ABOUT Phnom Penh City was first built in the 15th century during King Preah Srey Soryopor’s (Ponhea Yat) time, when he abandoned Angkor Palace and built a new one at Tuol Basan in Srey Sar Chhor province, which is now called Srey Santhor district, Kampong Cham province. There are a few of bus companies providing transportation between Phnom Penh and the provinces that have better road and connect with Phnom Penh. All buses are air-conditioned and equipped with Video TV. The average travel speed of the buses is about 80 kilometers per hour. Bus stations are mostly located around Phsa Thmey (New Central market) area. For their latest schedule or exact departure time and price, you may contact them directly. Phnom Penh is the place for disco nightlife. There are several clubs that see a good mix of locals and foreigners, like Rock, Spark, U2... Nightlife in Phnom Penh tends to begin fairly late - an 9 pm start is usual, after a leisurely meal and some drinks at a bar. Drink prices can be steep, but you can always pop outside and get a swift half from a street seller. Outside Phnom Penh, nightlife is dominated by Khmer nightclubs. These are basically 'hostess clubs' aimed at men, but it is no problem for foreign women to enter. They have a live band and are a good place to learn a bit about Khmer dancing. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is best place for pubs and bars. Elsewhere around Cambodia, drinking takes places at street stalls, in restaurants and in nightclubs.
CLIMATE The climate can generally be described as tropical. As the country is affected by monsoon, it is hot and humid with an overage temperature around 27.C (80.F). There are two distinct seasons: the Rainy Season and the Dry Season. However, the Dry Season is divided into two sub-seasons, cool and hot.
BEWARE Remain alert to the local situation when travelling in the border regions, and at land crossings between the countries. At the more remote crossing, conditions can be basic with few facilities. Some visitors have reported local officials at land border entry points imposing unofficial fees or inflating visa prices. Familiarise yourself with the correct visa requirements and fees before you travel. Check the local conditions with reputable travel agencies before setting out to cross the border at more remote crossings, matters are subject to change with little notice. Cambodia remains heavily affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. Mined areas are frequently unmarked. Do not stray off main routes in rural areas, including around temple complexes.