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  • Cambodian People

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    Cambodian people and culture are great. There is a big push for people to learn English, and for Cambodians knowing English is the difference between a crappy job and a good one. So they will love speaking English to you and chatting. A lot of Cambodian adults spend their days at work and nights in school being taught English, for which they pay a...

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  • Temple Entry Pass

    Angkor Wat Favorites

    We visited Angkor Wat , Banteay Srei and Roluos Complex in Siem Reap, on 25 Dec 2013 until 1 Jan 2014.We booked a tour from Happy Angkor Tour and as soon we reached Siem Reap , we were brought to the Official ticket sales booths located at a checkpoint between the Siem Reap airport to the Angkor Complex. Told that there are other sales booths...

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  • Royal Palace

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    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...

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  • Siem Riep

    Angkor Wat Favorites

    Hi, Whatever the above 3 VT members said, are absolutely TRUE, believe me... You will just fall in love with the surroundings, and be lost in time. Singapore ? don't waste your time with places that are just competing to get you to part most of your money. Maybe go to Kuala Lumpur, Malacca or Penang in Malaysia - lovely cities !!! The evening...

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  • Tonle Sap River

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    We were in siem reap last year for this festival. I would recommened this activity; Don't stay on a bridge with too many people. You may see the boat races from about everywhere all day long. have a nice trip

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  • Street Life

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    At any rate, we went back to this same stand every day of our stay in Phnom Penh, sometimes twice. The young girl that manned it got the biggest kick out of us as we ordered the same thing every time, once even having two consecutive portions each. We knew it was a bit over indulgent but it was cheap by western standards and we figured we might not...

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  • Tuol Sleng Museum

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    This former school was converted by the Khmer Rouge regime into a prison when they came to power in 1975. It was mainly used for purges within the Khmer Rouge. The Vietnamese Army 'liberated' it in 1979, finding 8 survivors... out of the more than 8000 prisoners registered. Each prisoner was photographed, and Tuol Sleng now acts as a museum to the...

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  • Killing Fields

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    For anyone thinking of taking a moto / tuk tuk to the Killing Fields, don't do it. I'm not trying to put the poor bastards out of business, but a recent trip there was the bumpiest, most crazy ride and although the road doesn't look that bad, I don't recommend it. We were hanging on, trying to stop our teeth from slamming together and to keep our...

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  • Tourist Stuff

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    When I took the 6-hour Mekong Express bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to see the countryside, little did I know how fortunate I would be. The Fancy Guesthouse got seat 1D for me. It turned out to be on the aisle in the front row on the right hand side. Not only did I have the best seat for seeing things and taking pictures, but I also...

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  • Silver Pagoda

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    Silver Pagoda: Wat Preah Keo, Next to Royal Palace The Royal Palace tickets are valid here. 7:30-11, 14:30-17 Pagoda of Emerald Buddha. The floor is covered with over 5000 silver tiles.No photography inside the pagoda. The 17th C Emerald Buddha statue is made of Baccarat crystal. Also on display are a number of other Buddha's, relics and presents...

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  • Traditional Markets

    Phnom Penh Favorites

    A trip to at least one traditional market (psah) is a must. If you visit only one or two markets, begin with the Russian Market and the Central Market. Both offer curios, souvenirs and a cultural shopping adventure. Other markets such as the Old Market (Psah Chas) have far fewer items of interest to the tourist but can still be photographically...

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  • Visa in Bangkok

    You can get visas at most cambodian border posts, but if you want/need one before:Cambodia Embassy in Thailand518/4 Pracha Uthit Road(Soi Ramkamhaeng 39)WangtonglangBangkok 10310Tel.: (+66) 2 957 5851Fax: (+66) 2 957 5850E-mail: camemb.tha@mfa.gov.khIt takes probably 2 days, the new adress is far out of town, better to use agencies (in the Khao San...

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  • Don't get Cambodian money!!

    I arrived in Cambodia with no local money. I traded $40 for Cambodian money in Siem Reap after going through customs. In town and at the Angkor temples, I found I could not give awayCambodian . When I traded it back 3 days later, I got $36. I basically carried it for 3 days and lost $4. Don't get Cambodian money, US or Thai works better.

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  • EVEN THE POOREST KIDS SMILE

    Throughout the country you will see so many poor children who love to have their photo taken , and always have a smile ready for you. In some tourist areas they will often ask for money but better you have a pen, notebook or something else to give them

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  • Cambodia has a royal family.

    Cambodia has a royal family and a king living at the royal palace called King Norodom Sihamoni.He took over from his father Norodom Sihanouk when he abdicated in 2004.His father Norodom Sihanouk was a hugely popular king who was also very involved in politics and held many political positions through his life.Because of his political involvement...

