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Forum Posts

Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by meliaz

Hi there, me and my friends are planning to visit Cambodia sometime early November and would like to know if we could get around Phnom Penh ourselves or would a guide be necessary?

Was hoping to stay somewhere in town and do some exploring ourselves actually. Are most of the tourist spots accessible by foot?

Hope someone can help.

Thanks.

Re: Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by cachaseiro

getting around by yourself is quite easy in phnom penh.
the killing fields are out of town and you will need transportation for that, but the rest of the main sights are within walking distance from the center as long as you don't mind a good walk.

Re: Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by balhannah

Yes, most of them are accessible by foot. I did a lot of walking here and thoroughly enjoyed it, saw so much this way. You can hire a tuk-tuk, negotiate a price before leaving. I did this first to get my bearings of the city. I had a lovely driver, he slowed down or stopped for me to take photos, took me to the Bank, explained what I was seeing, it was great.

Re: Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by betska

Also check out Cathy&Gary's Phnom Penh pages for plenty of great info.

Re: Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by Eggboy

The following were accesible by foot from my hotel, Dara Reangsey, near Wat Phnom:

Sisowath Quay: River and heaps of restaurants.
Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda. For some history and architecture.
Wat Phnom: Hill temple, really cool place with nice gardens surrounding the temple.
P'Sar Th'mey: New market. Huge Asian style market complex full of market stalls. you can buy anything here.

YOu may need transport to the Tuol Sleng genocide Museum, but you definitely wil need transport to the Killing Fields. I just hired a tuk tuk driver to take me to all these places in one day. Too easy :)

Re: Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by meliaz

Thanks for the advice people. :)

Re: Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by twavel_itch

how much is it to hire a tuktuk driver to take us around? there will be 4 of us going there early July and we would really appreciate your help. how long does it take to tour these places? will half a day suffice or do we need a whole day?

Re: Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by betska

A full day including shooting range, Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) and Tuol Sleng prison (the first two are too far to walk) we negotiated US$12 for tuk-tuk.

Re: Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by betska

The above places could be done in half a day if you don't muck around, or take a full day & finish at the Russian market.

Re: Tourist Spots Accessible by Foot?

by meliaz

Hi there, I've done some research and places to visit whilst in Phnom Penh include: Royal Palace / Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeng Ek Killing Field, Wat Phnom, Wat Ounalom, Central Market & Russian Market.

You'll need at least one full day, (preferably 2 days) to do everything I think. Most places are accessible by foot except for the Genocide Museum and Killing Field.

Travel Tips for Phnom Penh

No shoulders and knees!

by agc

When visiting Palaces, museums, temples in Cambodia, remember to dress appropriately! You can wear a T-shirt accompanied by a pair of long pants or three-quarter Bermudas.

The ticket office rents T-shirts for US$1 each but they don't rent pants. I wore shorts that day and they asked me to pull it down until it covered my knees (cheers to Elastic waist straps!).

P.S you also need to pay a camera fee. You can get by this by keeping your camera inside your day pack. Snap pictures secretly and do it fast!

Local Dialing

by Pakistaniguy

The domestic phone codes for some important cities are following:

Phnom Penh – 023
Battambang – 053
Siem Reap – 063
Preah Vihear – 064
Sihanoukville – 034
Stung Treng – 074

Keep in mind that telephone numbers starting from 011, 012, 015, 016 or 018 are all mobile phone numbers.

Mindset of Cambodian

by yuet29

It is simple, earn and spend. This is the mindset of most of the cambodian.

I met a young cambodian guy working in Malaysia before. He was participating in a dam construction project. He told me working in Malaysia is very tough for him and he doesnt like his job. The reason he doesnt like his job is because- too much overtime. No time to spend the money.

Another time, in a night market I met a PRC lady selling fried rice with her husband. They hired a few cambodian. She complaint to me that her workers never want to do overtime even she pay them more. "They never save for future. They earn and spend"

This is their mindset and they live their life very happily.

Luggage & Bags

by Cathy&Gary

As most of us can only bring back 20 kilos of luggage (not counting hand luggage) make sure you have lightweight suitcases, our cases are huge but only weigh just under 5kilos.

Dont bring home anything you can do without. Throw (give) away all your toiletries eg, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants etc, all these little things add up in weight.

Load up your hand luggage with any heavy items you have bought, its amazing how much shopping you can cram into a backpack.

Happy Shopping!!

Excavated Pits

by keeweechic

There are still large pits where the graves were unearthed.

On May 9th every year a memorial service is held at the stupa in memory of the estimated 1.7 million people who died during the genocide.
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