Who Needs a Visa & How to Get It
Most Asian and European passport holders are officially allowed to enter Cambodia without a visa and can stay in the country at least 15 days up to 30 days depending on ASEAN member countries
, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, etc.) except Afghanistan
and Sri Lanka
. Tourist visas for most nationalities are available for 30 days either in advance (e-visa $36) or on arrival ($30) at international airports in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap, as well as at border crossing including Poi Pet
(Aranyaprathet), Ba Vet
(Moc Bai) and Koh Kong
(Had Lek). Apply for the e-visa at EVvisa.gov.kh.
Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months, has at least one blank page, and provide a passport-size photo. If you don’t have this, you can pay a $2 fee and they will scan the photo from your passport.
What’s the Weather Like?
Thanks to its geography, Cambodia experience tropical monsoon weather patterns - dry (mid-October through May) and wet (June till mid-October); there's also a bit of a cool period at the end of December and early January. Average temperatures range from 34 o 37 degrees Celsius in dry season while in April through May they can sometimes reach 40 degrees. The rains begins in June and lasts through October, but they're not constant and may be characterized by afternoon or evening downpours. Some roads in the countryside will be impassable at this time as they get flooded or washed out.
When Is the Best Time to Visit?
Peak season (November through February) is the best period for your visit, but if you want to avoid crowds, the "green season" (June through October) would be an ideal as the best time to come, when it's cool, moist, anda lot less touristy.
What's the Story With Local Currency?
The local currency is the riel - but the U.S. dollar (pegged at 4,000 riel) is widely accepted. If you do exchange money, watch for scams, especially at the border and most especially the crossing at Poi Pet.And if you use dollars, you'll get small change in riel for purchases of less than $1.
What Kinds of Clothing Are Suitable?
People should wear whatever they are most comfortable in but a fair amount of modesty should be exercised. Importantly, when visiting temples and other important monuments, women should cover their shoulders and properly dress below knees especially, when visiting the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and at Agkor Wat in Siem Reap. To show your respect to the locals when visiting their villages or you are invited to visit their home, you are highly advised to address appropriately (not too revealing). Swimwear is acceptable on the beaches and at hotel poolsides.
What Else to Bring Along?
A hat is recommended to keep the hot sun off your face and sunscreen when going to the beaches as well as visiting Angkor temples, as most of them are exposed in the open. Insect repellent is recommended for trips through the jungle, mangroves or in the countryside overnight. Walking shoes, sneakers, and sandals are good for sightseeing tours while sturdier footwear is highly recommended for hiking and remote adventures. In this tropical climate, bring bottles of water to stayy hydrated, and finally, don't forget a compact first-aid kit.
Can I Drink the Water?
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Cambodia. Filtered water is a better option, and try to use a refillable canteen or water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Remember to avoid ice in drinks. Bottled water can be found and purchased at local stores, including mini marts.
What Is an Ideal Budget for Accommodation?
That entirely depends on your style of travel and the level of comfort that you are accustomed to. You can easily find guesthouses from $9 to $15 (including fans or air conditioning), while hostels range from $5 to $8. Standard accommodation start from $20 to $30; mid-range $35-$55; comfort level 60-$120, luxury $130-$360, and top luxury $400-$1,200.
What’s the Best Way to Get Around?
The romork (or tuk tuk) is affordable, fun, and very popular in Cambodia. You'll come across them from the moment you come out of the airport. For short distances the charge is about $2-3 bucks, and a full day of service $15-$25, depending on places you go. For long distance (over 45 kilometers up), air conditioned cars are a better option, costing $30-$45 to tourist attractions. Electric-bike or bicycles are available for rent in central areas of cities and towns. Mountain bikes rent for $5-$7 and electric bikes 48-$12 per day. Note that tourists are not allowed to rent motorcycles.