Cambodia Useful Facts
Flight and Transfers
Indirect flights to Cambodia from London Heathrow take approximately 14 hours, and typically have one stopover. There are two main airports: Phnom Penh International Airport, which is a gateway to the capital and most commonly used, and Siem Reap International Airport.
Qatar Airways, British Airways and Thai Airways all provide international flights to Phnom Penh International Airport. You can also fly in via domestic airlines, including Air Asia, Asiana Airlines and Bangkok Airways.
You will need a visa to enter Cambodia. This may be done on entry to Cambodia. The current visa cost is $30USD - you must pay in cash so please take USD Dollars with you.
The official language in Cambodia is Khmer. Young Cambodians learn English as a second language; so many people will speak either basic or fluent English in major towns and cities.
In Cambodia the state of the roads are poor, with reckless drivers and hardly any road rules, therefore it is unlikely you will self-drive. Traffic drives on the right, and there is a lack of road signs or traffic lights, so driving can be very dangerous. However, there are plenty of other transport options.
Driving: Car and motorcycle rental is cheap in Cambodia, and almost all rental cars include a driver. Renting costs around US$30-US$35 a day, though this may increase with fuel prices. If you do decide to drive, you will need an international driving license. As for insurance, if you are travelling in a rented car with a driver it will be fully insured. Rented motorcycles are not insured, though you will need to sign a contract agreeing to a valuation if the motorcycle is stolen – which is very common, so make sure you have appropriate security. It is highly recommended that you have medical insurance. Motorcycle rental is forbidden in Siem Reap.
Bus: Buses are a safe and cheap way to get around Cambodia. Many services start in Phnom Penh, and connect to all major cities. As buses are privately run, they usually depart and arrive at their company offices, which means you will need to visit them to get information on timetables and fares – though some guesthouses will give you details. It is recommended to buy a ticket the day before, as there is a no standing policy.
Minibus: For faster transport than a bus, minibuses are a great alternative. The minibus routes usually leave from local transport stops and connect to major cities and also smaller destinations. They are also cheap to travel on, though can get overcrowded.
Bike: Alternatively, experienced cyclists will find that Cambodia is a great place to explore, given that the roads are mostly flat, or slightly hilly. However given the bad road conditions, cyclists will need to be experienced and be riding a mountain bike. Some hotels in Cambodia rent out bicycles for a good price, from around US$2 to US$15 depending on the brand.
Shared Taxis: Taxis are certainly faster than other transport, but are more expensive. Drivers can be reckless, and the taxis are usually very crowded, it is normal for three people to be on the front passenger seat.
Motos: Not the safest of transport due to busy traffic and bag snatching. It is common to see three passengers on one vehicle, as well as any bags being put between the driver’s knees and the handlebar.
Tuk-tuks: A pricier mode of transport, and a slower one too. These are covered passenger cars that hold four people and are pulled by motorbikes. However, due to the weight of the tuk-tuks and the underpowered motorbikes, transport in this manner can be very slow.
Riel is the local currency. US dollars are also accepted everywhere, though change may be given in riel. Only US dollars with no tears will be accepted. Credit cards are not widely used, though high-end hotels and businesses may accept them.
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Vaccination and Health
As health requirements change, you will need to visit your GP at least four to six weeks before you leave for Cambodia to check whether you need vaccinations. Public health facilities in Cambodia are poor, so you will need to ensure you have health insurance.
There have been cases of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in poultry, so it is best to avoid visiting live animal markets and ensure all poultry and egg dishes are cooked.
For further information, visit the Official Site for Tourism in Cambodia
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