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    Donate blood at Angkor Hospital for Children

    by sheenags Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you're in Siem Reap and you want to do something a little different, go to the Angkor Hospital fro Children and take a free guided tour and donate some blood for the children. It's perfectly safe and you'll even get a t-shirt and a coke for your trouble! The hospital is an NGO-run organisation that provide virtually free treatment for the poor. For more information see http://angkorhospital.org/default.php

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    Seeing Hands massage

    by flowersinlondon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Try the Seeing hands massage. Its done by people who are blind and are trained to be massage therapists.

    There are many of them in Phnom Penh and some of them are registered charities. Give it a try. It does not cost the earth and they are good. Best way to relax after a long day of sight seeing.

    http://www.massagemag.com/Magazine/2003/issue106/ttalk106.php

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    Visit the schools and orphanages

    by StephanB Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are so many children and families that need help in Cambodia that one could easily spend a majority of their time just visiting these places. You meet the most amazing people doing some incredible things. The Battambang Street Family Center was one of the best programs we have ever visited. They helped street families get a vocation and housing.

    Children at the center Small orphanage outside Phnom Penh Playing with some of the younger kids All the schools need supplies, don't give money.

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    SCUBA Diving

    by mashed_NZ Written Nov 7, 2010

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    So far I have lived on a small island off the west coast of Cambodia called Koh Rong Samloem. It is virtually an untouched paradise with just a small fishing village and a marine conservation company there. We have volunteers coming from all over the world to help with marine conservation as well as many other projects such as teaching Khmer kids english.

    You can head to Sihanoukville and stay at a very reasonable and comfortable hotel called the Small Hotel for as little as USD$15 per night which has air con, hot showers and DVD players in all the rooms.

    To get out to the island, you can just contact myself or you can talk to the staff at the Small Hotel and they can help you with getting there.

    A view of Koh Koun (our diving island) One of the bungalows A view of the main drag into the village A seahorse that we rescued Khmer dancing with the locals and volunteers
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  • Great tour guide.

    by jetset088 Written Apr 20, 2010

    I would stay at least a week. Well worth it! My tour guide was awesome and has been doing tours for the last 12 or so years. He gave history on everything, and i mean everything.

    Anyway, you hit upon the right places to see. You could also throw in the tonle sap lake and floating villiage. all worth it.

    if you want to book him, just hit him up at: global-explore.com/cambodia

    I think this is his direct page that I booked with him on.

    Enjoy!

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    Extra, extra, read all about it.

    by planxty Written Mar 13, 2010

    OK, sorry, I couldn't resist a reference to the Who's Tommy in the title here. It is obviously a reference to newspapers, in this case the Phnom Penh Post, the English daily in the country, which makes for a very interesting read. For those of you used to cutting edge Western investigative journalism, you may be disappointed. I find, however, that it gives a fascinating insight into daily life in the Kingdom and moreso into the system that requires certain standards of journalism.

    Much of the content is lifted straight from the wires of Reuters, AFP etc. but there are stories translated from local regional papers, some of which are so banal as to not merit inclusion in the Kettering Pig Breeders Quarterly and some, whilst undoubtedly tragic, rendered into English in such a way that I cannot help but smile at them.

    The weekend edition does include a half decent lifestyle magazine and it is certainly worth the few riel it costs to buy it. If you can't find it, most decent bars and restaurants will have today's edition.

    Newspaper, Cambodia.

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  • The Cambodian Children's Painting Project

    by JLS1234 Written Dec 22, 2009

    The Cambodian Children's Painting Project
    Visit the Cambodian Children's Painting Project (CCPP). CCPP is a NGO located on Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville. The project works with impoverished Cambodian children. Together with volunteers the children create art which is then sold to help support the children's families and the project itself. As part of the project children are provided with access to education, painting materials, sport activities, two meals a day, medical assistance and dental assistance. Social workers are employed to work with the children's families. You can help by becoming a volunteer, donating painting materials, buying a painting, donating money or by holding an exhibition of the children's art. Visit their website htpp://www.letuscreate.org for more information.

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    Ta Prohm

    by bijo69 Updated Nov 5, 2009

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    This temple was left over to the jungle completely! The French discoverers decided to leave one temple like they found the whole complex. Ta Prohm was built at the end of the 12th century by JayavarmanIII and was a Buddhist monastery .
    It really has a special athmosphere! Don't miss it!

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  • exploring Angkor

    by seagypsy Written Sep 13, 2009

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    3. Very easy to exchange U$ into Cambodia riel so no need to exchange in advance (not even sure if it's internationally exchanged/traded).

    2. Yes, with a party of 5, it's best to have a car or van to get around. You don't really need a guide since the driver knows all the places. You can pick up a good Angkor guide at the market or get one in advance. Dawn Rooney and Michael Freeman both have very good guidebooks on Angkor's many temples. If you buy there, then look carefully at the book/s since some are poor photocopies.

