Local Guide

At a Glance     Visa     Currency     Business Hours     Dress     Weather                             
At a Glance
POIPET is in the north-western of Cambodia and is the most popular and the most convenient international border crossings. The border is open from 7 am to 8 pm and having visa-on-arrival facilities at the Cambodian Immigration Checkpoint. In addition POIPET city is the special business zone and ultimate entertainment destination.

Entry Type                                     

Single entry only
USD 20 + USD 5 (processing charge) 
3 months (starting from the date of issue) 
Length of Stay                
30 days (more) 
Processing time               
3 business days       
A passport validity of more than six months balance of entry, a recent passport-size photo in digital format (JPEG or PNG format), a valid credit card (Visa/ Master Card)
Visa Exemption   
Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand
Countries not supported
Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, Sudan, Nigeria (Please apply your Visa from your nearest embassy or on-arrival at all major checkpoints)     
E-Visa Make Your Trip Happen To The Kingdom of Wonder!
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched e-Visa, which enables you to apply for a Cambodia tourist visa online. Instead of applying through Cambodian Embassy, all you need to do is to complete the online application form and pay with your credit card. After receiving your Visa through e-mail, print it out and bring it along when you travel to Cambodia.


Business Hours

There are two seasons … the hot dry season and the hot wet season. Chances are if you'refrom anywhere outside the tropics, you'll find Cambodia to be very hot - and sweaty.

Cambodia's wet season comes courtesy of the southwest monsoon which blows from May to October, bringing with it some 75% of Cambodia's annual rainfall. Not surprisingly, wet season is characterised by rain, and in the peak of wet season from July to September it can rain as much as two out of every three days. Rainy days tend to have a few hours of heavy rain rather than being all-day downpours, though the latter do occur - you will get wet travelling in a Cambodian wet season.

On the upside, monsoonal Cambodia is a beautiful country to travel in. The dust is all gone and the lush greenery of the country returns. Angkor Wat in particular can be stunning in wet season - the birdlife is far more obvious and the ruins have a unique appearance and feel. Observing Angkor Wat with a lightening storm as a backdrop is an electrifying experience. There are also far fewer travellers in the country, so if you prefer to dodge the crowds, wet season can be a good time to visit.

Cambodia's dry season runs from October to April, when the dusty northeast monsoon arrives. Blowing like a hair-dryer set to high, the northeast monsoon dries out the country fast. While November and January are quite cool (high C20s) by April the weather is scorching and oh so dry it will take your breath away. Characterised by heat and dust, this season coincides with Cambodia's peak tourist season when travellers arrive in their droves between November and January to take advantage of the lack of rain and the relative cool. By March travelling can be uncomfortable and hot while April can be excruciating.


Dry season runs from November to April on the back of the northeast monsoon. Novemmber to January are cooler while February to April are hot and dusty. November is the coolest month, and April is the hottest.

Wet season runs from May to October courtesy of the southwest monsoon. Wet season brings some 75% of Cambodia's annual rainfall. July to September are the wettest months.