1- Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be several blank pages left on your passport. You should also have a 5 cm x 5 cm on a white or off-white background photo ready, as well as USD$30 for the stamping fee.
2- Tourist Visa which can be requested and obtained:
– on arrival at customs (terrestrial or airports of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh) at the cost of 30 USD and 1 passport photo.
– E-Visa online following the procedure on the official government website (*) www.evisa.gov.kh/ (35 USD – 3-4 working days).
(*) For the E-Visa application, always double check that the website on which you are applying is a government website and therefore the web address must ends with “.gov.kh”. In fact, there are services offered by private agencies which, while able to issue a valid E-Visa, apply higher rates.
The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Cambodia for a certain amount of time:
– Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam (maximum stay of up to 30 days)
– Philippines (maximum stay of up to 21 days)
– Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei (maximum stay of up to 14 days)
Citizens of the following Countries are ineligible for an e-visa and will have to apply at their nearest Cambodian embassy / consulate:
– Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia
– Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
– Algeria, Nigeria, Sudan
HOW TO GET THERE
The main airports that offer the largest number of connections and that are considered logistically comfortable for most tours in Cambodia are Siem Reap and Phnom Penh (e-Visa accepted)
– Chau Doc (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia), by speed boat, around 4 (do not accept e-Visa)
By land from Vietnam
– Prek Chak (Kep – Cambodia) – Ha Tien (Vietnam), south of Cambodia (do not accept e-Visa)
– Bavet (Cambodia) – Moc Bai (Vietnam), travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh (e-Visa accepted)
By land from Thailand
– Poipet (Cambodia) – Aranyapratet (Thailand) (do not accept e-Visa)
– Pailin (Cambodia) – Chantabhuri (Thailand) (do not accept e-Visa)
– Cham Yeam (Cambodia) – Hat Leak (Trat – Thailand) (e-Visa accepted)
By Land from Laos
– Stung Treng (Cambodia) – Don Kralor (Laos) (do not accept e-Visa)
The Tourist Visa allows the stay in Cambodia of 30 days starting from the day of entry into the Country, and can be extended only two times for 30 days each time at the cost of 45$ for each renewal. Overstay after the expiration date is punished with heavy administrative sanctions. For other information regarding visas, contact us via email.
In Cambodia the climate is tropical and the temperature rarely drops below 22˚C. The least hot months are November, December, January and February, while the hottest months are May, June, July and August. The statistic rains are concentrated in September and October. However, from June onwards sporadic rains can occur, intense but short, and often only in the evening and at night. In general, cultural tours can be arranged all year around. Travel to some remote areas during rainy season can be challenging due to the conditions of the roads.
WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR LUGGAGE
The clothing needs for a trip to Cambodia are quite limited.
Clothes : Unless you have gala dinners or important meetings, elegant dresses are not a priority, or at least they remain a choice at your own discretion. In general terms, light travel is always a valid suggestion. In every town are widespread fast and cheap laundries (dry cleaning only in high class hotels). In the main cities there are shops and malls of western level where it is possible to buy any type of clothes.
It is essential to get adequate clothing covering shoulders and knees to visit religious monuments. Where it is not binding it is however suggested, advised and common sense out of respect for the local culture.
For itineraries in remote provinces, trekking, forest walks, long clothing is recommended to reduce the risk of insect bites.
Shoes : Despite of what is sometimes reported in the guidebooks, for the more classic itineraries no trekking shoes are required. For almost all the proposed itineraries a pair of comfortable sneakers are more the enough. The flip flops are certainly a convenient alternative for leisure and / or the beach.
In case it rains : Cambodia, like other Southeast Asian countries, is periodically subject to monsoon rains. However the frequency is not always regular. Frequent but brief showers occur in the early afternoon or evening / night. Waterproof jackets can be an immediate solution even if after a few minutes they are unbearable due to heat and humidity. All our vehicles are equipped with umbrellas at your disposal in case of need. If the journey takes place during the monsoon period, we recommend considering a waterproof bag / backpack to protect your personal effects, documents and photographic equipment with care.
In a sunny day : It is a good habit, especially for those who are more sensitive, to have a suitable protective sun cream, as well as a hat and sunglasses.
Mosquitos issue : The mosquitos problem in South East Asia is often emphasised and is often far less than expected. However it is not to be underestimated. It is a good habit to provide yourself with repellent sprays (also available on site in any location at a cheap price), and a long and light clothing for excursions in rural areas.
