Moving back to Phnom Penh

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Re: Moving back to Phnom Penh

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whatwat wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:15 pm
Jamie_Lambo wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:28 am
whatwat wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:30 am Holy crap. In PP on Riverside now. Totally dead. Shops shut, no tourists, dejection everywhere. Wow.
what shops are shut? theres no tourists but its not dead
Burger King and all the shops that have the shutters down that were open when I was last there. Oskas is shut plus many other places.
Burger King shut down, but I don't think they were ever very busy. KFC along the road also long gone.

Some places are closed but will reopen. I spoke to the guy from Chiang Mai restaurant and he said they'll open again once tourists return. So, maybe some others as well.
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Ok. Not sure why people are poo pooing what I’ve said. I’ve lived here 6 years full time and I’ve never seen PP so quiet, and I could walk on the sidewalk and park my car even down the side roads like 136. Less traffic and Aeon was seriously dead.

There’s definitely a sense of foreboding. Even the TukTuks seem slightly disinterested.

Yes no tourists but there’s some as I met a couple (UK) who managed to get a visa as they said they couldn’t stand staying home so came three months early. Seems they are giving visas out to any Tom dick or Harry.
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To the CEO member who spoke to me last night - so sorry I missed you during the break :) I will be there next week again.
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whatwat wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:56 pm Ok. Not sure why people are poo pooing what I’ve said. I’ve lived here 6 years full time and I’ve never seen PP so quiet, and I could walk on the sidewalk and park my car even down the side roads like 136. Less traffic and Aeon was seriously dead.

There’s definitely a sense of foreboding. Even the TukTuks seem slightly disinterested.

Yes no tourists but there’s some as I met a couple (UK) who managed to get a visa as they said they couldn’t stand staying home so came three months early. Seems they are giving visas out to any Tom dick or Harry.
Thats an interesting point. As far as I am aware the current visa process is very strict. No tourist visas are being issued, only Business Visas, which require a lot of supporting documentation including company registration and tax status. For a short while it was possible to get a visa on the basis of a job offer letter (which were not always genuine apparently) but that has been stopped.On arrival there is a one month quarantine period at a government designated hotel which sets you back around $1600, including costs of two Covid tests, and that alone would put most tourists off, even if they could get here. So I would be interested to know how the two UK tourists got here?
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lagrange wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:50 am On arrival there is a one month quarantine period at a government designated hotel which sets you back around $1600...
I thought it was two weeks?
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John Bingham wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:57 am
lagrange wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:50 am On arrival there is a one month quarantine period at a government designated hotel which sets you back around $1600...
I thought it was two weeks?
Lotta money, but could be justified if you're gonna stay in Cambodia a year or more.
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whatwat wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:56 pm Less traffic
Tell that to the hordes that clog the chbar ampov bridge, daily.
whatwat wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:56 pmAeon was seriously dead.
Not last Sunday.
whatwat wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:56 pmThere’s definitely a sense of foreboding.
Not sure how you'd quantify/qualify that statement but that's not my sense of the local populace.
whatwat wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:56 pm Even the TukTuks seem slightly disinterested.
I wish.

whatwat wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:56 pm Seems they are giving visas out to any Tom dick or Harry.
Really?

Sorry for the "poo-pooing". :thumb:
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Meh. Not criticising the place just my observations from an outsider who may be moving to PP.

True about the bridge. Came across this morning but it does flow, of sorts.
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whatwat wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:28 am my observations from an outsider who may be moving to PP.
whatwat wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:56 pm I’ve lived here 6 years full time and I’ve never seen PP so quiet
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John Bingham wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:57 am
lagrange wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:50 am On arrival there is a one month quarantine period at a government designated hotel which sets you back around $1600...
I thought it was two weeks?
Possibly you are correct, I have been wrong before (in July 1989 as I recall). But it still costs $1600+ before you get into the community.
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