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Siem Reap Guide

March 4, 2009 by  

Siem Reap Guide Airport Located on the west of the city, Siem Reap Airport is about 20 minutes by car. With the booming tourist trade at the Angkor temples, the airport is undergoing expansion. It is a modern if basic facility and relatively trouble-free. There are taxis and motodops (motorcycle taxis) to take you from […]

Phnom Penh Guide

March 4, 2009 by  

Phnom Penh Guide Transportation Two Wheels Unless you have experience driving in Southeast Asia, hiring a motorbike is not really recommended. In Phnom Penh they frequently get stolen (and you are liable, even if it was the owner who stole it back with a spare key!!), so keep it in your guesthouse at night. A […]

Siem Reap Travel

March 4, 2009 by  

Travel to Siem Reap Siem Reap – A City Carved in Stone From the 9th to the 14th centuries, (at a time when Europe was still struggling out of the Dark Ages), the Cambodian Empire of Angkor encompassed most of present-day Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The heart of this empire during its peak in […]

Safety at Night

March 4, 2009 by  

Safety at Night While most Khmer people are relaxed and friendly, there are a few nasty folks around. The country is very poor and has experienced a lot of warfare and death, so for some, life can be pretty cheap. Nonetheless, with the proper precautions, there is no reason you can’t enjoy a safe holiday […]

Pubs & Restaurants

March 4, 2009 by  

Pubs & Restaurants Angkor Century The Olive Tree restaurant setting makes a perfect backdrop for romantic dinners, business occasions or simply for the enjoyment of fine meal. At Angkor Century Hotel. Sivatha St. Tel: (855 63) 963777 , Fax: (855 63) 963123. www.angkorcentury.com Angkor Green restaurant Good Khmer food at reasonable price ($1.5-5). Also vegetarian, […]

Money and Cards

March 4, 2009 by  

Money and Cards Upper end hotels and more posh restaurants in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh accept major credit cards — especially VISA (warning, the surcharge can be up to 7%!), but around town, cash is king. American dollars or Thai Baht are preferred over the local currency, the Riel, which is of so low […]

Communication Facilities

March 4, 2009 by  

Communication Facilities Telephone 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 […]

Bargaining

March 4, 2009 by  

Bargaining You don’t have to drive it too hard with the Khmer people. Given their recent history, they don’t tend to be very savvy business people, and with high unemployment, there is a lot of competition, so the margins are often very low. If the price seems reasonable, take it.

Air Travel

March 4, 2009 by  

Air Travel International departure tax is $20 at Pochentong, $15 at Siem Reap. Domestic departure tax is $5. The national carrier is not operating at this time, so three private airlines handle the domestic flights, which are safe enough that you don’t have to worry about it. Siem Reap Airways, which is part of Bangkok […]

Accommodations

March 4, 2009 by  

Accommodations With accommodation, you get what you pay for. Rooms can be had throughout the country for as little as $3 up to several hundred. For the lesser amount, you’ll get a thin mattress and probably a shared cold-water bathroom. Great if you’re 23 years old and have no money, but for a few dollars […]

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