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11. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Thanks, Mike. I checked those budget hostels online in PP. Only Sunday GH and Sakura Hotel receive online booking. The one you recommend - Capitol GH cant do online booking. Sunday GH looks good but with 22 rooms ...i dont think it will be available around Songkran. There's another one called Garden Village, 5km from the centre which i think it's not the nearest...Dara Reang Sey Hotel which is located two blocks from the the river and one block from Psah Chas (Old Market) in downtown Phnom Penh with USD8 with fan per night looks pretty good too; DV8 Guesthouse in PP offers $5 Fan - Cable TV Private bathroom...

Jasmine Lodge in SR seems good enough...with USD4 for private bathroom with fan for single person.

To Rob: aelric. I found a link attached the addresses of hostels in Cambodia (of course, not all of them...only 'some') Hope it helps.

12. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Quoting cikusang

Dana, I will be arriving at PP airport on 12th April after 5pm. Could you please check for me is there any cheap transport for me to get to PP after 5p.m.? I heard only taxi is available which acquires USD30 per car.

2. Any cheap GH in PP which is below USD5 per night? April is the peak season for PP and i think many rooms are full b4 my arrival there...and have to search for it after 5pm arriving airport.

Lloking forward your reply. All the best to your project too.

Cheers,
Lee

Hi Lee,

At street 115 (near orussey market), there is Thmor Dos Diamond GH..not listed in guide books...so safe for you! stayed there last month...USD4 (with fan)...in fact along this stretch there are a few GHs...those along sisowath quay will usually be packed (westerners)...but not those around orussey mart..not far from the quay either! orussey mart area s paradise for food -cheap, and local!

as for transport from airport...i can get my friendly tuk tuk driver, Hen, to pick you up...you can share his tuk tuk with another person..Wouldnt even cost you more than USD5 per person!!!! I will PM you his phone and e-mail....speaks good English!!!!

And hey Lee, if you miss petai, nasi lemak, roti canai, teh tarik...head for Mamak Corner (Kramuo Sar-St 114)...Malaysian from Ampang, Ismail, is running it!

Cheers.

Dana

13. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Quoting aelric

Hi Danalasta..

wpuld have loved to meet up for a drink.. but we only arrive in Siem Reap on the evening of the 8th.. you got any personal recommendations for places to stay ??

would have left for pailin by then...anyway, jasmine lodge is cheap and good...a bit out of town...hot area...try simon's (near angkorland hotel)...best of luck!

dana

14. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Thanks Dana!

15. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

In thailand, the new year is called Songkran, In Cambodia it is Chaul Chhnam....some background....

As the harvest ends, the people prepare for the new year with three days of purification ceremonies, temple offerings, traditional games and a royal procession.

In houses across the country, people make offerings to the thousands of devodas (gods and goddesses of the sky) who are believed to make their pilgrimage to mythical Mount Meru at this time. Every home is spring-cleaned before an altar is constructed and decorated. Offerings are also made at local temples. The main entrances to temples are decorated with garlands of coconut leaves and flowers while, in the courtyards, monks bathe in perfumed water. The ceremony of Poon Phmon calls for people to build sandcastles in pagoda grounds, generally in perfumed water.

On the last day of Chaul Chhnam, known as Long Sak, the royal family calls upon the king in Phnom Penh to swear allegiance and wish him good health. Versions of this royal ceremony are performed in Cambodian families. Long Sak continues with entertainment including boxing, elephant and horse races and a royal procession.

In the countryside, traditional Khmer games such as Angkunh, Chaol Chhoung, Leak Kansaeng and tug-of-war are played - particularly at New Year, when villages fill with family gatherings. Angkunh is a bowls-like game played by two teams with a large nut (angkunh). Chaol Chhoung is similar to tennis except the ball is wrapped in a hankie and thrown, while Leak Kanseng is a Khmer version of "blind man's buff". The reward for the victors in most of these games seems to be the "friendly" rapping of the losers' knees and elbows with solid objects - a source of great amusement!

Now...in cambodia the festival is not all about throwing colour water!

Have a good trip.
Som owe twe dom nah bahn sok sa bei.

dana

16. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Dana, u r the good example for malaysians...hehehe(take it as a compliment)...I have a friend who joined in one of UNDP's mission in Pahang - about frogs perhaps...he said the experience was amazing but rather physically tough...

Am glad to hear from you...have alot of questions to ask you, brota...

Dana is our sunshine...

17. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

yup... lee...i believe it was the biodiversity expedition in march last year when scientists from local universities were involved in 3 week flora & fauna studies, sponsored by UNDP...study of frogs was one of the areas...physically tough, yes, cos sungai bebar is largely unchartered river...anyone game for a blackwater expedition?..maybe to see wrinkled hornbills,freshwater shark (tapah!), snakeheads (toman)? hehehe........

dana

18. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

By the way, Dana, is all Tuk-tuk driver charges USD10-12 per head in SR? I take 3 days pass and that would cost me USD30-36 (exclude USD40 for the 3 days pass)straight away!!!

USD7 per head from PP to SR by road??? along Tonle Sap right?)

Thanks in advance,
Lee

19. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Quoting cikusang

By the way, Dana, is all Tuk-tuk driver charges USD10-12 per head in SR? I take 3 days pass and that would cost me USD30-36 (exclude USD40 for the 3 days pass)straight away!!!

USD7 per head from PP to SR by road??? along Tonle Sap right?)

Thanks in advance,
Lee

Hi Lee,

USD10 per day is the acceptable rate charged by tuk tuk drivers for a whole day trip to Angkor,excluding the entrance fee...okay, have peace of mind on arrival in SR...i am sending you a PM of a contact in SR...close friend, Noung, she is specialist bird guide around Tonle Sap ...she will get things organised for you...so you wont feel ripped off...and you can even get her to arrange ticket for boat ride from SR to PP (if u plan to do that journey.)

and as for PP to SR by road, by Mekong Express itis USD6-7, but why not use GST Express ( genting Ho wah owned)>>>only USD4.. and A/C too ? Go to bus terminal (near New Central Mart in PP) a day b4 and book ticket for morning bus (6.30/7.30am)...the route is PP-Kg Thom-SR. The bus will stop for break at Kg Thom...No, you wont get the see lake along the way, except for padi fields...

dana

20. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

What can I say besides thanking you and thank you and ...endless...

want another compliment?