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All practicalities for Cambodia: Money and Costs, Health, visa regulations, safety precautions, dangers, annoyances, what to avoid, what to do and much more in your complete guide to Cambodia.

Fake Monks in Cambodia

They have been around for years and they’re a pest: fake monks. WHAAATTT??? There are fake monks in Cambodia? Unfortunately, yes. They are easily distinguished from real Buddhist monks, because real Cambodian monks don’t approach strangers directly. Real monks make Read More

Getting Around in Cambodia By Bus

Interior of Giant Ibis bus Cambodia

The quality of buses and level of service differs enormously between the various bus companies in Cambodia. Which are the ones to avoid and which are the ones you can safely travel with?

Here are our recommendations.

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Fast boat Phnom Penh-Siem Reap: Do or Don’t?

Broken down fast boat Phnom Penh Siem ReapThe fast boat services from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and vice versa has resumed operating since August 15, 2011.

These fast boat services have been on and off over the last few years, so we’ll see how long this restarted service will last.

Anyway, should you consider this option for travelling between Cambodia’s capital and the temples of Angkor?

To be honest, we would say: NO.

Here are a few (but probably not all) reasons why.

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How to make cheaper international phone calls from Cambodia

Cheaper international phone calls CambodiaIf you use the ‘normal’ international gateways, calling from Cambodia to abroad is very expensive. But that needn’t be, as most mobile phone providers have much cheaper international gateways.

This only applies to calls made from a mobile phone, fixed phone lines do not have access to these cheaper gateways.

Read in this Cambodia Travel Guide ‘tip & trick’ how to make cheaper phone calls from Cambodia to overseas. Of course there are other alternatives, like Skype, but we leave these out of this tip.

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Cambodia’s riel survives alongside the dollar

To many people (Cambodians, expats and tourists), the Cambodian currency riel is simply small change.

Almost all significant transactions are priced – and paid for – in US dollars. For the visitor it starts with the visa fee on arrival at the airport. But it continues everywhere else in the country.

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Malaria & Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever MosquitoMosquito bites are irritating – and can be fatal. Malaria and Dengue Fever are serious diseases carried by mosquitoes.

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are defined as malarial areas with low rates of transmission while the rest of Cambodia should be considered as high risk malarial areas.

Dengue fever is prevalent especially in heavily populated areas. Insect protection measures should be taken throughout the day.
Because mosquitos breed in still standing water, in the wet season mosquito activity is increased. However mosquitoes may still be active in the dry season.

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ATM in Cambodia

ATM in CambodiaCambodia runs on US Dollars, thus the ATM machines dispense USD (although there are some where you can choose to have Khmer riels, but they are almost useless for tourists). US Dollar bills cannot have any marks, tears, or signs of wear. As for Khmer riels, they can be dirty and marked to the point you hardly recognize the value…

Since 2005, the ATM network has steadily increased. ACLEDA Bank has the most extensive network, with ATMs across the country and even in the smallest of places. ATMs of ANZ/Royal Bank are concentrated in the capital Phnom Penh and in tourist places like Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

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Foreign Embassies in Cambodia

Flags on riverside in Phnom PenhHere you find the complete list of countries with an embassy or consulate in Cambodia with contact information including address, phone number and website address.

By the way: on the boulevard along the Tonle Sap in Phnom Penh you see a row of flags. These flags on the riverside boulevard are of countries and international organizations represented in Cambodia.

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Cambodia Visa Application

Cambodia VisaTo get into Cambodia is real easy. Visa’s are now available at almost every entry point, whether you enter the country overland or by air. Note that visa’s for neighbouring Vietnam and Laos are not available at the border crossings.

For most nationalities there’s no need to apply for a visa at Cambodian embassies overseas. Generally that is much more expensive.

The visa process at the borders is easy and straightforward. Do not believe touts who claim you need their ‘assistance’.

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Dangers and Annoyances in Cambodia

Dangers and annoyances in Cambodia Travel GuideCambodia for many people still has a reputation of a dangerous country.
Well, these people are wrong.

If you are not wandering off in far-away places you’ll not come across any landmine.

Pickpockets are active – of course – as they are in your country, just keep your wits about.

There is one thing that can be dangerous in Cambodia: the traffic, especially on the routes between towns.

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Money and Costs in Cambodia

dollars and riels in Cambodia

On the whole Cambodia is an inexpensive place, although it is a bit more expensive than neighbouring countries like Vietnam and Thailand. Of course you can reduce your costs by bargaining, although you shouldn’t overdo this as in Cambodia foreigners are quoted higher prices, but not nearly as much as in e.g. Vietnam.

Cambodia’s official currency is the riel, but you’ll see many people using the US Dollar to pay for everyday expenses. Don’t be fooled into changing dollars into riel at the land border crossings! The touts will tell you that the dollar is now not used anymore, so you have to change into riel at their ridicolous low exchange rate.
DO NOT BELIEVE any story like that.

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Drinking Water & Ice: Is it safe?

Ice in Cambodia, is it safe?A question asked by many travellers: what about the water in Cambodia? Can I drink the tap water and what about the ice in our drinks?

Is it safe, or should I avoid ice in drinks?

Here we explain to you what is safe and unsafe.

What the difference is between the big blocks of ice and ‘clean ice’.

And what the quality is of the tap water in Cambodia.

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Campaign against voluntourism in Cambodia

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Read books about Cambodia

Learn more about the culture, history and people by reading books about Cambodia.

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Kampuchea (Cambodia) in Khmer script

Learn the Khmer language and experience how the locals appreciate your efforts.