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Old 29th March 2010, 04:45 AM
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Default Just returned from Cambodia

I have just returned from 2 months in Cambodia, so if anyone is planning on visiting this AMAZING country, please let me know and i will be delighted to give you some tips.

In Phnom Penh i stayed at the Indochine Hotel on Sisowath Quay, and used a moto driver named Ken (ph: 0236902453).

In Siem Reap, i stayed at the New Riverside Hotel and used the services of an amazing tuk tuk driver named Mr Sopheap who i would highly recommend for a visit to Angkor Wat or trips around town ph: (017354144) or csopheap90@yahoo.com
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Old 2nd April 2010, 06:37 AM
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Tara, I got all excited thinking there was a trip report to read lol, how about telling us what you did, saw, experienced etc.
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Old 19th April 2010, 05:07 AM
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Just wondering how Safe it is to visit Cambodia in terms of:

a) Personal Safety
b) Accomodations (4-Star hotels) -
c) Medically (infectous/tropical diseases + Water) etc.

I am in process of compiling a list of destinations for our annual trip abroad - we will be traveling to Asia - just wondering if Cambodia is worth a visit or not! And we can do it safely

Thanks in advance
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Old 20th April 2010, 10:33 AM
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Just wondering how Safe it is to visit Cambodia in terms of:

a) Personal Safety
b) Accomodations (4-Star hotels) -
c) Medically (infectous/tropical diseases + Water) etc.

I am in process of compiling a list of destinations for our annual trip abroad - we will be traveling to Asia - just wondering if Cambodia is worth a visit or not! And we can do it safely

Thanks in advance
1) Hi there, i was in Cambodia for 2 months as a single female traveller and i never felt my safety was compromised at all. Just use common sense ie not walking the streets alone late at night. Cambodian people are very friendly and helpful.

2) plenty of great accommodation. In Siem Reap i stayed in a place called new Riverside hotel which is just near the Angkor high school, i can get the web address. This place was amazing, not sure how many stars but brand new and rooms for around $25 per night! Transport right on your doorstep with a team of reputable tuk tuk drivers, swimming pool and free internet. The Tara Angkor is a 5 star hotel in Siem Reap. I'm not sure about Phnom Pehn. In sihanoukville i stayed Tranquility Guesthouse on Serendipity beach, bungalows for around $25 per night.

3) I had a combined Hep A and B shot and a typhoid injection. For malaria they use basically a broad spectrum antibiotic. It was overkill and i only needed it because i was teaching in remote areas.

Overall i highly highly recommend cambodia, the people will win you over so quickly!! Please dont hesitate to ask any questions :)
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Old 15th July 2010, 09:23 PM
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Tara miller,how did you travel between phnom penh and siem reap?is it comfortable by ferrry?or better by plane or bus?Do they have some luxury boats between this citys?I never been to Cambodia,but many times in Thailand,so i'm a bit concerned about security.I plan to travel alone(female 44)
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Old 15th September 2010, 08:32 PM
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Hi,

I've got couple of questions....

Tara - you stayed in hotels while in Cambodia and the prices seem good but I was wondering if there are many hostels? If so do you happen to know what they are like for cost and conditions?

I'm also interested to hear about the transport infrastructure. I'd like to travel by bus or train to see more of the country. I'll be in Cambodia Jan/Feb 2011.

Thanks.
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Old 20th September 2010, 11:39 AM
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Hi Lilly

I travelled by bus, and you can get cheap flights on Air Asia among others. I travelled between the cities many times by bus and had no problems. They vary in cost from $4 to $11 and all have air conditioning.

John, there are many many cheaper guesthouses, starting from basically free (if you want to work at the bar) Its common to find $5 per night, but some are even cheaper. In Siem Reap there is Jasmine Lodge which is very nice and you can negotiate $5 per night. I'm not sure of the name of the area in PP but there are a whole strip of guesthouses near the river, very popular with backpackers.

Was so easy to travel from city to city on bus, especially between Phnom Penh, Kep, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap and Battambang. I go back again in 5 weeks and will be visiting Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri I hope. Would also like to see the Irrawady dolphins in Kratie, so I will let you know.

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Old 21st September 2010, 09:07 PM
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm undecided on where I'll stay, I figure I should save money where I can as SE Asia is the first part of my trip. I'd also like to meet ppl along the way and assume I'll meet more ppl in hostels than hotels. Having said that with hotels being so cheap I may treat myself :)

I'm happy to use the bus service and once again the cheap cost is certainly appealing.

Is it a safe assumption to make that I don't have to book hotels/hostels in advance?

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Old 27th September 2010, 06:07 AM
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Hi John

No real need, tourism has been slow. The best part of my trip was mingling with the family of the hotel owners and the tuk tuk drivers at New Riverside where I stayed in Siem Reap. I was invited to their homes for celebrations and meals, and even attended a wedding. Regardless, you'll be hounded by tuk tuk drivers recommending a good deal, so go with the adventure.
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Old 27th September 2010, 10:37 PM
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm trying not to plan my trip down to the last detail as I want it to be more of an adventure. As I've no experience travelling I don't want to get to cocky and end up regretting not preparing enough.

It seems there's a fine line.
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