Spend less when you speak Khmer

This is a part of our Cambodia forums to chat about anything Cambodia-related. This discussion forum is at the top of our site because it's usually the busiest part of the expat community chatter with random topics on just about everything, including expat life, Khmer politics, Cambodian blogs we have or have come across, or whatever else our members want to discuss. Whether you're an expatriate, tourist, Cambodian or random traveler just passing through South East Asia, you are welcome to talk about anything or start new topics yourselves.
explorer
Expatriate
Posts: 1986
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:37 pm
Reputation: 638
Australia

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by explorer » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:46 pm

The Last Word wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:01 pm
Im Asian and i speak English and get the same prices as locals? it is very rare for locals to rip off foreigners. i've always paid what locals pay. i even get served first at bor bor place even when there's like 5 locals in front of me..
It depends on where and what you are talking about.

If you go to Central Market, they always start out with a stupid high price, and the smart people have to negotiate down to a reasonable price.

If you try to buy a bicycle in Phnom Penh, they ask stupidly expensive prices. They just waste your time.

The same thing occurs in other tourist areas.

However, if you go to a shop in a country town where they sell to locals, they normally ask a reasonable price.
## I thought I knew all the answers, but they changed all the questions. ##
User avatar
Paulo
Expatriate
Posts: 192
Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:39 pm
Reputation: 87
Cambodia

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by Paulo » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:56 pm

explorer wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:46 pm
The Last Word wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:01 pm
Im Asian and i speak English and get the same prices as locals? it is very rare for locals to rip off foreigners. i've always paid what locals pay. i even get served first at bor bor place even when there's like 5 locals in front of me..
It depends on where and what you are talking about.

If you go to Central Market, they always start out with a stupid high price, and the smart people have to negotiate down to a reasonable price.

If you try to buy a bicycle in Phnom Penh, they ask stupidly expensive prices. They just waste your time.

The same thing occurs in other tourist areas.

However, if you go to a shop in a country town where they sell to locals, they normally ask a reasonable price.
So you're saying there are higher prices in the tourist areas? Where's my notebook and pencil? I've gotta get this stuff down before it gets pulled from the Internet!
The Last Word
Expatriate
Posts: 83
Joined: Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:12 pm
Reputation: 33
Laos

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by The Last Word » Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:38 pm

Tarndog wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:11 pm
The Last Word wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:01 pm
Im Asian and i speak English and get the same prices as locals? it is very rare for locals to rip off foreigners. i've always paid what locals pay. i even get served first at bor bor place even when there's like 5 locals in front of me..
Yep, very rare. Mhmmm... very rare.
having a smile and being polite gets you a long way here.
JerryCan
Expatriate
Posts: 170
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:55 pm
Reputation: 71
Cambodia

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by JerryCan » Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:59 pm

The Last Word wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:38 pm

having a smile and being polite gets you a long way here.
Anywhere really.
User avatar
PSD-Kiwi
Expatriate
Posts: 2854
Joined: Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:25 am
Reputation: 735
New Zealand

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by PSD-Kiwi » Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:36 pm

@explorer , thank you so much for sharing all of this information with us, you are an extreme wealth of knowledge, I really hope to learn as much as possible from you. Keep up the great work :thumb:
User avatar
phuketrichard
Expatriate
Posts: 9585
Joined: Wed May 14, 2014 5:17 pm
Reputation: 1879
Location: Atlantis
Aruba

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by phuketrichard » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:26 pm

PSD-Kiwi wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:36 pm
@explorer , thank you so much for sharing all of this information with us, you are an extreme wealth of knowledge, I really hope to learn as much as possible from you. Keep up the great work :thumb:
:please:
You do understand he has no idea what Sarcasm is?

If u all keep encouraging him we will have enough for a book in a few weeks. :beer3:
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST
User avatar
PSD-Kiwi
Expatriate
Posts: 2854
Joined: Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:25 am
Reputation: 735
New Zealand

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by PSD-Kiwi » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:43 pm

phuketrichard wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:26 pm
If u all keep encouraging him we will have enough for a book in a few weeks. :beer3:
I can't wait for the book... I'm going to end up saving so much money with his tips and tricks!
pczz
Expatriate
Posts: 2158
Joined: Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:00 pm
Reputation: 387
Location: phnom penh
Great Britain

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by pczz » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:50 pm

Soemtimes playing local does not work. An ex of mine complained that she had to pay MORE than barang for some things in the market so we did an experiment. We both tried to buy the same item of clothing at sperate timesand i gota bigger discount.
Why? well the stall owner explained it very simply. "she is local. She will come back a lot. if i give her a discount she will want a discount every time she comes and so will her friends. You are foreigner. if i do not selll to you today you will be on the plane tomorrow and I will lose a sale".
There is some logic too that..
User avatar
Brody
Expatriate
Posts: 2699
Joined: Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:07 pm
Reputation: 1792
Cambodia

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by Brody » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:56 pm

Image
pczz
Expatriate
Posts: 2158
Joined: Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:00 pm
Reputation: 387
Location: phnom penh
Great Britain

Re: Spend less when you speak Khmer

Post by pczz » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:00 pm

Brody wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:56 pm
Image
is that Boris Johnson or Donald Trump? the ken dodd hairstyle is nice
Post Reply Previous topicNext topic
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: AndyKK, angkorjohn2, Deefer, Freightdog, Google [Bot], Google Adsense [Bot], John Bingham, Kammekor, orussey98 and 341 guests