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Cambodia is a Southeast Asian conation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Phnom Penh, its capital, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum’s historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country’s northwest are the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.
The dominant features of the Cambodian landscape are the large, almost generally located, Tonle Sap (Great Lake) and the Bassac River Systems and the Mekong River, which crosses the country from North to South. Surrounding the Central Plains which covered three quarters of the country’s area are the more densely forested and sparsely populated highlands, comprising: the Elephant Mountains and Cardamom Mountain of the southwest and western regions; the Dangrek Mountains of the North adjoining of the Korat Plateau of Thailand; and Rattanakiri Plateau and Chhlong highlands on the east merging with the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.
Cambodia – Visa:
All travelers heading to Cambodia are required to have a 30-day tourist visa, which can be obtained on arrival for $30 in Phnom Penh, Sihanouk Ville, and Siem Reap. The website of the Cambodian government also offers e-visas, so visitors can apply beforehand to speed up entry into the country. With the e-Visa, travelers can enter Cambodia and stay for up to 30 days without any visa issuance at consulates abroad or in local airports.
E-visas take three days to process and cost an additional $6. Check out this link on how to apply for Cambodian eVisa. Citizens from ASEAN nations can apply on arrival for a free visa which lasts for 30 days.
Khmer is Cambodia’s official language. It is spoken by more than 90% of the population. There are slight regional differences in the dialect, but majority of the locals speak central Khmer, which is by far the most common in the country.
In recent years, Cambodia has witnessed a significant rise in tourism which has resulted to an increase in the use of English. The locals in small villages may not understand you, but you’ll surely be able to get by using English in the larger towns and cities.
The main currency in Cambodia is the riel, followed by the US dollar, which is widely accepted. Businesses usually quote prices in riel or US dollars, but in towns and cities bordering Thailand, the Thai baht is sometimes used.
ATM machines are available, including in all major tourist hubs. You will be given the option of withdrawing in either riel or US dollars and single withdrawals of up to $500 are possible as long as your account can handle the transaction. Most of the hotels and restaurants in big cities accept credit card payments.
The standard voltage is 230V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Power outlets are two-prong round sockets and they accommodate plugs ****with two flat pins. In order to spare yourself the hassle of buying new adaptors everywhere you go, we suggest investing on a Universal Travel Adaptor before you travel.
Your electric appliances can be used in Cambodia if the standard voltage in your country is 220 – 240 V, which is the case in Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and most of Asia and Africa. On the other hand, if the standard voltage in your country is 100 – 127 V, as is in the United States, Canada and most countries in South American, you’ll need to use a voltage converter or a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.
See more: Cambodia travel Guide