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Old 01-14-2018, 11:50 AM
 
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How developed is Phnom Penh compared to say KL or Singapore?

Would you recommend visiting Phnom Penh for tourism purposes?
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Old 01-15-2018, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Macao
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How developed is Phnom Penh compared to say KL or Singapore?

Would you recommend visiting Phnom Penh for tourism purposes?
Tons and tons of tourists visit Phnom Penh. I've been there as well. There is an entire Lonely Planet guide for Cambodia, etc.

Not anywhere remotely developed as Singapore or KL....but fully developed isn't a requirement for tourism.
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Old 01-15-2018, 06:30 AM
 
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Phnom Penh is definitely worth visiting for a few days. It is not necessarily for the faint at heart as you will see people including young children with missing limbs (mine detonations). You also have to go to the Killing fields and Tuol Sleng genocide museum to get an appreciation for how much the Pol Pot regime impacted the nation which they are still reeling from to this day.

It isn't nearly as developed as Singapore or KL but things are slowly changing. That said the people are wonderful and extremely friendly. take a boat ride on the Mekong if you can. A trip to Siem Reap and visiting Angkor Wat and other ancient Khmer cities around Angkor is an absolute must!
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Old 01-15-2018, 07:34 AM
 
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You also have to go to the Killing fields and Tuol Sleng genocide museum to get an appreciation for how much the Pol Pot regime impacted the nation which they are still reeling from to this day.


I don't want to visit a country whre there is a "genocide museum". I want to enjoy my travel, not carry the whole weight of man's inhumanity to man on my shoulders.
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:44 AM
 
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The Chinese have changed Sihanoukeville for the worse, and are making a big impact on PP. Siam Reap is overrun with Disney type tourists, and is a complete trap, as most UNESCO sites are. Beer is colder and better than Thailand, but sanitation is far behind and so is medical care. If you see the Khmer doing anything except shuffling their feet, it is because they have just stolen something.
Online visa system is excellent. Many of the expats are there primarily because they are non-grata in Thailand.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:03 PM
 
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You also have to go to the Killing fields and Tuol Sleng genocide museum to get an appreciation for how much the Pol Pot regime impacted the nation which they are still reeling from to this day.


I don't want to visit a country whre there is a "genocide museum". I want to enjoy my travel, not carry the whole weight of man's inhumanity to man on my shoulders.
Ok well that is your right but some people want to learn about the history and get a greater appreciation for events and especially recent events that impact a whole nation. I personally found it a humbling experience and to experience that with some locals is something i'll never forget. There are other options in Cambodia just to relax and chill and I did those too.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:06 PM
 
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The Chinese have changed Sihanoukeville for the worse, and are making a big impact on PP. Siam Reap is overrun with Disney type tourists, and is a complete trap, as most UNESCO sites are. Beer is colder and better than Thailand, but sanitation is far behind and so is medical care. If you see the Khmer doing anything except shuffling their feet, it is because they have just stolen something.
Online visa system is excellent. Many of the expats are there primarily because they are non-grata in Thailand.
Disney type tourists exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Ok...
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Old 05-07-2018, 08:15 PM
 
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How developed is Phnom Penh compared to say KL or Singapore?

Would you recommend visiting Phnom Penh for tourism purposes?
KL and Singapore in any respect far compared to phnom penh , I've been to Phnom Penh, ho chi minh and city which is still far below Singapore,KL even Jakarta. except Bangkok similiar KL and Jakarta ,btw the people in there very similar to indonesians talking about food and language of course different
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Old 05-19-2018, 10:00 PM
 
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I have never been to Phnom Penh, but have been to big cities in SE Asia.

Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are as developed as the two closest big cities to my home, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Bangkok and Manila are probably more developed than Phnom Penh, but a better comparison.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:55 AM
 
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Disney type tourists exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Ok...
I don't think that Vientianevinny literally meant obese midwesterners and British tourists. I think it was the sense of daytrippers/weekenders flying into and out of Angkor from somewhere like Bangkok ticking off a bucket-list box rather than going to appreciate the history.
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