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One Saudi and another person, whose nationality and identity remains unknown, were killed, said a police statement carried by the SPA state news agency. Another 68 people — 28 Saudis and 40 foreigners — were injured and people were arrested. The Manfuhah district of the capital is home to many illegal migrants, mostly from east Africa. The Ethiopian government said on Saturday it was repatriating citizens who had failed to meet the deadline of a seven-month amnesty, citing reports that an Ethiopian had been killed by police. Saudi police said on Saturday illegal migrants in Manfuhah have been given the chance to come forward and that accommodation has been made available while their repatriation is arranged.

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The tourist police looks more like a private bodybuilding club are indifferent at the best backing up the local police with the english they lack and give the impression that they feel belittled by the fact that the local police gets the best of the bribes. Like most of Thailand, Pattaya is generally safe for tourists and violent crime such as mugging or robbery is unusual, with the exception of jewellery and bag snatching usually with the thieves on motorcycles, and often with the victims on motorcycles too which is endemic. Beware of lady boys approaching you with questions "Where you from?

In fact leave all your gold and valuables at the room safe or even at home. Watch out when doing water sports at the beach areas. There is a common tourist trap where tourists going for jet ski-ing are being forced to pay for equipment damages which are not caused by the tourists amounting up to K baht. Even after negotiations and intervention from the related embassies and agencies, a payment of around 10K baht is still required for the damages. Thus, you must exercise extreme caution when doing equipment loans or doing sports on vehicles provided by the shops.

Swindles and pickpocketing are more commonly encountered by tourists. It is very inadvisable not to tell anyone that it is your first visit to Thailand, since you will then be marked down as an 'easy touch'.

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These should be left in the safe at your hotel along with the bulk of your cash, or if they must be carried then they should be securely concealed. If you have been pick pocketed and then you actually spot the likely pickpocket departing, do not follow. You could be mistaken, and you almost certainly will be accused of being mistaken. Just put it down to experience, and leave the immediate area. Never ever 'pick a fight' in any circumstance, no matter how much you have had to drink.

Never try to intervene, even verbally, in an argument between two or more Thai people. No matter how much you are being pestered, just smile and walk on. In cash payments, disputes over the value of notes and the amount of change can be avoided by carrying smaller notes and trying to give near enough the exact amount.

The beach side of Beach Road used to be worth avoiding late at night, however the entire length of both the promenade and beach are now floodlit, and although it's still a popular haunt for "freelance" working girls, it's now much busier from dusk through until dawn and by no means a "no-go" area. Visitors should not visit entertainment venues that do not display a long-standing fixed sign outside, or which appear to be very poorly lit inside. Also, one or two of the hundreds of seemingly bright and established venues may actually be operating as a 'clip joint', offering free admission and then refusing to allow visitors to leave until they have settled a faked bill for non-existent drinks.

Again, it is wisest simply pay up, leave and put it down to experience. As always, travellers should take extra care in all poorly lit or more remote areas, and very late at night. This is especially the case if one has had too much to drink. Most reputable hotels will require the presentation of ID cards by guests.

Throughout Pattaya guests will not be admitted to hotel rooms if they are under the age of Gambling : is illegal in Thailand, and the local press reports Pattaya Police as having a "zero tolerance" policy for gambling offences. The legal minimum age for customers in drinking establishments and discos is In Pattaya this is rarely enforced for foreigners, but is frequently enforced for Thais, including those accompanying foreigners. Pattaya police conduct raids to check for underage employees especially in "indoor" and go-go bars and patrons especially in discos from time to time, and less frequently to enforce closing times.

Internet access is widely available in Pattaya, and speed and reliability of the connection is generally good; however, as is the case throughout Thailand, quality varies. As always, carefully verify the integrity of the images on the CD before re-formatting the memory card, and consider having two copies burned to CD — one CD to send home by mail, the other CD to take home in your luggage as a backup.

The area code for Pattaya is You only need to dial the 0 if you're calling from within Thailand. Using local SIM card may be a cheaper and more convenient alternative. If you need money sent to you urgently then there are many Western Union agents located throughout Pattaya. If you regularly visit Thailand or for extended periods then it might be worth opening a local bank account to avoid the high ATM charges for International bank cards as well as fluctuating exchange rates. Pattaya has several foreign language newspapers; most come out weekly.

There are also several tourist magazines and nightlife, most of them coming out monthly. Entry permit extensions are processed on a same day if applied for before noon — collect after or next working day if applied for after noon. On Saturdays, previous applications can be collected, and new applications can be submitted for collection next working day. For most nationalities, a 30 day entry permit stamp will usually be extended to 45 days whereas in Bangkok only an additional 10 days will be given and a 60 day entry permit stamp will usually be extended to 90 days further extensions beyond 90 days are also possible.

In all cases, the entry permit extension fee is 1, baht, and two passport photos must be supplied. Photocopies 5 baht and photos baht for two are available from a shop inside the immigration office compound these prices are about four times as much as can easily be found elsewhere.

