Why Cambodia?
For a seriously off-the-beaten-path experience with world-class service, look no further than Cambodia, the “Kingdom of Wonders.” That name certainly isn’t unearned; from the world- renowned (and 8th wonder of the world), Angkor Wat, to the bustling cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, your team will be in for not only some true adventure in the lush jungles, but also treated to amazing gala dinners held in ancient temples and archaeological treasure hunts that are sure to boost your team’s spirit and bonds.
Capital: Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is located in the center of the country, at the confluence of the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers – a strategic place chosen after the decline of Angkor as a capital. Phnom Penh has survived through the ages, and in fact developed throughout all periods that had an impact on Cambodia, whether positive or negative. During the French protectorate, many colonial buildings were erected, such as the National Library, the Central Market, the Royal Palace, and the National Museum. During the Khmer Rouge period, many buildings were deserted, and others, such as the S21 and the Killing Fields, were converted into Khmer Rouge quarters.
  • Quick fact CambodiaQuick fact Cambodia
    Neighbouring countries: Bordered to the east by Vietnam, to the North by Laos and to the West and North-west by Thailand
    Area: 181 035 km2
    Population: 16,480,916  inhabitants (2019, World Bank)
    Religion: Buddhism (official religion, more than 90%), Islam (2.5%), Christianity
    Currency: Riel and Dollar. $1= 3994 KHR (Mar 2019)
    Capital: Phnom Penh
    National Day: Cambodia doesn’t have one national day like countries in Europe; however the Independence of Cambodia is celebrated on the 9th of November.
  • Quick fact CambodiaQuick fact Cambodia
    Neighbouring countries: Bordered to the east by Vietnam, to the North by Laos and to the West and North-west by Thailand
    Area: 181 035 km2
    Population: 16,480,916  inhabitants (2019, World Bank)
    Religion: Buddhism (official religion, more than 90%), Islam (2.5%), Christianity
    Currency: Riel and Dollar. $1= 3994 KHR (Mar 2019)
    Capital: Phnom Penh
    National Day: Cambodia doesn’t have one national day like countries in Europe; however the Independence of Cambodia is celebrated on the 9th of November.
  • Best time to go CambodiaBest time to go Cambodia
  • Access & Transportation CambodiaAccess & Transportation Cambodia

    Airport Baggage Regulations
    Baggage allowances vary depending on which domestic or international airlines you use. For more information about baggage allowances and extra fees please refer to your airline’s website or to the Cambodia airports company: http://www.cambodia-airports.aero/#anchor

    Airport Taxes
    The domestic airport tax of 6 USD and the international airport tax of $25 are included in the air ticket price and do not need to be paid at the airport when checking in.

    Domestic Airlines
    Domestic flights enable you to travel quickly from one city to another one, but lately it seems airlines just keep appearing as quickly as they disappear.
    For the moment, the most established domestic airline of Cambodia is Cambodia Angkor Air (www.cambodiaangkorair.com) which essentially works as a branch of Vietnam Airlines. The company has flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap using Airbus ATRs. Flights between Sihanoukville and Siem Reap are operated once a week.
    Checked Luggage is limited to 20 kilograms per passenger on domestic flights and 7 kilograms for hand baggage.

  • Dos and Don’t Cambodia Dos and Don’t Cambodia

    The Cambodian culture was founded over a long history and is an original synthesis of both Buddhism and Brahmanism. Nowadays, Cambodians are raised in accordance with these traditions which hold an important place in their daily life. As required by the teachings of Buddhism, hospitality is a very important quality to demonstrate in Cambodia. However as in any Asian country, it is important to respect the local cultures and manners, which are sometimes totally different than the ones practised in Europe. Here is a list of the principal DO’s and DON’Ts to respect in Cambodia.

