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CAMBODIA IN BRIEF

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OUR TOP PICKS

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WHEN TO TRAVEL

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PASSPORT & VISA

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ARRIVING IN CAMBODIA

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VACCINATION & TRAVEL INSURANCE

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MISCELLANEOUS

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CAMBODIA IN BRIEF

Jungles, waterfalls and a plethora of historical monuments, contemporary Cambodia is the successor state to the Khmer empire that ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. A nation with a rather gory history, this country is a testament to its people’s unyielding spirit and unwavering optimism. Cambodia’s real treasures lie not in the cornucopia of temples, monuments thriving wildlife and beaches, but in its ever-smiling people. From the commercialized hub that is Phnom Penh to the coastal mountains of Cardamom with the magnificent Angkor in the north,

there’s something for everyone here. Angkor Wat stands tall and majestic, next to Siem Reap with its inner city of Bayon and the dramatic Ta Prohm monastery. Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, with its amazing floating village is worth a visit here as well. Stop for a minute here with the unique FrenchCambodian cocktail of culture Battambang in the Northwest and the get into the rich history of the capital of Phnom Penh has to offer in the south. Here, the villa of Napoleon III makes for a special tour south of the Royal Palace.

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The villa, built in the 1800’s for the opening of the Suez Canal, was a gift to the King, and thus is quite a spectacle on its own despite the presence of the extravagant Silver Pagoda, it so very well complements. Embrace the horrors of history at the Tuol Sleng Museum and its memorial where you come to grips with the tragic past of these ever so congenial people. un[travel] the enigma that is this country with us as we pick out the best of everything for you to enjoy.

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Angkor Thom

As the source originates in the Cardamom Mountains where human settlements are scarce, the water is very clear. The sound of the cascading waters will seem to be pleasantly complementing the serenity of the previous day

The capital city of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom is the textbook definition of the term, ‘fortress’. Surrounded by an 8m high formidable wall and further bordered by a 100m wide moat, the city was built to stand and thrash back foe after foe. Some of the temples inside the walls of this city are Bayon, Phimeanakas, Baphuon, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace

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Siem Reap

Koh Oknha Tei

Floating Villages, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap! Take a ride in a traditional wooden boat in the Tonle Sap, the ‘Great Lake’ of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. Here you’ll see plenty of examples of the Khmer way of life on the Tonle Sap.

Take a ride in the Mekong river to head to a small island called Koh Oknha Tei. This island is also called the ‘Silk Island’ owing to the fact that the villagers here are silk weavers and they weave some really good silk products. Experience first-hand the process of intricate weaving of silk and interact with the weavers here.

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WHEN TO TRAVEL Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

The best time to visit is in the cooler months of November to February. Though fairly wet in the rainy months of May and June, the country turns a spectacular green with waterfalls. If you’re planning to hit the beaches, the ideal time is the dry season, between October to May. Rituals and superstition play a big part in Cambodian culture with the most popular Cambodian festivals being the Water festival (October or November), Pchum Ben (September) and Khmer New Year’s Day (Mid April)

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PASSPORT & VISA The process of getting visa is relatively easy with VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. VFS has provided online Visa solutions, enabling the travellers to apply online for visas to virtually any country in the world. VFS’s Unique online application makes applying for one visa or many visas a painless process. The whole process is online and payment can be done by a credit card. Tourist visas are valid for one month starting with the date of entry. How to go about it: Get to vfsglobal.com Fill out the online application form by providing your personal information that matches the information on your passport. Enter passport information followed by your contact and travel details. You will be guided to UDI Application Portal You have to login first, fill in the forms, make payments and book appointments. Review and confirm payment. Pay the service fee online by your Credit/Debit Card. Receive a confirmation email for your visa order. The processing time won’t take more than three business days. Once your application has been successfully processed, VFS shall issue you a payment receipt with your application reference number and details. After submission you can track your application You will need to key in your application reference number and name

