Cambodia tourism facts

The majesty of Angkor is obvious from the air

Around 14 million people live in Cambodia and the country receives a slowly increasing number of visitors every year. People travel overland from neighbouring countries such as Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, spending two or three weeks exploring the country. 

Cambodia Facts: Cambodia’s tourism industry has really boomed over the last two decades, largely since the wonders of the Angkor temple complex were discovered deep in the jungle near the town of Siem Reap. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Angkor Wat arguably contains Southeast Asia’s most impressive temples, attracting people from all over the world.

Cambodia Facts: Cambodia has a total area of just 181,035 square kilometres, making it one of the smallest countries in the whole of Southeast Asia. The nation is bordered by Laos in the north, Thailand to the west and Vietnam in the east, with the Gulf of Thailand being located in the south.

Cambodia Facts: Cambodia is sometimes known as Kampuchea, and the inhabitants are called Khmer. The Khmer people are warm and generous by nature and it is hard for visitors to guess at the hardship that was inflicted on them over more than the last five centuries.

Cambodia Facts: Most of the people living in Cambodia are extremely poor, with the average salary being less than US$1 a day. However, since gaining independence in the 1950s the situation in Cambodia has been gradually improving, with major roads being fixed and the rise in tourism giving jobs to a large number of people throughout the country.

Cambodia Facts: The beauty of Cambodia is that it also contains a wide range of attractions. Sun worshippers will be able to soak up the sun on the beaches of Sihanoukville, while green zones such as the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary and Bokor National Park are popular with nature lovers. Big cities such as Phnom Penh and Battambang also offer an insight into the diverse history and culture of this intriguing nation.

Cambodia Facts: More than two million tourists travel to Cambodia each year, and this figure is slowly increasing, allowing the country to develop its infrastructure and amenities. Tourists will find an excellent range of accommodation here, from cheap and cheerful dorm rooms to five-star hotels, which come with modern conveniences such as satellite television, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms with hot water.

Cambodia Facts: The small size of Cambodia is a bonus when it comes to travel as most of the country’s major destinations can be reached in just a few hours. Airports are generally used for external flights as distances are so quick by road with improved surfaces.

Cambodia facts: Boats and buses are available to take tourists between destinations such as Phnom Penh and Battambang several times a day, while both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh feature large airports, which provide connecting flights with major transportation hubs such as Bangkok, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur.

Cambodia Facts: Although Cambodia has its roots in Hinduism, the people here now mostly practice Buddhism. Although Cambodia’s society is conservative, visitors are usually looked upon kindly and forgiven their social errors. However, visitors are urged to dress conservatively, especially when visiting temples and other sacred sites and avoid public displays of affection and the Khmer people find this embarrassing.

Cambodia Facts: The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel, which comes in denominations of 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000 riel notes. While 500 and 1,000 Riel notes are the most commonly used, larger notes can be difficult to change. US Dollars are also widely accepted in tourist areas and can be used to pay for hotel rooms, meals and large goods. Those who pay in US Dollars will usually receive their change in Riel and this is the most convenient way to complete most transactions.

Useful Numbers
Cambodia’s country code is 855
The police can be reached by dialling either 117 or 012 999 999 from anywhere in the country.
To call an ambulance, dial 119 or 023 724 891, while the traffic police can be reached on 023 722 96.