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| Updated on Aug 25, 2016

Moonlight waters

With deep pink sunsets and crystal clear waters, Cambodia’s south coast is a dreamy landscape of pristine sandy beaches and tropical plants. Far less known and visited than those of the neighbouring Thailand, Cambodian shores are ideal for snorkeling and diving. One of the destinations not to miss when visiting the country is Long Set Beach. Situated in Koh Rong and surrounded by jaw dropping landscapes, this beach only began to see development during the last lustrum, making it an almost virgin landscape. Away from tourist and fishermen, Long Set beach has been able to maintain its varied and vibrant coral life, making this beach one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world. During the night, its waters take a magical colour caused by the presence of bio luminescent plankton. The best way to get there is by boat from Sihanoukville, The boat ride takes from two to three hours, depending on the weather conditions and boat. There are not many options for tourist accommodation, but it is possible to rent a bungalow at 10 minutes walking distance from the beach.

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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