Cambodia Travel Health

 

TRAVEL ADVICE

Visa Requirements

Citizens of all countries (excluding Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Philippines)..

Travel Health

Medical services in Cambodia are fairly basic and can be very expensive. If you are to..

Local Currency

The official Cambodian currency is the Cambodian riel. The exchange rate is fairly..

Weather

Like much of South east Asia, Cambodia experiences tropical weather where it is warm to..

Local Customs

The people of Cambodia are very friendly however it is important to remember that they..

Languages

Khmer is the language primarily spoken by Cambodians. Young people prefer to learn..

Transport Options

There are two international airports at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. There are direct..

Travel Tips

First and foremost, don’t go off the beaten track in Cambodia. Whilst a lot of..

Local Food

For those uncomfortable with chopsticks, the Khmer use cutlery! Rice and fish are the..

Local Timezones

Cambodian time is GMT+7 hours. This is the same as Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, so if..

Dutyfree Limits

You are allowed to bring into Cambodia: up to 200 cigarettes (or equivalent in tobacco);..


Travel Health

Medical services in Cambodia are fairly basic and can be very expensive. If you are to become seriously ill or injured in Cambodia, it is most likely that you require evacuation to Thailand or Singapore. As this is a costly exercise, a good insurance policy is essential if travelling to Cambodia.

While there are no vaccinations required to enter Cambodia, it is a good idea to see your doctor before visiting to ensure you are vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, measles, rabies, tetanus-diptheria and typhoid. It is also important to note that Malaria and Dengue Fever are prevalent in some parts of Cambodia, particularly forest areas. It may be a good idea to speak to your doctor about anti-Malaria medication and also wear protective clothing if entering areas with a high mosquito population.

The tap water in Cambodia is not suitable for drinking. While the Phnom Penh municipality claims that its water is suitable for drinking, the chance of contamination is great so it is best use bottled water for drinking and cleaning your teeth. Ice in drinks is generally safe as it is delivered to bars and restaurants daily from ice factories.

Cambodia is slowly becoming a safer travel destination. However bag snatching is prevalent in Phnom Penh, so it is important to be careful with your possessions, particularly cash and cameras and avoid dark or remote areas at night. It is also important to note that corruption is rife in Cambodia and there is no real rule of law. Crimes may not be investigated and those involved, if wealthy or connected to government may be unquestionable. There is a high level of traffic accidents in Cambodia so it is important to exercise caution when crossing roads.

There are millions of landmines leftover from the war years, remaining throughout Cambodia. These however present little threat to tourists as they have been removed from tourist areas. The major threat is to locals in very remote areas who are concerned with agriculture. It is important however if travelling to very remote areas to exercise caution.

Emergency Numbers are for Phnom Penh only: 722-353 Police, 723-555 Ambulance

We strongly advise that all Australian travellers check the latest travel advice on the Australian Government Smart Traveller site.


Highlights of Cambodia

Angkor Wat Information

When it comes to the great architectural and cultural icons of the world Angkor Wat takes it's place among the greats..

Phnom Penh Information

Not a destination for the faint of heart, Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and the country’s economic..

Anlong Veng Information

Anlong Veng is a small rural town that lies near the northern Cambodia / Thailand border around one hundred kilometres..

Beng Mealea Information

Beng Mealea - translated as "Lotus Pond" in the native Khmer - is one of Cambodia's lesser known archeological sites..

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