Phnom Penh. Has a  population of around 2 million. Religion: The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, as is also practiced in Thailand, Burma, Laos and Sri Lanka. About 90% of Khmers are of this religion. The country also has minority religions of about half a million Muslims, and 60,000 Christians. Local Time: is 7 Hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). The capital has changed a lot with many new buildings, good roads etc and the airport is modern and easy with fast foods etc. It is transforming very fast with a wealthy section that one can only ask where does all the money come from when you see the number of people doing nothing. Everything is cash so how taxation exists must be a headache. However there are many poor people as well as the rich. Most if not everything comes in from China or Thailand.




Yes. There is a Thai Embassy again in Phnom Penh but you get a visa on arrival and its a place where many foreigners come to get their visa then head back to Thailand. The visa-on-arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport cost $US20 for a tourist visa and $25 for a business long stay visa so make sure you have $US on you when you arrive. As you come off the plane you hand your passport into one counter then go to the next counter where they will give you back your passport with visa stamp and you pay the $US charge. You then continue to the Immigration and they will finally stamp you thru then you can get your luggage and exit. Make sure you have a passport photo with you when you get the visa. Airasia has a daily run from Bangkok 3.20pm and a return is at 5.20pm once a day as well as Bangkok Airways. If you book with Airasia at the airport then they will include your departure fee of $US20 so this aves you the hassle of having the $20 needed if you have to do.Like anything you can book on the internet now.

Outside the Walkabout Hotel GH bar You can also get the visa at any crossing and or at the Poipet crossing to the west with Thailand. Have a spare passport photo to avoid undue delays and a small additional charge. Otherwise the fee is in US dollars for a tourist visa which can be extended for a further 30 days for an additional fee without leaving the country. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from your departure date. Living in Cambodia is a lot easier for a foreigner than in Thailand and cheaper. The food is excellent as is the infrastructure and its easy to get around. The problem will be for most foreigners is what to do but one can get a long visa without having to go out all the time like Thailand


Cambodians & the Chinese/ Vietnam population are rich and you will see the many hugh homes that line the streets in various areas in the city. Of course there are still the NGOs like UNICEF with their flash offices and overpaid staff who seem to do very little to stimulate the economy in favour of their own pockets and the army are all into business which is usually the norm in such countries. Bit the Cambodians are a lot more friendlier than Thais and do not hard press you to buy as in Thailand. Cambodia has come a long way since 10 years ago as you will see the huge homes with high gates and fences adorn boulevards. Theres a big gap between rich and poor as the tax system is pretty useless and those in the army and high places dominate the business world. Over the years the UN and US Governments and others have poured millions of $$$$ into officicials pockets and still do just like many countries whose GDP is minimal??? so corruption in ven Cambodia is no different than Thailand or laos.


You must try the baguettes. You will see stalls everywhere but check out the ones with pate; cucumber, onions, tomatoes and they are delicious

Bangkok to Siem Reap via Aranyaprathet/Poipet border crossing

466km, 9-12 hour trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap.  4-5 hour bus or train ride from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet (‘Aran’),then a short tuk-tuk ride 6 km to the border crossing. Cambodian visas available. From Poipet on the Cambodian side, 3-8 hour bus or taxi to Siem Reap. From Poipet through Sisophon to Siem Reapyou can take: tourist bus, pickup , or  shared/private taxi. Tourist Bus:varies & watch out for touts taking you to a bus then extracting money and running while the driver isn't there. Buses are slow. 4-8 hours. Pickup: 30 baht (back) - 100 baht (inside, 2 seats) to Sisophon. Change vehicles in Sisophon. 50 baht (in the back) - 200 baht (inside, 2 seats) to Siem Reap. 3-5 hours. Taxi: 150-200 baht per seat in a shared taxi. 900- 1200 baht for the whole car. 3-4 hours. This is the easiest, fastest, most expensive option.


PLACES TO STAY: This has not been updated and some hotels may not be there anymore

Walkabout Hotel is a popular foreigners Hotel but is run down a lot now and the bar is open 24 hours but they have the Blue Tongue Hotel next door which is Ok if you want to stay in inner city although they have no travel etc here but its a stepping stone for one to stay for a night then go to the Riverfront to one of the many Hotels like the. River Star Hotel right on the river front is a nice Hotel very friendly and make sure you get a balcony room overlooking the Mekong around $27-30 a night. This Hotel have young friendly staff and the room are nice for the budget traveller with great views overlooking the Mekong River..

Tai Seng Hotel
 56-58 Preah Monivong Blvd Tai Seng Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Phnom Penh, in the Monivong Boulevard, only 15 minutes away from Poechentong International Airport. Within walking distance of the Central Market, Orphanage, as well as major commercial banks and international embassies, our unique location enables our guests the convenient access to both entertainment and business activities.  Friendly, comfortable, luxurious and memorable one.
Tai Seng Hotel is fully air-conditioned, with spacious rooms, a modern restaurant serving Asian and Western meals and a conference room. All rooms are furnished with a colour television with satellite channels, an IDD telephone, a refrigerator and suite facilities. We have well-trained, multilingual staffs to provide high quality services, including free airport pick-ups, sales of tickets, flight re-confirmation, laundry room, safe deposit boxes and taxi & minibus services, to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Room rates are included 20% Tax and service charges $US8 but check on the internet for good deals. For oiur monet stay on the riverfront as many Hotels and Guesthouses here and easy to get around

