Cambodia´s climate is generally described as tropical. As the country is affected by monsoons, it is hot and humid; the humidity is very high causing people to sweat a lot. The climate is agreeable throughout the year with an average temperature of 27ºC in Cambodia. There are two distinct seasons: the Rainy Season and the Dry Season. However, the Dry Season is divided into two sub-seasons: cool and hot. The following describes the season and temperature in Cambodia:
Cambodia is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+ 7).
Business attire is the official dress code during the conference. Dress code for evening social functions, unless otherwise specified within the programme, is smart casual attire. It is also recommended for delegates to bring along light clothes due to the hot and humid climate.
Khmer is the official language of Cambodia. English is widely spoken and understood. French and Mandarin are also spoken frequently in the country; most elderly Cambodians speak French and many people in the Khmer-Chinese population speak Mandarin.
The voltage in Cambodia is 220V; 50Hz electrical outlets (power sockets) are mainly round two and three pin types (in most places, you will find the two pin types more than the three pins).
International direct dialing service is widely available in Cambodia. The country code is +855. When dialing from outside Cambodia to a Cambodian telephone number, you must use the country code but exclude the ‘0’ at the beginning (e.g., +855-xx-xxx-xxx/00-855-xx-xxx-xxx instead of 0xx-xxx-xxx.). Local sim cards can be bought easily from local shops.
The Cambodian unit of currency is Riel. Bank notes are issued for a value of 100; 500; 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000; 50,000; and 100,000.
US dollars are generally accepted. Major credit cards and travelers’ cheques are accepted at the official conference hotels, major shops and banks. Banks are open from 08:00am to 15:00pm, Monday to Friday. The currency exchange rate is approximately: 1 US$ = 4,000 Riel.
Government officials open their office at 7:30am. Lunch is from 11:30am to 14:00pm. They reopen at 14:00pm to 17:30pm.
Banks open from 08:00am to 15:00pm, Monday to Friday. Banks and government offices are closed on public holidays.
Department stores open around 10h00 and close between 20:00pm to 22:00pm and smaller businesses are open from 8:30/9:00am until 17:30/18:30pm.
Travelers who carry internationally recognized credit cards can get cash out in local currency or US dollars at ATMs which are available at most of the stores, gasoline stations and main streets.
No vaccination is required to enter the Kingdom of Cambodia.
In Cambodia, the most common local transportation is Remok (most commonly known as Tuk Tuk), motor taxi and taxi. Buses are only used for traveling from one city to another city but they are not very common in town. In the capital city, Phnom Penh, buses are operated in certain main streets.
Service charges are included in the bill for rooms, meals and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Cambodians occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive.
International tourists are not required to pay any airport tax for neither arrival to nor departure from the country.
Insurance is not compulsory to enter Cambodia; however, it is recommended for the travelers to have personal international travel insurance.
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