Practical Information

Political regime Constitutional Monarchy – Political stability since 1997
Head of State: His Majesty the King, Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihamoni
Head of Government: His Excellency Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen

The official language is Khmer
English is often spoken in big cities; French is mostly spoken by the older generations


Buddhism is the state religion and followed by the majority of Cambodians.
Muslims (Chams) are the largest religious minority.
Other minority groups include Hindus and Christians.

Ethnic composition 90-95% Khmer Ethnic
Minorities: Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Lao, Tai, Chams, Phnong, Mnong, Tampuan, Kuy, Stieng.
Large western expats community including French, Australian, Swiss, Americans, Russians.
Currency Khmer Riel (USD 1 = 4000 riels approximately)
USD are commonly used in all transactions
Major bank holidays

Khmer New Year: mid April (3 days)
Pchhum Ben: generally mid September – beginning October (3 days)
Water festival: generally November (3 days)

Health No particular vaccination is required. Yet it is advised to consult your doctor or get the latest information from the Pasteur Institute.
Means of transportation Plane, car, bus, minivan, taxi in town and provinces
Accommodation From 30 usd for a standard hotel room
Food/catering Both Asian and western foods are available

3G/4G internet / Widely spread Wifi spots
Mobile phone

Electricity Short cuts are frequent in the countryside, use of private generators

Tab drinking water is not advised.
Drinking water for sales everywhere

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