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Official Name: KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
Area: 181,035km2. It is bordered to the North by Thailand and Laos, to the East and the South by Vietnam, and to the South and the West by the Gulf of Thailand.
Capital City: Phnom Penh (Population approx 2 Million, 290 square kilometers). It is considered the center of Industry, Administration, Commerce, and Tourism.
Population: 13,124,764 Million (2003 est.) (90-95% Khmers) the balance being ethnic Chinese, Cham, ethnic Vietnamese and hill-tribe people.
Language: Khmer, secondary languages: English and French
Religion: 95% Theravada Buddhist with the balance being Muslim, Christian and animist
Food and Drink: Rice and fish are the basic foods enjoyed by Cambodians. Delicious noodle soups are available at cafes. Fresh seafood is plentiful at Sihanouk Ville. In major cities a wide range of culinary fare is on offer including; Chinese, Thai, French, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern.
Climate: Cambodia has four seasons:
1. Nov-Feb, cool/dry
2. Mar-May, hot/dry
3. Jun-Aug, hot/wet
4. Sep-Oct, cool/wet
Time: GMT+7 hours
Voltage: 220v/50Hz
Currency: RIEL (USD1 approximately 4000 Riels). US dollars are widely accepted.

Telephone: Country code: 855, Phnom Penh code: 23. Phone cards are available, and can be purchased at many outlets. There are also several mobile phone systems. Mobile phones can be rented from booths on the street on a pay-per-call basis.

Postal service: Airmail to Europe takes 4-5 days, and to the USA 7-10 days
Newspapers: English dailies: The Phnom Penh Post and The Cambodia Daily.
Internet services: The Internet and E-mail are available in city and all the provinces.
Tourist information: Ministry of Tourism Tel.: (855)23 211 593, Fax: (855)23 212 837
Emergency: There are emergency services in Phnom Penh. Call 119 ambulance, Call 118 fire truck, Call 117 polices.

Tipping: Tipping isn't obligatory but is widely practiced in hotels and restaurants in addition to the service charges shown on bills.
Visas:
- Can be obtained at Royal Embassies and Consulates of Cambodia
- A visa on arrival, valid for 30 days, is issued at Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport. Poi Pet, O'Smach and Cham Yeam at the Cambodia-Thailand international border checkpoint and Bavet, Kaam Samnor at the Cambodia-Vietnam international border checkpoint.
- Visa fee: Business visa: USD25, Tourist visa: USD20.
Hotels and Guesthouses: There are many of each in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Accommodation ranges from guesthouses charging from USD5/night to luxurious 5-star hotels. In Siem Reap there are several small hotels along the road between the airport and the town. (These are peaceful as they're set among rice fields and palms but require a taxi ride for each venture outside).
Nightlife: Plenty available, but take your own driver or "motodop" (motorbike taxi driver) for the evening.
Opening Hours Government offices: business hours are from 7:30am-11: 30am and 2:30pm-5pm, Monday to Friday. Banks are open from 8am-3pm Monday to Friday. Markets are open from early morning to late evening, including Sundays and pubic holidays.

Source: Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia

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