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| Updated on Jul 7, 2016

Strangers in Cambodia, the story of an anachronic trip

Once the heart of Asia’s most magnificent civilization, Cambodia is today an intriguing destination of breathtaking landscapes.

The faded colonial architecture blends with the deep green forest, where nature surrounds and tortures the forgotten temples of the great Khmer empire.Time seems to merge with the beautiful asphyxiating trees, while the vibrant liveliness of the Cambodians fills and empties markets, anarchic roads and colorful sunsets.

cambodia visa Sunset view of the Angkor Wat temple, Cambodia 2014

The surreal temples of Bayon, crowded with gigantic faces carved in ancient stone vigilantly watch the sweet chaos of this magical land. From the indomitable traffic of Phon Phen, to the corn cob towers of Angkor Wat, Cambodia is a complex and enriching country, a necessary destination for any wanderlust visitor.

The deep spirituality of its people is physically reflected in the traditional architecture, formed by an infinity of overwhelming temples and a long and devoted history of Buddhism.

The Cambodian society, austere and welcoming, is one of the secrets of the matchless touristic development of Cambodia in the last decade. Inspiring, lively and undeniably resilient, Cambodians have learnt to overcome the tortuous war years while still managing to keep the sempiternal smile that characterizes them.

A visit to cambodia is a trip to life itself, where the past, no matter how agonizing or glorious, seems to be forever swollen by the implacable power of nature.

cambodia visaTrees surrounding a Carved female face in Cambodia, 2013

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 Cambodia 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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