Cambodia - Practical Information

Religion

Buddhism

Has known in Cambodia since the 5th century CE Theravada Buddhism has been the Cambodian state religion since the 13th century CE (excepting the Khmer Rouge period), and is presently estimated to be the faith of 90% of the population. Cambodia is in general Buddhist with 90% of the population being Theravada Buddhist, 1% Christian and the largely of the left population follow Islam, atheism, or animism. Theravada Buddhism is the religion of basically all of the traditional Khmers, who forms about 90% or more of the Cambodian population. Buddhism arise in what are now north India and Nepal in the course of the sixth century B.C. Theravada Buddhism is an open minded, non-authoritarian religion that does not need acceptance in a supreme being. Its law require that each individual take full responsibility for his own actions and carelessness.

Buddhism is depend on three idea:

  1. Dharma (Buddhist principles)
  2. Karma (the faith that one’s life now and in future lives rely upon one’s own achievements and dirty deeds and that as an individual one is responsible for, and honor on the basis of, the sum total of one’s acts and act’s personifications of past and present)
  3. Sangha, the self-denying community within which man can make better his karma. The Buddhist salvation is enlightenment, a final destruction of one’s self. Happiness may be achieved by doing good karma throughout earning much goodness and avoiding mistakes.

 

A Buddhist’s crusade through life is a consistent attempt to distance himself or herself from the world and finally to reach a goal complete dissolution, or enlightenment. The essential parts of Buddhist article of faith are the Four Noble Truths: suffering exits; craving (or desire) is the reasons of suffering; getting out from suffering can be reach by getting off all desire; and achieved in clearing of your mind – Buddhahood – can be obtain by following the Noble Eightfold Path (right views, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration), which construct a middle way between passion and living alone. Clearing your mind consists of knowing these truths. The average amateur person’s cannot hope for enlightenment after the end of this life, but can by adhere, as best he or she is able to, with the holy rules of moral behaviour and hope to improve his or her karma and thereby better his condition in the next life.

 

Islam

Is the religion of many of the Cham (also called Khmer Islam) and Malay opposition in Cambodia, Po Dharma said, there were 150,000 to 200,000 Muslims in Cambodia late 1975. Affliction under the Khmer Rouge deteriorates their numbers, moreover, and late 1980s assumably had not brought back their former power. All of the Cham Muslims are Sunnis of the Shafi’i school. Po Dharma separated the Muslim Cham in Cambodia into a conservative and an orthodox branch.

 

Christianity

Introduce to Cambodian by Roman Catholic missionaries in 1660. Moreover, it made tiny headway at first, especially among Buddhists. In 1972, probably about 20,000 Christians in Cambodia, many of whom were Roman Catholics. Vatican statistics, in 1953, members of the Roman Catholic Church in Cambodia calculated 120,000, making it, at that time, the second biggest religion in the country. In April 1970, just earlier repatriation, calculated that about 50,000 Catholics were Vietnamese. Most of the Catholics staying in Cambodia in 1972 were Europeans and chiefly French. American Protestant ministry activity increased in Cambodia, most likely among some of the hill tribes and among the Cham, afterwards the foundations of the Khmer Republic. The 1962 survey, which reported 2,000 Protestants in Cambodia, stills the most recent census for the group. Many reported that in 1980 there were many registered Khmer Christians amidst the refugees in camps in Thailand than in most of Cambodia before 1970. Kiernan written that, until June 1980, five weekly Protestant services were hold in Phnom Penh by a Khmer pastor, but that they had been less to a single weekly service after police aggravation. There are around 20,000 Catholics in Cambodia represents only 0.15% of the total population. There is no church jurisdiction, but there are three regional jurisdictions one Churchly Vindications and two Apostolic Purificatory.
Mountain tribal groups, many with their own local religious groups, might number fewer than 100,000 members. The Khmer Loeu has nearly characterized as animists, but many tribal groups have their own temple of local spirits. Mostly they see their world flowing with different invisible spirits (often called yang), some kind, others hateful. They like spirits with rice, soil, water, fire, stones, paths, and so on. Persons who performs supernatural or specialists in each village talk to these spirits and prescribe ways to pacify them. In times of crisis or change, animal offerings made to soothe the anger of the spirits. Illness believed to bring about by evil spirits or sorcerers. Some tribes have special cure men or shamans who treat the sick. In addition to assumption in spirits, villagers believe on many objects or practices. Khmer Loeu, the Rhade and Jarai groups have a well-developed highest of spirits with a supreme ruler at its head.

 

TRANSPORTATIONS

Getting around by Air

Domestic flights began centrally located at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (45 minutes flight). The major inland carriers are Siem Reap Airways International and PMT Air. Battambang, Sihanoukville, Banlung, Sen Monorom and Stung Treng all have airports, but please don’t forget to check with your travel agents regarding flights matter.

Domestic airports

(PNH) Phnom Penh International Airport is 10km (6 miles) from Phnom Penh. They are offering taxis and motorbike taxis to the city (travel time – 10 minutes). Facilities: Left luggage, bureaux de change, shops, duty-free, post office and light refreshments. Siem Reap International Airport (REP) is 8 km (5 miles) from Siem Reap. Taxis and motorbike taxis to Siem Reap are available (journey time – 7 to 10 minutes). Facilities: Left luggage, bureau de change, shops and light refreshments.

 

Getting Around by Water

From Phnom Penh there are public ferries going to Siem Reap. Travel can be hard in the dry season when the water level is very low and often boat rentals are suspended.

