•  Official language: Khmer (Cambodian)

•  Other languages: Chinese (Tai Chew), English, Vietnamese, Cham

•  Population: Approximately 15 million.

•  Ethnic diversity: Officially 96% Khmer, !0-20% (unofficial) Chinese, Vietnamese and Cham.

•  Largest city: The capital Phnom Penh. Population approximately 2 million.

•  Phnom Penh has several gated communities including: Les Jardins Du Bassac,Bassac Garden City, and Northbridge Communities.

•  Temporary accommodation available in serviced apartments or long-term hotel stay

•  Electricity: 220-240 v.

•  Currency: Cambodian riel and US dollar

•  Banking: International banks ANZ, Singapore Commercial Bank and Canadia (local) are most stable and reliable for a variety of banking services.

•  International schools in Phnom Penh include: International School of Phnom Penh, Northbridge International School, British International School, Hope International School, Logos International School, Lycee Francais Rene Descartes (French) and Zaman International School.

•  There is no public bus or train service in Phnom Penh. It is best to use private car or metered taxi service. "Tuk Tuk" and motorcycle taxi service are widely available and cheap, but not as safe.

•  The health system is Cambodia is still "developing". There are several clinics with modern equipment and reliable doctors, including: Rattanac Hospital (a branch of Bangkok Hospital), SOS clinic, Ly Srey Vyna – Indochine clinic and Community and family Medical clinic. There are also several dental clinics serving the expatriate community including: Roomchang, European Dental Clinic, International SOS and Dr. Wolfgang Schmidtberg. Phamacie de la gare is the most reliable, yet expensive pharmacy with English and French speaking consultants.

•  Immigration policy requires a Cambodian Government issued work permit for those working in Cambodia. This is a somewhat complex process most easily done through the company sending you and a local agency who helps with the process.

• Is it safe to drive in Cambodia?
While it is getting safer to drive in Cambodia, it is not yet the safest place to drive. In the cities, the traffic lights are not always respected and road signage on the major roads is, at times, inadequate. Everything from cows, dogs, overcrowded vans and motorcycles present a real danger for the motorist driving along national roads.

• What type of visa should I have in Cambodia?
Most international assignees who work in Cambodia do so under a business visa. It is much less common to be employed under a working permit. Orientations will be able to help you with this process.

• Is the tap water safe to drink?
The water in the capital city of Phnom Penh is supposed to be safe to drink but most people buy bottles of water for their drinking water. Cambodia is progressing in making safe tap water available to other large cities, but the effort is on-going. The majority of rural areas have no access to tap water at this time, but rely on wells where available.

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