These fast boat services have been on and off over the last few years, so we’ll see how long this restarted service will last.
Anyway, should you consider this option for travelling between Cambodia’s capital and the temples of Angkor?
To be honest, we would say: NO.
Here are a few (but probably not all) reasons why.
If you use the ‘normal’ international gateways, calling from Cambodia to abroad is very expensive. But that needn’t be, as most mobile phone providers have much cheaper international gateways.
This only applies to calls made from a mobile phone, fixed phone lines do not have access to these cheaper gateways.
Read in this Cambodia Travel Guide ‘tip & trick’ how to make cheaper phone calls from Cambodia to overseas. Of course there are other alternatives, like Skype, but we leave these out of this tip.
To many people (Cambodians, expats and tourists), the Cambodian currency riel is simply small change.
Almost all significant transactions are priced - and paid for - in US dollars. For the visitor it starts with the visa fee on arrival at the airport. But it continues everywhere else in the country.
Mosquito bites are irritating - and can be fatal. Malaria and Dengue Fever are serious diseases carried by mosquitoes.
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are defined as malarial areas with low rates of transmission while the rest of Cambodia should be considered as high risk malarial areas.
Dengue fever is prevalent especially in heavily populated areas. Insect protection measures should be taken throughout the day.
Because mosquitos breed in still standing water, in the wet season mosquito activity is increased. However mosquitoes may still be active in the dry season.
Cambodia runs on US Dollars, thus the ATM machines dispense USD (although there are some where you can choose to have Khmer riels, but they are almost useless for tourists). US Dollar bills cannot have any marks, tears, or signs of wear. As for Khmer riels, they can be dirty and marked to the point you hardly recognize the value…
Since 2005, the ATM network has steadily increased. ACLEDA Bank has the most extensive network, with ATMs across the country and even in the smallest of places. ATMs of ANZ/Royal Bank are concentrated in the capital Phnom Penh and in tourist places like Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
Here you find the complete list of countries with an embassy or consulate in Cambodia with contact information including address, phone number and website address.
By the way: on the boulevard along the Tonle Sap in Phnom Penh you see a row of flags. These flags on the riverside boulevard are of countries and international organizations represented in Cambodia.