Cambodia operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 7 hours.
At 9:00 a.m. in Cambodia, it is:
|EST||9:00 p.m. the previous day|
|CST||8:00 p.m. the previous day|
|MST||7:00 p.m. the previous day|
|PST||6:00 p.m. the previous day|
*Note that Cambodia does not observe daylight savings time, so adjust the above times accordingly.
Airport & Immigration Proceedures on Arrival
It is VITAL to have your passport (valid at least 6 months with minimum of 2 blank pages), cash of USD 30 per person and 1 passport-size photo with you to obtain a Cambodian Visa upon your arrival. (Note: Tourists to Cambodia can now apply for a visa online via the Ministry’s new e-Visa site located at: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/.
- The cabin crew aboard your plane will likely have provided you visa on arrival, immigration and customs forms. If so, please complete these prior to disembarkation. No worries if you did not receive these forms on board the plane as there are forms available in the arrival hall.
- First it will be necessary to queue in the “Visa On Arrival” line. Here you will need your passport with at least one blank visa page, USD 30 per person (the fee is current as of this writing, but is always subject to change and maybe cheaper for children) and one passport size photograph. Remember your USD 30 must be in pristine condition (recent bills, with no marks or tears).
- You will be directed to move to the waiting area while your completed visa application form and passport is checked and once approved (no worries!), you will be called to the counter, your passport will be stamped and you may enter Cambodia.
- Next proceed to the immigration area where you must present your passport (with new Cambodian visa) and immigration form to the official who will stamp your passport.
- Continue to baggage claim in the adjacent room. Collect your luggage and carry on to the customs area (hand your completed customs form to the customs officer). Note there may or may not be a customs officer present (if so give them your declaration form) otherwise simply drop the customs form in the customs area and proceed into the arrivals hall.
- Look for your tour guide at the exit who will be holding a sign with your names on it. You will then be escorted to the waiting vehicle and transferred to your hotel (approximately 30 minutes).
Clothing & What to pack
Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Cambodia. The dress code is fairly casual. It is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects.
For protection from sun at archaeological sites where you may be exposed outdoors for long periods of time, it is suggested you carry a sunhat or umbrella, sunscreen and sunglasses, as well as a water bottle. Comfortable, soft-soled walking shoes are essential.
- During Sightseeing: Tourists are suggested to dress modestly during the visits to temples in Siem Reap and the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, especially for WOMEN – No see-through clothes, have to bare shoulders and must be skirts below knee length.
- Children (under 12 years old) and old ages people are not allowed to climb the Bakan tower of Angkor Wat temple (the highest tower of Angkor Wat located in the middle of the temple). This tower will be closed on the Buddhist Sabbath Days, four days a month in accordance with the Lunar Calendar (it does not fall in any of your days during in Siem Reap).
- Apsara Authority just recently released the code of conduct for visitors visiting Angkor complex. Read more here: Angkor: Visitor Code of Conduct.
What to Pack
Comfortable, casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Choose versatile styles that can be layered if the weather (or level of air-conditioning) requires. In most areas, long, loose Bermuda-style shorts are becoming increasingly acceptable for both sexes, but women may feel more comfortable in a skirt or long trousers. (Note: Laundry service is available at most hotels; dry cleaning is available in larger cities.)
- Temples, mosques and other religious sites require conservative dress. Both sexes should cover their arms, legs and shoulders.
- Somewhat smarter, but still casual, clothing is appropriate for evening dining in big-city or resort restaurants. Formal clothing is not necessary.
- A lightweight (preferably non-plastic) raincoat or poncho.
- A sweater or lightweight jacket for evenings and fiercely air-conditioned interiors.
- Comfortable, soft-soled walking shoes with low or no heels. Sandals may not be comfortable for some sightseeing activities i.e Angkor temple sightseeing or taking a walk in the jungle.
- Sunglasses, sun block and a sunhat.
- Most of hotels have pools, so you may wish to pack your swimming suit.
- A small, powerful flashlight in case of a local power failure.
- Lightweight binoculars, useful for sightseeing.
- If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, be sure to pack an extra pair(s).
- Simple first-aid kit.
- Prescriptions and medications (We recommend you carry these in their original bottles and/or packaging.)
- Charging cables for electronics and voltage converter and adapter plugs (if required).
If you are traveling on a Private or Tailor Made Journey, we suggest the following gratuities (noted in U.S. dollars):
|Local Guides||$10-$20 per guide, per day|
|Drivers||$5-$10 per driver, per day|
|Airport Transfer Drivers||$5 per transfer|
|Housekeepers||$2 per room, per night|
|Room Service||10-15 unless already added|
|Restaurants||10-15 unless already added|
Best time to go?
