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Flight Time to Cambodia from the UK
Approx 12 hours 30 minutes from London to Phnom Penh

Cambodia has an area of about 181,040 square kilometers (69,900 sq. mi), sharing an 800 kilometer (500 mi) border with Thailand on the north and west, a 541 kilometer (336 mi) border with Laos on the northeast, and a 1,228 kilometer (763 mi) border with Vietnam on the east and southeast. It has 443 kilometers (275 mi) of coastline along the Gulf of Thailand.

The most distinctive geographical feature is the lacustrine plain formed by the inundations of the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), measuring about 2,590 square kilometers (1,000 sq. mi) during the dry season and expanding to about 24,605 square kilometers (9,500 sq. mi) during the rainy season. This densely populated plain, which is devoted to wet rice cultivation, is the heartland of Cambodia. Most (about 75%) of the country lies at elevations of less than 100 meters (330 ft) above sea level, the exceptions being the Cardamom Mountains (highest elevation 1,813 m / 5,948 ft) and their southeast extension the Dmrei Mountains ("Elephant Mountains") (elevation range 500-1,000 m or 1,640-3,280 ft), as well the steep escarpment of the Dngrk Mountains (average elevation 500 m / 1,640 ft) along the border with Thailand's Isan region. The highest elevation of Cambodia is Phnom Aoral, near Pursat in the center of the country, at 1,813 meters (5,948 feet) above sea-level.

Temperatures range from 10C to 38C (50F-100F) and Cambodia experiences tropical monsoons. Southwest monsoons blowing inland bring moisture-laden winds from the Gulf of Thailand and Indian Ocean from May to October, and the country experiences the heaviest precipitation from September to October. The northeast monsoon ushers in the dry season, which lasts from November to March, with the driest period from January to February.

Brief History of Cambodia

The first advanced civilizations in present day Cambodia appeared in the 1st millennium AD. During the AD 300s, 400s, and 500s, the Indianized states of Funan and Chenla took hold in what is now present-day Cambodia and southwestern Vietnam. These states had close relations with China and India. After these states collapsed, the Khmer civilization began to flourish in this area from the 9th century to the 13th century.

From the 9th century to the 15th century, Cambodia was the center of the Khmer Empire, the capital of which was Angkor. Angkor Wat, the empire's main religious site, is a symbolic reminder of Cambodia's time as a major power, and is now the country's top tourist attraction.

During the colonial period, Cambodia was a protectorate of France from 1863 to 1953. Cambodia was under Japanese occupation from 1941 to 1945 during World War II. During the 1950s and 1960s it was under the rule of King Norodom Sihanouk, and maintained a fragile neutrality during the Vietnam War.

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For many years the country was off limits to all but the most intrepid travellers, today Cambodia is welcoming visitors with open arms. This magical land boasts ancient temples, dense forests, glorious beaches and a captivating culture and history. Who could not fail to be amazed at the imposing beauty of Angkor, rising phoenix like from its jungle setting. The blend of delightful people, delicious cuisine and historical treasures make Cambodia quite remarkable and truly unforgettable.

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The French influence is still much in evidence in the wide boulevards, riverside cafs and quaint shop fronts. And, if you tire of buying local food (like the staple amok, the delicious fish and coconut curry) in the many markets, you can always opt for a baguette.

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Public Holidays in Cambodia
01 January - International New Year's Day
07 January - Victory Day over the Genocide Regime.
02 February - Meaka Bochea Day
08 March - International Women's Day
14-15-16 April - Cambodian New Year
01 May - International Labour Day
01 May - Visaka Bochea Day
05 May - Royal Ploughing Ceremony
13-14 -15 May - Birthday of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Baromneath NorodomSihamoni, King of Cambodia
18 June - Birthday of Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia
24 September - Constitution's Day
10-11-12 October - Pchum Ben Day
29 October - Coronation's Day of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Baromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
31 October - Birthday of His Majesty King-Father Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia
09 November - Independence Day
23-24-25 - November Water Festival
10 December - International Human Rights Day

Visa Requirements for Cambodia
Your passport must be valid for at least four months after date of return from Cambodia required by all nationals of the UK.
Visitors arriving by air can obtain a visa for stays of up to 30 days on arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport, Angkor. Visas are also available from Immigration at the border posts of Bavet, Poi Pet and Koh Kong.

Cambodia is a safe and friendly country, with the usual exception for large cities late at night, particularly Phnom Penh, and unobserved luggage or wallets. Bag snatching, even from those on bicycles and motorcycles, is a problem in Phnom Penh. Be discreet with your possessions, especially cash and cameras, and as always, take extra care in all poorly lit or more remote areas.

All visitors, except (as of May 2006) citizens of Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and Laos, need a visa to enter Cambodia. As usual the visa can be obtained at any Cambodia Embassy or General Consulate overseas. Visa is available on arrival at Pochentong International Airport (Phnom Penh), Siem Reap International Airport, all six international border crossings with Thailand, some international border crossings with Vietnam, and at the main border crossing with Laos. You will need one or two (depending on where you apply) passport-size photo(s) (Although the fee for not having one is only about $2), a passport which is valid for at least 6 months and has at least one completely blank visa page remaining, passport photocopies if applying at an embassy/consulate (not needed if applying on arrival), and clean US$ notes with which to pay the fee (expect to pay a substantially higher price if paying in a local currency). The official price for a tourist visa is US$20, and US$25 for a business visa. When applied for in advance, the tourist visa is valid for 90 days (ie must be used within 3 months), and good for a 30 day entry permit stamp which can be extended for another 30 days in Phnom Penh (or elsewhere via agencies) at a cost of US$15. Beware of the scams mentioned in the Scam alert warning, below.

The Cambodian government now offers an e-Visa service that allows citizens of most nations to apply online. The e-Visa costs US$25 (US$20 + US$5 processing charge) instead of the normal US$20. It is valid if you are entering the country by air through Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Overland e-Visa entries are restricted to just three border crossings: Bavet (Svay Rieng) from Moc Bai (Tay Ninh, Vietnam); Koh Kong (from Hat Lek / Trat, Thailand); and Poipet (from Aranyaprathet, Thailand). The service is excellent and you get the visa by email in 3 business days. However, it is cheaper to buy your visa at either airport, so the main advantage of the e-Visa is that you get to skip two lines at the airport: the line to get your visa, and the line at the cashier to pay. Another advantage of it is that you can avoid the common scam of visa overpricing if you are travelling by bus (See Scam alert). Of course, if you checked luggage, you'll probably have to spend the saved time waiting for your bag. Consult the website for more details.

Visitors planing a longer stay in Cambodia can get the slightly more expensive business visa (US$25). Only business visas can be converted to multiple entry visas (approx US$140 for a 6 month extension).