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Cambodia - corruption at Poipet. Don't pay the bribe!

Posted by IvanaCZ on 24/4/2013 at 03:07

If you're going to Cambodia it is very likely that the officers will demand a bribe. We crossed into Camb. from Thailand at Poipet and experienced all of the scams mentioned elsewhere on the net. At the visa counter the officer told us that the visa costs $20 + 100 Bhat. I pointed at the sign above his head reading : tourist visa $20. He repeated the same thing 3 times and I did the same, adding that 100Bhat is a bribe which I refuse to pay. After this short exchange he gave up and gave us our v ...

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Volunteering post-floods

Posted by Tessa123 on 5/11/2011 at 03:08

Does anyone know of any organisations that need volunteers to help with post-flood work in Cambodia? We would like to help but don't have the money to donate. ...

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Viewed 2,719 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Flauresent on 26/5/2013 at 09:07

Orphanages in Cambodia

Posted by Nokka on 25/10/2010 at 00:50

There is news this weekend of a British man being arrested for sex offences against children in orphanages he ran near Siem Reap . When my wife and I were in Siem Reap last February we went to one of the orphanages on the outskirts of town. When eating in a restaurant the night before we received a flyer about how visitors were welcome the next day to meet the kids and watch them do a show. We cycled out there, a further 10 or so westerners also arrived. We played and talked with the kids and ...

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Viewed 7,691 times, with 33 replies. Last reply by Flauresent on 26/5/2013 at 08:38

Where to take my boyfriend for his first SE Asian experience?

Posted by gingergirl on 17/5/2013 at 01:49

Ok so I am taking my new partner to SE Asia for the first time. He has never even been out of Sydney , let alone the country. , on the other hand , have been to Se Asia 5 times, so I am fairly familiar with what to expect. The problem being I am not sure where would be a good introduction to travelling in SE Asia for a city boy. I would love to go to Cambodia again, but I am worried it will be too much of a culture shock for him. I am thinking Thailand or Vietnam might be a better destination f ...

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Silk In Cambodia

Posted by NYTim on 22/5/2013 at 09:50

I travel alone to South East Asia as my wife does not enjoy the food; however, she insists that I buy her silk scarves. Can anyone tell me the best place anywhere in Cambodia that I can purchase them at reasonable prices. Cheers ...

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Upcoming 2013 Elections in Cambodia

Posted by CarolynTru on 14/5/2013 at 05:32

Hi Everyone! I'm currently considering an extended stay in Phnom Penh working for an NGO. But in light of the upcoming elections, should I be concerned about violence at political demonstrations or even the possibility of a civil war (or is this just the media taking things out of context and blowing things way out of proportion)? Are there any expats, NGO workers or other travelers out there who would be willing to provide their insights on this? Thanks guys! Carolyn ...

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Best Beach in Cambodia in July

Posted by SpaceCadet on 8/4/2013 at 14:53

Hi Everyone, I am traveling to Cambodia in the last week of June/First two weeks of july and hoping to do Cambodia and Southern Vietnam, I'm looking for advice on the best beach to go to for a few days in the middle, we are a young couple, and just looking to relax somewhere for a few days - nice beach/pool, good food and chilled out and maybe scope to do some hiking or other activities..We have been looking at Silkhanoville, Kep, and Kampot, and are not sure which to pick.... and what will th ...

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Islands/Beaches in Cambodia

Posted by ybg on 17/4/2013 at 20:22

Hi all I've been searching the web trying to understand the state of the beaches and which island/beach would be good for us... i understand that there is a problem with sand flies in Koh Rong etc and also that there is a lot of garbage on the beaches wahsed from the sea... i would like to know which beaches: -don't have sand flies -have calm waters - preferably have no rocks in the water on the beach Thanks ...

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Cambodia, Veitnam, Malaysia, Indonesia

Posted by inny on 17/4/2013 at 18:38

Hi, I'm new to the site and just looking for some advice. I'm planning on travelling by myself this summer for around 2 months (June-August) around those 4 countries. I know its quite unconventional to do these without doing Thailand, but I travelled around Thailand last summer for a month and fell in love with South East Asia and wanted to go back and do more as soon as possible. I'm a 20 year old male student and plan to be travelling by myself on a relatively cheap budget. If you've got the t ...

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Quickest way from Siem Reap to Perhentian Islands....

Posted by doidgeandpleach on 29/4/2013 at 06:45

I've managed to produce a travel Itinerary for a 6 week stay around Southeast Asia . And now I'm completely stumped. I need to get from Siem Reap to the Perhentian Islands as quickly (and as cheaply) as possible, so that me and my fellow travel partner can spend at least 8 days sunning ourselves and island hopping after a hectic few weeks sight-seeing. Having looked at some flights, it seems we can get a flight to an airport nearby (Kota Bharu), and then a boat ride to our island of choice. ...

