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Social Conventions
Sensitivity to politically-related subjects in conversation is advisable. Avoid pointing your foot at a person or touching someone on the head. Women should wear long clothing that covers the body. Photography: Permitted, with certain restrictions, such as the photographing of military installations, airports and railway stations. It is polite to ask permission before photographing Cambodian people, especially monks.

International Travel:

Bangkok Airways and Thai International fly to Phnom Penh from Bangkok. Malaysia Airlines
flies from Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam Airlines from Hanoi, Aeroflot from Moscow, Silkair from Singapore and Lao International Aviation from Vientiane.

Approximate flight times
From London to Phnom Penh takes 12 hours 30 minutes (with a stopover in Bangkok).

Main airports
Pochentong (PNH) is 8km (5 miles) from Phnom Penh. To/from the airport: A bus service (travel time – 15 minutes) and taxis (travel time – 10 minutes) to the city are available. Taxi fares are approximately US$8 and motorbikes are US$1. For pre-arranged tours a pick-up service is available. Facilities: Left luggage, banks/bureaux de change, bars, shops, post office and light refreshments.

Departure tax
US$25 levied on international departures at Phnom Penh and Siam Reap International Airports; US$20 elsewhere; US$15 for holders of Cambodian passports. Children less than 4 years of age are exempt.

Main ports: Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville can be reached via the Mekong delta through Vietnam. This route is served by regular passenger ferry crossings.

The Thai border is now open for overland access. The main highway links the capital with the Vietnam border. Border checkpoints include Poipet, Cham Yeam (Thailand), Bavet, Kaam Samhar (Vietnam) and Stung Treng (Laos).

The following goods may be imported into Cambodia without incurring customs duty:
200 cigarettes or equivalent in tobacco; one opened bottle of perfume for personal use.

Currency must be declared.

Internal Travel:

In terms of the risk of armed robbery (particularly in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville) after dark, the greatest danger faces those traveling on motorcycles, especially regarding bag-snatching. There have also been violent incidents around popular tourist spots such as Street 154/174 of Phnom Penh.

Internal flights operate between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for Angkor (travel time – 45 minutes), Battambang, Koh Kong, Sihanoukville and Stung Treng. Domestic airports: The upgraded Siem Reap Airport, the main gateway for visitors going to see the ancient temples at Angkor, is a 7 to 10-minute taxi ride from the city. Taxi fares are approximately US$5. Other airports include Bottambang, Mondulkiri, Phnom Penh, Rattanakhiri and Stung Treng.

Departure tax
US$20 for foreign nationals.

Government-run ferries depart from the Psar Cha Ministry of Transport Ferry Landing between 102 and 104 Streets and go to Kompong Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Kompong Chhnang and Phnom Krom. Boats are also available from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, a route popular with travelers. Due to the present rise in crime, inter-city boat travel should be restricted to the fast boats to Kompong Cham and Kratie. Some boats have been reported as poorly maintain

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