Cambodia

Basic Facts

 

-Cambodia is a small country bordered by Thailand to the west and northwest, Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the south.

 

-Their flag is the only national flag that shows the image of a building: the Angkor Wat!

 

-There are over 14 million Khmer citizens in Cambodia.

 

-Children under 15 make up around 50% of the current population in Cambodia.

 

-The four-year rule of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) led to what is known as the Cambodian Genocide: at least one-fifth of Cambodia’s population was killed. They were mostly members of ethnic groups, people from the cities, and religious leaders such as priests, and monks.

 

Reasons to Visit

 

-Amazing sunny and warm weather: Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate with high humidity. The good news is that temperatures rarely drop below 21°C.

 

-The cool wet season runs from May to October, while the hotter dry season lasts from November to April.

 

-Gorgeous temples and ancient monuments to visit.

 

-Great people to meet! Despite all the difficulties they have been through, people in Cambodia are characterized by their unique warmth and kindness.

 

Life in Cambodia

 

The history of the Kingdom of Cambodia has been characterized by long years of war and internal conflict. This left the country as one of the world’s poorest places. However, little does Cambodia have to envy in terms of natural resources… it’s a wonderful place worth visiting and admiring.

The average wage in this country is around 1 USD per day. Around 30% of the population in Cambodia lives in poverty, as they number almost 4.8 million people. Rural areas are particularly dangerous for many, as the access to drinking water is highly limited there. Even basic foods are valuable in these areas, rice being the most popular and affordable one.

Our programs in Cambodia allow our volunteers to live and participate in the natives’ daily lives and activities, while helping the ones in need achieve a better quality of life. Volunteering is about giving and receiving; our projects focus on the local people and their specific needs. We work along with locals, so you can be sure that your work will help them directly.

 

Top Destinations

 

  • Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument in the world!

 

  • Prasat Preah Vihear – probably the most alluring of attractions in Cambodia!

 

  • Tonlé Sap – one of the world’s most varied and productive ecosystems!

 

  • Bayon – a beautifully decorated temple!

 

  • The regenerated city of Siem Reap – in a stunning riverside position, a cultural revitalization, and a dining and bar experience as lively as any in the region.

 

  • The Bokor National Park – gorgeous natural landscape!

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Passport/visa requirements

 

For most visitors, visas can be obtained at the moment of arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports. When crossing from Thailand, visas are available at Poipet Banteay Meanchey and Cham Yeam (Koh Kong province). Visitors who will enter from Vietnam through Bavet (VN: Moc Bai) or Ka-Om Samnor (VN: Chao Doc) need to obtain their visas before their arrival through a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate overseas. Tourists can also get their visas through the online E-Visa.

 

Visa Fees:

 

Single entry visa fee for tourist (T) (30 days):    US$ 30

Single entry visa fee for business (E) (30 days):  US$ 35

 

 

Tourist & Business Visas: 

Visitors from countries not included in the Visa Exemption Agreements must apply for a Tourist (T) or business (E) visa valid for one month from the moment of entering.

 

Visa Exemption: 

Individuals whose nationalities are from Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar do not need a tourist visa and may stay in Cambodia for 21 to 30 days.

 

Visa extension:

 The tourist (T) and business (E) visas can be extended at the Immigration Department, National Police. The Diplomatic (A), Official (B) and Courtesy (C) visas can be extended at the Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A tourist visa can be extended only once for up to one month (single entry).

 

 A business visa can be extended for:

 

Overstayers will be fined US$ 10 per day.

 

Money/Currency

 

  • The local currency is the Cambodia Riel (KHR), and its value currently fluctuates around 4000 KHR per 1 USD (Early 2017).

 

Healthcare

The best clinics and hospitals in Cambodia are found in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Consulting a doctor usually costs around US$20 to US$50, plus medicine. In other locations, medical facilities are more basic, and a private clinic is usually preferable to a government hospital. In case of serious injuries, it is recommended to seek treatment in Bangkok.

 

All travelers

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

 

  • Some routine vaccines are: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and the yearly flu shot.

 

  • Drink bottled water that is sealed

 

  • Consume only water that has been disinfected

 

  • Use ice made with bottled or disinfected water

 

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread several illnesses and diseases in Cambodia. Many of these conditions cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. Do your best to prevent bug bites; this is the best prevention technique.

 

Although the potential dangers can seem quite frightening, actually only few travelers have experienced anything more than an upset stomach. Don’t let these warnings prevent you from enjoying your time in Cambodia.

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