Updated Cambodia quarantine and tourist visa information

After lots of speculation, Cambodia is offering tourist visas for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Additionally, the government has released new quarantine requirements for travelers to Cambodia, which reduces the number of days vaccinated passengers have to spend in hotel quarantine on arrival.

And…they’re back!

Updated Cambodia quarantine requirements

Most vaccinated passengers will now have to spend 7 days in hotel quarantine instead of 14. Passengers are required to take a Covid-19 PCR test in the 72 hours prior to flying, have a vaccination card or certificate, Covid-19 health insurance, and either evidence of a pre-booked hotel (known as an AQS, or alternative state quarantine hotel) or a $1,000 USD in cash for hotel deposit. Travelers will be required to take a rapid test on arrival, and a PCR test at the end of their 7-day quarantine. Continue reading

Phnom Sampeou and Phnom Banan — Battambang’s Tale of Two Hills

Battambang’s main tourist attraction doesn’t feel like it is resting during the pandemic. At least, the poor souls toiling away in front of Phnom Sampeou’s famous bat cave certainly ain’t resting. They’re busy chiseling a giant Buddha into the exposed limestone. And while the ongoing work is an impressive feat, it adds yet another layer of human adulteration to this beautiful rocky protuberance in the middle of otherwise (mostly) flat Battambang province; for Phnom Sampeou offers an architectural, archeological and zoological slice of humanity in Cambodia.

Monkey atop Phnom Sampeou

A monkey on top of Battambang’s Phnom Sampeou.

The top is covered in an eclectic variety of Buddhist temples, shrines, stupa, and sculptures in Chinese and Theravada Buddhist styles…dotted among the trees with no apparent plan other than to provide a blast of color at every turn. There are military remnants — in the form of two rusting field guns — of Cambodia’s protracted efforts to defeat the Khmer Rouge, now simply another plaything for a bold macaque colony that calls the hilltop home. Continue reading

Phnom Penh activities for kids: Swimming, playgrounds, and play spaces

In the last two posts about fun things to do for kids in Phnom Penh we covered arts and sports activities. This time, we’ve got a round-up of swimming pools, playgrounds, and play spaces for kids and teens in Phnom Penh. We’ve tried to include the most up-to-date information, but because of the pandemic it’s always best to confirm the details.

House Boutique Pool Phnom Penh

Cool off at House Boutique Eco Hotel in BKK1.

Swimming pools

A great way to cool your children off in the warmer months is by taking advantage of one of the beautiful local resort pools, or letting them take a dip in one of the customized child-friendly pools in Phnom Penh. Continue reading

Phnom Penh activities for kids: Sports and active play

In the last post about fun things to do for kids in Phnom Penh we covered arts and crafts activities and performing arts activities. In this installment, we’ve got a round-up of sports and active things younger kids and teens can do in Phnom Penh to burn off some extra energy. We’ve tried to include the most up-to-date information, but due to the pandemic some businesses may have other restrictions.

Coconuts Park Phnom Penh

Kids can explore and play at Coconuts Park after-school and weekend programs.

Explore and Play

Coconut Park has an “Explore and Play” after-school or weekend program for kids 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 going on now. The sessions include lots of physical activity as well as arts, and will give kids the chance to try lots of different sports and activities rather than focusing on just one. Spaces are limited, and can be reserved online. Continue reading

Getting the COVID-19 vaccination in Cambodia

Updated August 9. The vaccination process is in full swing in Cambodia, and the country is committed to vaccinating their foreign residents and visitors as well as Cambodian citizens. It is now possible for residents of both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to get vaccinated at no cost. Read on for more information.

Getting vaccinated in cambodia

Wondering how to get the covid-19 vaccine in Cambodia? You’re not alone!

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Phnom Penh activities for kids: Arts and crafts, music, and performing arts

Despite the pandemic, there is never a shortage of fun activities for kids in Phnom Penh. While Covid-19 has certainly had a huge impact on businesses and families, it has also seen the creation of a plethora of new child-friendly activities. In this series we’ll cover some of the new and exciting things to do, as well as some long-time kid favorites. In this first post, we’ll cover arts and crafts activities and performing arts classes in Phnom Penh.

art in Cambodia

Art in Cambodia! (Admittedly this is a photo of work exhibited at Kampot Art Gallery)

Arts and Crafts

Fun and messy arts and crafts activities and classes have popped up around Phnom Penh catering for toddlers and older kids alike.

Kids Art Club by Sra’Art was created to help little ones improve their social skills, make new friends, and nurture their imaginations. Classes are for ages 3 to 12, and all materials are included in the fee. Continue reading

Battambang’s under-visited gems (including dinosaurs)

Wondering why you should visit Battambang? Since the 11th century, Battambang has been an important city in what is now northwestern Cambodia. For at its founding, the power of the kings of Angkor extended much further to the north and west. At other times, Battambang found itself as a majority Khmer city in eastern Thailand.

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Dinosaurs in Battambang

Religion and history combine for a visual delight at Wat Pnuw, even if the scales are slightly off.

All of that goes to say that Battambang and its surrounds are full of beautiful examples of this rich history covering multiple architectural styles. While lacking the splendor of major Angkorean cities, or the modern economic importance of Phnom Penh, Battambang is a fascinating place to visit, as it has managed to retain a uniquely Cambodian charm that in the capital and on the coast is quickly being replaced by glass-fronted towers. And it has dinosaurs, of course. Continue reading

Choosing an international school for your child in Cambodia

Today Lindy Leonhardt the head of admissions at ISPP (a Move to Cambodia advertiser) helps guide new expats through what they should consider when researching and choosing an international school in Cambodia. This post was originally written a few years ago, but Lindy has updated it in 2021 with information for the COVID-19 era.

When researching education options for expatriate children in Cambodia, a newly arrived family might be forgiven for being overwhelmed by the choice of schools available. Even for longer-term residents, the increase in international school offerings over the past few years has changed the education landscape, particularly in Phnom Penh. However, scratch the surface a little and it becomes clearer and the seemingly vast array of options can be reduced to a solid shortlist.

Elementary class at ISPP Cambodia

Looking for an international school in Phnom Penh? Here are some things to consider. Photo provided.

So, what should be considered when you are trying to make sense of it all and decide what is best for your child?

It goes without saying that you should put the quality and standard of a school’s education and curriculum first and consider the best you can afford. If your child requires language support or has any additional learning needs, ensure that your chosen school is well-equipped to provide support. Private support and therapy services are improving, but still limited, in Cambodia so it is very important that you can have your child’s needs met at school.

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