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Viewed 4,273 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 4/5/2013 at 05:21

Siem Reap in October

Posted by turbodieselvw on 21/4/2013 at 13:50

It looks like the month of October falls in between the end of the wet season and the start of the dry season in Siem Reap . Does anyone know what type of weather to expect for travelling in Siem Reap in October; would there be lots of rain or not much? Thanks! ...

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Cambodia - prices of street food in Siem Reap

Posted by IvanaCZ on 24/4/2013 at 03:37

I have a very bad experience with Siem Reap as we had to haggle over the price of everything there since they automatically charge foreigners double, sometimes even 4times the normal price. What's even worse is that even when you know for a fact how much something costs (because you saw the locals pay or you asked somebody) they sometimes refuse to sell it to you for the fair price. One example for all: I asked about the price of a cantaloupe on the road to Angkor and was told $2. I pointe ...

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Viewed 11,014 times, with 40 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 4/5/2013 at 04:11

Southeast Asia Questions

Posted by dspudwill on 28/4/2013 at 21:20

Hi everybody. Me and three others are planning a trip to Southeast Asia. We are deciding on where we should go and our biggest issues is we can't decide how long it takes to get everywhere. We are thinking we want to take the bus most places and we have heard it takes a long time, but nothing much more specific than that. We have a weak itinerary that we have made up but we are not sure if we have packed to much into the time we have or maybe not enough. Our trip is going to last exactly three w ...

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Cambodia bus scam - Poipet to Siem Reap

Posted by IvanaCZ on 24/4/2013 at 02:43

We crossed the border into Cambodia at Poipet, where a free bus took us to the bus station. The only options were to take a bus for $9 ( which is expensive. Later we found out that for $9 you can go all the way from Bangkok to Siem Reap ) or the more expensive van and taxi. We decided for the bus even though we were pretty sure they were ripping us off but we didn't see any other option. The bus was supposed to leave at 2 but didn't get going until 3:15. All that time they had us sitting in ...

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Viewed 11,575 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by JaiYen88 on 25/4/2013 at 11:50

Pattaya to Sihanouk Ville by car

Posted by spaye27 on 21/4/2013 at 02:45

Hi all, I'm planning a trip to Cambodia in early August. Will be in Pattaya for the first week and then I'm planning to hop over the border to Cambodia. Was hoping to be able to rent a car and drive there and back - has any done this/is it possible. I read something about it only being allowed if you owned the car. Also, is Sihanoukville worth the trip? Or can you suggest some other places to go. Any help would be appreciated - total noob to Cambodia and have only done the usual hotspots i ...

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Sihanoukville or Kep/Rabbit Island ?

Posted by nickolt on 15/3/2011 at 10:44

Hello. My bf and I are currentley in Siem Riep. We are planning to go to Battambang tomorrow, then on to PP. We were wondering what your thoughts are on sinoukville or kep&rabbit island. We were originally planning to go to Sihanoukville, but have come across a few travellers who have said its really sleezy, with lots of child prostituion evident, etc. We're not looking to party, just relax on some nice beaches, eat a few good meals. So where would you go if you had the choice? ALso, if a ...

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Psilocybin mushrooms in Siem Reap

Posted by ThaiStick on 17/4/2013 at 01:19

Hello everyone. I am going to Siem Reap soon to visit the Angkor Wat and was highly interested in Psilocybin mushrooms. Cambodia being a good breeding ground for the species Cambodia cubensis, I would like to partake in a spiritual experience at the ruins with some deep-minded meditation. I am aware of the attitude towards mind-altering chemicals in Cambodia so don't waste your time telling me of the consequences. It has come to my awareness that ''mushroom shakes'' are sold openly in Cambod ...

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Viewed 17,200 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Lalo27 on 21/4/2013 at 01:42

Getting from Siem to Stung Treng

Posted by jeeeebus on 14/4/2013 at 12:20

I will be travelling Cambodia in June to early July this year. I intend to travel from Siem Reap to Stung Treng and then cross the border into Laos. Can you advise me on the availability of transport and possible route(s). tks ...

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share taxi Siem Reap to Poipet 16.04.13

Posted by Hungrytraveller on 13/4/2013 at 22:57

Hi, Is anyone interested in a share taxi from Siem Reap to Poipet on the 16.04.13? We could also go a day later. Thanks ...

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Orphanage tourism

Posted by fondo on 7/4/2013 at 19:13

Here's an article from Melbourne's Age newspaper that discusses orphange tourism in Cambodia. Well worth a read: ...

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