Captivating Cambodia is a land of beautiful temples, wild jungle and beautiful countryside.  Travelers to Cambodia can now enjoy many wonderful aspects of this country. Pleasurable moments can be had in the snatches of friendly conversations, in the tranquility ushered in by Buddhist prayer or in the sounds of workers in the rice paddies. One can also search for the charms of the French-era capital city Phnom Penh, visit the tragic horrors of the Killing Fields or drift past sleepy riverside locations on a boat.

The scenery is beautiful and abundant, shaped by landscapes of lush green forests and jungles, banana plantations, agricultural fields and mighty rivers. People here live modest and simple lifestyles and the populace are largely rural. It is not a place of fast and efficient transport or luxurious hotels and resort living. Infrastructure is basic (much of it having been destroyed) and traveling between destinations can be quite an experience - fun for some and frustrating for others. The country's world-class attractions and less-explored reaches, golden beaches and islands beckon the enterprising traveller, and make this unique destination the equivalent of a pearl in an unopened oyster.


Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia.   It has an estimated population nearly 2.0 million (2007).  The historic Angkor Wat is located in the city of Siem Reap.


Climate & Weather

Cambodia's climate can generally be described as tropical with seasonal monsoons. There are two distinct seasons, the rainy and dry. Temperatures during the rainy season, between June and October, average 80-95°F (27-35°C). The dry season is characterized by cool months, November to February, with temperatures averaging 63-80°F (17-27°C) and hot months, from March till May, which sees temperature range between 85-100°F (29-38°C). More details on weather, please visit:
Customs and Formalities

Currency must be declared.  The following goods may be imported into Cambodia without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or equivalent in tobacco.
• Reasonable amount of perfume for personal use.
• One opened bottle of liquor

What to bring

Lightweight clothing is worn all year. Rainwear is essential during the monsoon season.

Currency, Exchange and ATM

Riel (KHR) is the official currency and is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency is difficult to exchange with the exception of US Dollars. Most transactions require cash. US dollars and Thai Baht are accepted, although smaller transactions are usually done in riel. Credit cards are only accepted in a limited number of tourist-orientated hotels and restaurants in Phnom Penh and larger towns.  There are a few ATMs in Phnom Penh, but they shouldn't be relied upon as a source of money.  Travelers cheques are not recommended due to limited acceptance.

Notes are in denominations of CR100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100.

Heath Requirements

Malaria and dengue fever are common in Cambodia. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for all areas and dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, is prevalent especially in the heavily populated areas. Insect protection measures should be taken throughout the day. Mains water is not suitable for drinking but bottled water is widely available. Avoid uncooked meat, unpeeled fruit, salads and food sold by street vendors, and don't drink beverages with ice. Medical facilities are poor, except for a few expensive private clinics in Phnom Penh. Treatment must be paid for with cash and health insurance is essential.

Domestic Flights

Internal flights operate between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for Angkor (journey time - 45 minutes). The main domestic carrier is Siem Reap Airways International.  The upgraded Siem Reap Airport, the main gateway for visitors going to see the ancient temples at Angkor, is a 7- to 10-minute taxi ride from the city.

Airport Tax

International flights: US$25 (adults), US$13 (children under 12); Domestic: US$6.


Internet cafes are available in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and other major towns

Khmer is the official language.  French is also spoken, but English is fast becoming popular with the younger generation.

Local Time and Working Hour

Local time is GMT + 7 hours.

Banking Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm..

Shopping Hours are Daily 8:00am - 8:00pm.

Post office hours:Generally Monday -Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Overland Travel

The Thai and Vietnamese borders are open for overland access. The main highway links the capital with the Vietnam border.  The border with Laos at Stung Treng is currently closed so travelers should check the situation as it changes regularly.

Passport and Visa

All visitors must have sufficient funds to cover their stay. An e-Visa can be applied for online (single entry tourist visas) that allows for stays of up to 30 days. See for more information. Otherwise, a visa can be issued on arrival for 30 days. One passport photo is required along with US$20 for a tourist visa or US%25 for a business visa.

Australians must have a passport valid for six months and a visa is required. A visa can be obtained on arrival, if travel is for tourist or business purposes for up to one month.


