kak Lake.

Dusit Hotel: There are apartments here. Tel: 015913388  Fax: 362-281

Hawaii Hotel: Tel: 426747 Fax: 426 652

Hotel Sofitel Cambodiana: A real good Hotel. 83 Monivong Rd. Tel: 426-288 Fax: 426-290

Olympic Tower: M.V. Jawaharlal Nerhu. Tel: 018812111 Fax: 366-126

Royal Phnom Penh Hotel: Thai managed Hotel. Tel: 360-026  Fax: 360-036

Walkabout Hotel is a popular foreigners Hotel but now run down Try the Blue Tongue Hotel next door same owner if yiou want a bit if luxury but best to go near the riverfront like the Royal Star Hotel with balcony views & buffet breakfast across the road.



We are located on a nice quiet street in the Wat Bo road area, takes only 15 minutes drive from the Siem Reap Airport and 10 minutes drive to the temple complex... There are many good restaurants many Internet caf้, shops and entertainment facilities near to us, We offer free pick up from the bus stop, boat pier and air port by private vehicle. SEE MAP HERE Address: Nฐ 738, Wat Bo Road, behind Mom’s Guesthouse, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Tel & Fax: (+855) 63 965 474 Mobile Phone: (+855) 12 416 591 Mobile Phone: (+855) 12 626 406 E-Mail: Website: Sim Kamsan
H/P: (855-12) 98 58 42 E-mail: Website:

[ Hotels and Travel in Cambodia

CAMBODIA (Kingdom of Cambodia)
Phnom Penh: Royal Thai Embassy
No. 4, Boulevard Monivong,
Sangkat Srass Chork, Khan Daun Penh,
Phnom Penh
Tel : (855 23) 363869-70   Fax : (855 23) 810860
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
โดมเดช บุนนาค 
Residence: No.36, Street 532, Beung Keng Kong,
Khan Chamcar Mon, Phnom Penh.
Tel. (855 23) 362555 361555 Fax: (855 23) 361555

Travel hints: 

Overland from Poipet to Siem Reap costs 25,000 riels (250 baht) for an air con seat in the front & 20,000 roels (200 baht) for a back seat. The trip takes 6-7 hours from the Thai border to Siem Reap & the road is crap [ See Story ]. From Sa Kaew, an overland tour starts from 8000 baht for a 3 day trip. Call Phloi Siam Tour at 01-455-9970 or 037-223-477. Admission to Khmer temples is $US20 for one day, $40 for 3 days & $60 for 1 week. Tickets are not required for Phnom Krom, West Baray. Tickets are purchased at the main entrance to Angkor Wat, 7km from town. Motorcycle taxis are everywhere & a full day to Khmer temples is about $6 per day. The motorcyclists will wait for you but check the big 3: the Banyan forest temple, Uncle Tom then Angkor Wat and you really have seen them then. We did it in less than a day. Remember lots of beggars are there and food is expensive but plenty of stalls for bottled water and drinks etc.

When crossing the border from Thailand, touts for vans to Sihanoukville will approach you, claiming their van is about to leave. Vans only leave when full, regardless of tout’s claims 5 - 7 hours. 600 baht. Faster on a motorcycle if you have but roads not that good in the wet season May onwards.

Koh Kong to/from Sihanoukville by ferry  ferries run daily in both directions between Sihanoukville and Koh Kong. Takes 3 1/2 - 4 hours. US$12-$15 for foreigners. (Tickets are cheaper at guesthouses than at the ferry). From Sihanoukville to Koh Kong: The speedboat departs 12:00noon daily from the ‘Port of Passenger Ship’, near the Port of Sihanoukville, just off Hun Sen Beach Dr. 1km from Phe Rd. Tell your motodup driver ‘Koh Kong’ and he will know that you mean the Koh Kong ferry dock. The boat makes three stops. Get off at the second stop (Rak Long). The ferry arrives in Koh Kong at 4PM and the border closes 5PM so be quick.


Top: Grand Hotel d'Angkor 855-63-963-888 email: costs start at $310    Neak Pean 855-63-380-07 email: offers rooms for $25-30. Lots of Guest houses for $5-10.


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. 


Bon Thai is a managing director at Angkor World Adventure in Cambodia , and Sales-Marketing at a 3-Star hotel in Siem Reap Angkor (Golden Orange Hotel), Hotel-booking arrangement if you or your company , your guests , friends , Family , staff who want to visit Cambodia like  Phnom Penh , Sihanouk Ville , BattamBang and Especially have feeling to visit temples in Siem Reap . My arrangement for package-trip cheaper if comparing with other Tour-companies in my city. Siem Reap as I have known everything which relates with hotel, transport, Day-trip, tour-guide and on. We arrange the visa extension, boat ticket, bus Ticket, air Ticket as well.
Please look at my services as below :

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
#0511, Steung Siem Reap Street, Wat Bo, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Tel: (+855) 63 763 000, Fax: (+855) 63 963 963

Provide all services when guests need like air-
                   ticket , boat ticket , bus ticket
Worldwide air tickets , restaurant reservations ,
Angkor Wat Sightseeing tours
International & domestic ticketing ( on-line
                   reservation )
Worldwide hotel / guest house / accommodation
                   reservation ( on-line reservation )
Tour packages for all your leisure requirements
Educational packages to neighboring countries and
Visa & passport   arrangements
Transportation & free pick up and transfer from
Tour guide arrangements like English , Thai ,
                   French , Chinese , Japanese , Spanish , German ,
                   Vietnamese , Korean , Russian , Italian ,
Student TourPersonal option tour

#01713 , Group 14 , Chongkasuo Village , Slorkram Commune , Siem Reap Angkor ,
Kingdom of Cambodia Mobile Phone 85512 75 29 37 / 85511 57 00 15 / 85516 800 567 )
Tel  &  Fax       855 63 965 769 eMail

 Website    ( in progress )
My hotel website

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.

EXPORTS to and from Bangkok to Cambodia:

We now provide daily transport for you and  your garments and goods from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet or even to Phnom Penh. Also daily transport leaving Pratunam in Bangkok. If you want goods delivered ask us at Asia Trading Post. 

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