Vaccinations officially are not mandatory. Our suggestion, which remains purely our opinion as we have no qualifications in medicine and therefore we cannot be held responsible for your decisions, is that for the itineraries considered, vaccinations are not even necessary. Mosquito repellent sprays and normal hygiene and food care are more than sufficient.
Malaria and other diseases caused by insect bites are not endemic. As for intestinal infections we suggest to avoid raw foods and drink only water and soft drinks sold in sealed bottles / cans. If meals are included in the tour, we guarantee to refer only to restaurants with a long-standing reputation.
In Cambodia the level of health facilities is certainly not comparable to Western levels. In local pharmacies, however, all medicines for common “traveler’s diseases” are available. Anyone who uses particular medicines for existing illnesses is advised to bring a sufficient supply for the duration of the tour (along with a doctor prescription). In general, normal hygiene and food habits are more than sufficient to avoid health problems during the tour. However, we always recommend activating a travel insurance policy with good coverage.
For informations regarding travel and health insurance please read the informations in the page https://inasiatravel.com/en/travel-insurance/
Cambodia is a highly hospitable Country and is absolutely a safe place for travel of any kind. Since the economy is largely based on the tourist market, National Security is focused in a careful way to guarantee the total serenity of travellers. Our itineraries are developed to ensure the total comfort of our customers.
Visits to sites in the past considered dangerous, as the Preah Vihear temple can now be visited in total safety. The likelihood of any risks and unsafe situations is the same as in any other Country.
A respectful attitude towards others, respect for local laws, avoidance of unnecessary controversy and ambiguous environments at night are sufficient to guarantee the serene success of your journey. However, local laws are very strict regarding the serious issues of drugs, prostitution and pedophilia.
We suggest that you avoid taking routes independently in remote areas and outside the itinerary unless you have consulted the accompanying guide. Some areas have not yet been reclaimed by anti-personnel mines and unexploded weapons of previous wars.
In Cambogia la valuta nazionale è il Riel ma la valuta principale utilizzata sono i dollari americani (USD). 1 USD equivale a 4000 Riel. Suggeriamo di cambiare la vostra valuta (anche Euro) all’arrivo in aeroporto. All’arrivo non è necessario cambiare i Dollari Americani in Riel.
Gli Euro non sono accettati da nessun esercente. Nelle località principali è possibile prelevare dagli sportelli Bancomat (ATM) con tutte le comuni carte di credito (VISA / MASTERCARD / MAESTRO / CIRRUS) con un limite giornaliero di 250$-500$ e una commissione fissa per prelievo. Nei ristoranti e negli hotel accertarsi che accettino pagamento con carta di credito prima di effettuare prenotazione e consumazioni. Le carte di credito sono accettate in tutti gli sportelli bancomat ma non in tutti i ristoranti e hotel.
In Cambodia the national currency is Riel but the main currency used is US dollars (USD). 1 USD equals 4000 Riel. In case you need to change to USD we suggest to provide upon arrival at airport.
Currencies different the USD are not accepted by any merchant. In the main locations it is possible to withdraw from the ATMs with all the common credit cards (VISA / MASTERCARD / MAESTRO / CIRRUS) with a daily limit of $ 250- $ 500 and a fixed commission for withdrawal. In restaurants and hotels, make sure that they accept payment by credit card before making reservations.
Thanks to the widespread presence of local markets, a very important element of Asian culture, cheap clothing is readily available everywhere. In the main cities you can also find western-style sportswear. Unlike the commonplace, most branded products are unfortunately counterfeited. The purchase is therefore at your discretion aware that you are not buying an original product at an advantageous price, but rather an imitation.
As for souvenirs, the most common items are local craftsmanship in wood, stone, metal, silver, fabric, statues, paintings, engravings, local costumes, etc. In the markets, unlike some specialised shops, they are found at much cheaper prices but at a lower quality.
TRAVELLING WITH KIDS
SIM CARD AND INTERNET
Internet and WiFi are widely distributed throughout the Country. Any hotel provides free WiFi in the rooms. However, in some cases, the signal strength may depend on the distance of the room from the router. SIM cards cost around 2-3 USD and are fully functional for the 3G and 4G network (on consumption). You can buy them on arrival at the airport or at any location. For more information contact us via email at [email protected]
Tips are not in any way to be considered mandatory or due in order to financially support the staff on site. Our staff is compensated in an absolutely ethical and correct manner. However, it is certainly a welcome gesture that underlines your satisfaction with the demonstrated professional qualities.