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Communication Facilities


The landline system is very limited and covers only Phnom Penh and the provincial capitals, though there is an extensive mobile system served by four networks. All telephone numbers are six digits with a three-digit prefix. Each province has its own prefix (Phnom Penh is 023, Siem Reap is 063, Sihanoukville is 034) and each of the mobile networks uses a different prefix. If calling between provinces or a different mobile network, you have to dial the prefix. If calling from outside Cambodia, the country code is 855 and the initial ‘0’ of the prefix is omitted.

Public phone booths consist of someone with a handful of mobile phones, at least one for each network. You tell them the number you’re calling and you’ll be handed a phone. Rates are about 300 riels a minute. There are also international public phones around Phnom Penh. Be forewarned, Cambodia is one of the most expensive countries in the world to make an international call from, so Internet cafes do a booming business with Internet phones — there’s an annoying delay, but it is much cheaper.

Internet access

There are net cafes in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with prices ranging from fifty cents to $2 per hour. The connection is pretty slow, and there is nothing they can do about it, so complaining will get you nowhere.