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Entry VISA

Can be apply upon arrival. There are mainly two types of visas for travelers: the tourist visa (valid for 30 days, not renewable) and the business visa (valid for 30 days, but can be renewed multiple times). Visa Exemption for Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam passport holder. You will also need one passport photo to accompany your visa application.

 

Money Changer

Cambodia currency is known as "Riel". There are quite a few of money exchangers in Old Market area, exchange rate higher compared to what we saw in airport. We exchanged some local notes from a shop that located across the street from Old Market.

Exchange rate while we were there
Old Market area: 1USD = 4050 Riel
Siem Reap International Airport: 1USD = 3800 Riel

US dollars are widely used currency in Siem Reap. We settled some of our bills with Riel as well at the rate of USD1 = 4000 Riel.

Note: prepare some small notes with you! Some of the seller/driver they normally do not have a change especially for Tuk Tuk ride.

 

Khmer massage and foot reflexology

After a tiring day exploring the wonders of Cambodia, going for a massage therapy became a "MUST" do for us every night before heading back to our guesthouse. There are quite a few massage parlours located near Pub street, during our 5 days stay in Siem Reap, we managed to try two of them, which is Dr. Feet and Madam One. Other than foot reflexology, we treated ourselves with traditional Cambodia massage - Khmer massage as well.

Dr.Feet foot reflexology ~ (Rating: 2/5 )

As you walk into this massage parlour, you will find the walls covered with signatures and comments written by past customers (ranging from Japanese, Taiwanese, Germans and etc.) who visited them. We tried it on our first night in Siem Reap and it was also our last visit. Paid USD5 for an hour of foot reflexology, the foot massage was not effective and some of us even felt that was merely a foot washing session. But from the writings on the wall, we found only positive comments, so it’s unfair for us to conclude that this massage parlour is lousy. Maybe the masseuses there are specialist in Khmer massage only?

   
     

Madam One Khmer massage & foot reflexology ~ (Rating: 4/5 )

Another massage centre near Pub street, the place we tried the Khmer massage on our second night and we instantly hook with Madam One! Khmer massage is similar to the traditional Thai massage, we managed to bargain down the price to USD4 for an hour of Khmer massage.

We were brought to the second floor, with the help of few thin curtains to create two partitions with 3 beds each, how about the ladies that in our group? As expected, they were asked to changed just another side of the curtain behind me.

   
   

Masseuses works from our foot up to the head, so please make sure you have your leg washed before hand. But no doubt, Khmer massage is one of the best massage that I had tried before.

 

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My name is Jeff. I enjoy travelling especially with my Nikon D80 capturing the wonders of the world. I am bless with a group of buddies who enjoy travelling like I do. We always source for information and plan our itineraries to ensure splendour trip. Hope you enjoy reading our trip adventures! Some snapshot of my trip
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