Note that entry permit extensions are discretionary, and must be applied for in person. Shorter extensions are likely to be issued to nationalities who do not qualify for "visa free" entry; longer extensions are issued in certain circumstances. The following airlines still have offices in place:. Small laundry services abound, charging by the piece.

In smaller and more informally managed accommodation, the maid who cleans your room will probably welcome the opportunity to boost her meager salary and do your laundry by hand, typically for a few baht more than an outside laundry service. Usually it's a next day service, but might take a little longer if it rains. Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia , located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers. Despite being a bit rough on the edges, Phnom Penh retains its former charm as a leafy South East Asian capital with a nice riverside promenade and numerous beautiful Cambodian Buddhist wats, palaces, and other artifacts.

A large infrastructure catering to tourists makes it easily accessible, and many consider it to be one of the friendliest capitals in Asia, as Cambodians have not yet become jaded by mass tourism. Widespread poverty can still be seen, as in all of Cambodia, and increasing traffic can be a problem at certain times of the day. It is a bit unfortunate that one of the tourist industry's selling points for Phnom Penh has to do with wars that took place in the 's i.

Killing Fields, Toul Sleng , as tourists may associate the city with these historical events when in fact Cambodian culture, including its art and music is quite remarkable and modern day Cambodia is a friendly and youthful place that has nothing to do with remote dark chapters in the country's history. Phnom Penh is slowly gaining high rise buildings, traffic lights, and Western style shopping malls, but overall remains one of the most undeveloped capitals in Asia. It does not have the huge colonial British architectural heritage like Yangon in Myanmar, and is light years behind Bangkok.

The beauty that made it a 'Paris of the East' before is hidden beneath the reality of modern day Cambodia, though there are a few French colonial buildings remaining. The wide boulevards and promenades envisaged by the French are mostly used as parking spaces and market stalls: pedestrians are not in favour.

The Khmer temples and monuments found here are some of the most stunning examples of Buddhist architecture and art, and Phnom Penh has no shortage of these. Standard tourist sights are few, which makes the city a place to relax, watch the street life and absorb the local colour. Phnom Penh is a worthwhile destination for those who enjoy an 'edgy' experience as well as those interested in authentic South East Asian people and culture.


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Tuk tuk and motorcycle drivers and beggars abound, especially in the tourist strip along the river. Cambodian drivers have a bad habit of engaging every single foreigner they see, so walking around you will constantly get stopped with offers for rides. Even expats living in the city have to deal with this constantly. The best strategy is: 1 keep your head down and walk briskly past drivers not making eye contact 2 if the driver who calls you is not close, just pretend you don't hear or yell "no thanks" 3 if he is right next to you, just say "no, thanks" or if you really want to act like an expat say "aht-tey bohng" for men up to age 50 or "aht-tey pooh" for men over This means no in Cambodian with the proper address.

As soon as you make eye contact with them they see you as a serious customer and will try to sell you trips or make friends with you. Weather in Phnom Penh, simply put, is of three types: 1 hot 2 too hot, and 3 too hot plus too humid. The Khmer call these the cold season, the warm season, and the rainy season, respectively. As of unfortunately the "cold" season seems to be disappearing and even when it should be hot, it's actually too hot.

This might be due to the El Nino phenomenon this year and hopefully following years will be back to the "cold" i. Weather is pleasant during the "cold season" from November to January, highs are around 30 degrees C. Staring February the temperature begins to rise, and by March the daily highs are degrees C, making it hardly bearable.

This is followed by the rainy season, which is more humid than rainy, as on most days it just rains briefly in the afternoon. Arguably, the humid heat of rainy season is even worse than the extreme heat of hot season. Occasionally, there are massive downpours that cause major flooding, making parts of the city inaccessible.

Motor vehicle generated pollution level could get very high, especially in the popular tourist area and therefore, you will feel your lung capacity drop after a few days. If you take any medication for issues such as asthma, take them with you. The Khmer people have a very rich and ancient history in the region, including the famous Angkor Empire which extended over a large part of South East Asia. Unfortunately the 20th century was not kind to the Khmers, as they experienced possibly the worst genocide outside of World War II looking at the percentage of population killed , committed by brutal and psychopathic dictator Pol Pot and his Red Khmer, who wanted to institute an agrarian communist system.

In Phnom Penh was choked with up to 2 million refugees from the war between the then US-backed government and the Khmer Rouge. The city fell to the Khmer Rouge in , who completely emptied it of civilians and allowed it to crumble for several years. The city's small class of skilled or educated professionals was systematically murdered by Pol Pot's henchmen, or fled into exile.

Cambodia's developing economy and institutionalized corruption have concentrated wealth into a new rich class that now supports Phnom Penh's new fancy hotels and restaurants. Increasing tourist numbers are also bringing about improving tourist infrastructure. The unfortunate history of the Khmers in the late 20th century is, however, just one part of their history dating back to ancient times, and modern day Cambodians are upbeat and look to the future as opposed to dwelling on the past.

