Oof! The editing of CIA data suggests that this article is ripe for defactbookization. Anyone up for it? --Evan 23:40, 4 Jan 2004 (EST)
I've edited the section on land mines to better reflect reality. As I've written, 99.9% of tourists will never be at any risk of stepping on a mine. It's important to be aware of the issue of mines that the country as a whole faces, but to present the threat to tourists as anything other than virtually nonexistant is irresponsible. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs)
I've undid your edit. It's more important to give all potential travelers advice, not just tourists. We hope our guides will be useful to the NGO volunteer who will spend 95% of his/her time in the places that tourists will never go and that may be in a very isolated place with the risk of mines. -- Sapphire • (Talk) • 00:47, 26 March 2007 (EDT)
Even still, what I've written applies to non-tourists as well. Very few people make it out to areas such as those affected by land mines, NGO workers included. The only NGO workers who spend time in mine affected areas are demining crews, and they certainly have better knowledge than this site could ever hope to provide. We are not a conventional guidebook, we do not have to be politically correct. A better statement on my part would be that no foreigner has ever fallen victim to land mines of any kind. In practical terms, no one outside tourists uses these guides anyways.
I'm obviously not an expert on Cambodia, but the new text seems reasonable to me, although the "you will never see a land mine text" may be going a bit far. My understanding is that the danger to tourists from landmines in Cambodia is on par with the danger in the Falkland Islands, so providing similar warnings - basically "be aware that there is a potential danger and ask locals when venturing into less-traveled areas" - should be sufficient. -- Ryan(talk) 02:15, 26 March 2007 (EDT)
I've toned down the text a little. I'm also fairly sure there have been foreign casualties due to mines: the Khmer Rouge, for one, liked to ambush trains with mines and several foreigners were killed in an attack near Sihanoukville in the 1990s. Of course this is a little different from just stepping on an old one by accident... Jpatokal 02:33, 26 March 2007 (EDT)
Kampong Cham lists all prices in US dollars. Is use of the dollar in Cambodia so widespread, and so more prevalent than use of the local currency, that we should make an exception to the prices guidelines on accommodation listings and friends? I think this is a case where the traveller comes first and we shouldn't list prices out in the local currency if travellers will never see those prices; however, I'd like to know if that's the case. --Evan 10:31, 6 Dec 2005 (EST)
Costs for Cambodia should be listed in USD. In practice, travellers only use riel as small change - prices are quoted in USD, payments made in USD, even the ATMs issue USD (and not riel).
Interesting. Do non-US travellers change money into US$ before going to Cambodia? --Evan 12:00, 6 Dec 2005 (EST)
Virtually always. You can spend Thai baht (& get a competitive rate) in the areas bordering Thailand, but otherwise you need to bring in USD (&/or TCs, but USD is easier to work with). Prior to 2005 no ATMs; currently just a handful in Phnom Penh (Siem Reap to follow suit round about now). Even amongst non-tourists, USD is the preferred currency for amounts over and above a couple of beers.
Our anonymous friend is correct. Jpatokal 21:32, 6 Dec 2005 (EST)
Please don't use "USD", which is a currency code, not a word. "US$" is the correct abbreviation for "US dollar". Jpatokal 01:37, 26 March 2007 (EDT)
I added content to the respect section. The things I put I feel are highly relevant based on what I personally observed while in Cambodia. Many tourists go there with a hardcore bargaining mindset, while Khmers themselves are rather meek and mellow bargainers and not hard to get the best price of. Some tourists will spend endless hours haggling for the best possible price, then go to a western owned bar and buy $20 worth of drinks without so much as an "eep" of protest, which is downright disrespectful. Brian Hnatiak
Agreed, with one exception: taxi/motodup/tuktuk drivers. Especially in the larger cities, they try to rip off tourists. It has happened to me on several occasions after walking away from a driver they came after me, dropping the fare they asked by half or even 4 times. Hans Hoppe
The tipping customs would be a welcome addition. It should probably be included on every national page, and every subnational page where the tipping customs differ within the country.
From out recent visit, we learned to tip 1000 riel for a normal restraunt, 1500 riel for a nicer one (we're not talking about the 5-star resorts, but the local communities). Do not leave the money on the table or in the receipt holder (they will think you just forgot it), but place it directly in the hand of the server. Even though many restraunts are fairly westernized, most seemed a bit confused about the concept of a gratuity. This seems like a small amount, and I'm sure even a $1 bill would be welcomed. Most meals are priced about $4, so a big meal and Cokes for two comes in under $15 total.