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Cambodia: currency, shopping

Cambodia: currency, shopping

The national currency of Cambodia is the riel. However, the US dollar is like a second currency in the country.

The Thai baht is also accepted in the west of the country.

Bank opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30

am - 3:30 pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 11:30 am


Shop opening times

Monday to Saturday: 7:30 am - 11:30 am and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

Shopping is particularly good in the capital and in Siem Reap near Angkor Wat.

Like almost everywhere in Asia, it is customary to trade.

Western branded clothes that are made in local factories can be bought in the markets for a fraction of the local price.

You can also buy beautiful local fabrics, often made of silk.

The silver jewelry from Cambodia is of very high quality.

Tourist office

Tourism Cambodia Office

# 80-82 Street 70, Sangkat Srah Chork, Khan Daun Penh

Phnom Penh

Tel: 00855 - 23 - 22 28 01

Fax: 00855 - 23 - 22 28 01


Cambodia: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

Tourists are only allowed to enter the country if they have a return ticket and sufficient financial resources to finance their stay in the country themselves.

You need a visa to enter Cambodia, which costs around 30 euros. The tourist visa is issued for a period of three months and must be applied for before the trip.

It is responsible for issuing visas in Germany

Kingdoms Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia Consular Department Benjamin-Vogelsdorff-Str. 2 D -13187 Berlin Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 4863 7901 Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 - 4863 7972 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]

Departure fee

As in many countries, a fee must also be paid when leaving the country, which usually has to be paid in US dollars.

Import and export of foreign currency

  • Local currency Foreign currencies over US $ 10,000 must be stated upon entry.
  • Foreign currencies Foreign

    currencies over US $ 10,000 must be stated on departure.

Import and export of goods

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.

There are no official requirements, but you are generally allowed to bring 1.5 liters of alcohol and a carton of cigarettes.

Cambodia: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

Infectious Diseases

In Cambodia, the following infectious diseases, which are not or less common in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:

  • Malaria : With the exception of Phnom Penh and the Tonle Sap area, there is a high risk of infection all year round. Around 90% of the infections occur with the dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana
  • AIDS, HIV, Cambodia has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in Asia. The prostitutes, often very young, are often infected with HIV.
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Chikungunya. A serious viral infection, which is not fatal for a healthy adult human, is transmitted by the mosquito "Aedes albopictus" (tiger mosquito). The name of the disease comes from the East African Swahili (Kiswahili) language and roughly means: "who walks crookedly".
  • dengue fever
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Typhus
  • Filariasis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Japan encephalitis
  • Polio, polio
  • tetanus
  • Rabies, only sporadic
  • Typhoid - but only in people who come into contact with infected food or water.

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to Cambodia are recommended vaccinations against the following diseases:

  • Diphtheria - a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Japan encephalitis
  • Polio, polio
  • Tetanus - a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Rabies - for risk travelers only
  • Typhoid - only for risk travelers

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than 1 year and arriving from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against an illness with yellow fever.

Warning notices

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens' Service

Telephone: 0049 - (0) 30 - 5000 - 2000

Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 - 5000 - 51000

Cambodia: transportation, bamboo train

How do you get to Kambosha?


You can fly directly to the capital Phnom Penh or Siem Reap by airplane. However, you will usually not fly to Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur directly.

Ferry connections

You can also enter Vietnam by ferry, the best way is to take the boat from Chan Doc to Phnom Peng. The border is Kaam Samnor-Vinh Xuong.


It is difficult to enter by car. However, this is less complicated with a motorcycle.

Travel in the country

Air connections

Those who have little time can easily get around the country by plane.


The Royal Cambodian Railroad is still in a pitiful state. For example, the run-down train takes between 10 and 14 hours to cover the 290 km route from Battambang to Phnom Penh, and the train only runs once a week.

Another route is Phnom Penh - Sisophon and Phnom Penh - Sianoukville.

See also "bamboo train"


The bus is a good, inexpensive means of transport to get to know the country and its people. The bus network is dense.


There is a total of 12,300 km of roads. However, only about 2,000 km are fairly tarred.

Rental cars

In the tourist centers you can rent cars or motorbikes to get to the remote temples.


In the tourist centers are rented bicycles. With these, the tour of the extensive temple complex is much more pleasant.

Due to the flat topography of the country, the country is quite suitable for tours.

Ferry connections

There are waterways 2,400 km in length in the country. Waterways are an important part of the country's transport network. That was the case in the past and is still so today.

The Mekong Delta is very easy to travel by boat. Speedboats operate regularly between Phnoom Penh and Siem Reap. If you have the time, you should definitely not miss the drive along the floating villages.

Bamboo track

After the reign of terror by the Khmer Rouge, the transport system in Cambodia completely collapsed. Since these Stone Age communists everything that looked like technology or science was destroyed or destroyed, including locomotives, wagons and train stations.

But they had not succeeded in destroying the old colonial railway. Around 1981 a type of trolley was used to develop a means of transport on these tracks, which was also independent of the mined streets. The draisines were open and covered with bamboo as a seat. Initially, the draisines were moved with bamboo sticks.

From 1992 engines of around 5 HP were installed, which had been removed from water pumps from aid organizations, among other things. With these motors the approx. 4 m long and 2 m wide vehicles reach a speed of up to approx. 50 km/ h. Approx. 2 tons of goods and/or people can be transported per trolley.

The locals refer to the bamboo tracks as "Norry". However, this "railway" does not have an operating permit and is therefore basically illegal and the question is how long the official railway company will tolerate operation on its tracks. A ride on this train is a real experience and you even get to your destination relatively quickly.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, The international license plate of Cambodia is:


Cambodia: embassies, consulates

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Cambodia embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Cambodia embassies and consulates

Representations of Cambodia in Germany

German representations in Cambodia

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Phnom Penh

No. 76-78 Rue Yougoslavie

Phnom Penh

Tel: 00855 - 23 - 21 61 93

00 855 - 23 - 21 63 81

Fax: 00855 - 23 - 42 77 46

Email: [email protected]


Austrian representations in Cambodia


The embassy in Thailand is responsible .

Representations of Cambodia in Austria

The embassy in Brussels is responsible.

Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Brussels

264A, Avenue de Tervuren

1150 Brussels

Tel: 0032 - (0) 2 - 77 20 372

Fax: 0032 - (0) 2 - 77 20 376

E-mail: [email protected]

Swiss representations in Cambodia


The embassy in Thailand is responsible .

Consulate General at Phnom Penh

Street 242, House 53 D

Phnom Penh

PO Box 1521

Tel: 00855-23-219 045

Representations of Cambodia in Switzerland

Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Case postale 213

Chemin Taverney 3

1218 Le Grand-Saconnex

Tel: 0041 - (0) 22 - 788 77 73

Fax: 0041 - (0) 22 - 788 77 74

Email: [email protected]

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