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Khmer New Year - Phnom Penh

Posted by RachelW on 11/3/2010 at 03:53

So I am going to be spending Khmer New Year (April 13-15) in PP. Probably travelling from Battambang at the start. Anybody got any ideas about how to celebrate it with the locals? I will probably be doing the usual sights (royal palace and wildlife tour etc) but would like to go wherever the celebrations are good aswell. Also is it wrong to come prepared with talcum powder to take revenge on any locals that might soak me or douse me in it? ...

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Dong to dollars

Posted by foieslinger on 2/2/2010 at 21:34

Crossing from Vietnam into Cambodia tomorrow, can I exchange my remaining Dong into US dollars at the border? ...

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Tonle Sap Lake

Posted by TomHK on 10/3/2010 at 05:36

Hi, I was thinking about methods of getting from Siem Reap - Kompong Cham or Phnom Penh. Would taking a boat from the NW to the SE of Lake Tonle Sap be an option? If so, how much could I expect to pay, and how much would time would it add to the journey? Any advice much appreciated. Thanks, Tom ...

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Away from the tourist ghetto in Siem Reap

Posted by choobydoo on 23/12/2006 at 16:13

Hello all travellers, Here is a little hint for those who have legs and a brain... Tired of the ghetto of Pub Street (a smaller Kao San Road in Siem Reap, with security agents preventing the Khmer from coming in...), I crossed the river and looked for places where you're not seating right in the middle of the street, and found a different Siem Reap.... The streets are much calmer, you're not hassled by massage girls or tuk-tuks and there is some green... Already much better... Then, in ...

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Cambodia visa in Sai Gon / HCMC

Posted by Archmichael on 18/3/2010 at 10:30

Has anyone had recent experience obtaining a visa at the Cambodian consulate in Sai Gon / HCMC? Quick turn-around or come back next day? I realize visas are available on arrival to Cambodia, but we are entering at a small crossing (O'Yadao, b'twn Plei Ku and Ban Lung), and would like to have the visa in hand when we get there. (Though I know this is an option, we don't much fancy mailing our passports off to the Cambodian Embassy where we live.) Thanks! ...

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bangkok to siem reap, march 28, join me

Posted by andrewryan on 22/3/2010 at 03:21

I have done the trip before so I know a good way. I will be taking the 430 am gambling bus to poipet border on March 28 -- it leaves from 430 am from rama 4 ,in front of lumpini park, about half way between silom and sathorn (just ask for poipet). Chances are I (Andrew) will be the only other farang there so easy to find. Advantages Earliest so little or no border delay. Only 200 baht. Goes directly to border , so no tuk tuk needed, no fake border, no forced currency transaction, no vi ...

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Ko Rong

Posted by RachelW on 26/3/2010 at 16:29

Has anyone been here recently? Everything I seem to find is from a few years ago saying that you have to camp to stay there and I am slightly worried by the website saying it is being 'developed'. I would like to spent a night or two here in April but if I can't find anything solid may have to opt for Bamboo Island... ...

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Can anyone help on itinerary Thailand-Siem Reap for 4 days

Posted by pet_united on 27/3/2010 at 15:25

Hi all, I'm Indonesian planning a trip with my bf around Sept-Oct 2010. Haven't booked anything yet. Plan for a 5 days budget trip on Bangkok (3 days) and Siem Reap (2 days). Plane arrive & depart on Bangkok. Is it good if on day 2 We take a bus from Bkk to SR, sightseeing to Angkor Wat, and return to Bkk on day 4? How many hours we need from Bkk to SR? Don't want to waste time on road. And can somebody tell me the total cost of the trip in detail? Is it true that train will take too l ...

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booking flights when in cambodia

Posted by laallee on 26/3/2010 at 01:14

we plan to book our flights from PP-SR-HCMC whilst in cambodia, leaving a 48 hr window between flights, will this be feasible in july and will it be less expensive than using a uk agent. we tried it in 2009 in vietnam and it was cheap and easy using vietnam airlines, thanks, lee. ...

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shared taxi SR to border on Sunday (4) or Monday 5

Posted by andrewryan on 1/4/2010 at 10:31

I will be going by taxi (reasoanbly priced Camry, the same one I took from Poipet to SR earlier this week) to the border on Sunday or Monday, looking for 1-3 (2 ideal) people to share the ride, email me if interested. I also have info on the various bus option to Bangkok -- including the gambling bus from the border, other bus from the border, and buses from the Aranya bus station, or taxis from the border (possibly saves a couple of hours, but at 1900 baht is more than I c ...

