Capital: Phnom Penh
Time zone: GMT + 7
Telephone services: Country Code: 855
Outgoing Code: Calls must go through the operator
Emergency telephone numbers: Not present.
Tourist information: Ministry of Tourism, Boulevard Preah Monivong, Corner Rue 232, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel: (23) 26107 Fax: (23) 24607.
Passport information: Valid passport required by all. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa information: Required by all. Tourist and Business types granted
Health information: Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria: Exists all year throughout the country in the Falciparum variety, which has been reported as being highly resistant to chloroquine
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required if arriving from an infected area.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Plague, Poliomyelitis, Rabies
Food & drink: Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency: Riel (CRI) = 100 sen
Exchange: US$ are widely accepted and exchanged. Other currencies are not readily recognised. NOTE: Import and export of local currency is prohibited.
Travellers cheques and credit cards are not accepted currently
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of living: Due to civil war, prices fluctuate, although restaurants are in abundance in Phnom Penh
Languages: Khmer. Chinese and Vietnamese are also spoken. French is spoken by older generations and English taught to younger generations
Weather: Tropical Monsoon Climate. May – Oct is the Monsoon. Winters in the North can be cold. Temperatures throughout the country are fairly constant.
Electricity: 220 Volts AC 50 Hz. Power cuts are frequent an power is only available in the evenings outside Phnom Penh.
Post: 4 – 5 days.
Transport: Independent travel is restricted. ROAD: Travel permits are required to cross provincial borders. Most roads are in poor condition. DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required.
Special information: HIGH RISK. The security situation is improving but is still dangerous. Foreigners have been kidnapped and others may be targeted. NOTE: the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel outside major urban areas and tourist sites. Venturing outside areas under government control will carry a higher degree of risk. Banditry is rife. Slow down when approaching check points. Cambodia remains one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. PHOTOGRAPHY: Ask permission before taking photos and extra courtesy should be shown towards monks.