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#1 KennyF


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 7:18 PM

Which I'll add to from time to time.
First impresion after the first couple of days? Like Thailand 25 years ago.. In other words, nice.
Sorry to say, PP is well advanced on Cebu and ten times cleaner and more liveable than Manila.
People seem to be very nice, English spoken most places.
Regular booze in mini marts, $15 for Bacardi, JW red etc. Jack Daniels $18, Gentleeman Jack and Makers Mark $20.
Marlbro etc about $1.20, local brands half that.
30 day tourist visa available at the border for $25 inc' fee and can be extended once for 30 days more.
Business visa at the border a bit dearer and can be extended 12 months at a time WITH NO NEED TO EXIT THE COUNTRY.'
That's rright, I've met guys here who have not left the country for 10 years and further more, don't have a business.

Twelve months costs $280 or thereabouts aand this is the visa most expats use even when working.
Lots of work managing bars and restaurants at about $1000 month plus keep, food and drinks.
Teachers in short supply.

Draught mug in most places $1.00 to $1.50.
There are, by the way, more than 100 bars in PP and almost as many restaurants.
All cater to western folk.

Ask an y questions if you like and I'll try to answer.

Curency is officially the Rial but most people use $US. (40 rial to $1.00)
ATM machined dispence $US only.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 8:26 PM

I used to go quite a bit, mostly on visa runs but sometimes for up to a month. But I haven't been there since February 09 and you just know it will change really fast. Food is not as good as in Thailand, though it's better than the Philippines. I used to buy bottles of vodka at ridiculously low prices - something like $7 for a 70cl bottle of Smirnoff. Accommodation was always excellent value, good aircon rooms, with a fridge and cable, for $10-12 in PP - I would expect it to have gone up by now to maybe $14 or 15. In Manila, the same room would be about $40, in Cebu, $30. Nightlife in Phnom Penh is just unbelievable really, and i know what you mean about it being a bit like Thailand 25 years ago, even though that was well before my time. Khmers are just a hard people to figure out though. I've talked to people that have lived there for years and they said they still hadn't got a clue about what makes them tick. I could see what they meant. On a visa run, even though I could have much more easily just gone to the border and back, and cheaper, I preferred always to fly into Phnom Penh. The airport has i think the only official motorcycle taxi service in the world. You go to a counter, pay the money, you get a voucher and get on the back of a motorcycle, and whizz into town. It cost $2.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 8:56 PM

Can you give some info on what airline, price, hotels, how long did you stay? A trip report please.


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 11:49 PM

Yes and how about nice small apt cost ? Also cost of simple meals, also elec cost.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:17 AM

Great info! I'm interested in Cambodia and will be looking forward to more installments.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:29 AM

I spent 12 days in Cambodia in 2009 and loved it. It was as Kenny said, cleaner and more organised than the Philippines. The people are wonderfully friendly considering their somewhat depressing past.

Siem reap is also very beautiful. Food prices were great. Less than $2 for a good meal.

Would love to visit again. Interested in other living costs such as rent and electric.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:38 AM

Yup, what everybody else said! Plus how are the girls? Friendly?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:03 PM

Air Asia to Kuala Lumpur from Clark about $100.00 US

Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh by Air Asia right now less then $100.00US

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 1:55 PM

I spent some time in Cambodia and enjoyed it. Stayed at a friends place so had use of his motorcycles and cars, people were nice and like others have said it was clean and well organized compared to the PI. In the larger cities English is spoken but out in the country I needed a interpreter many times.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 3:14 PM

How does safety in Phnom Penh compare to metro Cebu City?

Marathon Man (1976 movie)
Szell: "Is it safe?... Is it safe?"


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