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    Area: 181,000 km2 (9,898 m2)
    Time: GMT+ 7hours
    Population: 16 million
    Language: Kh'mer
    Capital: Phnom Penh (population 2 million)
    Religion: Buddhism
    Currency: Cambodia Riel (KHR). US$ 1 = roughly 4,000 KHR
    Dialing code: +855


    Visitors outside ASEAN countries require visas to travel to Cambodia. Visa can be obtained either in advance or on arrival. Most nationalities can get visa on arrival at major border gates or international airports. E visas are available also www.evisa.gov.kh. For more information about visa to Cambodia, please click here Cambodia Visa
    The climate in Cambodia is humid and hot year-round with daytime temperatures staying at 30°C(86°F) and rarely drops below 20°C(68°F). The country has officially 02 seasons - wet and dry. The wet season lasts for 6 months from May to October. Visiting the Country this season, you usually see brief showers in the afternoon but it does not really interrupt travel plans. The country’s rainfall is normally at its peak in September and October. The sun still shines hours.

    The country’s dry season is between November and April, when it sees clear blue skies and very little rain. Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia, comes to life.
    Cambodia is a quite safe country by world standards. But it is worth noting some precautions. You should use taxis or Tuk Tuk to get around at night, with the aid of a hotel address card to show drivers. They do not cost much but they are much safer than travelling with motorbikes.

    Throughout your Cambodia trip, always keep valuable belongings like passport, air tickets in hotel safe whenever possible. Most of hotels have safe in rooms. In Phnom Penh, we recommend you wear inexpensive jewelry while walking on sidewalk or sightseeing.
    • Cuisine of Cambodia is close to its neighboring counties Vietnam and Thailand, but a bit less impressive. The most recommended dish is Amok. This delicious dish consists of fish seasoned with coconut milk and chilli wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed. Found in up-market restaurants, cafes and markets – Amok is a national culinary treasure!
    • Uncooked dishes are unadvisable as they are likely to cause stomach upsets.
    • Drinking tap water, event in hotel isn't recommended in Cambodia. We recommend you buy bottled waters.
    • You also avoid using ice in drinks at most of local coffee shops and restaurants.
    Internet access is widely available in tourist areas and big cities. Most of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and event tourist sites provide free wifi. But Internet access is less frequent in rural and remote areas.
    The country is quickly embracing the 21st Century and very accepting of tourists however it is still pretty conservative country with strong beliefs about modesty. So the suggestion is to think twice before packing your suitcases. The question isn't just: what's weather appropriate, but what's culturally appropriate. You are gonna visiting country which features numerous temples and is year-round warm.

    Heat and humidity is through the country, therefore warm clothes are not needed.

    We recommend you wear T-Shirt or blouse during visit to temples, pagodas or local family. Man can wear over-knee shorts while women should not wear short skirts.
    January, February, March
    January and February are the driest months of the year though you can see a little rain in Feb. The temperature is also cool enough to enjoy long walk around temples. River cruise on Tonle Sap lake are highly recommended given the perfect condition.

    March is a busy time to visit Cambodia, and the temperature are likely to rise to the 30 degree Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). Water levels begins to fall from the end of the month, meaning that Tonle Sap lake is not as impressive as the previous months.

    April – May
    The temperature these months is high, often exceeding the 35 degree Celsius (95 Fahrenheit). Your temple exploration should start from early morning and resume at mid afternoon rather than doing full day excursion. It is not inconvenient to have noon break at your hotel since Angor park is not far from the downtown.
    Few showers should be expected as of May when the wet season is fast approaching. The downpours just helps to break up the humidity and heat.

    Tonle Sap lake is no longer on the top list of must-see in Siem Reap due to water level, meaning that the boat ride on the lake is less interesting.

    The Chaul Chnam Thme (Cambodian New Year) takes place in April. The event falls on either 13 April or 14 April.
    14-17 April , 2019 (Sun-Wed)
    14-17 April , 2020 (Tue- Fri)

    June, July
    The country starts seeing more heavy rains from June but showers are just short and sharp, and does not really impact on your excursion.

    August, September, October
    Temperatures start to decrease, averaging 27°C. But the country’s rainfall reaches its peak between September and first half of October with heavy showers prior to the start of the dry season. You should be ready to see daily heavy rains, which help to make the temperature in Cambodia less sizzling than the previous months.
    The Tonle Sap lake fills up again and is now worth visiting.

    Pchum Ben day takes place on the 15th day of the Khmer calendar’s 1oth month. This is a time to remember, venerate, and present food offerings to one’s deceased relatives.

    November, December
    Dry season in Cambodia begins as of November with nice temperature averaging 23 degree Celsius (74 Fahrenheit). Humidity stays around 70% (compared to 85% between April and June).

    The cool heat and dry weather through the country during this time is perfect for your day long temple visit and other ventures including Tonle Sap lake.
    It is also a busy time of year to travel, so some sites and temples can be crowded.