Welcome to Myanmar...

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AT A GLANCE

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +7
Country Code: +855
Voltage Requirements: 220V

FAST FACTS

Capital: Phnom Penh
Population: 15.2 million
Official Language: Khmer


When To Go

HIGH SEASON: Nov-Mar  |  SHOULDER: Jul-Aug  | LOW SEASON: Apr-Jun, Sep-Oct

Weather: The weather is best in December and January, but even then it's hot and humid. It's still tolerable in November and February but can be murderously hot March-May, when high temperatures average 95 F/35 C. The worst weather is June-October, when the rainy (monsoon) season is in full swing and the humidity is astronomical. Unless you're in the mountains, the temperature never drops below 70 F/21 C.

Holidays: Cambodia celebrates a mix of Buddhist, Chinese and international holidays as well as national events. The main festival periods are Khmer New Year (mid-April),Pchum Ben and the Ploughing Ceremony (mid-September) and Boun Om Touk boat racing (Water festival) (early November). Many restaurants and businesses close during these periods, however tourist attractions are still open and there is very little disruption to travel plans.


Getting There

The Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) is about 6 mi/9 km west of Phnom Penh. It is served by regular flights from Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam; Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, as is the international airport at Siem Reap (REP). About 11 mi/18 km from downtown Sihanoukville lies the Sihanoukville Airport with domestic flights running regularly between Sihanoukville and Seam Reap. Because of the poor condition of the national highways, the preferred form of transportation within the country is airplane, although the boat trip between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh is safe and surprisingly comfortable.


Before You Go

Passport / Visa Requirements: Citizens of Canada and the U.S. need passports and visas. Visas can be obtained on arrival at the international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap or at some border crossings from Thailand. A visa costs US$20. A passport-size photograph is also required. A yellow-fever certificate is required if you're arriving from an infected area. A departure tax of US$25 must be paid in cash at the airport when leaving the country. Reconfirm travel document requirements with your carrier before departure.