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| Updated on Jul 7, 2016

Cambodia: Discovering the forgotten

Cambodia is a land of matchless beauty. Once the great empire of Khmer, Cambodia was the vibrant capital of South East Asia, counting with some of the most beautiful and populated metropolis of the country. Despite its turbulent recent history, Cambodia is the proud heir of this grandiose empire.. Thousands of forgotten temples hide within its rainforest, waiting to be remembered. Travelling to Cambodia means the start of an introspective trip, where spirituality, adventure and beauty merge with the astonishing hills of the exotic landscape. This charming land also offers pristine sandy beaches and almost a hundred of islands, which are an ideal location for watersports and relaxation.The kindness of the locals and their blissful lifestyle, make Cambodia one of the most challenging and rewarding destinations in the world.


Although infrastructure in this land is not as well developed as in neighbouring countries, the country provides a solid public transport networks and more than affordable national flights, which will allow you to discover all the magical nooks of the country. It is advisable not to travel to Cambodia during the Monsoon season that last from late June to November, as the violent rain could significantly affect your trip. Learn about the seasonal weather differences of Cambodia at Lonely Planet Weather Information.

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To visit Cambodia you are required to have a working tourist visa, which has a cost of US$35 and a passport valid for more than six months. For most nationalities, visas can be obtained upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International airports, but most tourist purchase online visas through the E-visa website. It is advisable to apply for your visa for Cambodia with a few weeks in advance in order to prevent potential delays in the application process. If you are planning to travel to Cambodia for business, you are required to apply for a business visa In order to obtain a valid visa, both tourist and business travelers are required to have a passport sized photo and a passport valid for more than six months. All visas have a duration of 30 days and are valid for a period of three months from the issue date. Both tourist and business visas offer the possibility of extending your permit up to one year. If you wish to extend your stay in Cambodia, you must visit the Immigration Department of the National Police. A departure tax is charged on all domestic and international flights, and ranges from US$6 to US$25 depending on the type of flight. For more information about visa permits and practical matters regarding your trip to Cambodia, please refer to the official Cambodian tourism website.

Applying for a visa to Cambodia for US citizens can also be arranged by ordinary mail. For additional information, contact the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Washington . In order to visit Cambodia, visa requirements for US citizens are not hard to meet. Should you have any issue during your stay or application process, do contact your closest consulate.

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