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CAMBODIA is known as Khmer and is a country located in Southeast Asia with a rich and sophisticated history, culture, and natural resources. This country is a prominent destination in ASEAN region. Cambodia's tourism sector generated approximately 32.4% of the GDP in 2017 bases on the World Travel and Tourism Council. The main spoken language is Khmer (from Sanskrit) and following by English.
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Cambodia known as Khmer
181,035 km2 or 69,898 sq mi
1,813m or 5,989mi Phnom Aural (Aural Mountain)
Loas, Thailand, and Vietnam
500km or 311mi Mekong River
16,000 km2 or 6,178sq mi Boeng Tonle Sap
16.01 million (2017)
The Royal Government of Cambodia has officially decided to waive travel requirements for all travelers entering Cambodia as follows:
1) Waiving the requirement for COVID-19 PCR Test certificate 72 hours prior to your arrival to in Cambodia.
2) Waiving the requirement for rapid test on arrival at the airport, land border and seaport to in Cambodia.
3) Reopening the Visa-on- Arrival service for all international travelers by air, land and sea.
Upon the arrivals all tourism stakeholders, national and international tourists, and travelers must present vaccinated cards recognized by their respective health authorities. For those, who have not been vaccinated, are still eligible to request/apply for Visa on Arrival; subject to 14-day state quarantine at the locations designated by the Ministry of Health or respective/local authorities.
Khmer is having influences from Sanskrit and Pali. This language has been widely spread all over the Khmer empire and used pre-Angkor era. Khmer language divides its history into four periods (The Old Khmer period, is subdivided into pre-Angkorian and Angkorian). Pre-Khmer before 600BC, Pre-Angkorian Old Khmer 600-800, Angkorian Old Khmer 800 to mid-14thcentury, Middle Khmer Mid-14th century to 18th century, and Modern Khmer 1800-Present.
Pram - Mouy
Pram - Pi
Pram - Bei
Pram - Boun
Dob - Mouy
Dob - Pi
Mphei - Mouy
How are you?
How much is this?
I want to go to...
My name is...
Where is the toilet?
I want to return to the hotel
Do you speak...?
Do you sell...?
Where is the exit?
I need help
Ter nak sok-sabay te?
Ter nes tlai pon-man?
Khnom jong tov...
Ter mean Bang-kon nov ti na
Khnom jong tro-lob tov santhatkea vinh
Ter nak niyeay...te?
Ter nak mean luk...te?
Ter chrok jenh nov ti na?
Khnom trov kar jom-nouy
The average temperatures range from 24°C in the cooler months of Oct, Nov & Dec to 35°C at the hottest time of the year from March until June.
Rainy season known as monsoon. It begins in May till in October.
Dry season begins in November till April.
Months with the highest relative humidity are September and October (84%). Months with the lowest relative humidity are February and March (71%).
November to April
Due the ease of the weather and the greenery after the rainy season. Make it as very pleasant season to travel. Number of people from different part of the world visiting Cambodia during this time of the year.
May to October
Rainy season known as monsoon. It begins within this period of the year. This is also an off season. Because some travelers find it as an unpleasant travel period due to the rain. But it a welcoming time frame for farmers who are waiting for their crop to grow.
'Riel' is an national currency in Cambodia. However,Riel and USD are the common currencies accepted everywhere.
The riel was at first subdivided into 100 centimes (abbreviated to cent. on the coins) but this changed in 1959 to 100 sen. For the first few years, the riel and piastre circulated alongside each other. The first riel banknotes were also denominated in piastres.
1st issue, 1955–56: 1 riel, 5 riels, 10 riels, 50 riels.
2nd issue, 1956: 1 riel, 20 riels, 50 riels, 100 riels, 500 riels.
3rd issue, 1963: 5 riels, 10 riels, 100 riels.
4th issue, 1972: 100 riels, 500 riels, 1,000 riels, 5,000 riels.
4000៛ = 1$
Having a mixture of cash and credit card with you while travelling is very handy and easy with minimal stress not only to Cambodia but anywhere in the world.
It always be the easiest spending method to all travelers. Nothing to concern when you carry cash.
Visa/Master : Widely accepted in some establishment such hotels, restaurants or malls while small shops or business accept cash.
Amex : Accepted depends from place to place
You are able to find ATM’s in major towns and cities but it still limited in some provinces. You will get USD or Riel from your withdrawal depends on your selected options.
Cambodian is also known as Khmer. Traditionally Khmer people are likely to live in rural villages since the majority are either as farmer or fishermen and those who live in the touristic area make a living by providing goods and services to the tourist in the country.
Majority of Khmer people who live in the city or touristic area are able communicate in English and other languages. Smiling and waving are very common which you make feel a very warm welcome. You can always seek for any assistance by asking them directly and they more then happy to help you.
Do's and Don'ts
Ask for permission before taking picture
Support the local economy