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| Updated on Jul 29, 2016

Phnom Penh City Lights

Travelling to Cambodia might be daunting at first sight. Although accidents can always happen, here are some tips that will make your trip more safe and enjoyable by preventing the most common danger situation.

A visit to Cambodia is not completed without a trip to the capital, Phnom Penh. Its endlessly crowded streets sometimes make it hard to enjoy all sights of this captivating place, as sellers offer tourist all sorts of items at overpriced numbers. In order to discourage potential thieves and scums, try to learn some sentences in the local language and be aware of the estimated real prices of the items you wish to buy.


In order to merge with Cambodians, avoid carrying a map in sight, as well as big cameras. If you can, leave your backpack in a safe place (such as hotel or locker). This will allow you to roam more freely and be less of an easy targets for local thieves. When taking a tuk tuk, the popular transportation method in South East Asian countries, try to travel with someone else, and always know where you are going. Do not be tricked by drivers who do not specify where they take you or insist that you visit one particular place. You must be at all time in control of the situation. If the price feels to high, do not go inside the truck. You will find a better option just around the corner.

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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