All of Phnom Penh's streets are numbered. Though some major thoroughfares also known by their names and not numbers. The scheme is simple: odd-numbered streets run north-south, the numbers increasing as you head west from the river, and even numbers run west-east, increasing as you head south with some exceptions, e. House numbers, however, are quite haphazard.

Don't expect houses to be numbered sequentially in a street; you might find two completely unrelated houses with the same number in the same street. Ordinary Visas Ordinary Visas class 'E', sometimes misleadingly also called 'business visas' are the best choice for those wishing to stay for over two months with multiple entries, as an ordinary visa can be extended indefinitely. Make sure you have the exact amount to hand it over. If you are asked for more money firmly insist that this is the correct price, it is also printed on the visa sticker; if it is missing there, it is missing for a reason.

You might hear arguments that 'some document is missing' - just ignore it, smile, and very politely insist that this is the correct amount, hand it over, and deny any requests for more money. Visa extension: The official prices for the extension of an ordinary visa not a tourist visa! The waiting time is 7 days, for the 12 months extension it might be longer; also, in case there are any Khmer holidays inbetween.

In reality you might have to feed corruption by using a 'visa agency' with hugely inflated prices, e. These 'visa agencies' might be able to reduce the waiting time to 4 days. The new terminal is a thoroughly pleasant and modern facility, and features a post office, bank including ATMs , restaurants, duty-free shop, news stand, tourist help desk, and business centre. As of April there is no more departure tax to be paid at the airport - all taxes are now incorporated into the ticket price.

Fingerprinting is now in operation at the airport for International visitors arriving from outside of Cambodia and departing. Duty Free prices in Cambodia seem to be horribly inflated - alcohol and cigarettes cost half as much at shops and supermarkets in the city, like the Lucky Supermarket - so stock up on alcohol put it in your checked baggage due to liquid restrictions for carry on baggage and cigarettes before you come to the airport.

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Electronics are also overpriced but at least they're the genuine article - and check out some of the antique shavers that are still on sale! There are now air conditioned public city buses: Line 03 of the Phnom Penh City Bus line which began service in The bus stop is just outside the airport on the same side of the road, meters from the gate. Operation hours is from 5. Cash Only. If you are willing to lug your bags outside the airport fence you can catch a tuktuk into town for USD depending how hard you bargain. For visitors on a budget without a lot of luggage, you can catch a motorcycle officially or unofficially, though be aware this ride can be extremely uncomfortable especially if you arrive during the afternoon or morning rush hour the trip can take about an hour in stop and go traffic.

If you do catch a motorbike, the older types with the large flat seats are much more comfortable than the never ones. A motorbike ride during rush hour on the back of a small seated newer bike is likely to be a very strenuous experience and highly not recommended. An expressway is in the works but in the meantime, it may take an hour to an hour and a half to get from the airport to the city depending on the severity of rush hour traffic. Be aware during rush hour pm riding in on a tuktuk can be very dusty and polluted with traffic fumes. If you are sensitive to this, taking a bus or taxi is recommended.

While tuk tuks are THE way to get around, note that some drivers cannot read a map, so that pointing out a destination on a map may result in a prolonged conversation with random locals! Cambodia is finally aiding its development through improving its roads. Since around , asphalt has been blazing trails into unexpected and remote places making for faster, year-round accessibility.

The quality of buses runs the gamut, with the less desirable buses being a few dollars cheaper than more comfortable buses for example on-board movie. Safety standards are low and crashes not always reported are common with both 'quality' and 'cheapie' bus line alike.

The other bus station is next to the night market, at the Northern end of riverside road Sisowath Quay. Don't rely on the displayed bus timetable, buy your ticket the day before and confirm the departure time with staff. Tickets are available at the bus station. Some passengers have experienced valuables being stolen from their luggage when stored out of sight. To avoid getting scammed, you can try the online ticket aggregator CamboTicket. Camboticket has partnered with most of the top bus operators and allows online search, selection and payment for bus tickets and e-tickets get delivered to your inbox.

The site is secure and has received positive feedback and reviews for prompt service. Stray Asia Bus is a reliable company and offers flexible travel passes which allow passengers to hop-on and off along their Southeast route. Stray buses are safe, have an english speaking guide on board and run to a reliable time schedule. Stray is a reputed New Zealand travel company who also operate in Southeast Asia. Borders are not open 24 hrs: some night buses will wait at the border until it opens. If entering Cambodia, watch out for visa scams and avoid the Kumho Samco if coming in from Vietnam.

Buses arriving from Pakse enter the city at night around to pm via Monivong Ave, leaving tired and emotional travellers prone to being preyed on tuktuk touts. Watch out! Phnom Penh is the domestic transport hub and direct buses run to just about every provincial capital, including far flung town like Pailin , Samraong , Banlung and Sen Monorom. The crowded peasant mover Paramount Angkor specializes in out-of-the-way towns, avoid it for intercity travel as it's the same price as more genteel companies but does not guarantee a seat.

