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Re: Any newbie tips to avoid airport ripoffs?

Post by hanno » Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:01 am

timmydownawell wrote:
hanno wrote:No rip-off at the airport except the foreign currency exchange booth.
Well, make sure you have the exact cash to pay for your tourist/ordinary visa as otherwise change may not be forthcoming.
That only applies if you are Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese.
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Re: Any newbie tips to avoid airport ripoffs?

Post by CambodianDevil » Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:10 am

This was really helpful guys. I actually would have probably said it was my first time in Cambodia and believed the guy if he told me the place I was staying was awful. I'm looking forward to getting there.
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Re: Any newbie tips to avoid airport ripoffs?

Post by Cam Nivag » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:44 am

Oh here are two more tips about SR:

1. The floating village river tours suck. Tuk tuk driver will drive you to a hot, garbage strewn dock that reeks of rotting fish, then you pay $20-$40 for the pleasure of spending a few hours on a loud, rickety boat that reeks of petrol touring impoverished shacks in the garbage filled river.

2. For 20+ years, all tuk tuk drivers take all tourists to the "sunset temple" (phnom bakheng) at 5 pm or so. It's an a exceptionally crowded steep muddy hill and when you get to the top you will find every square inch covered with other tourists and their tripods and selfie sticks. The sunset views aren't even that good there. Avoid. Go to Angkor Wat temple for sunset or anywhere else.
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Re: Any newbie tips to avoid airport ripoffs?

Post by phuketrichard » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:50 am

1.not true if u head to Kampong Phluk and out on the lake
2. ALL!!!! 5555555 lol, sunset was great back in 2006 or so when u could see Angkor wat but when i went back in 2012 the trees had grown and u could no longer see the temple
the steep climb down at dark is a bitch
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Re: Any newbie tips to avoid airport ripoffs?

Post by hanno » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:52 am

Cam Nivag wrote:Oh here are two more tips about SR:

1. The floating village river tours suck. Tuk tuk driver will drive you to a hot, garbage strewn dock that reeks of rotting fish, then you pay $20-$40 for the pleasure of spending a few hours on a loud, rickety boat that reeks of petrol touring impoverished shacks in the garbage filled river.

2. For 20+ years, all tuk tuk drivers take all tourists to the "sunset temple" (phnom bakheng) at 5 pm or so. It's an a exceptionally crowded steep muddy hill and when you get to the top you will find every square inch covered with other tourists and their tripods and selfie sticks. The sunset views aren't even that good there. Avoid. Go to Angkor Wat temple for sunset or anywhere else.
1. Not true, it depends which village you go to. You probably went to Chong Kneas which is indeed a shit-hole and best avoided. However, there are actually floating villages that are much better to visit.

2. True, even though they have now limited the place to 300 people at a given time. This does, of course, not apply to Korean tour groups ad the (illegal) Korean tour-guides bribe their way in. Much , much better places for sunset but I am not telling.....
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Re: Any newbie tips to avoid airport ripoffs?

Post by markd » Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:32 pm

so is "airport" now code for fishbowl. :facepalm:
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Re: Any newbie tips to avoid airport ripoffs?

Post by Brewer » Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:22 am

hanno wrote:No rip-off at the airport except the foreign currency exchange booth.

Do not bother to walk outside to get a Tuk-tuk as it will not be cheaper.

I believe current prices are USD 5.00 for a Tuk-tuk and USD 7.00 for a taxi, including constant pressure to book said vehicle for you temple tour the next day.

As you leave the airport terminal, the transportation booth is on your immediate left with prices well marked.
Yep, I can attest to that. Last time I was there it was also a late evening arrival so I arranged the place I had booked to pick me up. So I thought. They didn't so I grabbed a cab and had to spend most of the journey getting naused by the twat because he wouldn't listen. Nope, been to Cambodia several times, not going to the temples or any other tourist place and certainly not fucking tomorrow because I am tired and it is nearly midnight.

Then he got sullen and started to feign being tearful. :facepalm: "Oh this car is so unlucky for me. It makes me no money, maybe I have to sell it". :lol1: Fucking wanker had really pissed me of by that point so I just treated him like you should treat a sulking kid and ignored him.

I'd seriously think about sticking your earphones in and just tuning out.
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