Capital City: Phnom Penh
Timezone: UTC+7
Country Calling Code: +855
Currency: KHR

1 CNY = 648.44 KHR

1 USD = 4052.75 KHR

1 EUR = 4988.00 KHR

1 GBP = 5894.91 KHR

1 AUD = 4052.75 KHR

These rates were valid at time of writing.
Please check for exact exchange rates.

Weather & When to Visit


Affected by monsoons, Cambodia has two distinct seasons. During the dry season, which runs November through April the temperatures are higher, while it is humid during the rainy months. Despite this, Cambodia lures tourists all year round. During the wettest months of August and September, the short bursts of rain nourish the countryside making it the most colorful period of time. The hot dry months are the perfect time to escape to the coast as roads are at their best condition. The best time to travel to Cambodia is October through March, when the deep green scenery flourishes around the spectacular waterfalls and rivers. The temperature during the day tends to be around 24 degrees and slightly cooler at night.

Events & Festivals


There are numerous traditional and cultural festivals celebrated in Cambodia conforming to the lunar calendar. All of them are influenced by Buddhism, Hinduism and royal cultures. For example, the Khmer New Year is commonly celebrated on 13th of April and lasts three days. During this time, people engage in traditional Khmer games and dances. The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is celebrated at the beginning of the sowing and planting season in May. This cultural ceremony takes place at the park in front of the National Museum, which is next to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Traditionally, the King of Cambodia ploughs the field while the Queen sows seeds from behind. It is common for men and women to wear brightly colored traditional Khmer costumes during the festival. Pchum Ben Day or All Soul Day runs for 15 days, usually from the end of September until October and is dedicated to blessing spirits of the dead. It is common for people to bring food to the temple for the monks as they feed hungry ghosts who could be their late ancestors, relatives or friends.

Above mentioned are only a few of the many interesting festivals celebrated in Cambodia. Other festivals include Water Festival (October – November), King Sihanouk’s Birthday Celebration (October 31st), Angkor Festival (November/December), Independence Day (November 9) and Chinese New Year (January or February). For more information, please visit



All foreign visitors are now able to obtain the Cambodia visa online or upon their arrival at the airport and some borders. It is no longer necessary to get the visa stamp at the Cambodian Embassy before your visit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched e-Visa, which enables you to apply for a Cambodia tourist visa online. Instead of applying through Cambodian Embassy, all you need to do is to complete the online application form and pay with your credit card. After receiving your Visa through email, print it out and bring it along when you travel to Cambodia. Tourist visa is valid for 3 months and the price is USD53 or USD 65 for urgent visa. You can find more information: and



Siem Reap International Airport (REP) is the gateway to the ancient Angkor Wat, located 6km from center of the city. There are two terminals, International and Domestic, which are connected by a walkway.

Things to Consider


Before exploring the mysterious Bayon temple, Baphuon and Ta Prohm in the ancient city of Angkor Thom, start your day early at the Angkor Wat, catching the sun rise over the famed temple. Later on, make sure to watch the sun set over Angkor from Phnom Bakheng Hill.

Official website of Tourism in Cambodia states that tipping is not necessary; however a dollar or two is the norm and applies to any service. Most hotels add 10% for service charge and 12% for VAT to the bill. Any additional tipping is at your discretion. Keep in mind the following suggestions:

USD 1-2 for porter per bag is sufficient; USD 1 per dinner per waiter; USD 2 for a private driver, USD 1 for taxi, USD 10-20 for a tour guide per day. Two-dollar bills are considered good luck and open doors.

Do NOT drink tap water; purified bottle water is amply available. Use insect repellant, sun protective lotion and stay hydrated.

When visiting outdoor temples, including the Angkor Wat, shorts and T-shirts are acceptable. Shoes and hats are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas. For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds. visitors are asked to dress more formally. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and ladies should wear long trousers or long skirts and keep their shoulders covered. More information on how to dress can be found here:

For a lively night out in Siem Reap, Pub Street is packed with restaurants and bars. Prices here are a bit higher from local restaurants but are still far from expensive.


Important Note:
Whilst Classic Travel does our best to keep information updated, it is always advisable for you to double-check details for your specific trip as information can change without notice, particularly in regards to arrival & departure airport terminals, visa requirements and airport/port fees.