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Old 28-06-2017, 10:10 PM   #1
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Need advice on Cambodia

I am planning a trip to Cambodia and I would appreciate if anyone can give me a few pointers on cambodia:

1) difference between siam reap airport and phnom Penh airport

2) no uber there. So how to move around safely?

3) famous places to visit? Any places with strong recommendations

4) recommended accomodation places

5) local practices and hazards - use usd? Scams? Language barriers? Other things to take note? Use of wireless reliable? Or better to get overseas router?

Any advice appreciated. Thanks..

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Old 29-06-2017, 12:57 AM   #2
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I am planning a trip to Cambodia and I would appreciate if anyone can give me a few pointers on cambodia:

1) difference between siam reap airport and phnom Penh airport

2) no uber there. So how to move around safely?

3) famous places to visit? Any places with strong recommendations

4) recommended accomodation places

5) local practices and hazards - use usd? Scams? Language barriers? Other things to take note? Use of wireless reliable? Or better to get overseas router?

Any advice appreciated. Thanks..
Flying there soon...
Not much places to venture around in phnom penh ...
airport transfer @ 12usd (lexus), 10usd (tuk tuk)

booked a day tour :
4 hours @ 25usd (lexus), 20usd (tuk tuk)
6 hours @ 35usd (lexus), 25usd (tuk tuk)
8 hours @ 50usd (lexus), 30usd (tuk tuk)

Hotel prices relatively cheap compared to bangkok ...
would expect phnom penh to be similiar to hcm ...
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Old 29-06-2017, 01:00 AM   #3
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Scams:
(A) Police scam - avoid people saying they are police (fake police)
(B) Visa scam - they would ask about ur visa , etc
(c) same country scam - Someone approach you ask where u from ... Then they will say they have a sister working there, then chit chat with u ... etc

(d) milk scam - they partner with the store seller . You help them buy milk powder. Then they would return back to the seller and get cash.
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Old 29-06-2017, 01:14 AM   #4
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Dont eat their fish as its from Mekong River which they **** into. Also dont eat the fish raw as it contain many parasites which will stay in your body and cause cancer. Watch CNA report today
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Old 29-06-2017, 09:34 AM   #5
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Dont eat their fish as its from Mekong River which they **** into. Also dont eat the fish raw as it contain many parasites which will stay in your body and cause cancer. Watch CNA report today
Thanks for the tips, seems like many things to take note when flying to cambodia ...
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Old 29-06-2017, 03:11 PM   #6
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I am planning a trip to Cambodia and I would appreciate if anyone can give me a few pointers on cambodia:

1) difference between siam reap airport and phnom Penh airport

2) no uber there. So how to move around safely?

3) famous places to visit? Any places with strong recommendations

4) recommended accomodation places

5) local practices and hazards - use usd? Scams? Language barriers? Other things to take note? Use of wireless reliable? Or better to get overseas router?

Any advice appreciated. Thanks..
If your stomach is not strong, eat only at restaurants. For me, I can eat at the market but cooked food.
So long the food is cooked hot and you can see it being cooked, it is pretty safe to eat.
Just stay away from large crowds gathering in the streets as sometimes could be some protests.
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Old 29-06-2017, 03:34 PM   #7
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Basically, all foods above 60C is safe, as 5C to 60C the bacteria very active.
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Old 29-06-2017, 10:02 PM   #8
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I am planning a trip to Cambodia and I would appreciate if anyone can give me a few pointers on cambodia:

2) no uber there. So how to move around safely?

3) famous places to visit? Any places with strong recommendations
tuk-tuk; negotiate your fare.

https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Phnom_Penh
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Siem_Reap
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Old 30-06-2017, 01:19 PM   #9
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Don't give money to children beggars, or children selling post cards. They are being exploited by their parents. Schooling is not compulsory in Cambodia so if their parents see kids bringing money in, they will never go to school, and will forever be uneducated. Do your best to say no to those dole eyes.
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Many Cambodians are desperately poor. 1-2 dollars is no big deal to us but could mean the family eats or goes hungry. Average income is US$3+ a day, which means there are many people who make even less than that. This is the reality of poor countries.

If you don't want to give money, maybe try to make the kids happy by giving them candy or buying them a soft drink. They love cold drinks on a hot day as they cannot afford them on their own. Obviously, you can only do this if there are aren't many kids around.


Don't give money to children beggars, or children selling post cards. They are being exploited by their parents. Schooling is not compulsory in Cambodia so if their parents see kids bringing money in, they will never go to school, and will forever be uneducated. Do your best to say no to those dole eyes.
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Old 02-07-2017, 06:45 PM   #11
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went there , just came back ...
most of the tuk tuk asked for 3usd ...
only managed to bargan to 2.5usd ...
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Old 02-07-2017, 06:46 PM   #12
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for sharing :

Just came back from phnom penh ...

tuk tuk is the most common transport in pp ...
just like hcm, many motor bikes ... they come in everywhere ...

booked a driver in pp ...
toyota highlander, big boot, can put few luggages
price is 12usd one way from airport to hotel (town area) ...
we also booked 6 hours day tour by his car @ 35 usd ...

the place is very dusty, better to book a car rather than tuk tuk ...
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Old 02-07-2017, 06:49 PM   #13
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Things in PP are much mroe expensive in Signapore ...

The bigger mall is aeon ...
Expect to pay 3usd to 4usd on average for a meal (rice or noodle) at food court
More expensive than what I have expected ...

The things at the supermarket is at least 10% more expensive than in Singapore. Peel Fresh 1 litre, is about 2.20 usd or 3sgd .. here is only 2.50sgd
Coffee , like old town, price is 6.50usd or 9+sgd ... here is only 6+sgd

No macdonalds there ...
only burger king, kfc , yoshinoya, swensens, etc
2pc kfc chicken meal is 4.80usd or about 7sgd ...
3pc kfc chicken meal is 6.80usd or 9+ sgd

we were advised by our driver not to eat the street food...
our stomach wont be able to take it ...
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How much do you expect to realistically bargain over a USD3 tuk-tuk ride?
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:29 PM   #15
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How much do you expect to realistically bargain over a USD3 tuk-tuk ride?
was reading on trip advisor.
people normally bargain for 2usd, for a 10min ride by tuk tuk ...
the place i went to is also within 10 min ride by tuk tuk ...
only managed to bargain to 2.5 usd ...
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