According to thesciencetutor, Cambodia (Khmer: កម្ពុជា, Kâmpŭchéa) is a country in Asia bordering Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Cambodia has been independent from France since 1953. The capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh. A number of major cities in Cambodia are: Battambang, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Prey Veng.
Cambodia is known for its untouched nature, the rice fields, the small villages, the nature parks and the seaside resort of Sihanoukville. There are also many temples around Angkor, including the largest temple in the world, the “Angkor Wat” and the smaller “Bayon” temple. Many of these temples are very old and consist for the most part of overgrown ruins. Cambodian cuisine is best known for its many fish dishes. The fish is mostly caught in the Tonlé Sap lake. This is a large lake in the middle of Cambodia. This lake is also recommended for tourists. For example, one can take a hydrofoil across the lake from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Unfortunately, Cambodia is still known for poverty. A large part of the population lives below the poverty line. This is especially reflected in the smaller villages. See plus-size-tips for the best of Cambodia.
Where is Cambodia?
Travel information of Cambodia
Official name: Kingdom of Cambodia
Area: 181,035 km²
Capital: Phnom Penh
Country code: KH, KHM
Population: inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy (Kingdom)
Highest point: 1,810 m (Phnom Aural)
Distance (Amsterdam – Phnom Penh): 9,546 km
Flight time: approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Cambodia that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Cambodia, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete tours and holidays to Cambodia. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Cambodia?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Cambodia at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Cambodia has a tropical climate. Temperatures range from 10 to 25 degrees in the winter months and 30 to 40 degrees in the summer months. The average annual temperature is about 27 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Cambodia can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Cambodia can be found at Climate info.
January, February, March, April, November and December are the best months to travel to Cambodia. This avoids the rainy season with the risk of flooding.
Khmer is the official language in Cambodia. In addition, Chinese, French, Vietnamese and English are also spoken on a smaller scale.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Cambodia.
A visa is required. This can be applied for online via the official website evisa.gov.kh (credit card). This visa is valid for 30 days within a period of 3 months from the date of issue. For the time being, it is also possible to purchase the visa upon arrival at the airport.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Thailand (also for Cambodia):
Embassy of Cambodia in Belgium (also for the Netherlands): rijksoverheid.nl.
It is advisable to get one or more vaccinations before visiting Cambodia.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs in Cambodia (with the exception of Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat). Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In Cambodia, payment is made with the Cambodian riel (KHR) and the US dollar (USD).
The current state of these currencies (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Cambodia can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Cambodia are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -34% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (72% cheaper), food (9% cheaper), imported beer in catering (45% cheaper), cigarettes (77% cheaper) and public transport (34% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Cambodia it is customary to tip, especially in tourist areas. In general, tipping is about 10%. Even if service costs have already been calculated.
During our summer time it is 5 hours later in Cambodia.
During our winter time it is 6 hours later in Cambodia.
Cambodia has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Cambodia can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Cambodia you must drive on the right.
To rent and/or drive a motor vehicle in Cambodia, you need a temporary Cambodian driver’s license. You will receive this upon presentation of your Dutch driving licence.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Cambodia.
Electricity In Cambodia you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Cambodia can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 117
– Fire: 118
– Ambulance: 119
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Cambodia can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Cambodia can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Cambodia end in.kh.
Cambodia’s official website: tourismcambodia.org.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Cambodia is 00855 or +855.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Cambodia? Then use the Dutch country code 00131 (Telecom Combodia), 00731 (Royal Telecom) or 00831 (VoIP).
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in Cambodia’s Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Cambodia.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Cambodia.
An overview of all public holidays in Cambodia can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Cambodia, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Cambodia?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Cambodia. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Cambodia can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Cambodia can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Cambodia? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines, money and perfume. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Cambodia, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Cambodia, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Cambodia.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking at all ages.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Smoking: Buying and/or smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: Only at tourist attractions.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Buddhism is the country’s main religion at 96.4%?
… Due to logging, only 49% of the 75% of the country consists of rainforest?
…Cambodia has already had 6 names since its independence from France in 1953?
…A delicacy in Cambodia is a fertilized egg?
…Half of the population in Cambodia is under 15 years old?
…Birthdays are not celebrated in Cambodia?