    • Wear appropriate clothes: Shirtless tourists in public places are poorly looked upon by locals and naturism on the beach is even worse. When visiting temples, you have to dress neatly with clothes covering your shoulders and your knees (for men and women), or you may not be allowed to enter the temple.
    • Manners are important. In public, you may have to call a person by his/her name preceded with “sir” or “madam”. Calling someone directly is rude.
    • It is unacceptable to criticize the royal family and the King. More than a politician, he is the symbol of the Khmer unity and traditions.
    • In Cambodia, a broke “white person” is an anachronism. Visitors to Cambodia who dress in a casual beach style in places other than the beach will appear as a homeless person and will cause the locals to lose all interest in them. Khmers want and expect westerners to be as they imagine wealthy people to be. Do not attempt to challenge or change this point of view and bear in mind that a clean and well-kept person is better respected than an unkempt backpacker and therefore will be more welcomed and better treated… it is not intolerance, but a tradition based on elementary good manners.
    • Never touch the head of a person (even the one of a child), this gesture is considered as an offense. However, Cambodians can walk together by holding each other’s little fingers.
    • Do not point at people. It’s considered rude and inappropriate.
    • In temples, you must bypass the Buddha in an anticlockwise direction. You mustn’t sit with your back to the Buddha and point you feet in its direction. A woman can never touch a monk; this would cause him to lose all his merit.
    • Always ask for permission before taking a picture of someone.

    Angkor Visitor Code Of Conduct, By APSARA The National Authority
    APSARA (Authority for the Protection of the Site and Management of the Region of Angkor) National Authority was created in 1995 to ensure the conservation and the sustainable development of Angkor Complex. The organization is thus in charge of research, protection, conservation as well as urban and touristic development of the Archaeological sites. Thus, to raise awareness among tourists on Angkor’s preservation and to harmonize tourists’ experiences with public safety and respect towards the local community they created a code of conduct that need to be respected by each visitor.

    • Dress Code: Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and showing bare shoulders is prohibited in sacred places. Respectful dress should be strongly encouraged in Angkor
    • Monuments: Touching carvings, sitting on fragile structures, leaning on temple structures, moving or taking archaeological artifacts and graffiti are strictly prohibited. Backpacks, umbrellas with sharp tips, tripods and high heels are discouraged from being brought into, or worn inside the temples.
    • Sacred Sites: As Angkor is a sacred site, loud conversation and noise and other inappropriate behaviour in Cambodian culture is considered to be offensive and may disturb other visitors. Please keep calm and respectful.
    • Restricted Areas: For your own safety and for the conservation of Angkor, please comply with all signs on the site and be mindful of where you step at all times. Do not climb on loose stones.
    • Smoking and Littering: As a member of the World Health Organization, Angkor has been smoke free since 2012. Smoking cigarettes disturbs others and can start bush fires. To protect the environment please do not smoke and litter.
    • Candy and money to children: Buying items, giving candy or money to children encourages them not to attend school and to beg instead . If you wish to help children, please consider donating to a recognized charity.
    • Monks: Monks are revered and respected. If you want to take pictures, please ask for permission first. Women should not touch nor stand or sit too close to monks.

    Childsage’s Tips For Travelers
    ChildSafe is a global child protection system established by and powered by Friends-International. In order to protect children and young people, they target travelers and professional tourism companies to train them and to ensure the protection of children in less-developed countries such as Cambodia. As Easia Travel shares many values with ChildSafe and actively supports this initiative, we want to spread the guideline of 7 tips for travelers made by ChildSafe as part of their Campaign THINK!
    1) Children are not tourist attractions – let’s not treat them like they are
    Children living or studying in schools, orphanages or slums shouldn’t be exposed to tourist visits. Instead of visiting orphanages, find alternative that really help. Easia Travel offers a selection of options for travelers to learn more about the work of numerous different NGOs working for good causes.
    2) Volunteering with children feels good but could be harmful – look for better ways to help them
    Working as volunteer with children in institutions such as orphanages is a job for local experts, not for travelers who are just here for a short stay. Children deserve long-term experience and a win-win situation. So make sure that your volunteering is a great experience and has the best impact possible. It is better to not work directly with children and let local experts who speak Khmer doing it. Instead of that you can share with the local staff your professional experiences to then improve the condition of the children.
    3) Children pay a price for your generosity – don’t give to begging children
    Giving money to begging children will encourage them to continue begging rather than going to school. If you want to help poor children and support them, uses businesses with social impacts such as the Marum Restaurant in Siem Reap or the Romdeng Restaurant in Phnom Penh which are training disadvantaged children to work in the hospitality industry.
    4) Professionals know best – call them if a child needs help
    Helping children directly can cause problems because you don’t know the local culture and laws. For instance, never take a child back to your hotel room – it’s dangerous for both you and the child. When you see a child who needs help, please contact local professionals: child protection hotlines, local organizations or police.
    5) Sex with children is a crime – report child sex tourism
    Sex tourism involving children is a devastating reality. It happens in hotels and bars etc. When you see such a situation, please don’t put yourself at risk and call a child protection hotline or the police so immediate action can be taken to protect the child and investigate the situation.