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Cambodia has certain custom allowances. You are entitled to bring a reasonable amount of duty-free goods but you must bear in mind that alcohol and cigarettes are cheaper in the streets of Phnom Penh than your duty-free rates. The official language of Cambodia is Khmer which is spoken by 90% of the population. Other spoken languages are Cham, Vietnamese, Tumpoon, Lao, Yue Chinese, Jarai and Mon-Khmer languages. A large number of people can also speak English and French fluently. Cambodia has certain custom allowances. You are entitled to bring a reasonable amount of duty-free goods but you must bear in mind that alcohol and cigarettes are cheaper in the streets of Phnom Penh than your duty-free rates. The official language of Cambodia is Khmer which is spoken by 90% of the population. Other spoken languages are Cham, Veitnamese, Tumpoon, Lao, Yue Chinese, Jarai and Mon-Khmer languages. A large number of people can also speak English and French fluently.

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VACCINATION & TRAVEL INSURANCE

There are no compulsory vaccinations for travellers heading toward Cambodia. However, it is suggested to consult with your Doctor 6-8 weeks in advance of travel to assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. The WHO recommends the following vaccines for travelling to Cambodia: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza. Travel insurance to cover theft and illness is essential. Make sure that your policy covers emergency evacuation. People travelling to Southeast Asia think that medical care in the region is cheap which is true for minor complaints, but the cost could be higher in case of a surgery or if you need to leave the country for care. Make sure that your plan has a high enough rate of coverage that an accident would be covered, including a flight back home in case of emergency.

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PERSONAL SECURITY Despite horror stories of sky-high crime rates, most people visit Cambodia without incident; be careful, but don’t be a paranoid. This is not to underestimate the issue – crime is probably the most serious problem facing the country. Most of these are bag snatchings, often by thieves riding past on motorbikes. Hotspots for petty crime include the riverfront and some areas of Phnom Penh, and the beaches and tourist areas of Sihanoukville and nearby islands. If you fall victim to a mugging, you should take very seriously the usual advice not to resist and do as you’re told.

YOUR HEALTH Protecting yourself against the harsh sun with sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses are essential – especially between 10am to 4pm, and regardless of whether there is cloud cover or not. It is not safe to drink straight from the tap in Cambodia. Opt for bottled mineral water, both sparkling and still, which is readily available in most places. Whether you take oral prophylaxis or not, avoid being out at night as much as possible as the Anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark. Always use mosquito repellent, light coloured long pants, long-sleeved shirts, closed shoes and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas.

TIPPING In restaurants and bars, 10% to 15% is the accepted tipping standard. Parking attendants and security guards are commonly tipped an amount of $1 or $2 and up according to the length of your stay. The going rate for porters at airports is between $5 and $10 per piece of luggage. Some of the other service providers you may want to tip are taxi drivers, tour guides and assistants at the hairdressers’ and beauty salons.

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SHOPPING IN CAMBODIA Phnom Penh houses a number of lively markets and shopping centres where tourists can indulge in shopping and search for souvenirs to take back home. Russian Market and Old Market D are some of the popular shopping destinations. Handmade Khmer silk, original oil paintings, Buddha statues and coloured Cambodian gemstones are some of the most extraordinary things you can buy!

FOOD IN CAMBODIA Rice is the staple food in Cambodia. People often greet each other by asking “Nyam bai howie nov?” (“Have you eaten rice yet?”). Cambodian food has much in common with its neighbour Vietnam. Most dishes served in Vietnam are also quite common in Cambodia. But Cambodian food has its own unique charm. A large bowl of rice with 3-4 dishes, including soups are served in lunch and dinner in a typical Cambodian home. Freshwater fish from the Mekong and Tonle Sap make up a large part of the Cambodian diet, whether dried, processed into prahok (fermented fish paste), or cooked up in the popular Cambodian speciality, amok.

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