Difference between revisions of "Talk:Siem Reap"
Revision as of 12:17, 19 October 2010
I've updated the section "Get in" and added the text about travelling by train to the cambodian border. I've done this once (~ 2 years ago), it was incredible cheap but can't remember the price I payed for the ticket. Could someone update this ?
I just added an image (first time I've tried the whole upload thing!) but it's probably way too big. If someone wants to save it and edit it down and upload it again, feel free. I have a ton of Cambodia picts at http://www.majink.org/trav/picts/cambodia/index.html but I'm lame with the image manipulation... Majnoona 12:51, 25 Jul 2004 (EDT)
Blind obedience to templates
One of the sections in the Siem Reap page is entitled "By land", as it covers buses, taxis and pickup trucks plying the same highways to the same destinations. I would like to keep it that way. Going by bus/taxi/pickup to Bangkok and Phnom Penh, on the other hand, are quite different because the first route involves crossing a tough border and the other doesn't; I would also like to keep the subsections for these separate. (As on example, a warning about scams and hassles at the border doesn't apply to anyone coming from PP!)
And why, pray tell, was the immensely useful external link to Tales of Asia's Cambodia Overland page removed?
So please outline any objections here before you go change the page. Thank ye. Jpatokal 23:43, 17 Jul 2004 (EDT)
credit cards in SR
I visited SR in August 06. The credit card facility at the local international airport was 100% ok. There are no problems or difficulties using the service. Also, around town, there are several public access ATMs. This is in contrast to the story tourists are told at the Thai/Cambodian border that there are no ATMs in Cambodia. In addition to ATMs there are several banks in SR which will provide funds from a credit card.
OK- to me the SR airport looked as modern as anything in Cambodia, but if it is occasionally down then lets advise travellers of that eventuallity. I will leave entry as it is.
Happy happy joy joy
As far as I understand, cannabis is not legal in any form in Cambodia. However, it is a traditional ingredient in cooking, and the happy pizzerias are in a gray zone as far as law enforcement is concerned: sometimes the police crack down, something they don't. A long thread on the subject in TOA here.
So... how do we handle this? Jpatokal 00:43, 11 February 2007 (EST)
When I was in Siem Reap two years ago (2006), there was the possibility to rent electrical (battery-powered) bicycles along the road from Siem Reap towards the Angkor. Unfortunately I cannot remember the price I had to pay, and neither if this business is still in operation. If anyone is passing by there, kindly have a look if this information is still valid :). I have added it to this page and also to the Angkor Archaeological Park page. 184.108.40.206 05:11, 2 May 2008 (EDT)Martin
This was removed from the article:
Ask for Mith Bundy (Tel: 012 942 561) for a very friendly driver with basic (but workable) English skills.
I think this would be fine to keep, as it's a "primary telephone number" directly to a guide, but I understand that this could be a slippery slope. Other opinions? Jpatokal 04:52, 19 May 2008 (EDT)
New Map provided
My map, that is included to this article here is out-dated. I have provided a set of new ones. I big SVG-File and a derived map with every district. I had to split the article about Siem Reap. There are a lot of information. Feel free to use the maps. ...here -- DerFussi 02:59, 26 July 2008 (EDT)
Does Heritage Watch deserve a logo and a paragraph of endorsement here? Gorilla Jones 14:08, 8 March 2009 (EDT)
Page layout is messed up
The entries for Skyway Hostel and Shadow of Angkor is messing up the page display in Firefox. The page becomes very wide and have to scroll left and right in order to read it.
I'd already tried to fix it but without much success. Can someone else help ??
Internet and Shadow of Angkor II
One thing you may want to point out is verifying internet connectivity at hotels. Both of the hotels I've stayed at here claimed to ahve internet connectivity but the first later told me it was down and would be fixed "the next day" for 2 days. On the third day I left and went to Shadow of Angkor II, which is a very new very nice hotel a few blocks from the original Shadow of Angkor, and they also claimed to have internet. It is available, but it's awful and doesn't work on the top 2 floors. They also claimed that it would be fixed the following day, yet here I am on the second floor because it is not fixed.
Self-drive by car to Siem Reap?
