After decades of upheaval, Cambodia has emerged as a poor but peaceful nation blessed with great natural beauty, hospitable inhabitants and some of the most awe-inspiring temple architecture in the world. Travelers who wish to experience contemporary life in Cambodia should spend two or three nights in the French-flavored capital of Phnom Penh. It is not a particularly extensive city, and most of the major sights — such as the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum of Cambodia — can conveniently be toured within one day. Siem Reap, the base for visiting Angkor Wat, has become a destination for visitors from all over the world; fortunately, it retains a degree of charm.
To phone hotels in Cambodia, dial 011 (international access) + 855 (Cambodia code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
Cambodian riel (KHR). Fluctuating rate valued at KHR4,098 = US$1.00 as of October 2016. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
The average year-round high temperature is 90, and the humidity is always high. November-February is the coolest time of year (relatively speaking), and June-October represents the rainy season.
Phnom Penh, Tel. 23-728-000.
11 hours ahead of New York (EST). (Time listed is for DST in the West. Difference is one hour more November to mid-March.)