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Cambodia - the unknown on the Mekong between Thailand and Vietnam. Most visitors come to the Khmer Empire to marvel at the mystical temples of Angkor Wat. The way we did it.
At this point we give you some travel tips for Cambodia so that you can get an idea of the country and its people. Of course, we have linked some recommendations for you again.
We traveled from Bangkok to Siem Reap. This route is operated several times a day and relatively cheaply from Bangkok Airways via Suvarnabhumi and Air Asia via Don Muang. Of course, many other airlines also fly this route.
The major airports in Cambodia are Phnom Phen, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap. All of the major cities in Southeast Asia and China fly directly several times a day. Cambodia's connections are relatively good.
You can apply for a Cambodia visa using this link before you travel. The processing takes about 3 working days and costs 36 US $. You will then receive the visa by e-mail and have to print it twice and take it with you on entry. It is a single entry visa. This means that you don't have to queue at two queues during immigration, but only one. In our case, the time saved was about 20 minutes compared to the option where the visa is only issued directly at the airport.
In addition to the e-visa, you also need the yellow and blue entry card, which has about the same data as the visa. One of the cards is for immigration, the other for customs.
Basically there is right-hand traffic on the streets of Cambodia. There is a lot going on in the cities - how can it be otherwise in Asia? Here in Cambodia we have observed something unusual for Asia. It seems like they are respectful of each other here, because the cars and motorbikes brake for the tourists and wave them nicely across the street. That was new for us after we were almost run over in Bali one or two times.
In Cambodia, depending on where you are, you should either rent a scooter or use driving services. The most common is the tuktuk. As a tourist, you are really addressed every few meters whether you need a driver. Of course, you can have a driver organized at the accommodation. Should you book a tour in Siem Reap in Angkor Wat, we recommend Miss Kim's driving services. She is a reliable driver who has to assert herself in this male domain. She is hardworking and learns English during breaks, while her male colleagues mostly smoke or sleep. (Price per day: $ 25; as of 2019)
The major tourist destinations in Cambodia Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville are all connected by bus.
At Sihanoukville Airport, the best way to get a taxi is to get to the Sihanoukville Speed Ferry Terminal. Depending on the number of construction sites and trucks, this takes at least an hour and costs a flat fee of $ 20.
You can also get a SIM card at the airport. In the entrance hall of the airport there are taxi stands, ATMs, a cafe and several SIM card sellers. We had a SIM card from METFONE. Data volume is very cheap. We had 10 gigabytes for $ 3. The LTE reception was very good. The seller will be happy to activate this for you.
You probably want to go to one of the Sihanoukville islands - such as Koh Rong. Because you shouldn't want to go to Sihanoukville. The city is currently being turned upside down. Chinese investors buy everything and tear down the houses to build casinos and hotel bunkers. I have to say that what happened there is really the ugliest and most unappealing thing we have ever seen while traveling.
From the Speed Boat Terminal you can get to the wonderful islands such as Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem or the other small islands with several providers in an hour. The return trip together costs around $ 25 per person. You can get the tickets at the Speed Boat Terminal. There are also many restaurants where you can wait for your boat in peace.
The language of the locals is Khmer, but children already learn English in the tourist areas. You learn it from the tourists - not at school. English is relatively easy to manage.
Our view is that the Khmer culture is relatively frank and curious. We were involved in very friendly discussions with many young locals. They wanted to learn about our culture and families. They showed great interest above all in the weather and especially in snow and ice. We have never had a bad experience with people during our entire stay in Cambodia. The nature of the Khmer is characterized by friendliness and open-mindedness. A very pleasant people.
We spent a week on Koh Rong for a swim.
The party people are rather represented in the settlement on the main pier. There are cheap rooms and loud music here. The next stop for the boats is the pier at Long Set Beach. Just let me know which resort you want when you buy the boat tickets. We stayed at the Long Set Resort. The restaurant is really good and also very cheap for an island. At Long Set Beach there is a mini market on the jetty. More shops and restaurants are under construction.
The beach at Long Set Beach is bright white, the water is clean, calm and turquoise blue.
If you want to go back to the mainland, let the speedboat provider know the day before. Your accommodation will be happy to do this for you.
The coconut beach is really very nice.