Many, but not all, of these ferries offer the option of sitting on the roof, which makes for a much more scenic, albeit less comfortable ride than the bus; take sunblock, a hat, and enough water to last you for several hours just in case the boat gets stuck. The boat leave am. The boats make the return journey the same day and leave Phnom Penh around 1PM arriving in Chau Doc in the early evening. Track repair is underway and passenger services on both the Northern to Battambang and Poipet for Thailand and Southern to Kep , Kampot and Sihanoukville Lines are set to resume by Bamboo trains operate in various towns along the line, though the one most pushed to tourists is just outside Battambang.

As of , the train line to Sihanoukville is operational. Trains depart at am for Sihanoukville , stopping in Kampot and other places along the way. The ride is much slower than going by bus but can be an enjoyable experience. A ticket costs 8 USD one-way.

Phnom Penh's main streets are in good shape; however some smaller streets and footpaths are rutted and pot-holed, clogged with garbage, stagnant water, parked motos, sleeping people and building materials. Many smaller streets bear either no or misleading signage, however Phnom Penh is logically laid out see orientation and navigating is not too difficult.

Since , air conditioned buses have run along three main bus routes across the city. The fare for the public buses is riel 0. Students provided you have your student photo ID , senior citizens, the physically disabled and Buddhist monks travel free as of Ensure you have the correct amount as no change is provided since you put the money inside a box near the front door, before being issued with a ticket. There are two bus stations on Line 03 that stop outside Phnom Penh International Airport connecting the airport to the city centre.

Public transport operates between am to pm and is supposed to run every 10 minutes on the high frequency Line Outside these hours, other means of transport need to be found with a night time premium added when you haggle over the fare. Be aware of valuables when using the public buses, as they may get crowded during rush hour. The driver and ticket inspector usually speaks little English so refer to key landmarks when asking about when to get off, or else ask around as it's likely other passengers are able to help.

Younger passengers, especially students are likely to speak English. Even better, use your smartphone's GPS to keep track of the route and to know when to get off. To get off, push the bell button or else pull the string near the window. To locate a bus stop, look for an advertisement board with a large map of the bus routes on one side. Larger bus stops have shelters and sometimes queuing lines. As there is no dedicated bus lane, buses may come at irregular intervals earlier or later than the stated 10 minute frequency during peak time, depending on traffic congestion.

Exit the bus using the rear door and have a map on hand so you know which direction to take to get to your destination. Transport tip for safety and budget conscious travelers If the thought of riding a motorbike taxi through Phnom Penh's suicidal street traffic and breathing in noxious carcinogenic fumes in Cambodia's sweltering tropical heat isn't your cup of tea, consider using the air conditioned public buses for most of your journey, and completing the final leg with a tuk-tuk or motorcycle taxi.

Given the informal price hierarchy starting from:. Traffic is chaotic and dangerous, even by Southeast Asian standards - wear a helmet and drive carefully. If you're not experienced with a motorbike, just don't do it, as each year visiting foreigners die from motorbike accidents. Vannak Motorcycle is in street, near the riverside. Theft is common: park in designated guarded areas and pay a small parking fee or use a lock and chain, which should be provided.

To wear a mask, or to not wear a mask? One noticeable trend in recent times amongst motordup passengers in Phnom Penh is the wearing of masks. Unlike Bangkok, no real time air quality monitoring station has yet been installed in the city so there currently is no data of PM10 or PM2. Surgical masks will not protect against micro pollutants, but will reduced the amount of dust in your nose at the end of the day, since Phnom Penh is a very dusty city.

Motorbike taxis should take you anywhere cheaply. Fares are higher at night and with more than one passenger. Often little English is spoken. No helmets are provided. Transport police tend to target tourist so bring your own helmet, as accidents are common on Phnom Penh's roads. Taxis are growing much more common with well more than meter taxis now operating in the city. They can be found in tourist areas such as the riverfront and Street 51 bar area in the evening.

Easier, call one of the taxi companies for pick-up. Non-meter taxis still run throughout the city and can be found along the riverfront tourist area and near major hotels. Fares must be agreed in advance. Fares vary; your accommodation provider may help. Tuk tuk sir? Not having a ride will necessarily entail being pestered for one.

Phnom Penh's lack of coordinated public transport gives jobs to many poor provincial immigrants, who - with their wheels - harangue any pedestrian in the city centre, particularly tourists. If you don't want a lift saying "no thanks" generally works, better still try it in Khymer: "otday awkunh". Tuk-tuks consist of a motorcycle with a cabin for the passengers hitched to the back. Negotiate the price ahead of time and make sure the driver knows how to get to your destination.

Driving standards vary. Drivers in tourist areas usually speak some English, but if going to a destination that is not well known it is best to make sure the driver really understands. Drivers generally do not know their way around and may stop to ask for directions. Tuk tuk drivers going the wrong way and driving around for long periods are unfortunately common. They don't do this on purpose, they just don't know where the place is and desperately want your business.

