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Cambodia country information

Cambodia map
Kingdom of Cambodia
Area: 181,035 sq km
Population: 14,241,640
Population density: 78 per sq km
Capital: Phnom Penh
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes

Passports

Passport valid for at least six months after date of return from Cambodia required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Required by all nationals referred to in chart above.

Note: Visitors arriving by air can obtain a visa for stays of up to 30 days on arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport, Angkor. Visas are also available from Immigration at the border posts of Bavet, Poi Pet and Koh Kong. Visitors are advised to check current situation before travelling. E-Visas are only valid for entry via Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Cham Yeam land border, Poi Pet land border and Bavet land border.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa Note

Applications by post will only be accepted through a recognised visa courier. For further details, contact the nearest consulate (or consular section of embassy). 

Nationals flying in to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport will be able to apply for a 30-day visa on arrival in Cambodia. 

Types of Visa and Cost

Tourist (single-entry): 15 (30 for express); Business (single-entry): 20 (40 for express); Transit: 10 (20 for express); E-Visa: US$20 plus an additional US$5 handling fee. Express visas are issued within 24 hours.

Validity

All visas are valid for a one month period, and visas issued by the embassy must be used within three months of date of issue. Extensions of up to one extra month for Tourist visas or six or 12 months for Business visas (which can be multiple) may be granted by the Ministry of the Interior at the Immigration Office in Phnom Penh.

Applications to:

Consulate (or consular section of embassy).

Visitors can also apply for an electronic visa (e-Visa) online through the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (website: www.mfaic.gov.kh ). At present, visitors travelling on an e-Visa must enter Cambodia at either Phnom Penh International Airport or Siem Reap International Airport. Tourists on package tours will normally have their visas arranged by the tour operator.

Working Days Required

Five from day of receipt of application form. Express visas are issued within 24 hours. E-Visas are issued within three working days; the visa is delivered electronically to the applicant's mailbox.
Getting there

Getting There by Air

Bangkok Airways ( www.bangkokair.com ) and Thai Airways International ( www.thaiair.com ) fly between Cambodia and Thailand. Malaysia Airlines ( www.malaysiaairlines.com ) flies from Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam Airlines ( www.vietnamairlines.com ) from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and Lao Airlines ( www.laos-airlines.com ) from Vientiane.

Approximate Flight Times

From Bangkok to Phnom Penh is 1 hour 15 minutes (there are no long haul flights outside Asia). From London to Bangkok is 11 hours 20 minutes.

Main Airports

Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) (website: www.cambodia-airports.com/phnompenh ) is 10km (6 miles) from Phnom Penh. To/from the airport: Taxis and motorbike taxis to the city are available (journey time - 10 minutes). For pre-arranged tours a pick-up service is available. Facilities: Left luggage, bureaux de change, shops, duty-free, post office and light refreshments. 

Siem Reap International Airport (REP) (website: www.cambodia-airports.com/siemreap ) is 8km (5 miles) from Siem Reap. To/from the airport: Taxis and motorbike taxis to Siem Reap are available (journey time - 7 to 10 minutes). For pre-arranged tours a pick-up service is available. Facilities: Left luggage, bureau de change, shops and light refreshments.
Departure Tax
US$25 levied on international departures at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap; US$13 for children under 12. Children less than two years of age are exempt.

Getting There by Water

Main ports: Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

Phnom Penh can be reached via the Mekong Delta through Vietnam. This route is served by regular passenger ferry services from Chau Doc in Vietnam and can be booked through travel agencies or at the dock. Sihanoukville is reached from Thailand through the border crossing at Hat Lek and the boat from Koh Kong. Tickets can be purchased at the dock in Sihanoukville.

Getting There by Road

The Thai and Vietnamese borders are open for overland access. The main highway links the capital with the Vietnam border. Border checkpoints include Poipet, Cham Yeam, O'Smach, Anlong Veng and Psar Prom (Thailand), Bavet, Kaam Samnor and Phnom Den (Vietnam). The border with Laos at Stung Treng is currently closed so travellers should check the situation as it changes regularly. Cross-border bus services are from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam operated by Phnom Penh Sorya Transport Company (tel: (23) 210 359; website: www.ppsoryatransport.com ). 

Note: It is possible to drive from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in a day but there are formalities involved regarding the use of the same vehicle all the way. Right-hand drive vehicles (quite common in Cambodia) are not allowed entry to Vietnam. Vietnamese visas must be obtained in advance but Cambodian visas can be obtained at the border.
Cycling & Maps
Cost of living
Cambodia: all prices in Cambodian Riels (KHR)
drinks and snacks

food: local markets; restaurants; and stores

water (mineral)
juice

1 litre
1 litre
1,000+
tba

bread loaf-white
bread loaf-whole grain

600g
750g
tba
tba
soft drink (can)
soft drink (bottle)
300ml
1 litre
tba
1,500
budget restaurant meal one serving
one serving
7,000
tba
beer - local
wine
650ml
750ml
6,200
42,000
noodle soup
pizza takeaway

one serving
med

2000 - 4000
tba
tea
coffee (cafe / bar)
Nescafe instant
coffee - ground
25 bags
per cup
125g
500g
10,500
2,500
8,350
21,000
rice (white)
pasta
eggs
tinned tomatoes

kg
500g
per dozen
250g

tba
0.50
4,200
4,200
milk
yoghurt / curd
cheese
Magnum icecream
1 litre
500g
kg
each

6,300
25,150
tba
tba

potatoes
onions
tomatoes
green beans
kg
kg
kg
kg
tba
tba
tba
tba
chips
salted peanuts
dried apricots
200g packet
kg
kg
tba
tba
tba
apples
oranges
bananas
kg
kg
kg
tba
tba
tba

cornflakes
chocolate

375g packet
100g block
tba
tba
pineapple (can)
oil (corn)
500g can
500ml
tba
tba

biscuits - plain
biscuits- chocolate

200g packet
200g packet
tba
tba
peanut paste
jam
500g jar
400g jar
tba
tba
 
accommodation personal
budget city hotel
budget city hotel
26,000 share bathroom
40,000 (double) with bathroom
deodorant - roll-on
soap
shampoo
toothbrush
toothpaste
disposable razor
toilet paper
50ml
150g bar
200ml
each
100ml
5 pack
each
tba
tb
tba
tba
tba
tba
1,000
camping
tba

internet 8,360

* tba = price to be announced
* January 2009: at time of writing 1.00 USD = 4.17 KHR
all prices have been taken from internet resources such as wikitravel, hostel world, leading supermarket chains, travel blogs, forums and of course our own travel experiences and purchases of everyday products in food markets, bazaars and local shopping facilities. They are only an indication and designed to give you a general impression of the cost of living in Cambodia. Items are geared towards the budget conscious traveller with an occasional craving for a bit of luxury.
Accommodation
Food & drink
Bike shops
Phnom Penh Vicious Cyclo Cafe
29, St 130.
Phnom Penh (opp. Indochina 2 Hotel)
e-mail: smey@khmercycling.com
website
   
  Or m aybe get in touch with Cambodia Cyclists Club
Climate
climate chart Phnom Penh Cambodia climate chart Siem Raep
Road distances
Cambodia road distance chart
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