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Communications

Cambodia uses the GSM mobile system and Mobitel is the largest operator, although competition is stiff. Pre-paid SIM cards are widely available (starter packs from US$5), but tourists are only supposed to use a few varieties with very limited validity (7 days is typical). If you need a regular card, it's usually easy enough to get your tuk-tuk driver or even the guy at the shop to sign his name on your behalf.

Internet cafes are cheap (US$0.75-US$1/hour) and especially popular in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

In Kampot, Kratie and Sihanoukville the rate is around US$1/hour. Elsewhere, Internet access can be scarce or non-existent; many cafes feature dated computers and slow dial-up connections.

The Internet

As Cambodia continues to grow, so does its connection to the world. These days there are numerous places you can go to use your own laptop to connect to the internet. Not just in coffee shops but in fast food restaurants, bars, and even gas stations. The cost to locals for home use has dropped tremendously. For various speeds and bandwidths the prices range from $29.95 to $89.00. Always remember vat is added to all prices, and even the locals pay vat.

Because of the literacy rate in Cambodia, an issue arises of whether Cambodia focused sites need be in English or Khmer. English is the predominate language of the internet and is taught in the major universities in Cambodia.

The majority of internet users in Cambodia are able to understand English, but with the use of Khmer unicode more sites are able to become bilingual. Still Khmer has a long journey to be included in the internet with the same status as other South East Asian languages such as Thai and Vietnamese, but as more Cambodians get online, the better outlook Khmer has for lasting internet success.

Essential Places in Cambodia

Embassy Russia
in Phnom Penh
Embassy Singapore Embassy
Singapore nationals may register online with the Embassy at
in Phnom Penh
 
Embassy United States
in Phnom Penh
Embassy United Kingdom
in Phnom Penh
 
Internet Café Sunny Internet
178 Street (opp Foreign Correspondents' Club), also Sisowath Quay (next to the Riverstreet restaurant). Provides a faster service at US$1/hour and is popular with tourists and expats.
in Phnom Penh
Internet Café Galaxy Web
Street 63, near Sihanouk Boulevard. Excellent service, popular with Westerners.
in Phnom Penh
 
Internet Café I CLICK INTERNET
on Sivathat Street just connecting to Old Market Or Pub Street. Aslo cheap overseas calls. Tel: +855 12 987498 or info@i-click.biz.
in Siem Reap
Internet Café E-Café
on Sivatha St north of Psar Chas, A cut above the rest in connection and service quality, as well as price.
in Siem Reap
 
Internet Café Figo's cafe
's food is a bit more expensive, but offers free wireless internet to its customers.
in Siem Reap
Bank/ATM Cambodia Public Bank
(5-7, Ph Angduong, coming from the bridge turn right at the roundabout from where it is about 200 m) exchange money and has an ATM accepting VISA, MasterCard and Maestro. This is the last ATM when heading north until Pakse in Lao.
in Kâmpóng Cham
 
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