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Getting in

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 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)

Jpatokal, I'm not following you on why you think this link is appropriate under the ext link policy. Could you please elaborate? -- Colin 04:15, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
Tales of Asia provides the exceedingly useful service of an up-to-the-week update on road conditions in the country. In the first world country, this would be provided by the "first source" of the Ministry of Transport, but this is Cambodia and such sources don't exist (at least not online). Jpatokal 07:09, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
My new world country sucks at this kind of thing :-). I think the link can stay but it should be in the Get in or Get around section with some advisory that the traveller should consult the extlink for current road conditions. It looks weird in the extlink section to me. And the emphasis should be on the usefulness of the current road conditions rather than the "chock full of information" -- Colin 14:45, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
I am frankly very tired of people being overly protective of their own pet pages. While arguably the "get in" section organization isn't a big deal (I'll always opt for consistency, but it's not that big a deal), the "Tales of Asia" link is definitely an "other guide" link, a secondary source, and has got to go according to the ext. link policy. -- Nils 04:19, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
I place utility above vague policies. ToA is a must-read for anyone planning to travel overland in Cambodia, and Wikitravel isn't about to replace it as such. Jpatokal 07:09, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
The policy does not take "utility" into consideration. As I said, if you disagree with the policy, have it changed. Until the policy is changed, we shall follow it. -- Nils 11:04, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
1) Your beloved, carved in stone, Richtung und Ordnung policy says, and I quote, "avoid". It does not say "never, ever link to".
2) The traveller comes first is a superpolicy that overrides anything else.
But the discussion has duly started on Wikitravel talk:External links. Jpatokal 11:23, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
The rest of us are tired of people being overly fussy about "the rules", and running around deleting useful information all over the place without the tiniest amount of thought as to why the information is there, or how useful it might be. Could it perhaps be that somebody who's contributed a lot to a given page thinks the link would be useful for a traveler? Perhaps those contributors are in a really good position to decide which links are worthwhile and which are not, and maybe just maybe we should consider Assuming good Faith before deleting that stuff willy-nilly. -- Mark 08:31, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
If you dislike the policy, start a discussion about it and get people to agree to change the policy. It does not matter how useful those pages may be. Please point that paragraph of the ext link policy out to me. Do you guys have some sort of attention disorder that I have to repeat myself so often? -- Nils 11:04, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
I'll take ADD over ad hominem attacks, thank you. Jpatokal 11:23, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
Says the guy who brought user nationalities into the argument... But hey, whatever floats your boat. -- Nils 11:56, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
"Useful and worthwhile" is a terrible justification for an extlink. Other guides are often useful and worthwhile, but we don't link to them. In this case, current road conditions seems like a valid reason to me, but in general, usefulness and worth are insufficient cause. -- Colin 14:45, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
Current road conditions seems like a valid reason to me too, and probably would to anybody else capable of reason, but sadly some people who like to appoint themselves site-wide policy enforcers don't seem capable of dealing with fine points or shades of gray, so sadly the policy will have to be clarified to adapt to such black-and-white thinking. -- Mark 16:00, 18 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.

I seem to recall that too. Feel free to Wikitravel:Plunge forward and update this and the Cambodia articles if you don't think they reflect this. Thanks. Maj 13:51, 23 January 2007 (EST)
I visited SR in Nov 06, and the airport's credit card system for paying service fees was "down" (and looked like it had been so for quite a while). But yeah, ATMs are all over the place now. Jpatokal 22:35, 23 January 2007 (EST)

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)

I think you already have. Just state what you have already written (with slightly more explanation if you deem it to be necessary). WindHorse 00:51, 11 February 2007 (EST)

Electrical bicycles

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. 05:11, 2 May 2008 (EDT)Martin

Driver recommendations

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)

There are hundreds of good drivers in town with good English and knowledge about the temples in town. There is absolutely no need to post the mobile number of a special driver here. I know these postings from Cambodian forums. There are a lot. By the way Cambodians sometimes/often change their numbers. Just go out of your hotel and ask the next driver. He will be good choice. Believe me. -- DerFussi 02:06, 30 June 2009 (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. -- DerFussi 02:59, 26 July 2008 (EDT)

Heritage Watch

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 Poipot on the Thai-Cambodia border to Siem Reap is improved to acceptable standards (judging from the photo), it is possible to drive oneself by auto from Thailand to Siem Reap? The article doesn't say; the section describing ground transportation via this route discusses only public transportation options (e.g., bus/taxi, etc.) 19:55, 10 November 2009 (EST)