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  • Outstanding Guide in Phnom Penh

    It is 23 Dec 2013 today. I just got some very sad news on Facebook. Ms. Naram passed away today after battling cancer for several months. The world has lost a very special person. She will be missed, but I shall always remember her.Actually I met Ms. Naram Kang through Ms. Nara. They are colleagues. When I returned to Cambodia in March 2010, Ms....

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  • Information about Cambodia

    Recently I had been to Phenom Penh. I would suggest u can contact the following English speaking person who can give u more details [u can see my page to know more details]mrs. SreylenHer phone number +85512919875. Her email vanlen18@yahoo.com .orMicky: +855-12-577-449 and her email is naramkang@yahoo.com She can guide u properly.

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  • Organizing My Tips Under Available VT...

    The VT database has the following destinations that are appropriate: Khett Siem Reab (province), Siem Reap, Angkor Thum, Angkor Wat, Phumi Banteay Srei, Phumi Tonle Sab and Ruines d' Angkor. I decided to organize my tips like this:Khett Siem Reab (province) - Bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Riep;Siem Reap - Self-guided Siem Reap walking tour...

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  • 2009 Itinerary in Cambodia

    This itinerary is now easy to read except for what the VT title covers up. The table shows where I went and what I did in Cambodia on a 10 day visit in 2009. It also shows my hotels and mode of transportation. If you wish, I can e-mail a copy.

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  • 2010 Itinerary in Cambodia

    The itinerary is now readable but the VT title covers up part of this two page table showing where I went and what I did in Cambodia on a 29 day visit in 2010. The trip included popular and remote sites in the Northwest, Northeast and South. It also shows my hotels and mode of transportation. If you wish, I can e-mail a copy.

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  • An Excellent Guide in Phnom Penh

    When I took the 6-hour Mekong Express bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to see the countryside, little did I know how fortunate I would be. The Fancy Guesthouse got seat 1D for me. It turned out to be on the aisle in the front row on the right hand side. Not only did I have the best seat for seeing things and taking pictures, but I also...

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  • Adaptor plugs in Cambodia

    Cambodia uses 230V, 50HzNice hotels may have British 3-pin rectangular blade plug:http://electricaloutlet.org/type-gHowever, most will be a combination outlet that accept either USA/Japan 2-pin (type A) or European 2-pin:http://electricaloutlet.org/type-ahttp://electricaloutlet.org/type-c

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  • Cambodia is palm sugar country.

    Cambodia has a big production of palm sugar and it is often a small family business where daddy clims up the trees to get the palm juice while mummy is busy cooking it in to palm sugar.The se people can often be seen doing their business by the side of the road and i have found that you can usually stop by and visit them and get a taste of their...

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  • Currency Exchange

    As far as changing money, almost all prices are quoted in US$. Sometimes the price will include a fraction of a dollar. When this is the case, the change that is a fraction of a dollar is returned in riel at an exchange rate of 4000:1. It is less than the official rate but close enough. I got enough riel this way to make all of my small purchases....

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  • Dollars or Riel in Cambodia.

    Most people planning a trip to Cambodia are aware that the US Dollar is the "common currency" there - but there is one important thing that you should also know ...... THEY DO NOT DEAL IN COINS. This means that if you pay in dollars there will not be one single thing costing less than a whole dollar. That´s right, not even "the time of day"....

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  • Excellent and Safe Tuk Tuk Driver in...

    In addition to a licensed guide for Angkor, you will need transportation. My guide, Peng Thai, booked our tuk tuk driver through the travel desk at the Mandalay Inn where I was staying in Siem Reap. BTW, I prefer tuk tuk's because it is easy to take pictures even when you are moving and because it is easier to stop anywhere you want. Sophen was my...

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  • An Excellent Guide in Siem Reap

    VT member, Eithwe, helped me find an English speaking guide for the Angkor temples and Siem Reap area. So Peng Thai is a free lance, licensed guide for the Angkor temples. Not only is he very well educated and knowledgeable, but he is also just a nice person to be around. In Mar 09 the typical rate for licensed guides in the hotels was $25/day....

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  • Volunteer Opportunities in Cambodia

    This tip was originally a response to a Cambodia forum question by anywhere24 about opportunities for volunteering without having to pay someone to do so... I just got back from Cambodia. I did some volunteer work with Phymean Noun's People Improvement Organization (PIO) which provides schools for children at the Phnom Penh dump and a couple of...

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  • Visa on arrival

    Visa on arrival is possible at the Aranyapathet-Poipet border, Trat-Koh Kong border and Moc Bai-Bavet border of Vietnam. The price is 1000 Thai Bath if you are traveling from Thailand. 25 USD if you are traveling from Vietnam or Phnom Penh airport and Siem Reap airport. The visa is valid for 30 days. You need one passport photo.I had to wait almost...

