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    Phone boots

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: In SR is easier for a tourist to call overseas than to call to Phnom Penh to reserve a room!!
    If you wanna call overseas, U just go to any of the many internet cafes and U do it instantly and cheap.

    BUT if you wanna call local U gotta look for these phone boots with these number (provinces codes) writen on them. The prices for each code are written there too.
    You go there, ask for a call, and the lady there gives you... HER CELL PHONE! so you can just dial yourself. Afterwards she cheks on the screen how much did U talk and charges U for that...

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    Riverside walk

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2003

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    The river bank

    Favorite thing: If you have a lazy afternoon free there, a walk by the riverside is a pleasant activity. There you can see how local everyday life goes, easy, calm, lazy.
    Sit at any of the benches there under a tree and watch the other bank. The river is small, there is no boats activity, but you can see people passing by and relax...

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    The Bayon scenes

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2003

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    An elephant and some soldiers

    Favorite thing: In the Bayon temple you will find on the walls of the first floor many carvings depicting scenes of wars, court, cities of the times when those temples and palaces were constructed.
    They have amazing details, some are brighter (restored) than others, but the temple well deserves a slow look around, admiring each and every wall.

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    VISA to enter Cambodia

    by xuessium Written Mar 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: All Foreign Visitors are now able to obtain the Cambodia visa upon arrival at the airport. It is no longer necessary to get the visa stamp at the Cambodian Embassy before your visit. Just prepare the following documents:
    *A Passport Photocopy
    *1 photos (3 x 4 cm)
    * US$ 20 Cash for tourist visa fee (Paid directly to the Immigration)

    The Cambodia Visa is issued officially at the following ports of entry:

    By Air
    Pochentong Airport in Phnompenh
    Siemreap Airport (Angkor Wat Region)

    By Land

    Travelers can travel to/from Cambodia by land through Aranyapathet-Poipet Border and Trat-Koh Kong Border of Thailand and Moc Bai - Bavet Border of Vietnam

    Cambodia Visa Validity: 30 days from the date of issue, *NOT* from the date of entry.

    Visa Extension
    Travelers who would like to prolong their stay in Cambodia may extend their visa at the Department of Immigration situated just opposite the Pochentong Airport. The visa may be extended for 30 days at the cost of US$25.-

    Some travelers have reported that the visa extension for another one month was no longer possible, since the middle of June 2000. If you expect to stay more than a month, better get a Business visa at one shot for US$25 with three months validity.

    Visa-Free Travel Arrangement for Asean members (August 2000)
    The Cambodian Government has unveiled visa-free travel arrangements with the following Asean countries: Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia
    (Singaporean and Indonesian are not exempted and required visa)

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    Easy internet access

    by jrs1234 Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    ECafe, Siem Reap

    Favorite thing: The phone system in Siem Reap didn't seem too accessible to tourists; it was much easier to email home though, as there was an internet place right opposite my hotel! There are several places to get on the net in Siem Reap, but I paid a daily visit to this one - the Ecafe on Sivatha Boulevard - as it was so close. Reliable and fast connections, except when the power went off (the whole town seemed to be out for an hour). At $1.75 per hour, it didn't break the bank, either.

    There's an online ad for this place at the www.talesofasia.com website.

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    Free wifi at the airport in Siem Reap.

    by cachaseiro Written Feb 28, 2010

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    Favorite thing: I was pleasantly suprised to see that the little airport at Siem Reap has free wifi for it´s clients.
    It´s allready a quite pleasant airport for it´s small size and free wifi just ads to the feel good thing.
    No passwords or anything was needed in order to log on.
    Just open the laptop and find the network.

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    Water Village

    by aukjejetty Updated Jan 20, 2004

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    Floating Vegtableshop

    Fondest memory: One of the reasons you should take a boattrip to Phnom Penh, besides from bad roads in Cambodia, is what you will see along the way.

    Traveling to the boat that would take us to Phnom Penh we past this village on the water. It was a gorgeous sight!

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    Cambodian Currency

    by xuessium Written Mar 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The currency of Cambodia is the Riel. It is not available on the open market. In Siem Reap, the de-facto currency is the US Dollar. Everyone charges in US$; everything are charged in US$. You may get your hand on some Riels eventually, especially after buying groceries from the local stores - and most tourists keep them as souvenirs!

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    Quick Grasp of Recent Cambodian History

    by xuessium Updated Aug 24, 2007

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    KingSihamoni(photoextractedfromweb)

    Favorite thing: 1970 Kingdom of Cambodia overthrown in coup by General Lon Nol. Neutrality in Vietnam War abandoned. Country renamed Khmer Republic.

    1975 Ultra-Marxist Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot overthrew Lon Nol's corrupt and inept government. Went about to create an utopian state through a reign of terror. Country renamed Democratic Kampuchea. Prince Norodom Sihanouk was briefly re-instated as Head-of-State before fleeing in 1976, fearful for his life.