If you see the driver going the wrong way, best to stop him and make him get a map or ask. If not possible, best to cut the trip short and find another one. Note that some drivers cannot read a map, which may result in a prolonged discussion with nearby locals! Cyclos are three-wheeled pedal cycle-rickshaws. They are slow, scenic, traditional and romantic, though waning in number.

Cycling can extend the horizons of the city. Ride slowly and be visible and predictable by avoiding quick turns. A good place to buy is in the area around the top of St, near St Having a bike greatly reduces the amount of annoying verbal ride offers by tuk tuk and moto taxi drivers. There are plenty of repair places in town to fix a puncture, pump up tires or do any repair work at cheap prices. Walking can be a challenge. Remember little gives way to big here, pedestrians come last, even on the now cluttered, once grand, wide, French-built pavements! To cross safely, judge gaps in the traffic and proceed with care - give oncoming vehicles ample time to see and avoid you, or try to cross with the brightly coloured and revered monks.

There is almost no street lighting off the major boulevards, and walking at night is not recommended. Walking alone late at night can be very dangerous bag snatching is common - be careful. Traffic signals and pedestrian crossings are generally ignored by drivers.

Local advice is to "just keep walking" - i. Drivers will see you and adjust their own speed accordingly. Phnom Penh is notorious for its massive traffic jams, and rightly so. In addition, traffic is chaotic and motorcyclists seemingly suicidal. Therefore, most tourists consider driving in Phnom Penh a nightmare, and it is highly recommended that you stick to public transport and not try to drive yourself around.

France's Cambodian colony was acquired late, and was generally neglected. Consequently there are not many colonial-era buildings, and those which remain are largely decayed. Generally any building in good condition, old or new, will be behind a big wall and security guards. The Khmer riel is not usually used for large purchases. Cents of the US dollar are not in use, so change below 1 dollar is always given in riel. Prices for most products and services worth above a couple of dollars will be quoted in US dollars, especially to foreigners. If you carry US dollars, money changers are usually not necessary, except perhaps getting rid of extra riels before leaving the country.

They are plentiful near the central market and display their rates on boards. The Cambodian Central Bank maintains the riel at approximately - to the dollar, be wary if rates are outside this range. Most vendors will accept US dollars and Khmer riel interchangeably at a rate of riel to the dollar. Larger, more established businesses like supermarkets, set their own rates, which is usually between KHR If paying in US dollars, you will receive change in the form of riel instead of in coins. For example, if a vendor owes you USD1.

Paying in this form is also acceptable. When accepting money in change or exchange, inspect the bills. There are plenty of ATMs. They dispense US dollars and accept international cards. FTB is also fee-free - there is one opposite the main terminal on Sisowath Quay. Cashing traveller's cheques can be problematic; even major banks may refuse to exchange traveller's cheques of above USD Caveat emptor let the buyer beware. Electronics will likely fail within days, fake watches abound, especially in the Central Market.

Changing dollars into riels is generally unnecessary, though the parsimonious will notice a small benefit. Small purchases with notes above USD20 can cause problems, though vendors will manage. Do not worry if a vendor runs off with your large note, they are finding change not robbing you. Popular tourist buys include silk, silverware, handicrafts and curios including Buddha figures , and made-to-order clothes which are often of good quality. If you want to support businesses that are noted for supporting Cambodia's culture and heritage, look for the Heritage Friendly Business Logo from Heritage Watch, an organization that promotes the preservation of Cambodia's cultural legacy.

Alcohol is not expensive in Cambodia. Most of the people from expensive alcohol countries eg. Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia return to their home country using their full alcohol duty free allowance. Best to avoid last minute shopping at the airport since duty free prices are much more expensive than prices in town. Spend a minute or so leafing through before buying; quality varies: pages can be in the wrong order or missing, or the book is not the one described on the cover. Throughout the city, but especially in the Russian Market, there are tailors willing to make custom made clothes.

Definitely worth the purchase, as you'll never have a shirt that is as perfect of fit. Street , just north of the National Museum, is known as Artist Street and has many interesting boutiques. There are many booths that sell fake jewellery and synthetic gemstones in the Russian Market. Don't buy from a booth which cannot issue a certificate of warranty. Make sure you are entitled to a full refund if the item is different from what you were told. Buy jewellery and gemstones from a reputable shop established for many years, with a reputation to protect. Handmade silk goods, jewellery, accessories and clothing made by women disabled from polio and landmines.

If you ask, you will also be able to tour the shop, meeting the female workers and seeing where they study English. The products are absolutely beautiful and the majority of the silk is sourced from a local village, where it is all hand woven. The costs of running the project are covered by selling the artists' work in the shop, they receive no grants or aid. Phnom Penh offers some interesting culinary treats not found elsewhere in the country. These include French-influenced dining and Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian dishes.

