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Overview
Cambodia

Cambodia has left its troubled past well behind, but continuing challenges mean you should stay up-to-date with health and safety information to make sure you don't run into problems.

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Visas
Cambodia

British citizens can apply for a tourist visa on arrival in Cambodia, which lasts for 30 days and costs US$20. You can also arrange your visa in advance at your local Cambodian embassy or by applying for an online e-visa through Cambodia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

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Inoculations
Cambodia

Travellers from the UK do not need to arrange any vaccinations or health certificates before arriving in Cambodia, unless you are flying from an African country. Malaria is not an issue in major tourism spots, but malaria tablets are recommended when visiting more remote areas.

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When to go
Cambodia

Holiday season never stops in Cambodia, as the country enjoys a warm, tropical climate year round. Most Britons visit in December and January, when temperatures are at their most comfortable and offer a haven from winter back home. The monsoon season lasts from May or June to October each year, and while it can be difficult to reach some islands and remote regions during these months, it doesn't usually have an impact on the major tourist spots – apart from the benefit of lower prices. If you're keen to see some local culture during your trip, we recommend visiting during Cambodian New Year in mid-April or in November to experience the unique Bon Om Touk water festival.

For more ideas on what to see and do, see our tailor-made Cambodia holidays.

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Currency
Cambodia

The US dollar is one of the two official currencies of Cambodia, but is the only one of practical use for travellers. Cash machines dispense US dollars and Cambodian riel, but the latter is only used for smaller transactions and is difficult to exchange outside the country.

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Electrical
Cambodia

Cambodia uses the same 2-pin European-style power outlets as many of its Asian neighbours, with voltage of 230 volts. You will need a suitable power adaptor to charge devices from the UK, and these should include surge protection for safety.

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Travel insurance
Cambodia

Travel insurance is recommended when visiting Cambodia, especially if you're planning on enjoying any adventure activities. Local medical facilities are not on par with those of some neighbouring countries, and medical emergencies often require international flights. Play it safe by pre-purchasing travel insurance before you go. 

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What to pack
Cambodia

Cambodia's tropical climate and laid-back culture mean you won't have to worry about updating your wardrobe if you're arriving from Thailand, Laos or Vietnam, though to show proper respect and avoid stares, you should pack modest alternatives to beachwear when heading outside tourist areas. You can find malls in major cities like Phnom Penh that are well-stocked with clothing, pharmaceuticals and electronics, but it's a good idea to bring the essentials with you including:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Light layers
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Raincoat

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