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It is essential to have useful numbers within reach, especially when relocating to a foreign country. Here is a list of useful telephone numbers that will help you in your everyday life in Cambodia.

If you do run into any trouble in Cambodia, it's always worth turning to your embassy as soon as you can, as the staff should be able to advise you as to what best to do.

It's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the location of your nearest embassy when you arrive in Cambodia so that you know where to immediately go if the need arises.They will also be able to help you to replace any vital belongings, such as your passport, and make sure you get appropriate medical assistance if need be. They should also have reliable local contacts, such as attorneys or translators.

Cambodian police are known to supplement their very low income with the odd bribe, which you will be expected to pay even if you are the victim of a crime and need a police report for insurance purposes. It is important to always remain calm when dealing with the police, and to negotiate your bribe with a level head — any signs of hysteria or vulnerability will be capitalised on and you can end up paying more than need be.

You may find that the tourist police in Siem Reap speak some English, but you may not have as much luck with the tourist police in Phnom Penh. It is, therefore, a good idea to know someone who speaks Khmer who can help you if you ever need to deal with the police — be that a Cambodian friend, colleague, hotel employee or a tuk-tuk driver who you can tip a few dollars for their help.

In the event of a medical emergency, do be aware that it is sometimes best to head directly to a hospital or private clinic rather than wait for an ambulance to arrive. Likewise, if you are the victim of a crime, it can be easier to head directly to a police station with a translator, rather than trying to explain issues over the phone.

Here is a list of numbers that could come in useful when you're in Cambodia. Do note that the international dialling code for Cambodia is 855, but you do not need to dial this when in the country.

Embassies

  • US Embassy - 023 728 281 / 023 728 051 / 023 728 234 (call 023 728 000 if outside normal business hours)
  • UK Embassy - 023 427124 (call 023 428 153 if outside normal business hours)
  • Australian Embassy - 023 213 470

Police and firefighters

  • Fire department (24/7) - 023 723 555 / 012 786 693
  • Fire services (from a landline) - 118
  • Police (24/7) - 023 366 841 / 023 720 235
  • Traffic police - 023 722 067
  • Siem Reap tourist police - 012 402 424 / 012 969 991 / 012 838 768
  • Phnom Penh tourist police - 023 726 158 / 097 778 0002
  • Police (from a landline) - 117

Ambulance and hospitals

  • Ambulance - 119
  • Sen Sok International University Hospital ambulance - 078 838 493
  • Sen Sok International University Hospital - 070 888 251 / 023 883 712/13
  • Royal Phnom Penh Hospital - 023 991 000
  • Khema Clinic - 099 667066
  • Raffles Medical Phnom Penh – 012 816 911 / 023 216 911
  • Blood Transfusion Centre - 023 215 949
  • Roomchang Dental Hospital - 023 211 338

Utilities

  • Water - 023 724 046
  • Electricity (EDC) - 023 723 871

Immigration

  • e-Visa – 023 224 973 / 09 224 973
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 023 214441 / 023 212442 / 023 216146 / 023 216122
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