Khmer street restaurant are also found throughout the city, where a typical meal costs dollars. Pizzas, banana pancakes and fried rice are always easy to find. The riverfront hosts everything from stand-up stalls to fine French bistros. Stalls and street restaurants often lack hygienic practices: eating peeled fruit and vegetables and anything uncooked may have unintended consequences. Additionally, there are two Cambodian fast food chains BB World and Lucky Seven, each having a handful of locations in the city. Central Market is a hawker food centre, food is cheap and the street eateries add to the area's bustling atmosphere.

Grilled small crabs, lobsters, prawns are also sold in the market. Chicken feet are also sold in the open air restaurants along Street Grasshoppers, crabs, worm-type animals and pupae are sold along Sothearos Boulevard from Street to Street. Take the cross river ferry to sit on mats and eat cheap hawker food while watching the sunset over the city.

The most recommended on this type are the Muslim restaurants at 86 St. Halal Foods Mumina on the north side of the street in front of South China Airlines office is recommendable. This area although in the farther north end is favored mostly by the French and Brits for their embassies are located nearby.

Superficial security Most of the time, Phnom Penh bars and clubs are safe enough and a lot of fun - however, some of the more "hip" places are popular with the notorious local "elite" youth. They are the wild children of the rich and powerful - magnates, politicians, police chiefs and military generals. They are almost always armed, and will always have a team of armed bodyguards ready to jump on anyone. If you're alone and looking, keep this in mind - anyone you see could be 'owned' by the said elite children. Proceed with caution! If in the rare case you're told to 'go away' they'll mostly call their guards or become confrontational - take the hint and go.

These children, much like the rest of their family, are exempt from the law - even more so club entrance searches. Places to hang out after dark are located mainly at the riverside area behind Sisowath Quay, including Street and with a high concentration of hostess bars.

After midnight the nightlife concentrates around Street 51's Golden Sorya Mall, where the two main discos Pontoon and Heart of Darkness and several hostess bars and beer bars are found. Some other bars and bar clusters that remain active after midnight are on street , , Sharky's bar and Martini's bar. A large part of the Phnom Penh nightlife is oriented towards male travellers and expats looking to meet local girls, this coupled with the vendor children, beggars and touts of all types definitely gives Phnom Penh's nightlife an "edge" feel.

Phnom Penh has a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from budget guesthouses about USD to good quality mid-range hotels USD to extravagant palaces with extravagant prices to match. A good range of accommodation is available around the city. The budget traveller centre was the area still known as Lakeside , near the now filled in Beoung Kak lake.

The colony of guesthouses has been decimated but not eradicated. Remaining businesses are desperate for clients, which makes prices very cheap. Services include laundry, internet, money exchange, ATM and restaurants, including an excellent Indian restaurant. Daytime bag-snatching and smartphone-snatching is common; western and local women are often targeted, but men are also targeted. Robbers usually drive towards you on a motorbike from behind and will snatch while continuing to drive - you will have no way to react fast enough to protect yourself once this is happening.

Therefore, it is important to take precautions. When walking, don't stare into your smartphone to look something up on the map - better go inside a restaurant or cafe and memorize your way there. When riding in a tuk-tuk keep your bag and camera towards the middle of the tuk-tuk to protect against bag snatching. When on a motorcycle taxi, keep your bag between you and the driver or in front of the driver. Beware of guest house staff stealing from your bags in your room when you are away.

Even not their safes are safe even thought in the case you use your own padlock. Padlocks can be opened within minutes by use of pick locks. If you are going to lock in your valuables, it is better you use your own lock than the lock the guest house or hotel provides you. Smartphones, cameras and cash is what hotel staff look for. Police is rarely of any help, usually you need to bribe the tourists police dollars to file a report and they will still appear lazy even thought you know who is the suspect.

At Monorom Inn they will give typical excuse that some tourists tried to break into the room or that other tourists have copied the hotel room keys. They may deny that some of the valuables you left in their deposit were never left in their saftey box. This kind of behavior is not new, it happened 20 years ago and it still happens, even in Cambodia and in other Asian guest houses for example in Khao San road in Bangkok. It is not difficult to know that staff is stealing when they play with the same smartphones that were lost in different occations.

Hotel staff target especially drunk guests who may not remember what has happened, so if you leave something in the safety box when drunk they may claim you didn't. And if you fetch something from the safety box while drunk they may not give you all your items. So stay alert! Also few of the english speaking and healthier looking tuktuk drivers around Capitol Guest House pick pocket from drunk tourists. If you are drunk, make sure that the change in dollars you get from tuktuk or taxi drivers are not printed with a laser printer, you easily know fake from real by feeling paper of the dollar notes.

If anyone tells you they like your shirt or something similar, it's them. Cambodians will never do this. It will always be a non-Cambodian. If this happens to you take a photo of them, If we start doing this this will freak them out. They are everywhere and really good at pretending to be normal people.

