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Rasha A wrote a review Dec 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates22 contributions21 helpful votes
If you are planning to go to Cambodia I suggest you change your plan. First the country is extremely super poor second s lot of robberies happen here. On my first day 5 min after stepping out of the hotel a guy on motorcycle stole my bag which had my passport in it and you won’t believe the drama as I have no embassy in here. The police were sleeping and half naked when I went to report and didn’t even bother to look for the man who stole my passport though I asked them to help me look for my passport as the guy might have threw it somewhere around. Every thing about this city is disgusting. All people were only watching the guy robbing me no one bothered to do anything. I begged two guys on motorcycle to follow him but they didn’t even bother to listen to me. The food here is disgusting the infrastructure is horrible. Change your destination at all cost. History is everywhere you don’t need to come to such unsafe country as Cambodia. Some robbers steal your bag from the tuktuk when u r riding in and even in some cases from your hotel safe
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Lidia C wrote a review Nov 2019
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My wife and I just returned from a 3 day 5 night trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Our private tour guide was Bengvoan Cheam (Jimmy). He was fabulous. This was a "do not miss, bucket list" tour of the most expansive ancient temple ruins anywhere. Cambodia is hot and humid so we broke the days up by doing 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the late afternoon, with a long lunch break in the middle of the day. Jimmy is proficient in English and was able to give detailed information about every temple. His email is: bengvoantourguide@gmail.com, Our driver was also great, his name is Howie ph # 855 1232 3938 who drives a very nice car at reasonable raters, I recommend them highly.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Clive Easterbrook wrote a review Jun 2019
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On my recent trip to cambodia I traveled by air on Cathay pacific airways to Hong Kong then Cathay Dragonair to Siem Reap I have traveled via Singapore in the past but find the service on Cathay Pacific gives is superb and the food on flight is better than I have experienced on other airlines with plenty of leg room it’s my preference in future
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Date of experience: March 2019
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turboelec wrote a review May 2017
Seoul, South Korea1 contribution10 helpful votes
On my trip to Cambodia April 26-May 3, 2017 note: I travel solo without a cell-phone. Cambodia is not so cheap: It's easy to go way over budget. First is the mindset that everything doesn't cost so much so you don't have to worry about what you spend. No, it actually is more difficult to budget because the temptation to spend is far greater. Secondly, the government of Cambodia wants your tourist dollar. The immigration fee of $30 US comes right from the top. If you want to go to a museum or royal palace, you must pay the tourist price which in the case of the latter is 40 times greater than what a Cambodian would pay: the sign at the Royal Palace, "Cambodian citizen 1000 riat, Foreign passport holder 40,000 riat" was priceless. In sum, going back to any of these places is not a temptation. Oh, the park of Angkor Wat. The government is squeezing that one big time. Latest fees are one day: $37, 3 day $62 and one week $72. The hidden extra cost will be transportation. There is no bus from town. A tuk-tuk for the day will cost you anywhere from $15 to $20 depending on the season and your negotiating skills. If you take a tour, then expect to be put in an overpriced restaurant for lunch or breakfast though the cost of the tour itself isn't bad $13 to $18 depending on what you do. Being a history guy, I bought a 3 day pass. Weirdest experience: During my first tour of Angkor Wat, the 20 something Millenial crowd all ordered a milk shake for lunch as a protest against the tourist-trap prices at the restaurant we were 'delivered' to. I was the only person that ordered some food: spring rolls. What caught me off guard was the water cost a lot of money; small bottle $1, large bottle $2 (4 times the price in a store). My protest came the next day on another tour as I didn't order anything to drink with my meal. My good deed: Helping out this young (26) Frenchman from the Carribean whom I encountered at six am outside Central Market in Phnom Penh. He had been thrown out of the place he was staying, was a little lost and hadn't slept. I got him up to Siem Reap where he either got a hold of his contact or went to the airport to get out of Cambodia ASAP. My strongest recollection of him was his complaining to a tuk-tuk driver why it was so cheap to go to the airport ($5). His look of embarassment when I scolded him 'Don't say that!'. was remarkable. Best deal: hotel at Siem Reap which because of the hot season cost me only $8 a night (fan only). I complained the room was too large having two twin beds. Must have souvenir: T-shirt with logo "No tuk-tuk, No massage, No money." Last day: I was dropped off in Phnom Penh in an area I was unfamiliar with and had to find where the bus to the airport was, but I was too late. So, I hired a motorbike (5$) to get me there. It was a little unusual for me hanging on with one hand to my driver's shoulder and with my other firmly cradling my bag of porcelain gifts on my lap while wearing my backpack. The real downside was breathing in the pollution at intersections produced my massed motorcycles and tuk-tuks. On tuk-tuks, park fees and seasons: The lady who ran my hotel in Siem Reap let the cat out of the bag when she confessed to me that business has not been so good after the government raised the fees at Angkor Wat. Tourists are staying for shorter periods. And it was not just the hot weather season that was causing the tuk-tuk drivers to incessantly come at me every three minutes or less. Even after I had entered the park area, they kept chasing me. So, in raising the park fees, the hotel business is down, and the tuk-tuk drivers are starving, maybe literally. I suspect when the weather improves the recovery in business will not be as robust as expected. On top of this, it is possible that hotels have been overbuilt in the Siam Reap area. Other tips: Sometimes the free commercial glossy tourist maps are not so accurate. It is better to trust the plain paper ones that are given at the information office at the Angkor Wat ticket office. The riat is used as change for US dollars. Beware of damaged Riat bills in the Siem Reap area though there is less superstition about this in Phnom Penh where damaged or perforated riat bills will be accepted; this was my experience. Bring lots of $5 and $1 US bills as they are most useful for purchasing things and meals. The riat that is given in change can be used for buying a bottle of water or as the 50 cents on your next purchase. Before making a large purchase insist on $US in change. The excuse they don't have any US dollars is common. The street rate is 4000 riat to one US dollar, thus 1000 riat is 25 cents (May 2017). Solo travelers; The biggest challenge will be finding your way from where a bus drops you off. Depending on Google maps is not always helpful. Be ready to change plans or have a back-up plan. Phnom Penh airport bus: This is a closely guarded secret. But from 5:30 am to 7:30 pm there is a bus (03) that runs from the airport to central market for 1500 riat. They don't give change. It is marked at the stops that the bus runs until 8:30 pm, but I didn't see one around central market after 7:30 which is why I had to rent a motorbike (see above.) If you use a real camera for pictures, bring an extra battery especially if you think your old one is on the downward slope.I didn't try to find one in the Siem Reap area, but I suspect it would not be easy. Conclusion: It was a trip with its ups and downs. I would not recommend this country to unseasoned or novice travelers to attempt solo. This was my first time in Cambodia. Bottom Line: I would be more keen to return to Cambodia, if the government was more reasonable with its fee structure. take care rwmccoy
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Megsy333 wrote a review Jul 2016
Sydney, Australia36 contributions13 helpful votes
Great value, excellent tours. Hotels in Hoi An and Cambodia were first class. Halong Bay cruise and vessel .... wonderful ! Service was reliable and safe. Definitely would use Best Travel Cambodia again. I would however look closely at hotels used in Hanoi and HCM and also would ask to tip myself (not in bulk as suggested) It was a fabulous trip!!!
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Date of experience: January 2016
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