    1979 Much hated Khmer Rouge government overrun by invading Vietnamese forces. War had begun in 1977 when the Khmer Rouge attacked their Marxist comrades across the border. A puppet regime under Heng Samrin, called the Peoples' Republic of Kampuchea was installed. Not recognized by the UN.

    1979-1989 A coalition of forces (including the Khmer Rouge), recognising Prince Sihanouk as leader, represented Cambodia in the UN.

    1989 Vietnamese forces retreated. Country renamed State of Cambodia.

    1993 The UN sponsored peace process brought peace back to wartorn Cambodia. Country was once again Kingdom of Cambodia and Prince Sihanouk was re-crowned King.

    1997 2nd Prime Minister Hun Sen seized absolute power through a coup e'tat. 1st Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh fled the nation.

    1998 Ranariddh returned to Cambodia and after the 1998 election, became Chairman of the National Assembly. Hun Sen consolidated his power and became sole Prime Minister.

    2004 Sihanouk abdicated in favour of his younger son Norodom Sihamoni

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    National Flag of Cambodia

    by xuessium Written Mar 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The present flag with these colors arranged in horizontal bands, was officially adopted on October 29, 1948 until October 1970, then, once again, at the beginning of September 24, 1993, date of the reestablishment of the Monarchy. The central emblem represents the towers of Angkor Wat - Angkor being the only popular pronunciation of Norkor. Wat signifying Temple - seen from the front view. In the Khmer cosmonomy, the pedestal of the temple represents the Mount Meru, structure of the Universe, the top being the central sanctuary of Cambhu the kind lord creator of the world, divinity of predilection of the King founder. This symbol appears again on the coin which was struck around 1847, under the reign of Ang Duong and which was abolished under NORODOM. The King was the intercessor between the sky and the land, between the gods and men. Nowadays, the national flag reflects the trilogy of Nation, Religion and King, motto of the Khmer monarchy.

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    Limosine at Sokha Angkor Resort

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 3, 2010

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    Limosine at Sokha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap
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    Favorite thing: When I was at Sokha Angkor Resort, there was this huge limosine at the entrance of the resort as shown in the photograph. Managed to take a few photos for rememberance.

    Apparently you can take a ride on this limosine from the resort to the airport, but it will cost a lot of money (I heard it was about US$70 one way).

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    Best time to visit Siem Reap/Angkor wat

    by bkarjee Written Jan 4, 2007

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    Sunset at Phnom Bakheng

    Favorite thing: I visited Siem Reap in Dec-Jan period and found the weather to be very pleasent. I was told by locals that during the summer time (Apr-Jun), the temperatures go to as high as 40 degC.
    During Dec-Jan, the temperatures are in the range of 16 degC to 28 degC and you can rest assured about clear blue sky, which is vital for a good photography. The afternoons can be quite warm because of overhead sun and clear blue sky. Carry plenty of water to drink during this period.
    Monsoons (July-Oct) are not a good time to visit Angkor, although those who are allergic to dust will find this time perfect. There is no problem of dust in monsoon or wet months and moreover, the temples are less crowded. The Tonle Sap takes the form of an ocean-it expands 10 folds in size and become a very rich source of fresh water fish, although the water is very muddy.
    The peak tourist months are Dec-Jan, when the temples are swarming with visitors and there is not an inch to spare.

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    Books about the Angkor temples

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Ancient Angkor

    Favorite thing: Many books have been written about the Angkor temples, but “Ancient Angkor” by Michael Freeman and Claude Jacques was recommended to me by our Angkor-guide. I have read the book and it was very interesting.

    There are books for sale all over the temple area or in Siem Reap.

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    Old market

    by xaver Written Dec 20, 2004

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    market

    Favorite thing: One of the first steps I do, once in a new place, consists in visiting the local market.
    That's the best way to get, all at once, a full immersion in local activites, colours, smell, tastes, sounds.This time the hotel I stayed in was really close to the market, so I enjoyed even more, as, I could go there walking.

    Fondest memory: The market is a perfect place to have a meal or drink something and watching local life passing around.There is a part mostly used by locals where you find food, flowers and so on, and a more touristic part where you can find local crafts.

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    Bathrooms at Angkor Wat

    by Etoile2B Updated Sep 17, 2007

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    Fondest memory: There are several options for public bathrooms at Angkor Wat. If you are standing with your back to Angkor Wat there are vendors and food stalls are located to the right inside the complex. There is also an active monastery near the stalls with public bathrooms, but be sure you have money with you, as the children of the monastery will lead you to the bathrooms and then request payment, but this money goes to the monastery. There is also a public bathroom on the opposite side of the complex directly across from the monastery and vendors. This stall was free of charge and lacked tourists.

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