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Cambodia

Cambodia's has a rich, scary, particular and fascinating history which has produced unique sites. The temple complex of Angkor Wat stands as a proud witness to the glory of its past and has been labeled one of Asia's finest work of architecture and craftmanship. It will not come as a surprise to see it depicted on the country's flag. The capital Phnom Penh has bright and lively district which are a joy to visit and browse. However the country's dark past during the Khmer regime has also left its mark. The Tuol Sleng genocide museum in the capital city Phnom Peng bear chronicles the Cambodian genocide.

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Hotels & Meals

By and large, Cambodian cuisine resembles Thai cooking. The main difference is the degree of spiciness. Combodian food is less spicy. Rice is the main part of every meal including breakfast when rice soup is often served. Amok and Lok Lak are two classics on any cambodian menu. Amok is fish served in a banana leaf spiced with turmeric and sweetened with coconut milk. The tasty Lok Lak consists of beef that is cut into pieces, salad, fried egg and french fries or rice. Alternatively pork or chicken can be used.

Credit: SouthEastAsia Magazine

Insurances

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Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 6 months at the date of arrival. A travel visa is mandatory (price: 36 USD dd 22/10/2018) . All evisa info can be found on the official webpage
  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and/or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously reported this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to http://www.itg.be


Time Zones

+5 h (summer); +6 h (winter)

Currency

Currency 

Riel; 1000 Riel = 0.21 EUR & 1 EUR = 4693 Riel (22/10/2018)

Payment method

Take American dollars with you. Credit cards are only accepted in luxurious restaurants and in large hotels. You can find working ATM machines in bigger cities.

Climate

Cambodia is a year-round destination.
There is little rain between November and May, the so-called dry season, which itself divides into two distinct phases. The cool season (Nov–Feb) is the peak time for tourism – mild enough to explore the temples in comfort but warm enough to sunbathe by the coast. Humidity and temperatures rise slightly during the hot season (March–May), with Phnom Penh and Battambang seeing peak daytime temperatures of 33–35°C. This is an excellent time to visit the coast. Angkor may be bakingly hot.
Visiting Cambodia during the rainy season (roughly June–Oct) may present certain practical challenges, but it is also a fascinating time to see the country as it transforms into a waterlogged expanse of tropical green under the daily monsoon deluges (fortunately, the rains falls mainly in the afternoon; mornings are generally dry). Getting around (particularly in September and October) isn’t always easy: dirt roads turn to mud and flooding is commonplace. Not surprisingly it’s also the quietest time for tourism (even Angkor is relatively quiet) and the countryside is at its lushest.

Average Temperature (°C):

Destination  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Phnom Penh
26
28
29
30
28
28
28
27
27
27
26
25
Angkor Wat
32
32
34
35
34
33
32
32
31
31
30
30

Highlights

  • Siem Reap
Siem Reap is the town closest to Angkor. For clarity, the ancient city is called Angkor and Angkor Wat is the city temple of Angkor. But it is far from the only temple complex which has been preserved. You may wish to foresee several days to visit the archaeological park, as it is gigantic. Start with the smaller, lesser known buildings and finish with the largest and most beautiful. Some recommendations are Preah Khan, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei and of course Angkor Wat.
  • Poipet
Las Vegas Cambodia. Poipet is on the border with Thailand and has several casinos. There is a Wild West atmosphere.
  • Sisophon
This town is a good base to visit the temple of Banteay Chmar overgrown by the jungle.
  • Anlong Veng

Last stand of the Khmer rouge.  You will also see some 'attractions' referring to the Khmer Rouge, including Pol Pot's cremation site.

  • Phnom Penh
Cambodia(s capital is a must-see. Highlights include the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. But Phnom Penh has another side too, that of her horrific Khmer Rouge past. Visit The Killing fields at Choeung Ek and the Tuol Sleng prison. Not a site for soft souls, but if you want to understand Cambodia, you just have visited both of them.
  • Tonlé Sap River and Lake
The Tonlé Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and of great importance to Cambodia. In the dry season the water flows from the lake through the Tonle Sap River to the south to the Tonle Sap and mekong confluence and on to the Mekong Delta. In the rainy season, however, the Mekong has to deal with so much water that its excess water drains to the north via the Tonle Sap river into the Tonle Sap lake. This means that the direction of flow of the river reverses in the rainy season. You can sail on the Tonle Sap between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
    • Kampong Cham
    This town is a good base to visit the temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, which is even older than Angkor.

      (Credit: SouthEastAsia Magazine)

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