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Cambodia in April

Posted by shaydan_01 on 14/3/2010 at 18:11

Hi everyone, My partner and I are landing in Cambodia April 20th and spending about a month - month 1/2 exploring the country. As I understand it is the hottest time of the year and I am wondering if we are better off heading away from Siem Reap (where we land) to some cooler areas before coming back mid-late June to do Angkor Wat. Will the climate change much during this period? If anyone has some suggestions of better places to be at this time of year in Cambodia then please let me ...

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Posted by valleylady on 5/4/2010 at 22:34

we will be travelling for 5 wks.arrive bangkok then overland to cambodia and onto vietnam,,,been to thailand many times,but would be grateful for iteneries,transport,border crossins etc for the other 2 destinations.will be arriving by air into and out off thailand with 30 dAY visa on arrival.thanks ...

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Viewed 2,600 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by valleylady on 16/9/2010 at 09:43

phnom phen -siem riep forth and back

Posted by chimik72 on 10/1/2007 at 21:39

hi to travelfish, please advice where i could taxi for the drie phnom -phen to siem riep,and how much it could cost, and what is a schedulle of fast boats from siem riep to phnom-phen in march 2007. thanks and best wishes. ...

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Effordable international school in Phnom Phen?

Posted by thewayitis on 22/4/2010 at 02:26

Hi all, anybody have an advice?The ones we saw in the internet are serveral thousand $$$ per year. We know a good one in Sihanoukville for 35$ per month and would be glad to find a correspondent in Phnom Phen in this price range. Another solution would be to choose a more expensive one and get a discount through an employment as english teacher.We arrive in Cambodia end of August and will stay probably for good,but at least a couple of years and are looking for work in this field anyway. T ...

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Postage Stamp Scam

Posted by borisborough on 1/2/2010 at 02:43

I'm not sure anyone else has experienced this but it seems like the postal workers at the post office in Shanook Bvd in Phnom Penh are working a scam on tourists. I wanted to post three written postcards (yes, old-fashioned but it's what the oldies want) from Cambodia to the UK and New Zealand. The board behind the counter clearly states that postcard stamps to Europe and Oceania are 2800r and that America is 3000r. When I requested three postcard stamps for Europe I was asked for 9000r ...

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From Bangkok To Battambang

Posted by dardar on 4/6/2007 at 11:59

Hi all, i'm planning to get to cambodia from bbk. I was wondering if i can get a bus from bbk to battambang? and if so how much time does it take and what is the price? ...

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School/orphanage for children with additional needs?

Posted by coopsnpeps on 28/3/2010 at 04:57

Hi there, When we travel to Siem REap in November we are hoping to visit a school or orphanage that caters for children with additional needs, in particular physical disabilities. Can anyone suggest a program/group/organisation that would benefit from some supplies and a visit? Cheers Bron ...

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Bag Snatching in Phnom Penh

Posted by themildcat on 19/4/2010 at 16:11

A warning to you all, especially girls with shoulder bags. Mine was physically ripped off my body by two guys on a moto. It had my passport and all my credit cards etc in it. I know there are warnings about this but my bag strap was quite thick, maybe they even sliced it. A scarier thought. When I went to the embassy it was full of other people trying to get a new passport because they too had been bag snatched. It's rife. Leave your **** at home!!! ...

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Recent Preah Vihear experiences?

Posted by Lother on 24/4/2010 at 04:15

Has anybody been to Prasat Preah Vihear recently from the Cambodian side? We're planning to check out NW Cambodia and Preah Vihear in early July and are wondering about the best route and conditions during the wet season. The plan is to travel to Tbeng Meanchey and continue from there to Anlong Veng and onwards to Thailand, but is it then better to visit Preah Vihear from TB or AV? ...

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12 days trip: Cambodia or Vietnam?

Posted by manols on 4/5/2010 at 18:47

Hello everyone, I have a break of 12 days and wants to travel to South East Asia. Departure: 10 May! I'm based in HK at the moment and checked the flights fares, best deal for me would be to go to Hanoi or Pnom Penh through Singapore.. I have only 12 days.. Short! For Vietnam, my plan would be to start in Hanoi & surroundings to Saigon.. I am a bit afraid it's gonna be short though, then thinking to stop in mid-way and go reverse? What do you think? For Cambodia, as I believe it ...

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