Overview of Cambodia
About CambodiaThe official named is Kingdom of Cambodia located in the south of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The country was blessed with diverse flora and fauna which are typical for the tropics. Its long-lasting history is also the attractions which are waiting tourists to discover.
Undoubtedly Cambodia's main attractions are the magnificent Angkor temples, both in scale and beauty, but there is much more on offer than its famous cultural sites. As well as the impressive grandeur of the ancient capital, Cambodia has beauty scattered into thousand facets through the Kingdom. Visitors can cruise down the Mekong and tributary rivers, go trekking in remote areas and relax on deserted beaches.
From the old history Cambodia is benefiting from two decades of relative stability, having endured civil war and the murderous rule of the Khmer Rouge. Its shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, Thailand to the west, the ocean coast to the southwest and covering 20 provinces and 4 municipals.
Since the last national election, a new era of peace and political stability has taking root in the country. Opportunities are now available to discover the deepest heart of the Kingdom, travelling in little known areas and understanding more about the Angkor civilization.
Tourism is one of the main industries in the Kingdom of Cambodia and strong efforts are being made to promote the country as a unique destination, rich in diversity with a fascinating cultural heritage.
Cambodia Useful Tips
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Generally speaking the official business hours are from 8am to 12 pm and 2pm to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, some businesses are open Saturdays for a half day from 8am to 12pm. Opening times of Government offices are different and they are open 7:30am to 11:30am and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Do not drink tap water, only drink bottled water
The biggest caution when visiting Cambodia is to be aware of landmines, which are a problem throughout the country with somewhere between four and six million of them yet to be discovered. The most heavily-mined sections of the country remain Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat and Kampong Thom provinces. And even though the tourist areas of Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville are considered mine-free, you should always stay on well-travelled paths, even around Angkor Wat, and travelling with a knowledgeable guide is recommended.
Photography in airports, railway stations and near any military installations is forbidden and discretion should be used when photographing people, especially monks.
The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, and roughly ninety percent of Khmers follow this religion.
We advise you to arrange an airport pick up with the hotel where you will be staying, if however you prefer to go local, then a taxi from Phnom Penh International Airport (Phnom Penh) will take roughly 15 minutes and cost approximately US$ 15, and from Siem Reap International Airport to city roughly 10 minutes and approx. US$ 10.
Tipping is not compulsory in Cambodia, although it is an acceptable practice and can be used to show your appreciation for excellent service. At the start of your trip, your local guide or Western tour leader will collect a small amount (around 50 cents per day) to be used for communal tips for service staff encountered along the way.
This prevents excessive tipping and the need to always have small change available. We believe you will be very satisfied with the service levels received from Travel Indochina representatives such as drivers, tour leaders and guides, although compulsory tipping is not included in our trips. The choice to tip is entirely up to you.
Tourist Information Offices
The Cambodian Ministry of Tourism is located at 3 Boulevard Monivong in Phnom Penh. You can call the office: +855 23 213 911, or fax: +855 23 426 364, or +855 23 426 107. The official government tourist office in Siem Reap faces the Grand Hotel D’Angkor. You can call the local tourism hotline on: +855 63 963 572. In the rare event that a tour guide causes problems, contact the Khmer Angkor Tour Guide Association on: +855 63 964347.