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Cambodia has a land area of 181,035 square kilometers in the southwestern part of the Indochina peninsula, about 20 percent of which is used for agriculture. It lies completely within the tropics with its southern most points slightly more than 10˚ above the Equator.

 

Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in Southeast Asia. There really aren’t any big money saving tips here because just by being here, you are saving money. Food, accommodation, and transportation are all dirt cheap so you don’t need to do much to save money but here are a few tips

Dorm rooms in hostels start at around $3.50 USD per night. Private rooms in hostels and guesthouses generally go for $5-10 USD per night, depending on where you are in the country. Free WiFi is the norm for hostels these days, and a few will also include free breakfast. You can get comfortable guesthouse rooms for $15-20 USD with air con, TV, and other amenities. Beyond that, the sky is the limit but I’ve never needed to spend more than $25 USD per night for luxury in this country! Airbnb is available in the major cities, with prices starting around $10 USD per night for shared accommodation. For an entire home or apartment, expect to pay closer to $27 USD per night.

Food is very cheap in Cambodia. Local street vendors will cost you about $1-2 USD per meal, and basic restaurant meals will cost between $3-5 USD. Western meals at nice restaurants go between $5-15 USD per person. If you want to splurge, you can get some really world-class food in Phnom Phen these days for around $8-10 USD. If you plan on buying your own groceries and cooking your own meals expect to pay between $20-25 USD per week, depending on your diet. Stick to local markets for the cheapest produce.

Local city transportation is cheap, costing only a few dollars. Tuk-tuks can be found on every corner in the big cities, though be sure to negotiate a price in advance (usually not more than $5 USD depending on the distance). Renting a driver for the day will set you back between $15-20 USD, and most hostels can help you arrange finding one. Generally speaking, you can get a bus anywhere in the country for under $18 USD. For example, buses depart regularly from Siem Reap into Thailand for as little as $13 USD each way. Both buses and mini-buses also make the journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh daily for $10 USD per person.

Those planning on visiting Angkor Wat (and you should be!) should factor in the cost of the entrance fee, which is around $20 USD per day. Also, be sure to factor in the cost to travel there. (Be warned, the price will almost double as of February 2017.) Other tours, hikes, and entrance fees are between $10-20 USD depending on the length and popularity of the activity.

Most small businesses, tuk tuk drivers and hotels currently use an exchange rate of 4000 riel to the dollar. The rate applied is always to the benefit of the seller (as a tourist you are often the buyer). An item costs $1. You can pay it in dollars or with 4200 riels (1 USD = 4200 Riels).

For Cambodia visa is required for entry. The tourist visa is valid for up to 30 days and can be extended once for up to 30 days. There are several options to get a visa. In principle, the passport must have at least 6 months remaining validity upon entry and at least one complete blank page.

 

Visa at the Cambodian diplomatic mission

 

You can apply for the visa at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia in a lot of  countries.  The website Royal Embassy of Cambodia shows a list with all Cambodian Embassies in the world.

 

The processing will take about 6 working days. A registered outdated before entry visa includes a usage period. Within three months of the entry must be made. The length of stay is determined by the immigration authorities at the border.

 

E-visa prior to tour commencement

 

The virtual visa does not apply at all border crossings and also not for people who wish to enter from the countries of Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Nigeria. At these crossings the e-visa is accepted:

 

  • Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Siem Reap International Airport
  • At the Thai border at Cham Yeam (Koh Kong)
  • At the Thai border at Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey)
  • At the Vietnamese border at Bavet (Svay Rieng)

The processing of an E-visa takes 3 working days and costs $ 30 plus $  5 processing fee and $ 3 bank charges. The collection of e-visa via the website of the Foreign Affairs Office of Cambodia.

 

Visa on arrival in Cambodia

 

Visa on arrival, so when you arrive there at these border crossings:

 

  • Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Siem Reap International Airport
  • Border with Vietnam: On Bavet International checkpoint and Kha Orm Sam Nor International checkpoint
  • Border with Thailand: Cham Yeam International checkpoint, checkpoint and Poipet International O’Smach International checkpoint

The tourist visa costs $ 30.00 and can be extended once for up to 30 days.

 

The business visa

 

For stays longer than 30 days plus one-extension of a further 30 days the business visa for up to one year may be granted upon entry. From a visa for 6 months multiple entry and exit is possible. These specify on entry, that a business visa is required. As with a tourist visa has a business visa initially a maximum period of 30 days, which is then extended by one, three, six months or one year following at the immigration office in Cambodia. The first 30 days are counted here. The business visa is issued at these border crossings:

 

  • Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Siem Reap International Airport
  • At the Thai border at Cham Yeam (Koh Kong)
  • At the Thai border at Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey)
  • At the Vietnamese border at Bavet (Svay Rieng)

The business visa for 30 days costs $  35.00  To obtain a business visa, it does not necessarily have business activities in Cambodia. The prices for the extension vary depending on the duration. For a stay of one year, there are approximately $ 280,00.

