Visit the Royal Palace. Walk...
Visit the Royal Palace. Walk along the River front. Go out at night (but see the danger section). The simplicity, together with the stoicism of the Cambodian people, who have had to endure extreme suffering, makes up a special atmosphere. It still is an unspoiled area, but not for long. Go there while it still is prestine.
The architecture of the palace is very known, so here is a beautiful tree to be found in the Royal Garden.
Kingdom Of Cambodia - General Info
Cambodia is bordered to the North by Thailand and Laos, to the East and the South by Vietnam, and to the South and the West by the Gulf of Thailand.
Approx. population is 13,000,000 Million (90-95% Khmers) the balance being ethnic Chinese, Cham, ethnic Vietnamese and hill-tribe people.
Language Khmer, secondary languages: English and French
Religion 95% Buddhist with the balance being Muslim, Christian and animist
1 Nov-Feb, cool/dry
2 Mar-May, hot/dry
3 Jun-Aug, hot/wet
4 Sep-Oct, cool/wet
Currency RIEL, but US dollars are widely accepted.
Visas be obtained at Royal Embassies and Consulates of Cambodia
A visa on arrival, valid for 30 days, is issued at Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport. Poi Pet, O'Smach and Cham Yeam at the Cambodia-Thailand international border checkpoint and Bavet, Kaam Samnor at the Cambodia-Vietnam international border checkpoint.
Visa fee: Business visa: USD25, Tourist visa: USD20.
E-Visa is also now available
For visitors entering Cambodia through Phnom Penh Airport, a taxi into the city will cost USD7 and will take 15 minutes.
A (non-metered) taxi from Siem Reap Airport into town, 8km away, costs about USD5 and takes 10-15 minutes.
Local Transport Cars and mini-buses are available for touring the temples at Angkor or for day trips in and around Phnom Penh. The cost of a car and driver is US$20+per day.
Telephone Country code: 855, Phnom Penh code: 23.
Markets are open from early morning to late evening, including Sundays and pubic holidays.
There are emergency services in Phnom Penh.
Call 119 ambumlance, Call 118 fire truck, Call 117 police.
International Gate Ways
Phnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap International Airport
Sihanoukville Port (Visa on Arrival)
Cambodian: 5USD (Effective from 5th January 2004)
Electricity is 220v 50hz. There are two types of plug with some outlets a combination of both. That is the 2 flat pin and 2 round pin. Some British plugs outlets can also be found at some hotels.
The firing range is just out of Phnom Penh in the direction of the airport. It involves a couple of unsealed roads and one checkpoint as you enter the compound, so it is better to have a driver take you there.
They have approximately 50 different kinds of weapons which you can fire, throw or set off. They range in price from $20 to $250, depending on what you want to try out. They run you through a cursory safety demonstration before using each weapon.
It`s a bit unusual but not something you can do in your home country.
If you want more information about this place or the `full story`, I wrote a travelogue about it on my Phnom Penh home page.
Custom Made Shoes
Why not have your shoes made especially for you? In Phnom Penh we visited a shoemakers shop. From our descriptions of the shoes we wanted, the shoemaker made a sketch and took measurements of our feet. Then we chose material and soles. A few days later we could pick up our handmade shoes. This was a cheap experience! For a pair of sandals and a pair of "dress shoes" I paid around $20 (in Nov 2002).