They look for targets at malls, fast food places, on the riverside. They will always begin their conversation with a praise for your clothing or something you are wearing, followed by asking you what country you're from, followed by when are you leaving? The best way to end this conversation is to tell these people your flight is soon give them a random time an hour or two from the current time or alternatively say your chauffeur is waiting for you outside while you just get some things done. These replies almost always work. Scammers and conmen sometimes work the tourist areas such as the riverfront, Hun Sen Park and the Sorya Mall.

A group of scammers, operating, around the riverside target tourists. Their method is to start a conversation, make friends, claim to have a relative who is soon moving to your country of origin, and invite you to dinner at their house. Once you get there, they will apparently try to trick you into playing a rigged card game for money, and if that fails then they will give you stories about sick relatives and ask money for that instead. Worse yet, there have been reports of druggings in these situations, after which the guest is robbed and perhaps dropped at a hospital.

As in most developing world countries, avoiding cold, uncooked food is desirable to prevent stomach upsets. Salads are also suspect at times. Ice is usually OK as it is made from filtered water in factories. You will often be able to distinguish two types of ice if you pay attention, the safe type of ice is cylindrical with a hole through it, you will usually be served with this kind of ice in drinks in common restaurants. HIV is carried by up to one in eight of Cambodia's female sex workers.

As many Asian clients refuse to use condoms, unprotected sex with a sex worker is extremely dangerous. A vendor should have an activated test card to be used to make sure your phone will operate on that network. Calls between mobile networks can be be patchy and Skype calls from abroad to mobiles in Cambodia are sometimes dropped, so be prepared to redial frequently. There are plenty of phone stalls around central market.

Mobitel has the best coverage around the whole of Cambodia and seems to have cheaper calls. Most of the major networks have kiosks at the Phnom Penh airport located just after walking through customs where you can buy a local sim card, some credit and an Internet data package. If so, check that it all appears to be operating OK before heading off, such as by loading up a web page and checking your balance. WiFi is available in most of the hotels that welcome western tourists and backpackers.

Speed and reliability is on par with neighboring countries. Wireless and wired connections for laptops are available at a number of outlets. Most five star hotels provide high-speed broadband access, but at a premium. The main, impressive French colonial style post office is located at the intersection of Street 13 and , roughly between Wat Phnum and the Riverside, also selling postcards.

Another branch is more downtown, at the intersection of Sihanouk and Monivong Boulevard. Both offices offer full range of postal services, including PO boxes for affordable prices, and are open 7 days a week. Postage for international postcards is 3, riel as of March - very nice picture stamps are available, philatelists: ask for mix and match options. Letters and especially parcels to Phnom Penh's post office frequently go missing, or are not made available to recipients for up to one year.

Bring your largest pair of sunglasses: Phnom Penh is dusty year-round even in the wet season and riding in tuk tuks means a lot of the dust in your eyes. Ascertain that the doctor has a Western medical degree. If not, get out: local training is poor and treatment can be fatal. Local hospitals are generally basic, including Calmette Hospital - the city's largest. A doctor's appointment should be made at one of the international clinics, which can also arrange transfer to a hospital in Thailand if necessary.

The following clinics and hospitals are up to international standards:. Sihanoukville , Battambang , and Siem Reap are within a few hours reach. Watch out for guesthouses profiteering on bus tickets. Several tour companies offer day-trips to Tonle Bati , which includes Ta Prohm , an Angkor-era temple not to be mistaken for the Angkor-area temple of the same name. Nicknamed the "Silk ,Island", this small, rural island in the Mekong is known for the many weavers who live and work on old silk looms. There are also a small beach and many temples, a good way to experience the Cambodian countryside.

Rates at May , from Mekong Imperial Int. The 8 hour journey begins at with a minibus to the boat, which then goes to Chau Doc in Vietnam, stopping for an hour at the border for immigration and a change of vessel. The first leg is on the Don Det bus. Once over the border you'll spend hours on cramped minibuses heading to Pakse before the final strech to the capital. The border is slow and bureaucratic, with endless form-filling and small bribes 'fees' to officials, long walks hauling your luggage between windows m , and no-one much to assist with enquiries. There have been reports of various problems on the onward journey to Vientiane , including Lao companies not honouring tickets sold in Cambodia to nocturnal groping.

You will change buses at the border. The city itself has neither the atmosphere of Hanoi nor the hustle-bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, but has its share of sights and is close to the ancient cities of charming Hoi An and the imperial capital of Hue , making it a popular vacationing spot for those looking to explore the attractions of central Vietnam or soak up some rays while hanging out on the city's beaches.

The city has grown rapidly in recent years and reached a population of over 1,, people in There are many remnants of the "American War" leftover in Da Nang. On the way to the popular tourist spot; South Vietnam Sea, the ruins of a military base remain in the form of helicopter hangars, although these are now more easily spotted at the airport, which serves both civil and military flights.

Da Nang is often overlooked by tourists but is one of the most friendly in all of Vietnam. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam are found here, and some of the friendliest people. Until relatively recently, Da Nang was somewhat hostile to foreigners, a consequence of the attitudes of those who then controlled the provincial government. In the early 90s, however, this changed, and since the late 90s the provincial [actually autonomous city] government has been enthusiastically pursuing foreign investment and developing infrastructure.

