Top 10 Most Asked Questions about Cambodia: Answered

1. What are the main international airports in Cambodia? Cambodia boasts three international airports: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville International Airport. These airports serve as vital gateways to the country, connecting it with neighbouring Asian destinations. However, it’s worth noting that the frequency of flights and airlines serving these routes may vary.

2. How can I obtain a visa for Cambodia? For most visitors, obtaining a visa is a necessary step before entering Cambodia. Fortunately, the process is relatively straightforward. At Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville airports, visitors can typically acquire a visa on arrival, which grants a stay of up to 30 days. Alternatively, electronic visas can be obtained through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s website. These e-visas require a processing time of three business days.

3. What are the business hours in Cambodia? In Cambodia, offices generally operate from Monday to Saturday, typically from 7:30 am or 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a break for lunch between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Similarly, shops open early and close sometime between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm, often operating seven days a week.

4. What currency is used in Cambodia? While the official currency of Cambodia is the riel, US dollars are widely accepted and even preferred, especially in tourist areas. It’s advisable to carry small denominations of dollars for convenience. ATMs dispensing US dollars are prevalent throughout the country.

5. What are some cultural do’s and don’ts in Cambodia? Understanding and respecting Cambodian customs is essential for a smooth and enjoyable visit. For instance, it’s customary to ask for permission before photographing locals or monks and to remove shoes when entering temples. Greeting with a slight bow and hands pressed together is considered respectful, while pointing feet at others or touching someone’s head should be avoided.

6. How’s the weather in Cambodia? Cambodia experiences two main seasons: the green season from June to October and the dry season from November to May. During the green season, expect afternoon rains, while the dry season brings hot temperatures ranging from around 20°C to 35°C. Bringing appropriate clothing and gear is advisable based on the season of travel.

7. Is Cambodia safe for tourists? Despite its turbulent history, Cambodia is generally considered safe for tourists. However, like any travel destination, visitors should remain vigilant, especially against theft and bag snatching. It’s also recommended to avoid drinking tap water and to exercise caution when riding motorcycles or tuk-tuks.

8. What are some popular dishes in Cambodian cuisine? Food enthusiasts will find Cambodian cuisine to be a delightful blend of flavors and ingredients. Signature dishes include Amok (fish and coconut milk steamed in banana leaf) and Lok-Lak (beef with Kampot pepper sauce). Visitors can explore various street food stalls and local eateries to experience the diverse culinary offerings.

9. How’s the accommodation in Cambodia? Cambodia offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference. Whether it’s luxurious hotels or budget-friendly guesthouses, visitors can expect excellent standards and hospitality. Most establishments have English-speaking staff and provide essential amenities such as Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception.

10. What should I know about transportation in Cambodia? Transportation options abound in Cambodia, catering to diverse travel needs. From taxis (mainly in Phnom Penh) and motodops (motorcycle taxis) to tuk-tuks and car rentals, visitors have plenty of choices for getting around. Bargaining is common, especially when dealing with street vendors and transportation services. It’s advisable to plan transportation in advance for a smoother travel experience.

Extra info!

Emergency Contact Numbers 

  • Phnom Penh Police +855-97-778-0002 
  • Phnom Penh Emergency Medical Services +855-23-724-891 
  • Phnom Penh Fire service +855-12-786-693 
  • Phnom Penh International Airport +855-23-862-800 
  • Siem Reap Police +855-12-402-424 
  • Siem Reap Emergency Medical Services +855-17-928-655 
  • Siem Reap Fire service +855-12-784-464 
  • Siem Reap Airport +855-63-761-261
  • Sihanoukville Airport +855-12-333-524
Tom Starkey
Author: Tom Starkey

Tom Starkey is an International Development graduate from Sussex University with 12-years of experience across 4 continents, Tom's goal is that he wants to showcase his love for Cambodia, where he lives, works and now happily calls home.