Now that the highway from Poipet on the Thai-Cambodia border to Siem Reap appears to be improved to acceptable standards (judging from the photo), is it possible to drive oneself by auto from Thailand to Siem Reap? The article doesn't say; the section describing ground transportation via the Poipet route discusses only public transportation options (e.g., bus and taxi). It would seem useful to add this info. to the article.220.127.116.11 19:55, 10 November 2009 (EST)
--18.104.22.168 23:48, 4 October 2010 (EDT)
Is huge! Needs a good culling to get us down 10ish listings in each sleep category. If anyone fancies having a go, please plunge forward. --Burmesedays 00:16, 20 January 2010 (EST)
On a related note, I stayed at the Earthwalkers gesthouse the last few days and while the description is correct (the place is indeed 'fantastic'), the description doesn't do it justice. The place has a few quirks; There seems to be some interesting plumbing as having hot water in our room seems to be a hit-or-miss thing and related to whether the shower drains quickly or slowly, the internet is workable but has trouble with certain sites (mainly hotmail), etc. They also can arrange lots of stuff for you including remork/moto drivers with their prices being consistent and, I think, acceptable (13$ small tour, 15$ grand tour, 22$ to bantei srei, 5$ one-way to Angkor Wat for example. The hotel takes a cut.), On the other hand, the rooms are indeed clean, it doesn't just have wifi but really has free wifi, etc. This is my only experience with Cambodian accomodations, so I'm unclear whether our intermittent hot water is on par with other budget Cambodian (or at least siem reap) gesthouses. I'm happy to condense all this into the earthwalker's description (and I think this particular inn should stay on the final list, it's a great place) although I don't know enough about siem reap accomodations to feel confident weeding out the whole list.Charles 07:40, 15 March 2010 (EDT)
If I had a quarter for every time I came to wikitravel.org... Amazing writing!
How long is the bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap?
The article discusses the length from Thailand to Siem Reap, and the cost from PP to SR, but not the time? ta -NB
Bus journey SR to BKK is no problem. The scams are BKK to SR only.
Shocked to read the false information about scams SR to BKK. My advice, a small bribe is normal entering poipet, but any problems poipet to Thailand are either due to a vehicle breaking down and their attempts to find a replacement, or idiot tourists asking to be ripped off.
I travelled both ways 20 times in the past 3 years. Every time SR to BKK was ok, although occasionally there was a delay for various reasons, but the ticket is cheap at $10 or less and no scams. Equally I witnessed major scams and problems EVERY time BKK to SR, not once was I taken all the way, every time i had to either pay the scam or arrange my own taxi poi pet to SR. Basically BKK to SR the ticket is cheap BECAUSE enough tourists fall for either the visa scam or the no bus available from poipet to sr scam. Taxis cost about $30 poipet to sr, including police bribes which are paid on the way out of town, by the driver, in cash.
Until the Cambodian authorities reclaim control of poipet, it is best to allow $5 or more for scams bkk to sr, but there is no need to fuss SR to BKK. Thailand would not allow their police to be involved in scamming tourists so blatantly, it looks bad.
The main source of scams are the Thais issuing Cambodian visas at 1300 baht. This is apparently legal in thailand. If you have exact money, just $20, and a passport sized photo, visas to Cambodia are ALWAYS available directly at a small cambodian police booth after the Thai passport control ONTHE SAME (left) SIDE OF THE ROAD. On the opposite side is the police barracks, where off duty police will grill you, but as they are off duty anything goes. No photo, usually $1 fine, but if you look rich and stupid... It's their lucky day! . $50 note? No change given. Thai baht? 1300 fixed price. Cambodian Riel? Not accepted, nor any tourist place in Cambodia, US dollars only and in good condition. These police can be very pushy, but they are OFF DUTY from the government and apparently out for their own gain. Cross the road and they cannot refuse the government price of $20 and a photo. Of course your bus to siem reap evaporates, it never existed unless you pay the visa scam, so get a taxi for $30 or so - the police take a cut so it varies.
But i say again, SR to BKK, i recommend the 11:30 am bus, change your ticket for a red or other colour sticky tape at the border, walk across 1km, wait for bus or taxi to bkk, no problem, no scam, just sometimes a delay for genuine operational reasons like a broken or missing vehicle, or your fellow passengers delayed from battambang. If you are alone, or a pair, chat to the boy who decides who gets on what bus or taxi to bkk as he needs to fill odd numbers of seats in the various vehicles and when full they leave for Bangkok.
In Thailand you will get a seat by law. In Cambodia for backpack prices, vehicle problems lead to either plastic seats in the aisle or sitting on the floor, or next day travel. --22.214.171.124 00:53, 5 October 2010 (EDT)