Da Nang has some of the best roads in the country -- the coast road is at least four lanes from northern provincial boundary to southern provincial boundary. Compared to either Hanoi or HCMC, traffic in Da Nang is always relatively light, although huge trucks blare along every now and again and there are brief 'rush hours. There are now at least three large supermarkets as well as a Metro wholesaler.

The hottest months of the year are May through August, when the temperature can get to as high as 40 degrees Celsius, and it is generally very dry. There are usually tropical storms in October and November. There are three main beaches in Danang. A fourth one faces north into the bay and is not a place where expats usually go.

The beaches on the eastern side of the city are beautiful and developed for expat-friendly tourism. Temple Resort has a beautiful infinity pool under the palm trees with a view of the ocean and beach 90, VND. And at Holiday Beach in the south is where you can walk into the cafe-rich An Thuong area and rent a surf board--Holiday Beach always has bigger waves than other parts of the beach.

Da Nang is also ideally positioned between Hoi An 40 minutes south and Hue 2 hours north.

Stop by and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the unspoilt golden sandy beaches on the up and coming eastern part of Da Nang Son Tra peninsula. Deck chairs and sun loungers can be rented on the beach for VND 20 - 30, per two hours. Do not forget to take your towel, etc. A handful of showers exists near where the deck chairs are. Upgrading was done to the airport in late and early making the airport one of country's most modern. The airport is located within the city, just 3 km west of the center of Danang, a minute trip at most.

If going to a destination within or close to the city, ignore offers to set a price in advance and insist on use of the meter. Meters are ubiquitous here, and taxis enjoy a good reputation among the local expat community. There is a 15, VND toll that taxis pay on their way into the airport. Usually they will charge this in addition to the meter, both to the person they are bringing to a departure and to the person they pick up at arrivals. Maybe, but just know that's what's going on when he asks for an extra beyond what's showing on the meter.

It's appropriate to pay it. Save yourself the extra fees and scams, and ask to be dropped off in front of the airport, same with leaving, walk 2 minutes to the main road, and you dont have to deal with scams. Book an Uber or Grab taxi or bike and you'll know your exact price.

The Reunification Express makes a stop in Da Nang. Many motorbikes and taxis are available outside of the station. Scheduled arrival and departure times are loosely followed. If you just want to get to Hue, in addition to taking the non-stop train to Hanoi about two hours , you can also take the 'local' train which is slow about four to four and a half hours from Da Nang to Hue, with several stops along the way; a car or taxi does it in two , but incredibly cheap 25, dong including a meal.

There are many ways to get in Danang by car: From Da Nang International airport: you can hire a car from some transfer service. Da Nang Airport Pick up. From Hoi An, you can take the local bus to Da Nang. It is a yellow bus that has Hoi An - Da Nang along the front window. You can read the entry in the Hoi An wikitravel for more on this. A good tip is to take photos of the fare chart on the outside of the bus before you get on. Once on the bus keep your bags close to you. When the fare collector comes around start video recording the transaction and make it obvious that you a recording them - a video is hard evidence and if reported they could lose their job.

Politely offer a 20, VND note and ignore any further requests for money. It does not cost any additional to have your bag on board, despite what they say an obvious exception to this world be if you have large bags that are taking up seats etc. Again they will eventually budge and accept 20, vdn in order to save face, even after playing a whole host of games.

Do not get angry at them - stay calm and collected so that you don't lose face! Da Nang bus station serves transport to several cities, including a few locations in Laos daily bus to Savannakhet, Tha Khek and Vian Tieng in the morning. It's 5 kilometers west of the center of Da Nang but is serviced by local buses such as 2 which goes to the town centre and 1 to Hoi An. Buying tickets at the station is the complicated option taxi fare from city center to station almost Getting around on foot is highly unadvisable if not impossible, as Da Nang spans many kilometers in all directions.

Unlike a city such as Hanoi, the tourist destinations are not concentrated into a single district. Instead, many of the destinations of note for foreigners are far from one another and require motorized transportation. On the bright side, Da Nang's generously spacious roadways, bridges, and walkways may be a welcome change to those who want a change from crowded urban living. There are 5 local [www. Buses are new and all of them are air-conditioned. Ticket price is VND per ride.

Renting a motorbike costs about 80,,VND per day for most hotel and rental companies in Da Nang.

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This would be the most convenient way to travel if you want to keep costs low and have high flexibility in where you travel, which can be a very big advantage in a city as large as Da Nang. Please be aware of all the associated legal and physical risks of renting a motorbike though. In short, it's not really legal unless you have a Vietnam license, but this is a point commonly ignored by tourists and motorbike rental agencies. It's up to you whether you're comfortable with this, but to be pragmatic, this point only becomes salient if you do something illegal enough to have to engage with the police like get into an accident.