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Hi all. I have recently returned to Australia after living in Pattaya Thailand for 20 months but have started to consider moving to Sihanoukvile Cambodia. Could other members please answer my following questions?
1. Is a multiple entry business visa still available and readily achieveable in Sihanoukvile once you have entered Cambodia holding a tourist visa? If so is a 12 month visa still around $300.00 US?
2. I plan on arriving with some US currency but imagine this will soon be depleted. Are atm's readily reliable when withdrawing money from an international bank or in my case Australia?
3. Can any members suggest accommodation for around $150-200 US a month in Sihanoukvile?
4. Ignorant question. I understand that Cambodia likes to quote US currency in some circumstances but locally I imagine Cambodian money is still acceptable. Are there any known difficulties dealing with both?
1. Yes, but get an "ordinary visa" instead of a tourist visa when arriving, a tourist visa can't be extended. $5 more than a tourist visa.
2. Plenty of international ATMs.
3. Charlie Harper's bar has pretty good full service rooms for around that price.
4. Pretty much everyone uses both currencies interchangeably.
Wow. I might want to suggest you at least visit the country/city before committing to move. In less than 1 week in country you could have answered all of those questions yourself. Besides that, Sihanoukville is not for everyone...
Hi Digg3r. I have been to Cambodia but wanted a bit more in the way of specific info for a long term stay. OrangeDragon cleared the cofusion I had regarding vias's etc which could have seen me ariving on the wrong one so I'm not sure what you mean by satisfying my curiousity in country within one week? All the best.
One thing to digg3rs point... s'ville really isn't for everyone. it's sort of a cross between a sleepy town and a raging party without much in between. especially now it's in the low season. i like that aspect of it... i can go 5-10 minutes away to go from quiet relaxation to getting smashed and dancing my ass off, but there's not a lot of other options. for me, i spend most of my time in the sleepy town aspect. relaxing on the beach in the early hours when i've finished working or hanging out at charlie harpers having a pint and bullshitting with some of the other expats in the evenings.
Sounds some what like Pattaya. I lived in the middle of the bar scene and when I was hooked up about the same time as you from it all in a quiet Soi. I'm sure there will be things that are different but then I'm sure there will be things that aren't too far from being similar. Thailand had been home and a holiday destination for 12 years and being just a few years off 50, I found that the visa rules that kept you paying for the privilege and the future financial requirements that laid ahead combined with the hard rules that has you keeping other things quiet has made Cambodia more appealing. Really the only thing I do miss is sitting about with other expat mates at my local but then there is every chance of being able to do that again in Snooky. Might see you there. Thanks for your help.