Cambodia Guide
Some important information for your visit to Cambodia

CAMBODIA


There are many banks in Cambodia which are located in different places. It is not difficult to find ATMs to withdraw the money as before. The new buildings of many banks are nearly everywhere in Phnom Penh City and have already reached out to provinces. The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is the national central bank and also is the monetary and supervisory authority. The service is very good and staff are friendly. They have both international and local money transfer with Master card and Visa Card.

The national Bank of Cambodia (NBC) conducts this in consultation with the Royal Government and in consideration of the framework of the economic and financial policy of the kingdom. As the monetary authority, the NBC is the sole issuer of the Khmer riel, the national currency. In doing so, this helps maintain monetary stability. As the supervisory authority, the NBC has the authority to license, delicense, regulate and supervise banks and financial institutions in Cambodia.

To view a list of banks in Cambodia, visit https://camconomy.wordpress.com/list-of-financial-institutions/. ATMs can be accessed in every shopping malls in Phnom Penh City and also at the town of each province in Cambodia.

Most bank headquarters are located on Kromoun Sor Boulevard such as Cambodiana Bank, Cambodia Public Bank, ANZ Royal Bank, Foreign Trade Bank, ACLEDA Bank.

Monument Books

Address: 111 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh, Tel: +855 23 217 617
http://www.monument-books.com
It is a great bookstore with a wide collection of books on Cambodia, Southeast Asia and other international best sellers. Topics range from current affairs, religious belief, Asian cuisine, botanical descriptions of tropical plants, and fictions to business and self-development. It is also a relaxing store for shopping for both books and educational toys, which is served by friendly staff.

Peace Book Centre

Address: 435, Monivong Blvd., Phnom Penh, Tel: (855-23) 222 299
http://www.pbc.com.kh
It is a great store of books in various languages and office supplies, souvenirs and toys and sports equipment. The stores have several branches in Phnom Penh.

International Book Centre

Address: # 43-45 Kampuchea Krom Blvd. Phnom Penh, Tel: (855-23) 888 989
https://www.ibc.com.kh
The feature of this bookstore is very similar to Peace Book Centre

Cambodia Development Research Institute library

Address: 56 Street 315, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
http://www.cdri.org.kh
The CDRI library holds a great collection of books, research journals and other reading materials. It is open to the public. Readers can also borrow reading materials by just getting themselves registered and the library will offer a membership card for book loan and other services.

One best telephone service for communication is Cellcard. It is Cambodia’s leading and fully-integrated communications company, offering a full range of mobile communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. This includes a wide range of service innovations for voice, messaging, international roaming services, and wireless broadband and value-added services. Today, Cellcard remains to be the only Cambodian-owned mobile network in the Kingdom. If you come to Cambodia, you can find it in nearly every retail phone shop in Phnom Penh City.

There are five mobile phone service providers in Cambodia: MobiTel (T) 012, Beeline (T) 090, Smart Mobile (T) 010 & 016, Cube (T) 013, MetFone (T) 097. MobiTel is the most widely used network and has transmitters in all major towns, although reception is still limited to within the town boundaries.

At arrival terminal of all airports in Cambodia and border Checkpoint, every tourists can buy Sim Card for their mobile phones. However, pre-paid phone card is most popular which is available in values from $2 to $100, the outlets displaying the logos of the various providers could be found in every telephone shops. When you get your card, scratch off the panel on the back to reveal your PIN, then call up the top-up number-also given on the card-and enter the number to activate the card. Moreover, call rates are around $0.20 per minute within the same mobile network number or out to a local landline.

There are Internet Service Providers in Cambodia such as Online, AngkorNet, Mekong Net, WirelessIp, Ezecom with reasonable price. The restaurants and café shop like the M Café, Café Sentiment, T & C Coffee, Global Coffee, True Coffee, and more offer free internet access with WI-FI.

If you want to get online in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, in every Internet shop or café and rates are under $1 per hour. Currently free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels, restaurants, Mini Mart, Café and shopping mall.

In the provinces it's a different matter: even in Battambang and Sihanoukville access is limited, and expensive at around $3 per hour. One of the best ways to keep in touch while traveling is to sign up for a free email address that can be accessed from anywhere.

Khmer Cuisine

One national identity of Cambodia is Khmer Food. Most tourists try the different flavors. Rice is a staple food and consumed by Cambodians daily with the test of disparity of aromatic rice varieties such as Pkha Romdoul, Pkha Romeat, Pha Romdeng, Chul’sa, IRRI, Phka Malis…etc. Sticky rice is most often consumed as a dessert, and often with slices of tropical like mango or durian and coconut milk. Fish, beef, pork, vegetable, fruit, Prahoc dried fish, fermented fish and noodle are popular.

Along the street-side, there are a lot of restaurants selling rice and Khmer foods, some are in the form of deep-fried rice cakes with chives and spinach. In Cambodia, rice noodle soup such as kuyteav and rice porridge are popular breakfast. Plain white rice is served with nearly every family meal, typically served with grilled freshwater fish, a samlor or soup, and an assortment of seasonal herbs, salad leaves and vegetables.

The Mekong River is the heart of Cambodia where foreigners and Cambodians are keen to visit. It consists of foods and good sightseeing along the river from the upside-down. Testing grilled food with family and friends with beer and fried beef on the riverbank at the junction where two other rivers meet is the Tonle Sap and Bassac. The Tonle Sap River connects the Mekong with the Tonle Sap lake, or Great Lake, which acts as a liquid heart and natural reservoir for the entire Mekong river system, regulating the flow of huge volumes of water, and allowing the safe passage of an astonishing number of freshwater fish. The lake itself is believed to have more fish than any other in the world and ranks second only to the Amazon River in biodiversity.