 

Give extension in order

 

Who the trip to Phnom Penh would like to extend the tourist or business visa to spare, tasked professional travel agencies on site. These then take an appropriate surcharge. When an overdraft $ 5 penalty fee per day will be charged on departure.

 

ACMECS single visa for Thailand and Cambodia

 

Since 27 December 2012, the ACMECS (Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy) Single visa is offered for travelers from 35 countries to date. This visa allows entry to Thailand and Cambodia. It is valid for up to 3 entries to Thailand and one entry into Cambodia, the residence time for Thailand is up to 60 days per entry and for Cambodia 30 days. For Thailand, the fee is 30 Euros for each entry and is payable when applying for a visa at the Thai Embassy. The Visa fee for Cambodia is to be paid at the border crossing.

 

The processing period is different because two different authorities have to agree. Once the Thai Foreign Ministry and even the Royal Embassy of Cambodia.

The weather in Cambodia is dominated by the monsoon rains coming from the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean. He falls in the months of May to October, the country appeared in bright green. Here are more than 20 rainy days per month are not uncommon.

 

The rain is usually a powerful showers and occurs mainly in the afternoon. A welcome cooling in the tropical country, which is only a few kilometers north of the equator.

 

During the wet season Cambodia is rich green

 

Peak tourist season is from November to February – although with less rainy days, thereby also quite dry so that the air can also be dusty. Who works well with more humidity, should try to visit during the rainy season, especially as the lighting conditions in this time of year for photos are very well suited. A further positive aspect is that the tourist attractions are at this time not quite as crowded as in the peak travel time. The prices for accommodation and food during the rainy season are quite low.

 

The dry season lasts until May and the temperatures rise steadily until then and like to reach temperatures above 35 degrees. At the same time the humidity rises. By entering the rainy season the temperatures cool gradually in again. The coolest months are at the beginning of the dry season from December to February.

The current entrance fees for a visit to the Angkor Park.

 

Ticket Price     
1 Day 37 $
3 Days 62 $
7 Days 72 $

 

The prices apply only to foreign visitors. There is no discount for students, but for children younger than 12 is free (with showing their passport). For Cambodians, a visit to the Angkor temples is still free, which is very good!

 

Important: You can only purchase Angkor tickets with cash. If you do not have cash, you can get the money you need at the ATM. But (and this will save you valuable time), the crowds at the ticket counters are huge, especially in the morning when everyone wants to go to the sunrise at Angkor Wat.

 

Period of validity for Angkor Passes

 

Practical: With a 3 or 7-day pass, the viewing days do not have to immediately follow on from each other.

 

  • 1 Day: This ticket is valid only on the day of purchase.
  • 3 Days: This ticket is valid for 10 days from the date of purchase. You can choose which three days you wish to visit the Angkor temples on.
  • 7 Days: This ticket is valid for one calendar month from the date of purchase. You have a whole month in which to visit the Angkor temples on the seven days of your choice.
Tip: Buy your ticket in the evening after 5pm. From this time, onwards your ticket will be valid for the next day. On the same evening, you can also watch the sunset at Angkor Park for free. Phnom Bakheng, however, you will probably not manage, as it is very crowded there. But you can watch the sunset at the Srah Srang Lake, where it will be much more tranquil.

 

Opening Hours for the Angkor Park and Angkor Ticket Office

  • Angkor Ticket Center (Angkor Enterprise): Daily from 5.00am until 5.30pm
  • Angkor Wat and Srah Srang: Daily from 5.00am until 5.30pm.
  • Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup: Daily from 5.00am until 7pm.
  • All other Temples: Daily from 7.30am until 5.30pm. (Except for Phnom Kulen and Beng Mealea. you will need to buy an extra ticket to visit these.)
Tip: Visit the main temple in the center of Angkor Wat at noon after you have looked at other temples. For one thing, the ascent to the main temple of Angkor Wat is open only from 9.30 am and for another it is jam-packed there in the mornings.

 

You can get an Angkor-Pass here

 

You can get your ticket to Angkor Park at Angkor Enterprise. This is the new institution for ticket sales of Angkor Passes. The address is: Street 60, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. But do not worry: every Tuk-Tuk driver knows exactly where the tickets are sold. And all Tuk-Tuk drivers are keen to get a day trip to the Angkor temple, because they earn good money for their journey.

 

More information about your Angkor-Pass

 

  • Important: Make sure that your shoulders and knees are covered when purchasing the ticket. Otherwise, you may not get one.
  • The one-day ticket counters are located on the right-hand side of the Angkor Ticket Center. This is also where you will find the largest number of people.
  • The counters for the 3-day tickets are in the middle and those for the 7-day tickets are on the left.
  • A photo of you will be taken at the counter. Recently, Staff have taken to asking people to smile for their photos
  • The Angkor pass is not transferable to another person.
  • Very important: Be careful not to lose your Angkor Pass whilst you are on the Angkor site. The penalties are severe. If you lose a 1-day ticket, the penalty is $ 100. The loss of a 3-day ticket will cost you $ 200, and a 7-day ticket will cost you $ 300. 

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