Cambodia Basic Information
Unravel the story of Cambodia, venture through the country's many historic landmarks and hear the fascinating stories of its turbulent past. This country lies in wait for adventurers to scour its populous cityscapes and sparse landscapes. Cambodia is a country on the move and there's no better time than now to become immersed in both sides of Cambodian life.
Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Cambodia for up to 30 days. Tourists must obtain a holiday visa, which is usually available on arrival through major ports. In order to travel under these terms, you must hold a valid passport for the dates you are travelling within. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Cambodian Embassy or Consulate.
The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Cambodian Riel fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. The US Dollar is also widely accepted and can be converted into the local currency in hotels and shops, depending on the region. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you.
Cambodian cuisine has a history of its own. Dating back to the times when the Khmer empire stood strong in Cambodia, the food served was excessively tasty and sometimes a little outlandish. Bai sach chrouk or marinated pork and rice is served on street corners from daybreak and is a simple yet mouth-watering treat. Curries, soups, salads, grilled meats and stir fries are all available too, each differing between sweet, spicy, sour and everything in-between. The kingdom's selection of food is one of the oldest in the world and sticks to 4 fundamental building blocks when cooking: freshness, simplicity, seasonality and regionalism with each just as important as the next. Cambodians love to cook with spices and dipping sauces and the range of regional natural produce is unreal.
There are 3 main hotspots for nightlife in Cambodia. Phnom Penh, the capital city, has a lively strip of karaoke, sports and hostess bars as well as clubs and restaurants. The night is long in Phnom Penh with 24-hour clubs and restaurants that will serve you a fantastic traditional dish no matter the time. The best way to get around the area is to zip across the city in a tuk-tuk. The Sisowath Quay riverfront is the place to go to start a night in Phnom Penh. Siem Reap is a daytime spectacle of ancient temples and a night-time labyrinth of pubs, bars and restaurants. Siem Reap's range of venues is not as extensive as Phnom Penh, however it accommodates for the chilled cocktail drinkers scene, the up-all-nighters and the wine-and-diners. Lastly Sihanoukville, Cambodia's main beachside resort, is home to no less than 4 casinos and some lively ex-pat bars. A subdued night can be found by the beach and the action happens in and around Ekareach Street where tabletop dancing is a frequent occurrence.