Sakura Hotel
 No30 ,St242,Khan DaunPenh Sakura Hotel is located in the safe quiet area. it's close to the Grand Royal Palace, National Museum, Independence Monument and surrounded by commercial shop. We have also Traditional massage club at first floor. Cable TV and Video in house, Private bathroom ( hot & cold water ) International Telephone, Fridge, Air conditioning, In house Laundry Service, Traditional Massage $US9


Phnom Penh is a good start point but stay on the river front. Theres many Hotels to choose from and many goof food places with Smiloe 7/11 type all night shops. Make sure you eat the baguettes which are sold all day and are great at 1200 rel. As at April 2011 $1 = 4000 reil. So for a whole baguette with filling is about 5500 reil but they are nice. Keep off the main streets and try to eat away from the river front if you can as foreign foods are a little more expensive. Explore and you will find some good roadside restaurants and noodle places now.2 days in Phnom Phenh is OK. A tul tuk you can hire for $US6 an hour they normally want $US7-8 so use this as a guide. For all day pay $US30 and they will wait for you wherever you wish to go. Try a massage as they are cheaper than Thailand and also $US3-4 for a foot massage 1/2 hour to full 1 hour massge $US8.


is better than the Central Market and prices are also cheaper. Check the silks, copy Columbia backpacks and bags which are much cheaper than Thailand. Buy in Cambodia all your travel bags. Central Market is not as good as the Russian Market so make this a stop on your list.

The killing fields where the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge occurred and the museum, Royal Palace and Museum all want ebtry fees of $US3. A sight for sores eyes and a bad tales that occurred you will now see Cambodia in a differnet light.


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We are located on a nice quiet street in the Wat Bo road area, takes only 15 minutes drive from the Siem Reap Airport and 10 minutes drive to the temple complex... There are many good restaurants many Internet caf้, shops and entertainment facilities near to us, We offer free pick up from the bus stop, boat pier and air port by private vehicle. SEE MAP HERE Address: Nฐ 738, Wat Bo Road, behind Mom’s Guesthouse, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Tel & Fax: (+855) 63 965 474 Mobile Phone: (+855) 12 416 591 Mobile Phone: (+855) 12 626 406 E-Mail: Website: Sim Kamsan
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Festivals & Holidays 
January or February Chinese and Vietnamese New Year celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese minorities, but many shops close. The celebration is determined by the lunar calendar so the date may change. 
January Commemoration Day: last sermon of the Buddha; date is determined by the lunar calendar. 
January 7 National holiday: The Fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979. 
March 8 National holiday: Women's Day  with parades. 
April Chaul Chhnam; traditional Cambodian New Year, same as Songkran in Thailand; last for three? maybe 7 days during which Cambodians throw water; date determined by the lunar calendar. 
April Visak Bauchea; commemoration of the birth and first Buddha sermon. Date determined by the lunar calendar. 
April 17 Independence Day; national holiday in commemoration of the fall of the Lon Nol dictatorship on April 17, 1975. 
May 1 Labour Day:National holiday 
June 19 Memorial Day founding of the revolutionary forces of Cambodia in 1951; parades in Phnom Penh. 
June 28 Memorial Day of the founding of the Revolutionary People's Party of Cambodia in 1951; parades and celebrations in Phnom Penh. 
July Beginning of the Buddhist Lent; the exact date depends on the lunar calendar. The day is preferred by Cambodian and Buddhist men of neighbouring countries to enter a monastery, most Buddhist men will enter the Monkhood for 3 months during their life. 
September The day of the final celebrations of the Buddhist Lent; exact date determined by the lunar calendar. 
September Prachum Ben; a kind of Cambodian All-Saints-Day in commemoration of the dead and ancestors; exact date determined by the lunar calendar. 
October and November Water Festival celebrates the turn of the Tonle Sap river current. This river connects lake Tonle Sap with the Mekong. For most of the time the river flows from lake Tonle Sap into the Mekong. However, during the rainy season from about June to October the Mekong carries a high water level, and in response the Tonle Sap river flows in reverse direction, from the Mekong back into lake Tonle Sap. This causes lake Tonle Sap to swell to over twice its regular size. At the end of the rainy season, when the water level of the Mekong drops again, the current reverts and the water added to lake Tonle Sap during the rainy season flows back into the Mekong. 


Bon Thai is a managing director at Angkor World Adventure in Cambodia , and Sales-Marketing at a 3-Star hotel in Siem Reap Angkor (Golden Orange Hotel), Hotel-booking arrangement if you or your company , your guests , friends , Family , staff who want to visit Cambodia like  Phnom Penh , Sihanouk Ville , BattamBang and Especially have feeling to visit temples in Siem Reap . My arrangement for package-trip cheaper if comparing with other Tour-companies in my city. Siem Reap as I have known everything which relates with hotel, transport, Day-trip, tour-guide and on. We arrange the visa extension, boat ticket, bus Ticket, air Ticket as well.
Please look at my services as below :

City River Hotel combines traditional Khmer Hospitality and style in a modern, comfortable, boutique environment.A warm welcome await you when you arrive at City River and from that moment you will know that you have made the right choice. Centrally located in a tropical setting overlooking the scenic Siem Reap River and within easy reach of Siem Reap city centre, the international airport and the magnificence of the Angkor Temples, City River Hotel is your home away from home whilst visiting Siem Reap.P. O. Box 93171
#0511, Steung Siem Reap Street, Wat Bo, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Tel: (+855) 63 763 000, Fax: (+855) 63 963 963

Provide all services when guests need like air-
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Educational packages to neighboring countries and
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