  • Money & Budget Cambodia Money & Budget Cambodia

    National Currency
    The RIEL: bills of: 100.000, 50.000, 20.000, 10.000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100.
    However, the US Dollar is commonly used in throughout the whole country. If you have enough cash, you won’t have to go to any banks as you will be able to exchange small amounts of dollars into Riels at hotels, restaurants and markets. We recommend you to always have the equivalent of 10 dollars in Riel in order to pay for moto-taxis, tuk-tuks or for small purchases in markets. If you buy a low priced item in dollars, they will give some change in Riels. Local inhabitants from remote areas in the north or northeast of the country only accept Riels or small bills of dollars.
    The only foreign currency that is accepted in addition to the USD is the Thai Baht, mainly used in the west of the country. Prices are often written in baht in certain cities like Koh Kong, Poipet and Sisopon.
    To simplify your travels, take some dollars with you before coming to Cambodia. You will also be able to exchange currencies such as Euros in banks and at the markets of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
    Most banks do not have an advantageous exchange rate for currencies other than the dollar, so it is better to exchange your currency at foreign exchange counters located near markets.
    Western Union, represented by the SBC and Acleda Bank, and Moneygram represented by the Canadian Bank, do fast money transfers, but this service is expensive.
    We recommend you to have plenty of small bills (1 USD and 5 USD). Be careful with damaged bills, which most often will not be accepted or large bills of 50 USD and 100 USD which may not be easily exchanged.

    Credit Cards
    Superior hotels, airlines, luxury boutiques, high-end restaurants or supermarkets are and more likely to accept the main credit cards such as: Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Cirrus and sometimes American Express). As in every Asian country, a fee will be charged on top of the purchase fee when using your card (around 3%).

    ATMs are available in most cities. You can even find ATMs at the Cham Yeam, Poipet and Bayet land borders when arriving from Thailand and Vietnam. All ATMs give out US Dollars and the maximum amount you can withdraw at once is 2 000 USD.
    Like anywhere in the world, be careful when using ATMs at night. Just up from the Canadian Bank, the ANZ Royal Bank is the one that offers the best ATM network, with ATMs in gas-stations, hotels, restaurants and famous shops.
    The Acleda Bank (the national bank) is the bank that has the most agencies in the country, including in provincial cities. This bank has also improved its ATM services, so they now accept international cards, which makes travelling in remote areas much easier.

    Even though tips are not part of the tradition in Cambodia, they are well appreciated.
    1 USD tip can represent the equivalent salary of half a day’s work. Many luxury hotels charge 10% service tax, but the money is not always given to the staff. If you stay 2 or 3 nights in the same hotel, think about tipping the staff that cleans your room.
    Drivers, guides and service staff will always be happy to accept your tip. In a different way, if a local helps you in the street or finds someone to help you, he would be looking for you to provide a small amount of money for their help. It is advisable have some small change in riel for these kinds of occasions.
    In Temples, it is common to put some money in the donation boxes strategically located at the end of the visit, particularly if a monk is living in the place.