Eating out is excellent in Cambodia, with many good restaurants in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Food stalls are also common in all towns and cities, and are a great place to sample Cambodian food. Khmer cuisine is very similar to Thai, but with fewer spices involved and a preponderance for coconut milk.  The national drinks are fresh coconut juice, green tea, rice wine, local beer ‘Angkor’.  Soda water with a squeeze of lemon is the most popular drink in Cambodia.

Post and Telecommunications

The international access code for Cambodia is +855. The outgoing code is 001 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 00161 for the Australia). Phnom Penh's area code is (0)23; the code for Siem Reap is (0)63. Domestic and international calls can be made at post offices or telecom offices in most towns. Mobile phone operators cover Phnom Penh and other major cities. The country uses GSM networks.  Mobile phones can be rented at Pochentong International Airport on arrival. Internet phones are available in some Internet cafes and provide a cheaper alternative for international calls. Internet cafes provide a fast and inexpensive service in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and other main towns.


220 volts, 50Hz. Travelers should be aware that power cuts are frequent and, outside the capital, electricity is generally only available in the evenings.


The markets in Cambodia are always a great source of souvenirs.  Gems are a particularly good buy but only spend large amounts if you know a bit about what you are buying.  Bargaining is expected in the markets, which are open daily from around 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Bargaining & Tipping

Tips are not expected, but are welcomed in restaurants and hotels. Hotels often add a 10% service charge to the bill, but small amounts for personal services are appreciated, as salaries in the country are low. Tour guides should be tipped.

All of the above information is accurate at the time of publication.


Astonishing Cambodia (Phnompenh to Siem Reap)

(Phnompenh & World Heritage Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Private tour, daily departure
English speaking guide
Meals B&B
Trip code: VI-1803



Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival – Tonle Sap Cruise (no meals)
Our guide & coach will wait and pick up at Siem Reap International Airport, then transfer to hotel for check in.
After a short rest, transfer to take Cruise on Tonle Sap Lake for 1 hour, visit floating village and fisherman life, then back to visit Chantie Ecole-Artisan D’Angkor and shopping at Old Market.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 2: Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat (B)
Morning, after breakfast at the hotel, visit the famous old palace, Angkor Thom within Angkor Thom are Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Phemean Akas, Terrace of Leper king.
Afternoon, visit the Ta Promh temple, then continue to visit the amazing Angkor Wat, after that, transfer to take a romantic view Sun Set from the top of Bakheng Hill.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3: Siem Reap - Phnompenh (B)
Morning, after breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight departure to Phnom Penh, upon arrival, transfer to visit National Museum and Wat Phnom.
Afternoon, transfer to visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Russian Market.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 4: Phnompenh - Departure (B)
Morning, after breakfast, free leisure till suitable time for transfer to the airport for flight departure.



Valid from 01-Apr-2015 to 30-Sep-2015

All prices are per person





Standard (2 star)




Superior (3 star)




First (4 star)






Valid from 01-Oct-2014 to 31-Mar-2015

All prices are per person





Standard (2 star)




Superior (3 star)




First (4 star)




Price inclusive

  • Transfer & tour by private a/c vehicle as group as programs, except time at leisure
  • Accommodation in twin share with BF/ABF included only
  • English Speaking Guide as program, except time at leisure
  • Entrance fee for all sightseeing as above program
  • 01 hour boat for Cruise on Tonle Sap Lake
  • 2 bottles of mineral water daily during tour only
  • Airfare Siem Reap to Phnompenh (one way) by FT - price and schedule of airfare is subject to change
  • VAT and other taxes
Price exclusive
  • International flight tickets from/to Phnompenh and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Tipping fees
  • Insurance.
Hotels used for Standard class
City Hotel & room type Website
Phnompenh Diamond hotel, superior

Siem Reap Angkor Way hotel, superior

Hotels used for Superior class
City Hotel & room type Website
Phnompenh Castle hotel, deluxe

Siem Reap Angkor Holiday Hotel, superior

Hotels used for Deluxe class
City Hotel & room type Website

Sunway hotel, deluxe

Siem Reap Somadevi Angkor, standard

A:Available - This tour is available for booking.
R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
If you are interested, please contact your local agent to make the booking or alternatively email us at