Stef's Happy Paintings
Hi! I really like Stef's Happy Paitings, would love to own one, and envy anyone who does. But I think they're much too expensive (the cheapest ones listed on the website are US$125 -- and those are small prints) to actually do anything other than look at. So I think it should be moved back to the See section instead of the Buy section. What do you think? :Ewlyahoocom 11:53, 22 Apr 2005 (EDT)
I left the taxi part there, but I've been tempted to delete this portion. I've lived in Phnom Penh for a couple of years now, and although I know that there are indeed taxis and a taxi service, I would be hard pressed to go down on Sisowath and point out which vehicle was a taxi. Anyway, the point is that I disagree with the "plenty of taxis" statement, but didn't want to be to bold before posting here...any thoughts? --Easter Monkey 11:19, 22 Oct 2005 (EDT)
I thought the info here was a bit too negative. There's quite a lot of stuff in backpacker land in terms of accomodation, I was only there a few days but I don't think it felt 'unsafe', and various other points. Basically the opinions of my gf and myself differ drastically from those set out on this page... We're not sure if we should start a rewrite!!! (Especially if some people live in PP).
But the fact remains that there is a huge amount of violent crime in Phnom Penh, and that most foreigners who live here have encountered more of it than they have in most other cities - often a lot more. Last month I met a six-year part-time PP resident who has had 10 European friends killed in that time - including 3 shot, 1 stabbed, and 3 from motorbike crashes.
I have seen beatings and heard shootings occur right under my apartment windows - something I never saw in New York or London, let alone Adelaide or Sydney. A friend reported two shootings in his street last month; another was delayed for a dinner with me by a shooting on Sisowath Quay, the main tourist drag.
Coming through for a few days will generally not be fatal, though it also does not give you a full picture of what the city is like.
Who is the author of this article ? It is a shame. The informations is false. Phnom Penh is not a city of crime like it is described. Is he already goes to Phnom Penh ? I though your website is not a serious website. Now, I didn't advise your website to people and go out now. Bye.
You must remove this article.
Secondly, if you accept this type of comments. So, I could write the same for each country of the world ! Example : New York is very dangerous because people have guns and use it easily. Paris have a lot of gangs in the street and burn cars the night. London have hooligans in a street. Mafia is everywhere in Italy. So all these cities are not secure. Indeed, what I say is true but it is not the real life of everyday. If I add all this comments on your website. I think people we'll run away fast. So, this type of remark is not a comment for travellers.
The author should describe without giving a negative opinions like this. Cambodia is a poor country and a beautiful country. There are lack like every poor country. Now, it economy is growing very fast.
If the admin is ok with this type of comment. OMG. Looks lonely planet or the other website. Travellers don't need this type of false comments. Ask the majority of people who travel to Phnom Penh their feelings before editing this type of comments. Bye"
I agree with the feeling that this article is by far too negative. Perhaps it needs some update to reflect the changes of the past years or perhaps the author(s) don't have element of comparison with similar cities and countries in South East Asia:
Article on Gridskipper mentioning this guide: http://www.gridskipper.com/travel/top/stung-meanchey-dump-178536.php . --Evan 22:39, 21 August 2006 (EDT)
i want to add something abt internet acces, but where can it go?
I've just read the warning in drink-section. I am in Phnom Penh every year. I think the contributor exaggerates a little bit, when he use this obtrusive box. I think this warning puts visitors off. And I think visiting these bars is not more dangerous than visiting a bar in an other country in Southeastasia. -- DerFussi 03:54, 22 September 2006 (EDT)
I have emailed the Government of Cambodia and Phnom Pehn newspaper but have not had any response. I feel it is important to alert future travellers about this establishment and their treatment/assault of us.
Dear Sir or Madam. I am writing this email to inform your ministry about an unprovoked assault on myself and another traveller which took place this past Tuesday at Shanghai Bar and Grill in Phnom Phehn.
This event spoiled an otherwise incredible vacation experience within Cambodia which included time in Siem Reap, P.P. and Sanoukenville. I have been raving to friends and family about the beauty of this country and even more so that kindness, friendliness and warm hospitality of its people. Unfortunately, I left Cambodia having endured physical abuse and the fear of a mob action following the actions of the Australian bar owner of Shanghai bar and restaurant.
At the end of the night a young deaf English boy, another traveller and myself were winding down the evening. I went to the washing and came back to a very intimidating scene in which the Australian owner was accosting my fellow traveller.Apparently over the fact this poor kid with a hearing impediment had been 'talking' with the girls by exchanging notes as he could not otherwise communicate with them. Harmless and respectful fun.
