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11. Posted by suwannaphu (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y

[quote]And do not forget to bargain as they would double up the charge for every foreign tourist! (but not too extravagant!)In Phnom Penh you can get 1000Riel for one big mineral water but in Siew Reap you may have to pay 1500Riel(some Riel2000! = 0.5USD) per bottle. Anyway, Cambodians are friendly people.

: The current exchange rate for Cambodian riel against USD is 4100 riels per 1 USD. If you get 4000 riel per 1 USD then it should be fine, as the rate fluctuates quite often. It may not be advisable to get exactly 100 riels more per your 1 USD.

: There are 2 main types of bottled drinking water in Cambodia - A. pure, reverse osmisis and ozonated drinking water (mostly produced locally); and B.(true) mineral drinking water (mostly imported). They are bottled in 2 main sizes : a small 0.5 lit bottle, and a large 1.5 lit bottle. Depending on where you buy the A water in 0.5 lit bottle will cost between 500 to 1000 riels and 1500 to 2000 for the 1.5 lit bottle. If you buy in the bar or pub or in 5-star hotel, you will surely pay a lot more. The B water is far more expensive and is usually available only in those medium to high end restaurant/hotel/supermarket, i.e it is virtually unavailable at roadside stalls.

Remember : drink only bottled water (with cap seal intact) in Cambodia.

12. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

Whereas ice (in your drinks) is OK in Thailand, I wouldn't be so sure about Cambodia or Laos.

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