- The nation is warm lasting through the year, however there are a few particular seasons influencing the best time to visit Cambodia. There is little rain in the middle of November and May, the supposed dry season, which itself separates into two particular stages. The cool season (Nov-Feb) is the top time for tourism – sufficiently gentle to investigate the temples in solace yet sufficiently warm to sunbathe by the coast. Moistness and temperatures rise somewhat amid the hot season (March-May), with Phnom Penh and Battambang seeing crest daytime temperatures of 33-40°C. This is a brilliant time to visit the coast, in spite of the fact that Angkor is normally very hot.
- Going to Cambodia amid the rainy season (generally June-Oct) can display certain down to earth challenges, however it is additionally an intriguing time to see the nation as it changes into a waterlogged spread of tropical green under the day by day rainstorm storms (luckily, the downpours falls primarily toward the evening; mornings are by and large dry).
- Getting around (especially in September and October) isn’t generally simple: soil streets swing to mud and flooding is ordinary. As anyone might expect it’s additionally the calmest time for tourism (even Angkor is moderately peaceful) and the countryside is at its lushest.
- Use a website such as weather.com to find average temperatures and rainfall during your travel times.
- Domestic flights within Southeast Asia limit Economy Class luggage to 20 kilos (44 pounds) per passenger, and Business Class luggage to 30 kilos (66 pounds) per passenger.
- Domestic flights within Cambodia and international flights on Bangkok Airways allow 5 kilos (11 pounds) for carry-on bags. All other flights allow 7 kilos (15.5) pounds for carry-on bags.
- As planes have small overhead bins and limited legroom, it’s advisable to keep carry-on baggage to a minimum.
Etiquette and Photography
Unless you are shooting a crowded public scene, it is considered courteous to ask permission before taking pictures of local people, especially small children. Please be respectful of local people who do not care to be photographed.
Photography is not permitted at some locations, which may include government buildings, museums, art galleries, private houses, etc. These areas are usually clearly marked. If in doubt, please ask; this will avoid having your camera confiscated.
Be sure to pack ample amounts of batteries and memory cards or film for your camera and video equipment, along with the appropriate charging cables. A dustproof case or sealable plastic bags and lens brush are also recommended.
Food and Drinks
Do not use tap water for drinking or brushing your teeth. Even “purified” water in open containers should be avoided. It is always preferable and safer to use only bottled water.
Regardless of precautions, changes in water and diet can result in mild abdominal upsets and nausea. To prevent serious illness, avoid suspect foods such as uncooked vegetables, peeled fruit, unpasteurized milk and milk products. Beware of any food or drink sold by street vendors.
Many guests enjoy the chance to purchase items that reflect their destination, and so as a courtesy, your guide may recommend a particular shop or arrange a shopping visit. Please note, however, that these recommendations should not be taken as Visits Cambodia’s endorsement of the shop, merchandise and/or pricing. You assume all responsibility for any transactions that take place, including shipping arrangements that are made.
The decision to shop while travelling is a personal choice and shopping is never compulsory. If at any point during your journey you feel pressured to shop or make purchases, please immediately discuss the matter with your Visits Cambodia (Asia Culture & Leisure) representative. Unless you are shopping in a large department store, merchants will expect you to bargain.
To avoid disappointment, we suggest the following guidelines:
- Compute the exchange rate and thoroughly review credit card receipts before signing.
- Take your purchases home with you whenever possible. Airfreight can take many months and actual shipping charges can be quite excessive. Customs delays, fees and regulations can further complicate the issue.
- Duty taxes, if applicable, are paid as you re-enter the United States. Regardless of assurances by merchants, these cannot be prepaid on your behalf.
- Keep all sales receipts for items purchased throughout your trip and try to pack all items that you will need to declare together. This will ease the Customs process upon re-entry into your country.
Protection & Precautions and Communications
Use the safes where available in your accommodations to secure your valuables, especially passports, medications, jewelry, money and electronics. If you must carry valuables, keep them on your person at all times. Be mindful of your surroundings and take extra caution in crowds.
Photocopy the personal information pages of your passport; leave one copy with a family member or friend and pack another separately from the passport itself. You may want to scan and email a copy to yourself for easy, online access. This will help you to quickly secure a replacement should the need arise.
your cellular telephone provider to determine if your phone operates on the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and what, if any, activation may be required. If your phone is not GSM-enabled, you may find that renting a phone specifically designed for use overseas is the most practical option.