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Phnom Penh
Travel Planning
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh at a Glance

The royal palace, the seat of religious inspiration and a bunch of inspiring and interesting museums make busy Phnom Penh an up and coming place to experience. 

Phnom Penh's streets buzz with activity, vendors, bicycles, children, animals, motorcycles and cars all struggle aggressively to move their separate ways. The city has just begun to modernize and you will catch sights of old and new blending, clashing and melding in different ways. Superb palaces and splendid temples stand in contrast to the modern steel and glass buildings that go up yearly. Around, people live in everything from modern apartments to the building their great-grandparents occupied. 

Take a deep breath and inhale the scents of street food, hot tropical air, sweat and exhaust. Head to the vendor who's meal smells the best and hop in line with locals for a taste of Phnom Penh. 

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December - January
Low Season
February - November
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      • Major Airport Phnom Penh International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most western tourists will need a visa to enter Cambodia in addition to their valid passport. Cambodian immigration now collects fingerprints and will fine you for overstaying your visa. For more information about specific requirements, visit a Cambodian Consulate. American citizens can do further research at the U.S State Department website as well. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Wet season occurs in September and October. Travel can be tricky during this time. 

      Safety Concerns Beware of snatch and runs and pickpockets. Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it in a separate location from the original. Avoid flashing cameras, phones, cash, computers or jewels. Many jewels, street drugs and even prescription drugs are fake or black market. 

      Health Concerns Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to get vaccination recommendations and health tips. Purify your water or drink bottled water in Cambodia. It is important to peel and wash fruits and vegetables with purified water as well. Avoid shellfish and under cooked meat. Travelers should be wary of swimming in freshwater as snail parasites may be present and make you sick.