The large volume of freshwater rivers and streams flowing through Cambodia make fish the most important protein in Khmer food. Khmer food tends to contain a larger variety of stir-fried vegetables and more garlic. Although Cambodia is still crawling through a recovery due to its brutal past, millions of tourists flock to Siem Reap annually to explore the temples of Angkor Wat. A majority of those tourists come from neighboring Thailand, Laos, or Vietnam.

Popular Khmer Food Dishes

Below are common foods that everyone wants to eat and foreigners should try real Khmer foods such as:

  • Amok is a curry commonly made from fish but varieties can be found with chicken, and other meats. The meat is cooked in banana leaves, sweetened with coconut milk, and seasoned with kroueng spices. Amok is usually served with rice
  • Bai Cha is Cambodia's hearty take on fried rice. Chinese sausage and soy sauce make bai cha heavier and darker than other variants of fried rice
  • Samlor Machu Trey Sweet and sour fish soup is commonly eaten as a main or used as a starter for bigger meals. Pineapple adds the sweetness; chili garlic, and lemongrass give the soup a nice kick.
  • Ka tieu is a light noodle soup made from pork broth. Garnished with green onions, cilantro, and bean sprouts, the test is quite good and so delicious.

Khmer Dessert

Dessert in Cambodia is commonly simple fare such as sticky rice or just fresh fruit. Mango, coconut milk, banana, and other ingredients are sometimes used to make puddings, tarts, or sticky rice - the sweeter the better. As with the rest of Southeast Asia, the durian fruit still reigns supreme!

You can find excellent fruit smoothies all over the country, known locally as a tikalok. Just look out for a stall with fruit and a blender and point to the flavors you want. Keep an eye on the preparatory stages or you may end up with heaps of sugar and a frothy egg.

Cambodia Beer

The local beer are Angkor, Phnom Penh, and Cambodia beer. Other brands include Heineken, Tiger, San Miguel, Asahi and Anchor. Beer sells for around US$1 to US$1.50 a can in restaurants. In Phnom Penh, foreign wines and spirits are sold at reasonable prices.

Cambodia produces Grape Wine with export standard, called Prasat Phnom Banon Grape Wine, the first ever wine locally produced in Cambodia in which breeds of grape are imported from various countries such as, USA, Australia and France.

We always welcomed people (guest) to have lunch or dinner at home as there is more opportunity for them to learn and the best way to experience authentic Khmer food with a real Cambodian hospitality.

Russian Market/Tuol Tum Poung Market

It is a market known to the locals as Tuol Tum Poung. However, it is might be hard for you to pronounce this Khmer word to your driver or taxi/moto driver. You just call it Russian market they know where it is. The reason why this market was given such a strange name was because during the 1980s the majority of expat shopping there were Russian. It is located on Street 155, Phnom Penh.

The market has a range of handicrafts and antiques including woodcarvings, silver jewellery, musical instruments.

Restaurant

In Phnom Penh, travelers can have a wide range of cuisines including Khmer, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Indian and Western styles. The following are the list of restaurants.

  • Malis Restaurant
    Address: 136, Preah Norodom (St. 41), 12301 Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Phone: 023 221 022
    http://www.malis-restaurant.com/phnompenh/
    It is a high-end restaurant which provide and promote Cambodian cuisine. The restaurant try to use ingredients produced in Cambodia to prepare their dishes.
  • Comme à la Maison
    Address: #13-15 Street 57, Boeung Keng Kang 1 Commune, Chamkar Mon District, Phnom Penh, Tel: 023360801
    It is a French authentic restaurant which provides a range of French style dishes.

Café

Coffee shops with typical Starbuck styles have flourished significantly in Phnon Penh. In each café you can enjoy different coffee styles and cakes and even comfort sofas for business discussion.

  • Brown Coffee
  • Address: #23, 25, Street 57 corner 294, Sangkat Beoung Keng Korng I, Khan Chomkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tel: (855) 23 217262
    It is home brand coffee in Cambodia and is very popular among the locals and expats.
  • Costa Coffee
  • Street 51 Conner of Street 294, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia, Tel: +855 (0) 23 880 880

The public transport is not well operated. There are three bus lines in Phnom Penh.

The A line departs from the 9 Kilometre area on the national road 5 and move along Monivong Boulevard and turn to national road 1 to Kdey Takoy pagada and turn back. The B line departs from night market to Tuol Kok pump station, move along street 289 and turn to Mao Tse Tung Boulevard and take another tur to move along Monivong Boulevard and then move along the national road 2 to Takmao city as the last destination. The C line departs from the night market and take street 106 and move along Norodom and Kampuchea Krom Boulevard and finally take to Russian Boulevard to get the last destination in Chom Chao roundabout.

While the bus coverage is fully provided in Phnom Penh, travelers can use other means of transportation such as moto taxi or Tuk Tuks parked along the roads. Alternatively, travelers can use taxis by making a booking call; normally taxis will come in 15 minutes after the calls.

  • Global Meter Taxi, Tel: +855 11 311888
  • Taxi Rouge (Red Taxi), Tel: 0966060601
  • Choice Taxi, Tel: 023 888 023 / 010 888 010