  • Health CambodiaHealth Cambodia

    Before going to Cambodia, consult a doctor and make sure that all your vaccinations are current and that you are vaccinated for Tetanus, Polio and Diphtheria. Other vaccines recommended include Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, Typhus and Tuberculosis, vaccinations against rabies and Japanese encephalitis are also advised. However, officially, there are no vaccinations required to enter Cambodia.
    In case of emergency: you can find the vaccinations against rabies and Japanese encephalitis in the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia.
    In some regions, you may come across venomous animals (snakes, spiders): if bitten, you should be able to readily find antivenins in Cambodia.

    Prevention Against Insect T-Borne Diseases
    Dengue Fever: precautions must be taken in the whole country. This viral disease is transmitted by mosquitoes so we recommend travelers to protect themselves with the usual means of protection (long sleeves shirts, mosquito repellent for skin and clothes, electric diffuses). As coming down with Dengue fever is potentially serious, it is recommended to see a doctor in case of fever (the use of aspirin is not recommended). Other viral diseases can also be transmitted by mosquitoes.
    Malaria: This parasitic disease, transmitted by mosquitoes requires individual protection measures (repellent, creams, mosquito nets etc) but also a preventative medical treatment has been adapted. Do not forget to wear long sleeves shirts and long trousers (if possible with some repellent on them) from sunset to sunrise and to use a repellent impregnated mosquito net when sleeping. Use a lot of efficient repellent (DEET 50%). It is recommended to use it on the whole body and to renew application every 4 hours.
    In case of fever during or after your journey, you are urged to see a specialist.
    It is recommended to check carefully the quality of the food and the cooking environment. We recommend avoiding eating any raw vegetables, shells or unpeeled and unwashed vegetables and fruits. Never drink tap water and wash your hands frequently.
    Rabies can be transmitted by cats, dogs, pigs and monkeys. Any bite, even small, or just licking on a wound must be carefully considered as potentially life-threatening and should be followed up with a rabies vaccination as soon as possible. In this case, we recommend travellers to go to the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh where they will be able to be vaccinated with a quality vaccine.
    Avian flu:
    Cambodia is one the countries that has been touched by the epizootic avian flu. This disease is viral and is transmitted by poultry. The virus is transmitted by in-air particles and by direct contact, particularly with secretions and faecal matters of the infected animals or with other infected matters (food, water, clothes etc). Confined spaces increase the risk of contamination.
    In the endemic period, it may be recommended to wear a mask (medical mask).
    Recommendations in Cambodia:

    • Avoid raw meat and fish
    • Prefer boiled or cooked vegetables instead of raw vegetables, except if you are sure that it was washed with purified water or peeled.
    • Drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated, and avoid strong physical exercise before you get used to the heat.
    • Use insect repellent several times a day if you are in a humid region of Cambodia, and at night time in the whole country. Wear long sleeved/legged clothes to avoid mosquito bites, mostly at night time also.
    • Do not drink tap water and request bottled water. Otherwise drink well-boiled water.
  • Emergency contacts CambodiaEmergency contacts Cambodia
    Your home embassy may be able to assist with advice during emergencies or serious problems. You might want to register if possible before you arrive so that the embassy staff will know where to reach you in case of emergency at home. If calling a Cambodian emergency number you may have to ask the aid of a Khmer speaker because there might not be an English-speaking operator on the line:
    Ambulance: 119
    Fire department: 118
    Police: 117 or 118
    Calmette Hospital (Phnom Penh):
    3, boulevard Monivong SC Phnom Penh
    Tel : 855 (0) 23 42 69 48
    Pasteur Institute in Cambodia:
    No. 5, Boulevard Monivong, 12201 Phnom Penh
    Tel: 855 (0) 23 42 60 09
    Royal Angkor Hospital, (Siem Reap)
    Phum Kasekam, Khum Sra Ngea, National Route 6 (Airport Road), Krong Siem Reap 17000,
    Tel. 063 761 888
    Ambulance of the provincial hospital in Siem Reap: 855 (0) 63 76 11 19


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