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Things to know Before You Arrive in the Kingdom Of Cambodia

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What time zone is Cambodia in?

Cambodia Standard Time is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT+7 ).

Does Cambodia observe Daylight Saving Time?

Cambodia does not operate Daylight-Saving Time

What is the International Telephone Dialing Code for Cambodia?

The International Dialing Code for Cambodia is +855.

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imgThe official currency in Cambodia, the Cambodian riel,trades at around 4,000 riel to the US dollar. But there’s 90 percent level of dollarization in the country. What this means is that you don’t need to be concerned about getting riel when you arrive in Cambodia.

Most tourist-oriented businesses quote prices in dollars, as do most grocery stores in the larger cities. Small stores may quote prices in riel, but they will all accept dollars as payment. Unlike in many countries, if you pay in US dollars the exchange rate you will get is quite fair. At the time of writing the official exchange rate is 4,002 riel to the dollar, versus the street rate of 4,000 to the dollar, a difference of less than 1 cent.

In the Cambodian countryside the economy is almost entirely in riel, but even so you will always be able to use dollars in small denominations. Do not expect anyone to change a $20 bill for a $0.50 purchase, though, so plan ahead and have lots of $1 and $5 bills. Your US dollars will be rejected if they are ripped, torn, or otherwise overly abused (although you can expect to see filthy riel in circulation). Old-style US bills are also not welcome, so make sure that the cash you bring is fairly new.

ATM machines in Cambodia dispense US dollars and Cambodian riel. However, if you are using a foreign ATM card, you will only be able to withdraw dollars.
 

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The remork-moto (tuk tuk) is a large trailer hitched to a motorcycle and pretty much operates as a low-tech local bus with oh-so-natural air-conditioning. They are used throughout rural Cambodia to transport people and goods, and are often seen on the edge of towns ready to ferry farmers back to the countryside.Often referred to as tuk tuks by foreigners travelling in Cambodia, they’re a great way to explore temples, as you getthe breeze of the bike but some protection from the elements.

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imgThe cyclo (bicycle rickshaw or pedicab) is a cheap way to get around urban areas. In 
Phnom Penh cyclo drivers can either be flagged down on main roads or found waiting 
around markets and major hotels. It is necessary to bargain the fare if taking a cyclo  
from outside an expensive hotel or popular restaurant or bar. Fares range from US$1 to US$3. There are few cyclos in the provinces, and in Phnom Penh the cyclo has almost been driven to extinction by the moto (motorcycle taxi).

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img Phnom Penh has several public city bus routes that are proving popular with local students, but are not yet widely used by visitors. Elsewhere there are no public bus networks. There are however many bus companies providing transportation between Phnom Penh and the provinces that have better roads and connect with the capital city. All these buses are air-conditioned and equipped with Video TV, Wi-Fi. The average travel speed of the buses is about 80 kilometers per hour. Bus stations are mostly located around Phsa Thmey (New Central market) area and Riverside.

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Finding metered Taxi hires in towns and cities around Cambodia is getting easier. Guesthouses, hotels and travel agents can also arrange cars for sightseeing in and around towns. Big players such as Uber have now entered the market. Uber acceptes cash and credit cimgard payment. 

Choice Taxi (Yellow) - Phone: 023 888 023, 010 888 010
Global Taxi (White) - Phone: 023 222 688, 010 311 888. 

These cab companies usually offer an on-call 24/7 service, although sometimes they wait in tourist areas especially late at night.  The price starts at 4000 Riel (1 USD) and will take you 2km then you have to pay 400 Riel per km.

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The Royal Railway now is providing train from Phnom Penh to Takeo, Kampot and Sihanoukville and v.v every weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday and major holidays. It is available only 74 - 76 seats for passengers. 

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img Phnom Penh - Takeo - Kampot - Sihanoukville:
Friday: 7:00 AM and 03:00 PM I Saturday and Sunway: 7:00 AM

Sihanoukville - Kampot - Takeo - Phnom Penh:
Saturday: 7:00 AM I Sunway: 7:00 AM and 04:00 PM

The train will take about 7 hours from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville or v.v
The schedules are subject to change without prior notice, so you must check with the company before you travel.

The ticket can be purchased at Phnom Penh in Railway Station with cost 6$ to Kampot and 7$ to Sihanoukville. Tickete office will be open from 08:00 till 16:30 each weekday and 06:00 to 12:00 each weekend. They are in the process to open up passenger sales at Takeo, Kampot and Sihanouk Ville soon.
This office can answer all your questions however should you not be able to get to the station you can call to: 078 888 582 or 078 888 583 during the office hours.
 

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Khmer is the official language of Cambodia. The Cambodian language is derived from the Mon-Khmer (Austro-Asiatic) language family. Khmer is renowned for possessing one of the largest sets of alphabets; it consists of 33 consonants, 23 vowels and 12 independent vowels.

 

While tourists may wish to learn a few spoken phrases before or when visiting Cambodia, English is widely spoken and understood. French and Mandarin are also spoken frequently in the country; most elderly Cambodians speak French and many people in the Khmer-Chinese population speak Mandarin.

It’s not really necessary to speak the local language to get by in Cambodia. Most people find that the staff in most hotels speak relatively good English. You will also find that an increasing number of people in the most popular areas also learn to speak French, Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, Italian and some even a little Norwegian… If you venture off the beaten tracks and out into the countryside, however, it is a different story and you will undoubtedly have an easier and more enjoyable experience if you spend some time reading a bit up on the Cambodian language - Khmer.

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imgGiven that close to six million tourists a year now go to Cambodia, and many of those single or solo female travelers, it is a very safe destination indeed. Many have visited Cambodia from all across the globe at all times of the year and have only gone back with pleasant memories of the Kingdom. In fact, most travelers would go so far as to say that it is one of the safest countries in Asia to visit. Many visitors agree that Cambodia is a safe place to live and to travel. In fact, many would say that it’s safer than the big cities back home. Yet while that might be true, it’s still essential to be cautious and watch out for your belongings.

 

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Ready to wake up your inner Indiana Jones and explore ancient ruins with your kids? Or how about hopping on the back of a Vespa and zipping through the countryside? Or staying with a traditional farming family and trying your hand at rice planting? If these sound like awesome family travel ideas to you, then it’s time to visit Cambodia. A wonderful destination for family travel, Cambodia not only offers idyllic countryside that’s great for outdoor activities, but it’s also home to some of Southeast Asia’s friendliest locals.

 

Cambodia is perfectly suited for a family adventure travel. Children have few inhibitions and quickly break through cultural and language barriers, particularly in Cambodia where children are highly revered. There are lots of activities on offer for children of all ages in Cambodia and you will find it has something to keep kids of all ages amused, with activities like boating, cooking courses, cycling trips, and even quad biking!

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Cambodians love to eat! Once you learn more about local cuisine, you’ll soon love Cambodian food, too. Cambodian food is perhaps the most overlooked of all Asian cuisines. The most important part of every meal is rice. In fact, Cambodians greet each other by saying “Nyam bai howie nov?” (“Have you eaten rice yet?”) At lunch and dinner in Cambodian homes each person is served a large bowl of rice. Then at least three or four other dishes, usually including a soup, are served family-style.

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For those who aren’t convinced that they will like Cambodian food, there are hundreds of restaurants serving all types of international food in Cambodia. American, British, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese and Japanese expats have all set up restaurants serving their country’s specialties, and that’s not all. Those who are looking to follow a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or halal diet will find many options. While local cuisine may be the least expensive choice, your favorite foreign comfort food won’t be hard time come by, both in restaurants and supermarkets.