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Phnom Penh Good to Know

  
 
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Telephone

Cheap SIM cards for GSM phones are available on almost any major street. A vendor should have an activated test card to be used to make sure your phone will operate on that network. Calls between mobile networks can be be spotty and Skype calls from abroad to mobiles in Cambodia are sometimes dropped, so be prepared to redial frequently.

It's now easier than ever to buy a sim card in Phnom Penh, just have your passport and expect to pay no more than US$2. There are plenty of phone stalls around central market. Mobitel has the best coverage around the whole of Cambodia and seems to have cheaper calls. Be warned when sending and recieveing international SMSs and calls as they only have about a 50% success rate of being recieved.

Internet

There is no shortage of Internet cafés in Phnom Penh. Most are in the 1,500 riel/hour bracket (a little under US$0.50), but provide slow service, suffer occasional power outages and do not run firewalls or anti-virus programs.

Post

The main, impressive French colonial style post office is located at the intersection of Street 13 and 102, roughly between Wat Phnum and the Riverside, also selling postcards.

Another branch is more downtown, at the intersection of Sihanouk and Monivong Boulevard.

Both offices offer full range of postal services, including PO boxes for affordable prices, and are open 7 days a week.

Postage for international postcards is 3000R (as of January 2011) - very nice picture stamps are available, philatelists: ask for mix and match options.

Essential Places in Phnom Penh

Embassy Russia
in Phnom Penh
Embassy Singapore Embassy
Singapore nationals may register online with the Embassy at
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Embassy United States
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Embassy United Kingdom
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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
 




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