Phnom Penh Basic Information
Phnom Penh is a bustling, busy, enterprising city very much on the up. Market swamped streets offer traditional delights and the riverside area accommodates many coffee shops to quench the thirst of adventurous visitors. Steeped in history Phnom Penh hides beautiful colourful buildings amongst the ongoing developing infrastructure.
As it stands, Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Cambodia for up to 30 days. Tourists must obtain a holiday visa which is usually available on arrival through major ports. In order to travel under these terms you must hold a valid passport for the dates you are travelling within. Please be aware though that this information is only a guideline. For up to the minute visa information please contact your local Cambodian embassy.
The currency in Cambodia is the Riel. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Cambodian Riel fluctuates constantly so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. The US Dollar is also widely accepted and can be converted in hotels and shops into the local currency depending on the region. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you. Although ATMs exist in Cambodia, they are sparse in some areas and so carrying US Dollars or Cambodian Riel with you into the country is highly recommended.
Phnom Penh outstrips any other destination in Cambodia for its food quality and variety. The food on offer in this city is very much authentic and made to appeal to the local community. Whether dining in the street or dining in a 5-star restaurant, menus are vast and often feature quirky French dishes relating back to its colonial history. Seafood and Chinese dishes are widely available alongside tasty yet cheap dumplings.