 

Getting around by train

From Phnom Penh, to Sihanoukville and to Battambang there are only two lines. Visitors are not advice to use the trains, they take much longer travel time than the buses and they are only offering hard class. At presently, there is only a weekly train from Phnom Penh to Battambang on Saturdays (travel time – 12 hours) and none to Sihanoukville. Tickets can only sold in person on the day of travel. No reservations are needed.

 

Getting around by Road

Traffic moves on the right side and road convenience can vary from desirable to very poor. There are numbered detours from Phnom Penh with Route 1 guiding directly to the Vietnamese border. Extra cautions should be taken while driving as accidents are somewhat common. Other transport cannot always be count on to use headlights at night. Given the majority use of motorcycles for far public transportation, visitors always make sure that any insurance provided coverage for riding as a driver or passenger.
In place like Siem Reap, the local police have not authorized rental places from hiring (renting) motorcycles to visitors because of the high number risks of accidents.

 

Coach/bus

Long travel buses going to destinations such as Kampot, Sihanoukville, Battambang and Siem Reap.

 

Car hire

Visitors can hire a car with a driver. Car hire can be pre-arranged by private agreements with a taxi waiting outside the hotels or through tour operators.

 

Taxi

Taxis can be hired in main cities, Even though they are not metered passengers should negotiates so the price has to be fixed in advance. Tips are appreciated. Regulations: The wearing of seat belts is not implemented. Documentation: An International Driving Permit is not acknowledging in Cambodia, and hiring a car does not exist, visitors are recommended to hire a car with a driver.

 

Getting around in the City

No public buses in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Taxi is waiting outside hotels and restaurants, the fare price always be fixed before going. Cyclos (tricycles) or motodops (motorcycle taxis) are an effective and less expensive way to get around the cities and some of the drivers, most likely those outside main hotels, speak a little French or English. Siem Reap also has motorized tuk tuks.

 

Communication

Telephone

Most accommodation’s now have IDD phones in rooms and it is most likely to send faxes from hotels and post offices. Be knowledgeable that some hotels charge reasonable amounts for these services, please contact with the hotel earlier to arrival. It will not always be likely to make international calls in some areas. If you have worldwide network, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Check with your mobile phone provider for the prices before using it internationally, it may be expensive.

Internet

Most hotels have Business Centers with PCs connected to the Internet. Most likely, some of them have wireless broadband access in rooms or public areas. Cyber cafes are always famous and are easily found o locate in major towns and cities. Prices are considerable, usually below US$1 per hour. In most Internet cafes, you can purchase pre-paid phone cards to dial from a computer to a landline or mobile phone worldwide.

 

Safety

Cambodia is a somewhat a safe country to visit. As a general global rule, we advise visitors never leave your carry on unattended and always maintain eye contact or a powerful grip on cameras and shoulder bags. Valuables should be stored in the safety box in your room, if available, or at the reception. Avoid motorbikes late at night. With issues to landmines, there are still thousands of land mines and unexploded heavy artillery in more remote areas of Cambodia. The chances of getting close to these areas are unknown to you are very small chances. In rural areas, always ask local advice, directions and do not attempt to go from there.

 

Health care

Health insurance, like emergency evacuation, is certainly important. Doctors and hospitals always prefer cash payments for any medical procedures. The price of medical clearing operations is high. The hospital in Phnom Penh is safe. It is advice that any visitors or tourist to bring enough medicines of any personal medication, because medication may not be available in Cambodia.

 

Hospitals in Cambodia

By all means you don’t want to visits the Cambodia Hospitals a part of your travel escapade. But by any chance you need to have a look at to feel safe Cambodia have a number of medical centers. Cambodia Tourist Information provides the important information about Hospitals in Cambodia. This is one place in Cambodia, which is better if not visited by tourist. Cambodia is a very spectacular country but it is now susceptible from water borne diseases, which has been carry well under control in the present times.

 

Cambodia Emergency Phone Numbers

Tourist Information

Tells you all the important information you may be possible needs in case of emergency on your travel to the country. The most important tourist information is the Cambodia Emergency Phone Numbers includes are some useful phone numbers of Cambodia, which will come handy for your travel to the country.
With all these Cambodia Emergency Phone Numbers visitor/tourist, do not need to worry at all about your security and safety. All you need is just a phone call away and tourist can be satisfied that no disrespectful voice will be answering any complaints.

 

Police

  • 117, 011 30 30 30

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Fire Fighter

  • 118, 023 722 555 

 

Ambulance

  • 119, 023 724 891 

 

Traffic Police

  • 023 722 967 

 

Police Military (PM)

  • 012 520 to 012 529 (These numbers can be only be used for 012 network) 

 

Siem Reap Emergency Numbers

  • 011 30 30 30 
  • 012 40 24 24
  • 016 40 24 24

 

Sihanouk Ville Emergency Numbers

  • 012 82 62 72
  • 012 89 22 55
  • 012 77 47 07

 

Taxi (24hr) Numbers

  • Bailey’s Taxi: 012 890
  • Car Rental Co: 012 950

 

Phnom Penh Airport Number

  • 023 890 520

 

Express Courier

  • DHL: 012 965 222
  • FedEx – Federal Express: 023 216 712

 

Security Services (24hr)

  • MPA Security Service: 023 210 836
  • Protek – Cambodia Security: 012 919 903
  • Security K: 012 822 281
  • VIP Security Service: 012 817 222

 

Time in Cambodia, Phnom Penh

  • UTC/GMT Offset +7 hours
  • Standard time zone