Upon seeing this unnecessary, aggressive behavior I intervened; told the bar owner the boy was deaf and asked that he leave him alone. We were moving on. The owner proceeded to then tie into me for 'sticking my nose in' and then unprovoked blindsided me with three punches. Preparing to defend myself, we were set upon by his mob of hired Cambodian toughs in a very, very scary and volatile situation (one of which attacked me - again without provocation). Completely unnecessary and the owner's physical assault on both of us should held up to criminally responsible.
Pretty poor business practice to sucker punch your customers and then sic a gang of local hoods on them. The fact this foreigner has damaged your country's charm and beauty in our eyes is most disappointing. However I feel these actions should not go unreported to authorities and alerting future travellers about this incident and the way in which this foreigner conducts business in Cambodia .
Please be advised I have also sent a copy of this email to the news editor, Phnom Phehn Post.
This email will serve as a formal complaint which I will anticipate shall lead to investigation and potential action against this establishment and its owner.
Thank you in advance for time and consideration in this matter
Internet access, river vs. lake and motorbikes
Last time I was there (2006) internet access was $1 US, not 50c... picky, I know, but for the sake of accuracy...? Motos were also no longer available for hire in Cambodia outside Sihanoukville, according to enquiries, and I thought perhaps it might be worth make more of a point of the different areas-- river vs. lake? (Sorry, I'm sure you know their correct names!) In that these two areas are fairly far apart, geographically and in terms of a 'scene'- perhaps a comment on this and some sort of distinction to be made with the location of accomodation and/or restaurants/bars? I'd like these to be confirmed/denied before I go ahead and edit!
I feel the following is at the least inaccurate - "its infrastructure is lacking, and it is very poor - much poorer than, for example, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and Manila." While this may be true for the first two cities it isn't for Manila. I can only assume the writer of this part has either not been to Manila or has been only to the centre. So I'm changing it.
Does anyone know where to get real happy pizza in Phnom Penh? I've tried several places including the one listed in Lonely Planet with no luck whatsover. Any advice would be greatly appreciated esp to help pass the time until my next destination.
I want a specific address for this apartment before the entry can go into the article. An address is conspicuously absent from the listing and the agency website. Gorilla Jones 18:55, 8 December 2008 (EST)
Sorry for my late reply - only saw your comment now. The couple who runs this place prefer not to have their address listed to avoid people showing up unannounced. Is an address a must? If so, I'd add that "advanced booking" is preferred. Let me know. Best, --Whladik 05:38, 10 January 2009 (EST)
Too much negativity
I must say that the safety precautions mentioned in the article leaves a reader with the impression he/she is going to nowadays Baghdad or Beirut in 1980s. There might have been some accidents involving foreigners like bag-snatching, dangerous driving and etc., but it is so worse at has been described, and it is clear exaggeration. It reminds me of how the domestic press here in Japan warns us about the increasing number of foreigners' crimes, but did not mention that the overall they decrease as relative number when Japanese crimes are counted to. The author has either been too biased because something happened to him/her, or never been to this part of the region, or is a fellow Japanese thinking everything should be as safe as Tokyo.
Me and my wife were so prepared that we were so stressed that could not enjoy the city. Great place, great people.
Whither a 3% surcharge on credit cards?
The article needs to clarify whether the 3% surcharge on using "plastic" comes from the Cambodian vendors or the customers' own credit card company--it is generally the latter. However if you get a card that does not have this fee (there are up to half a dozen in the U.S., you need to research them) this is not an issue (although I believe there can be a price hike if the local vendor "offers" to do perform the transaction in your home currency [since they will generally do it at an unfavorable exchange rate].22.214.171.124 12:11, 25 December 2010 (EST)
Just back from Phnom Penh. Heard nothing about brick attacks on Sisowath Quay. Are they still going on? Should we put the reference into the past tense as it is about 2010? What exactly are brick attacks anyway? Shep 15:12, 7 September 2011 (EDT)
I would like to update this, I was a victim of a brick attack last night 2/1/13. Two guys on a scooter drove past me and launch a brick in to my facejust missing my eye, 20 stitches and concussion could of quite easily lost my life. This was in broad daylight in a nice neighbourhood near the independence monument. Be careful in this country.
Tables of bus prices
I'm not keen on the addition of tables of bus times and prices in the Get out section and would like to see them gone.
Any comments? Travelpleb 08:17, 18 May 2012 (EDT)