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Cambodia travel advice/1st trip

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Hello, I will be travelling to cambodia soon and I have no idea what to expect. I was hoping someone with experience of cambodia could help me.
13 years ago, May 23rd 2007 No: 1 Msg: #14249  
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Hello, I will be travelling to cambodia soon and I have no idea what to expect. I was hoping someone with experience of cambodia could help me. Do I need a tour guide to get around and see all the amazing sights and temples? If so can I just hire someone off the street?

Where to stay? Where do you think the ideal place to stay would be to have access to everything?

And of course, any other suggestions would be awesome! Thanks guys/girls for all your help. Reply to this

13 years ago, May 23rd 2007 No: 2 Msg: #14261  
The best advice I can give you is to look up the blogs written on Cambodia. It will help you pick out a route and give you plenty of tips. Be flexible you may well want to/have to change this route as you move along. Roads are fairly poor in Cambodia with only a couple of national routes, getting off the beaten track therefore takes a bit more imagination and also more money. The 2 main centres tourists go to are Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. You don't need a guide to show you around as long as you are happy to do some research yourself. Cambodia, surprisingly is pretty good at producing tourist literature. Most cities/big towns produce a free seasonal brochure listing hotels, restaurants etc. The other great thing is in the larger towns in Cambodia English is pretty widely spoken. Check out the following website for some more ideas, www.travelfish.org. Have a great trip. EdAm Reply to this

13 years ago, May 24th 2007 No: 3 Msg: #14268  
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Thanks for your help Edam!! Reply to this

13 years ago, June 16th 2007 No: 4 Msg: #15289  
Tour Guide - depends on your budget, having a local tour guide with you always makes for a better experience as you get a real insight to a place. However, its not essential, you can visit all the main tourist places with a good guide book.

Where to Stay - depends on budget, most towns that tourists go to have a good selection of accommodation and associated services nearby.

Hope this helps…

For more information on Cambodia click here.
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13 years ago, June 16th 2007 No: 5 Msg: #15290  
Tour Guide – depends on your budget, having a local tour guide with you always makes for a better experience as you get a real insight to a place. However, its not essential, you can visit all the main tourist places with a good guide book.

Where to Stay – depends on budget, most towns that tourists go to have a good selection of accommodation and associated services nearby.

Hope this helps…

For more information on Cambodia click here.
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13 years ago, September 26th 2007 No: 6 Msg: #20088  
I intent to come to Cambodia too ( in june or july). I will go alone. If you like you can join in me for traveling. But I am a vietnamese gay. Reply to this

13 years ago, September 26th 2007 No: 7 Msg: #20092  
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LoL, thanks for the offer but I am happy to travel with my GirlFriend. Reply to this

13 years ago, September 30th 2007 No: 8 Msg: #20246  
hi guy
if you are interest i could send you the email (in MP) of my girlfriend, she work to tourism office in chiang mai (thailand), she will glad to give you welcome with her behavior thai smile, planing your tour with your suggests/advises, she doing visa, booking hotels, fly & transfert for customers to cambodia, vietnam, laos, china and burma, also.
is it easy and confortable, it isn't?
i wait you news
cheers
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13 years ago, September 30th 2007 No: 9 Msg: #20248  
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cool, please do. Reply to this

13 years ago, October 3rd 2007 No: 10 Msg: #20414  
We found it pretty easy and cheap to travel round Cambodia (although the journeys can be long and bumpy!). Our top tip would be to try to book any bus tickets a couple of days ahead of the date you want to travel as you are able to reserve specific seats and on many buses the seats in the front row right behind the driver have extra leg room (my boyfriend is 6ft 4ish and when we had these seats he had plenty of room). No need to book bus tickets through guest houses or agents in Phnom Penh - the bus station is fairly central and we found the staff are happy to help. The bus station in Siem Reap is a bit of a trek out of town but we found that the agents in town didn't seem to add much money to the price of the ticket if you just bought them there instead - the extra cost worked out about the same as paying for a tuk tuk up to the station and back so unless you want to walk it's as cheap to do it that way. We got a tuk tuk driver to take us round the temples in Siem Reap so that we could see more in the time we had - quite a few people hire bikes and cycle but it was so hot when we were there that I wouldn't have made it very far before I collapsed with heat exhaustion! You will be approached by lots of tuk tuk drivers looking for your business (especially outside the central market) and most of them are willing to bargain - I think the going rate is about US$10 a day but the more days you hire them for the more willing they are to negotiate. Hope this helps but if you have any specific questions just let us know and we'd be happy to answer them if we can! Reply to this

13 years ago, November 6th 2007 No: 11 Msg: #22069  
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Hi Sonny,

There are a few tips you can take as reference.. Visa can be applied both on arrival at air port or through online - eVisa. There are plenty of information through the search at google. There are blogs that helped you understand what to expect during your trip to Cambodia. There's a blog regarding Cambodia evisa.. Traveller shares their travelling experience there. You might pick up some useful information.

Besides, if you're in Seam reap, you can rent a bicycle for around USD 2 to 3 per day and cycle around the city for an overall view of the city.
Well, there's alot you can do there.. just have fun.
Just gimme a buzz if you need extra info, i'll be glad to help.


rgds,
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13 years ago, November 7th 2007 No: 12 Msg: #22118  
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Well i guess there's another option to travel around if not by bus or bicycle.. you can choose to ride on a Tuk-Tuk. It's pretty fun though. Reply to this

13 years ago, November 9th 2007 No: 13 Msg: #22230  
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Hello,

If you want to try places less touristic. The Mondulkiri and Ranatakiri are worth a visit if you have time. As it is out of the traditionnal tourist track, it takes a bit more time to organize. I was in Mondulkiri this year and I don't regret it. You have to find a shared taxi or pick-up from Phnom Penh to Sen Momorom. If you're interested, I may give you the phone of our driver.

Off the frequented track, Kratie on Mekong river is quite scenic if you for a place to rest.

rgds

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13 years ago, November 9th 2007 No: 14 Msg: #22251  
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Christian, thanks alot. I will def. research that. Off the beaten track is always a great way to find a hidden gem in travel. Reply to this

13 years ago, November 11th 2007 No: 15 Msg: #22355  
Hi again! No need to organise private transport (unless you want to...!) - the local Bus to Sen Monorom from Phnom Penh is $10 and you can get from the bus station. We also really enjoyed Sen Monorom. Things are heating up tourist wise, they have a pizza place owned by a french guy which does lovely food - bit on the expensive side but if you are craving western food definitely worth the money! We also did an elephant trek in a village nearby which was quite an experience. They are expecting a proper tarmac road in the next few years so get there before it becomes on the beaten track : ) Reply to this

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