Fast Facts: Cambodia

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

U.S. passport holders will be granted a Cambodia visa upon arrival. You must bring two passport-type photos and $30 (exact change, U.S. dollars only) visa fee with you.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for meeting all entry requirements and obtaining a visa, if required. If so, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

December and January are the best months for travel in Cambodia although it is still hot and humid. The months of November and February are tolerable. Stay away during the summer months of March through May, as the weather is extremely hot, and June through October when it is monsoon season.

Check out the current weather conditions in Cambodia.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health requirements for entering Cambodia, however, it is highly recommended that you ask you doctor about obtaining malaria suppressants and possible vaccinations for hepatitis and typhoid. Polio is also present in Cambodia. Bring along plenty of insect repellant and cover any wounds with a bandage. Avoid swimming in ocean or freshwater while in Cambodia, as many contaminants are in the water.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Cambodia is the riel. Please review the current exchange rate for the riel.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Tip 10% for good service from taxi drivers, waiters, and hotel staff.

What are the best things to shop for?

Shop for replicas of Angkor's bas-reliefs and sculptures, carvings of wood and stone, naturally dyed silk called leak tomuhjeat, Cambodian music and instruments, and precious stones. Be prepared to bargain, which is best done with small U.S. bills which are accepted throughout the country.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plugs A & C. Some outlets are a combination of type A and C and can accept either type plug. Plug G may be found in some hotels. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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