Phnom Penh, Cambodia – My 5 Day Visit

by Kim Willis on September 30, 2014

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Cambodia? Been There Done That

Well I’ve ‘done’ Cambodia. Yep 5 days is all you need to get to the real Cambodia. Of course I am joking, but I did get a feel for the country, or at least the capital city of Phnom Penh, and especially liked the pretty riverside area.

Certainly it’s a lot poorer than neighboring Vietnam, but prospects for the country with such a horrifying past, look good. In fact Phnom Penh is undergoing a mini building boom with lots of building activity happening near the gorgeous Mekong River riverfront precinct.

As a result of market oriented reforms being introduced by the government, the economy has been growing strongly for many years. If the reform process continues, it is possible to foresee a continuation of this growth for the foreseeable future.

Things I noticed (when comparing Cambodia to Vietnam):

  • The People Look Different. There seems to be 2 types of Cambodians – those with oriental looks (similar to Vietnamese) and those with sub content looks (that is India). The latter group in particular are a good looking people, especially the girls!
  • The USD Rules. I have no idea what their local currency is because not many people seem to use it. All restaurants, shops and hotels that I visited were quoting US dollars, so that’s what I gave them.
  • The People Are Friendly. I found that the Cambodian people I met were more likely to engage a foreigner like me, than the Vietnamese I’ve met in Vietnam. They were invariably friendlier.
  • English is Their Second Language. French used to be the second language, but that is fast changing due to the fact that English is now the dominant language of the West, and of course that’s where the money is. On the other hand most Vietnamese speak little or no English.
  • The French Influence Still Apparent. Despite the fact that French is declining in usage, the French influence can still be seen – from French designed buildings to wide tree lined boulevards, to Arc de Triomphe style roundabouts – magnifique!
  • Good Food at Modest Cost. Most of the food I ate was French, and very good.  Prices averaged $55 for 2 people for 2 – 3 courses including wine. Of course you can eat much cheaper there than that if you like typical Asian fare such as noodles, and simple rice dishes (street stalls sell a plate of food for $1-$2)

 

I enjoyed my short stay in Cambodia, and I plan to return in the not too distant future.

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Well here I am. Sitting pretty in my hotel room in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The hotel is a boutique hotel, and wouldn’t be out of place if it was located in West Hollywood.

Last night the bus from Saigon arrived at the Phnom Penh bus terminal, so caught a tuk tuk (no taxis in this part of the world) to the hotel. After checking in I told the manager I wanted to eat and inquired as to the whereabouts of restaurants. After giving me simple instructions, he gave me a big warning.

“It is not safe between 10pm and 5am, so be very careful”

Yikes.

As it was only 7.45 pm I figured it would be ok to walk. Fortunately I was close to the river so walked 5 minutes and was then right in the heart of the restaurant strip. Plenty of nightlife (including plenty of hookers), and plenty of restaurants.

Oh, and I saw the first she-males since I was in the Philippines in May. This is because I’ve been in Vietnam since then and have discovered that it is a super conservative country – lady boys don’t exist. Or if they do, they get sent to re-education camps, or shot! (Btw, if you’re a bit light on in the sense of humor department, that was actually a joke.)

Anyway I was only out and about for a couple of hours, and I arrived back at the hotel in one piece, and I didn’t get robbed or scammed.

Sweet.

The Biggest Scams Come From the West

Before going to bed I watched a video of an internet marketing guy. Someone had told me to watch it – they said the content would disturb me. And sure enough it was an eye opener. In fact it disgusted me.

Although I don’t personally know the guy behind the video I DO know the company he is promoting and therefore it is abundantly clear to me that the claims and promises he is making are a total fabrication.

The company in question is a good company – I’ve got no complaints with it. But it is very clear they have a rogue affiliate who has made a video full of lies. Even the testimonials of others talking about the income they’ve made are total BS. How do I know? They are paid actors, not actual affiliates.

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It gets worse.  The affiliate who produced these videos has been so successful  at conning unsuspecting folk into parting with their money, that he has won a succession of sales competitions sponsored by the company.

Fortunately the company has now discovered this and are in the process of terminating him.  But the damage has been done – perhaps hundreds of people have been scammed in the last few months alone.

A Sucker and His Money…..

Some people seem to have financial death wish.  It’s almost as if they WANT to give their money away to prove to themselves that you can;t make money online.  As the saying goes: ‘a fool and his money are soon parted’.

Look, you can buy into scammy videos and hype. Or you can align yourself with people who are authentic, real – and who actually tell the truth.

Craving Authenticity and Some Straight Shooting For a Change?

I KNOW my videos are kind of quiet and amateurish. And I guess some people don’t like them because I use conservative language and don’t promise anything that cannot be justified.

And it saddens me when I hear of people being ripped off by people who are thieves without any moral compass.

It’s up to you who you deal with, but at the very least do not join anything till you’ve spoken to the marketer on the phone, and gotten answers to some hard questions. If you feel they’re not being candid with you – run a mile.

Hope this helps.

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