Capital: Phnom Penh
Area: 181,040 km ²
Climate: tropical, high average temperature; May-November is rainy monsoon season, December-April is dry season; little seasonal temperature variation
Languages: Khmer (official) 95%, French, English
Government Type: Multipart democracy under a constitutional monarchyIndependence: November 9, 1953GDP: $31.264 billionGDP – per capita (PPP): $ 2,470
Information for Foreign Students in Cambodia Obtaining a Visa
All Foreign Visitors are now able to obtain the Cambodia tourist visa upon arrival at the airport. It is no longer necessary to get the visa stamp at the Cambodian Embassy before your visit. All you need is a photocopy of your passport, a 3x4cm photo, and $20 for the tourist visa fee. This tourist visa lasts for 30 days from date of issue, not date of entry. For a longer stay, a Business Visa lasts for 3 months.
There are direct flights to the capital Phnom Penh from Bangkok, Hochiminh, Kualalumpur, Siingapore, Hong Kong, Vientiane and Guangzou.
There are no ATMs in Cambodia thus you can only really use cash. In addition, few places accept credit cards for payment so cash is the main if only form of payment in this country. A variety of currency can be freely used in the main city, mainly Euros and US Dollars, but the official currency is the Riel. You can exchange traveler's checks at Cambodian banks but you will be charged a high handling fee.
All visitors to Cambodia should have up to date inoculations as recommended by their doctors. Visitors should take preventive measures against mosquitoes as in any tropical country, especially at dusk. Health insurance, especially medical evacuation cover is recommended as international standard healthcare is minimal, especially in rural areas. Although Cambodia is not a Malaria risk-free country, your health will not be at risk if a proper precaution is undertaken. Consult your doctor is our best advice. Generally, the anti-malarial pills like Chloroquine and Mefloquine are recommended, however, if you were going to remote areas, then Doxycycline may be a better choice. Proper clothing and insect repellent can help a lot from insect disturbance as well.