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LUXE City Guides - Cambodia and Laos - - Cambodia – Phnom Penh & Siem Reap -

Jun-oct is wet, lush and great for pho­tos, cooler/ peak sea­son is Nov-feb, while Mar/apr are filthy hot Wa­ter Fes­ti­val (Bon Om Tuk) is in Nov; mil­lions of peo­ple de­scend on the wa­ter­front, so watch it on TV Visa on ar­rival US$20, payable in US$ only (bring pass­port pic), or pur­chase on­line at mfaic.gov.kh for US$28 De facto cur­rency is US$, though small change is given in the lo­cal riel. US$1 is ap­prox. 4000R Ph­nom Penh Int’l Air­port to town: 30 mins / US$9; Siem Reap Int’l Air­port to town: 20 mins / US$7 ATMS are dot­ted around town. Handy ANZ ATM at 265 Sisowath Quay / Ph­nom Penh and Old Mar­ket / Siem Reap Cash is king, so carry plenty of small notes, though high-end es­tab­lish­ments do ac­cept credit cards Ph­nom Penh (PNH) streets are num­bered grids, while land­marks are of­ten used in Siem Reap (REP) Get around in tuk-tuks, mo­tos, hire car or call for a taxi (see V. Use­ful) in PNH; cabs don’t ex­ist in REP, while cy­cling is a fun way to see tem­ples in cooler weather For­eigner = $$$. Don’t flash your cash, hang on tight to your sac and leave your LV at home Beg­gars and street kids are rife. Po­litely ig­nore them, as one word from you in­stantly trans­forms them into vel­cro, and they also know how to tell you to sod-off in sev­eral dif­fer­ent lan­guages Don’t touch the men in saf­fron robes or point your feet at them, and don’t touch kids on the head The peo­ple can be sur­pris­ingly open about their suf­fer­ing un­der the Kh­mer Rouge, but be sen­si­tive Open­ing hours can be flex­i­ble, best to check ahead Coun­try code is +855, land­line in PNH 023, REP 063, and mo­biles usu­ally start with 012, 015 or 017 Con­tact your ho­tel in an emer­gency, as spe­cial ser­vices have very lim­ited or no English Tourist Po­lice PNH 012 942 484, REP 012 402 424

Four phrases that will be of use...

Suor sir dai / Lee-hai : Howdy / Later Ar-kun : Thanks, aw­fully Ot parn ya ha! : No prob­lem! ’kay, let’s rock...

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