Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy with His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Baromneat Norodom Sihamoni as its head of state. The population is around 10.7 million, of which 90 percent is ethnic Khmer and mostly Theravada Buddhist. Khmer is the official language.
Climate – Cambodia is great to visit all year round because it lies in the hot and humid tropical belt. The best time to visit Angkor and enjoy the best the country has to offer is throughout the cooler months between Nov and March. From late May or June, to late October or early Nov, rains resulting from the change of the monsoon seasons can be expected. It’s not very often, however, that any given day or period of the year is ruined by constant rain.
For all those not used to heat and moisture, it should be advised that Cambodia is in the tropics, and even throughout the cooler months, it will still feel very hot and humid.
Time – Cambodia Standard Time is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Currency – The unit of currency in Cambodia is the riel, but the US dollar is widely used around the country. Small change, however, is usually given in riel. Gold is also circulated in the markets. New notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 100,000 were added to the existing notes of nominations of 500, 200, 100 and 50.
There are no constraints on the amount of foreign currency you can bring in to Cambodia, but any amount over US$10, 000 must be declared. The most readily converted currency are the: US dollar, Thai baht, French franc, Japanese yen, British pound, and the German mark.
Cambodia Tour Packages – Cambodia has also much to see and do – many of these attractions have made it to lists of places to see and things to do before you die. Angkor Wat temple is in Siem Reap the Biggest Hindu building. This famous temple is a must-go in one’s lifetime. And it isn’t only Angkor Wat Cambodia that you must visit, there are plenty of other famous temples in Siem Reap as well.
“Wat” to Wear – Sturdy shoes with good support are recommended to get visiting the temples. Hats are also essential against the sun. Payment for domestic air tickets and several hotels and restaurants have to be paid for in cash, however the bigger hotels now accept major credit cards. Most banks will give a cash advance with a credit card. Travelers cheques aren’t widely accepted, but they can be exchanged in most banks to get a 2% service charge.
Where to Stay – Cambodia is rich not only in history but also home some of the most unique hotels and resorts in the world. You will never be out of choice for affordable yet comfortable budget hotels and guesthouses in Siem Reap, or if you prefer a bit of relaxing time, Cambodia’s beaches attract visitors from all over the world. Some of these budget hotels and guesthouses a can go for as low as 5 dollars a night. For the more luxurious at heart, Cambodia’s beach resorts are a stunning testament to its natural beauty. Many of Cambodia’s beaches are still and pristine and untouched, and many are lined with some of the most beautiful resorts your money can afford.