Inquiry Submission By Bucefalo_Simi
i’m just back ( 15 march 2020) from Phnom Penh !
let me start to say that the city is far better than my expectations !!!
I’ll give you some info to other future travellers
1 – SAFETY
yes let me start with this cause many people ( before me going there ) were asking and arguing about SAFETY in this pretty city : I had ZERO problems and nothing has been stolen and NONE tried to snatch anything ! I’m a 43 male , small 😉 i write this cause you might imagine me like a HUGE fighter or something like that lol ! STILL people there ( local and other travellers ) told me that they were bag snatched or wallet taken or things like that . I was going around with my backpack (covered with one of those rain proof cover .. ) , on the scooter , by day, by night everywhere also in pub area and never i had one single situation !
so it is safe ? has been 100% SAFE but as i said other people reported about this little crimes so BE CAREFUL!
2 – scooter
i love to rent scooter in Asia and travel around… scooter has been costing 7usd per day and while in other countries i could get good prices if rented for longer period, here they didn’t give me even one cent of discount lol ! i drove it 50KM away from phnom Penh , roads are generally much better than in italy ahaha ( i was surprised ) while if u program to visit TONLE BAHTI well prepare yourself cause they are enlarging and rebuilding the main road , you better have a mash cause you’ll breath whatever, traffic jams … but still was fun!
Police checks : i’ve seen several but they never cared to stop me.. lucky? maybe
how do they drive? . ok.. they really drive like sh*t ! now i’m a talented and experienced driver and i had no fear but if you are a newbie maybe renting scooter is not the best idea !
The drive in wrong direction … while using smartphone , not giving a f*** if you are on the right side of the road .. LOL ! traffic lights ? green is green and red.. well sometimes is GREEN as well !
prices : they are extremely good… even when you are treated as a tourist !
taxi : since 1st moment (at airport ) i’ve been relaying on GRAB and never had one single problem .. just something to warn you … if you get your grab taxi from airport it’ll be waiting your OUTSIDE and not in the parking inside … it took me awhile to understand it LOL!
people: simply amazing, nice, kind, helpful like in thailand but somehow more kind !!!
club / sky bar : many sky bar in the city .. amazing view !!! club in red light district by night you have a variety of bar to choose
one cool thing is that with few euro you can gain access to hotel/club swimming pool.. that is a good way to relax in the hot afternoon !
sim card : bought SMART sim card for less than 5 euro with some GB already ! to have enough for your holiday you’ll need to ask t a re-seller (or get SMART APP on your mobile) to have the GB option.. i don’t remember exactly the name but for 2/3 extra euro you have enough GB to cover your entire stay !!!
ATM : they generally ask 5 euro commission…actually the cheaper solution is exchange money
but be careful, whenever they see ” worn out ” money they’ll start to check and probably they won’t get those papers !!! it happened to me with a couple of paper money !
if you have any question or want to know more just ask me , i’ll be happy to help you !