    1. Eventhough you've only got 2 full days, I'd concentrate on the major ones within the small circuit: Angkor Wat of course, Angkor Thom (multip places all worth visits such as the Bayon, Phimeanankis, Terrace of the Elephant King, etc), Preah Khan, Ta Phrom, etc.
    This is quite subjective but since the Women's Citadel or Banteay Srei is now roped off from access to the most detailed structures, and since it's quite a distance with added cost and time, I'd skip it for this trip.
    Also recommend getting up early one day for sunrise and ask the driver to take you to the East Gate / entrance of Angkor Wat.
    As to catching sunset on the first day, sure why not. Once you get settled into your rooms, drop the bags and head on up to the back of Angkor Wat or the every crowded Phnom Bakheng / sunset temple.
    You can save the evenings to explore the town of Siem Reap.

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    The Royal Palace

    by piglet44 Written Jul 20, 2009

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    The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is like a mini version of the one in Bangkok. It was originally built in 1434 butthen destroyed and rebuilt again in 1866.It is 435m long and 421 m wide with a high wall. However some of the areas are not open to the public. The Silver Pagoda is particularly impressive.

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    Go to a Market

    by piglet44 Written Jul 19, 2009

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    There are loads of fascinating markets in Cambodia.In Siem Reap there is the Old Market and the Night Market. In Siem Reap town on the way back into town from the Angkor Temple area there is a market on the left hand side of the road. I don't know its name but it is just the local market for the people,not a tourist market. Stop off and stroll around and you will see lots of interesting sights and smell interesting smells. We were amused that the local sellers had their babies sleeping strung up in hammocks between the stalls.you can find lots of fruits,vegetables,fish and household goods for very cheap there.

    baby in hammock
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    Apsara dancing

    by piglet44 Updated Jul 16, 2009

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    Maybe it's a little touristy but we decided to go to the Apsara dance show and meal given in a hotel in Siem Reap.Our guide got us the tickets and took us there.Actually it was pretty enjoyable and the food choices were immense,it was a buffet with loads of different things to choose from.We had just got inside and sat down when the rain came pouring down so we were happy to be inside watching the show for the next hour and relaxing.It made a nice change from tramping round the temples in the sweltering June heat.
    you can read about this form of dance on the link below which is the most informative source I know of information about Siem Reap and Cambodia generally.
    I am not sure of the name of the restaurant where we saw the show, but your hotel or guide will be happy to book tickets for you.

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    Stilt Village of Kompong Phluk

    by piglet44 Written Jul 16, 2009

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    when you are tired of temples it's a good idea to take a morning off and go to see the stilt villages on the Tonle Sap lake.We went to Kompong Phluk which is further away from Siem Reap and therefore more difficult to reach but apparently also less touristy than the closer village.WE had to get to the lake by motorcycle because it was rainy season,and then from there take a boat up to the village. It was really interesting on the way to see the flooded forest trees growing out of the salt water,and see all the life on the river.You see floating pig cages, floating washing lines, people fishing and kids playing and bathing in the water.The village itself is small and lots of 'small guides' will be willing to show you round and practice their English on you. The small schoolhouse was interesting too,and if you have the inclination you can try and teach the kids a song.
    all very enjoyable. Our guide from Amazing Angkor fixed up the whole thing for us for $65 for two of us. NOt sure if that was a good price but we were happy.It is near the Rolous temple group so you could combine the day with that. Or go to Bantey Sreay afterwards,as we did.

    pig in a cage stilt houses
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    Temples,temples ,temples

    by piglet44 Written Jul 16, 2009

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    If you take a good guide you can manage to see the main temples in around 3 days.
    The temple pass is for 1,3 or 7 days.
    Clearly 1 is not enough and 7 is too much for many people as you get sated after a while and can't remember what you have seen.So I think 3 is a good option for most visitors (except specialist archaeologists maybe)
    Your guide can organize the pass for you.You don't need a photo ,as they take your photo at the ticket office.But remember to keep your pass on you all the time ,or you won't get admitted to the temple sites.
    The times of day you see the temples can greatly influence your impression,so if you have time to go back to one again,it's good. The light and weather changes how things appear.

    Bayon Temple carvings at Angkor Wat Angkor in the rain
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    Kampong Cham

    by zuhur Written May 16, 2009

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    This is provincial town to the north-northwest of Phnom Penh. Takes about 4 hours to drive
    there. Also on the Mekong. Center of town has a snake-like sculpture - 5 minutes right over the river, to the left, very nice restaurant on stilts.

    I visited the provincial town hall where we met, and then the center for the Ministry of Women's Affairs, pleasant garden!

    Stayed in a perfectly clean hotel for $20 -called Lea Vireaksa - however no breakfast there.
    But for that, just across the main traffic circle, there was a restaurant.

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