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#11 udonthani

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 4:10 PM

the dating websites work just as well in Cambodia as they do in the Philippines, but you might as well confine your searches to Phnom Penh only. The city totally dominates the economic life of the nation of which it is the capital of as much as Bangkok does Thailand, and Manila does here. Very few of its inhabitants were actually born there. Together with Laos it's by far the most rapidly urbanizing south east Asian country. During the Water Festival (Loy Kratong in Thailand) around November, it seems just about everybody in the comes to the city and you can't move.

one thing that distinguishes both Cambodia and also Laos from the others is a more relaxed attitude towards narcotics though it's not as relaxed as it used to be. When I first went there 10 years ago you could buy large ounce plus bags of marijuana just at roadside market stalls, openly, for between $1 and $2, and you could smoke it if you wanted to in bars, even sitting outside with cops and soldiers looking on. That has changed and you need to be much more careful with this sort of thing now. The price has also multiplied about fifty times. Though I never stayed in the hippie backpacker area on the Tonle Sap, sometimes I used to go out there for a drink or a meal and a lot of Khmer girls would head out there looking for a disco party too - unlike the Philippines, Cambodia is on the gap year/backpacker trail, and a lot of younger westerners remain there to bum around or take English jobs. I tried to buy some weed and was amazed that nobody would sell me any for less than $20 for about an eighth of an ounce. It's the effect of all the backpackers. I gave up and just did without in the end. The backpackers will stand there for half an hour and haggle fifty cents over a room, but they'll pay anything for a smoke without a whimper.



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Posted 23 January 2012 - 6:32 PM

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 7:13 PM

Bodyguard who shot American surrenders
Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
The Phnom Penh Post
Monday, 23 January 2012

The bodyguard of a high-ranking military official was sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after he allegedly shot an American man on Saturday while escorting his superior.

Capital police chief Chuon Narin identified the bodyguard as 30-year-old Kheng Sarath, who surrendered himself to authorities on Saturday. However, the name of the high-ranking military official, who works at the Ministry of National Defence, remains unknown.

“Kheng Sarath turned himself in to the police after he shot a foreigner,” the police chief said.

He said the suspect was with his superior, driving down Norodom Boulevard at about 1:30am on Saturday morning, when the 24-year-old victim was crossing the street. The victim, who the police chief claimed was drunk, allegedly struck their vehicle with a stick.

He added that Kheng Sarath then exited the vehicle and fired his gun at the ground with the intention of frightening the victim, but the bullet ricocheted and struck the young man in the buttocks.

Sean MacIntosh, spokesman for the US embassy in Phnom Penh, said yesterday that consular officials are investigating the case.
http://www.phnompenh...surrenders.html


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Not too safe for drunk foreigners that strike passing vehicles of VIPs with a stick.


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Edited by Filbert, 23 January 2012 - 7:15 PM .


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 8:05 PM

I am absolutely sure the Cambodia police are equally as competent as the PNP. Justice will prevail. Actually they hit a target albeit via richochet.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 8:17 PM

I' staaying at The Pickled Parrot on street 104 and I'm paying $15.00 per night.
Includes A BATH, hot water, air co and free wifi.
The room is similar to the new Kiwi Lodge rooms, say, 4 star, and more than enough. They're new to so clean as a whistle.
Beer at the bar $1.25. A box of 24 cans sent to the room to stock up the mini fridgee is just $22.00.
A decent western meal downstairs in the restaurant is $4 to $7 depending.
Lot's of bars and restaurants offer specials on both food and drink.
The Cavern bar across the road does ribs for $5 and beer at $1,25, buy 2 and get 3.

A few members have asked for flight details and costs which I can't help with as I dont know where they are flying from.My
fare was about $700 return fron Coolangatta on the Aussie Gold Coast.
KL to here is about $80 to $100. BKK to here a little more.

I see the benifitts as....
A n extended visa at a cheaper price
The ability to work. A work visa is given for the asking and there is no limit to what work (if any) you plan to do.
Weed, for those that want it.
Cleaner air, even in the city center.
More bars.
It can be overland to cheap productsin BKK.


I'm composing on a 2.2" cell phone screen so please bear with me .K

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#16 JamesMusslewhite

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 8:24 PM

I am absolutely sure the Cambodia police are equally as competent as the PNP. Justice will prevail. Actually they hit a target albeit via richochet.

Sounds more like Karma... :scratch_head:

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:17 PM

Ok how about ATM cost ,here Philippines now want 150 to 200 P each transaction ,thanks
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#18 Baywak

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:26 PM

I read on a different forum that a 4 digit pin in a ATM maybe could be a problem.Have you any experience with ATM's yet and seen anything like this happen?Only US dollars?Thanks

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:36 PM

Not too safe for drunk foreigners that strike passing vehicles of VIPs with a stick.


He should have been shot in the ass for that.

Okay, bad humor. I do really hope the guy (American who was shot) is okay.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:41 PM

Weed, for those that want it.


Well, Kenny, there goes half of the membership of the forum, moving to Cambodia.

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