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  • Cambodia Border Crossings

    Depending on your nationality, you should be able to get a Cambodian visa at the border. Most buses will collect everyone's passport and visa fee and take care of it for you once at the border. Make sure you do your research and you know what the visa fee is. I entered Cambodia, and the visa fee for Americans was $20. My driver tried charging me...

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  • A great book to read before visiting...

    "River of time" by english author Jon Swain is a fantastic book about Cambodia under khmer rouge.It also covers many other interesting aspects of Indochina and it's a very good read before you go.It's very well written and heart breaking and grueling in a way that made it very hard for me to put the book down.Read it before you go, or even after...

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  • Cambodia is rubber country.

    Cam bodia is one of the worlds largest producers of natural rubber.It's often malaysian companies that have branched out their buisness to Cambodia where they have more space and cheaper labour costs compared to Malaysia.When you see a lot of thin trees in straight lines by the side of the road in Cambodia then it is mosr likely a rubber plantation...

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  • The khmer/cambodian people.

    Most of the inhabitants of Camdia are of khmer origin.The khmer people originally came from India and Sri Lanka who came to the region around 1200 years ago and even if they have been mixed up with the other south east asian groups over the years, the cambodians remain quite a bit darker than their neighbours in Thailand and Vietnam.I personally...

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  • goldmine for whoever plans a trip to...

    check this link:http://www.canbypublications.com/those free booklets are widely distributed in Cambodia, and most useful to dig out a nice hotel, restaurant, club or shop or find a map of PP or Siem Reap

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  • sihanoukville

    WHY SAD DIRTY MIDDLE AGE MEN???ARE THEY ALL ALIKE????i am travelling asia on my own for the pleasure to discover countries and meet and understand different people and culture.am i an old pig if i speak to a girl or a boy in these countries?????you should be ashamed to generalize your opinions on old men travelling abroad,you just ostracize them

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  • Keep an eye on those hookers!! (And your...

    So I brought back a lady to my room for the night and we started hittin' the Mekong Whiskey and Coke pretty furiously. Well, I went into the bathroom and stupidly left my drink in the room with her. I come out of the bathroom and we start foolin around again and next thing I know I am waking up with a splitting headache and my video camera stolen...

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  • GIVE TO THE OLD PEOPLE!

    In Cambodia you will probably find yourself giving money to, or buying things from the small children. As much as they need it the charities in Cambodia recommend you try and aviod this as it just encourages parents to keep them on the streets (and so to some extent out of school). After a while I realised it is better to give to the elderly, or...

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  • ATM's

    There are ATM's in PP and Siem Reap. There are also ATM's in Sihanoukville. There were at least 3 there when I was there last year. So, if someone tries to tell you that you can only get cash out in the Capital, it is not true.

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  • money

    US$ is king in Cambo however small street stalls/shops might find it hard to give change for a one dollar purchase from a 10 or 20$ bill. I usually like to exchange say $50 to $100 into riel and keep the rest in US$. The exchange rate will be about 4000riel to one dollar.Your guesthouse will like to be paid in US$ but it wont be demanded. Riel will...

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  • cute kids

    I saw many kids there , they are so cute but they are very poor. Our guide said the kids there have half day studying , half day make money . but i found them all the time.. begging , selling the souvenir .. thats so pity . Prepare some candies which is very welcome by them .

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  • money

    USD is more popular than the local currency. I heard this when i prepared my trip there.. but be sure to have more small change like USD1. USD2. I changed my money at the last minute and the bank here only provide USD50,USD20, which is not so convenient. because when you buy sth. you may not know the money you get back is fake or real one.

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  • weather today - June 16, 2008

    Today is the 16th June and it is our last day here...how sad...as we really enjoy it! The weather is very humid, it's now about high 80's . Enjoy all the sights! People here are extra wonderful as it's a smaller scale of people. What I personally did not enjoy much is the water village, that is where much of the poverty is showned to tourists...you...

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  • Become acquianted with history

    To enhance your appreciation of Cambodia you should read a book about Cambodia's recent history and the trajesties of the Pol Pot Regime. Acquiant yourself with the mighty Khmer empire of years past. Read up a little bit on Buddhism and Hiduism, and with all the new knowledge you will be armed with you will understand and enjoy this trip all the...

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  • Get a massage in Cambodia

    Ok let's face it, where else can you get an hour long massage for 10$? I mean you are on vacation! So take an hour to relax and get a nice massage, and don't forget to tip your massouse nicely! On my trip to Cambodia and Thailand I got so many massages that there was one point, about two weeks into the trip, where the thought of getting another...

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  • Rough plan if you've a week in Cambodia

    If you're staying in Cambodia for 7 days and 6 nights, I will propose that 3 days in Phnom Penh (eg. the grand palace, killing fields, prison, temples & markets) and 4 days in Siem Reap because half a day will be taken up for travelling from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and you will need at least 3 days to really appreciate Angkor Wat and the...

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