Kompong Cham CAMBODIA

Area code 042, $3950r, May 14, 2001

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Cambodia's 3 rd largest city. It seems more like a small unattractive town. This town is a good option to go if you do not like to stay in Phnom Penh until your next trip. The town has all facilities you need. And very convenient. But it has nothing else to attract you. Many karaoke bars so close your door and windows at night.

Most of the streets in this town have street signs. All Main Rd are ending at a roundabout, river front or the Market. Most facilities are located along the National route #7(not National HWY #7), River Rd and Market Rd. A few upper range hotels are at the roundabout.
Riverside Rd. Running along he river, NW to S. It starts from the bus station to ends at the road coming from the bridge.
Main Rd. From NE to SE Running from the roundabout to National route #7, W from the Market area. Separated road by a green belt.
National Route #7, From E to W connecting Riverside Rd. and Main Rd. running parallel to the HWY #7,


i Tourist office: closed.
$ Canadian Bank: $1=3875r no Baht can be accepted. No cash advance. But Baht to $ is changeable. cash is available, 2% com. Min $2,.
$ Money changers: at Market: $1=3980r, B=89r
M0 Post/telephone Office: From the roundabout, walk NW. Take the first right after Phnom Penh Hotel, take the first left. 50m on the right side. M-Sa7-17:00 Price Japan/USA/Aust & Europe Letter(10g) 2200/2800/2500,
Parcel 1kg 57,200/91,100/68,500
M1 Camintel: 20 W from the Post office. M-Sa7-12, 14-17
Cost Normal/ discount (19-06:00 and weekend) per min.
Laos/Thai $2.07/1.79, Asia $2.23/1.82, other $2.47/2.02
P Police: national Route #7, 30m from the Riverside Rd, on left side. 24hrs, No English speaking staff.
H Hospital: 8km S from the town. 24hur emergency, (not confirmed yet,)
la Laundry: Many in town. they charge for sets, shirt + trousers
la Laundry: Donchet: E from Mittapheap hotel. Right side. 7-22:00 Cheap and fast within 1 day wash/dry/ironed 1000r/set
ph Photo shop: Many shops in town but they are uncountable. Films ASA 100 36 exp $2-3.2.5, ASA 200 $3-3.5. Develop 36 exp & prints $3.5-5.0
s Book shop: national route #7, W from the Main Rd. opp from Ouly GH. Also sells stationary, envelopes, etc.
s mini mart: Along the National route #7, but you can find most of you need at the Market.
ma Massage: many GH offering, for example Intern Resort, $4/hr
sn snookers: 24hrs at Intern Resort 100r

Local Transport
Most place to go are within walking distance.
Market to fast boat pier: 15-20min.
Market to GPO: 15min.
The roundabout to the Riverside Rd. S: 20-30min
Moto: 500-1000r for most of trips. Try to bargain hard.
rb Rentals: No rental bike nor bicycles are available.

Transport
B Bus station: on main Rd. From the roundabout, walk SW, on right side. You buy ticket at the counter.
PP -> Kompong Cham:
Bus Ho Wah Genting:
T023-210359, 7,000r 3-4hrs, 6:45, 7:45, 9, 10, 11:30, 13:15, 15, 16
Bus GST: T023-335199m 7,000r, 3hrs, dep 9, 15:00
Taxi: $10-15
Mini bus: 6-8000r 2-3hurs, Daily 6-19:00
Truck: outside 4-6000r, 2-3 hrs, 5-21:00
Kompong Cham -> PP:
Bus Hoh Wa Getting:
T012-923551, 7,000r 3-4hrs, 7:30, 8:10, 9, 10, 12:30, 14, 15, 16:00
Minibus: near the bus station. 5-6,000r 5-20:00
Kompong Cham -> Snul:
Truck:
outside 10,000/inside 15,000, 6-8hrs
Kompong Cham -> Kratje:
Very bad road. Locals are using boats.
Truck: outside 15,000/inside 20,000, 8-10hrs 5-7:00. You should expect for 2 hours until your truck get full.
F Boats
1) Slow boats:
Not really a pier. Slow boats land at the muddy shore, N part of the Riverside Rd.where the road curve away from the river. Ticket: just under a huge cigarette ad board. It is still fast. You can sit on the roof or inside. Very noisy. Very crowed. They tend to leave early. Get on the boat 1 hour before
Kompong Cham -> Phnom Penh: 12,000r 2-3hrs, 4:30, 5:30, 7:00, 10:30, 12, 15:00
Kompong Cham -> Kraije: 12,000r 5-6hrs, dep 7:30, 9:30, 14:00
2) The fast boats: Pier and the ticket office are located on the Riverside Rd. 20m N from route #7. Very fast and powerful speed boats with a/c passenger cabin. Comfortable reserved seats, but can be very packed up. Buy the ticket as soon as possible. Non reserved seats are available for the roof. Do Not forget the sun block lotion.
Royal Boat Express: T012-932393, 6-18:00,
Kompong Cham -> Phnom Penh: 15,000 2hrs, dep 7:30, 9:30, 12:30, 16:00
Kompong Cham -> Kraije: 20,000r, 3-4hrs, dep 7:30, 9:30, 14:00
3) Cargo boats: large wooden boats with two decks. The upper deck has benches and lots of hammocks. Very slow. It requires a few days to reach the destinations upriver. Strongly Not Rec.
Kompong Cham -> Stung Treng: No slow boats nor fast boat to Stung Treng available. They run all season when they have something to carry. Ask your GH owners for the details. They are very slow and it may takes a few days to reach Stung Treng.

HOTEL
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HOTEL CODE
Many accommodation in town. Lower range GHs are mostly around the market which are low standard and upper range hotels are along the river and roundabout. Ones at N part of Riverside Rd. are noisy and Karaoke bars with very suspicious night clubs massage services. Best value for money to stay are located S part of Riverside Rd. and W part of National Route #7.
Near the Roundabout
h1 Phnom Pros Hostel: Street Kosomak #22, take a road, NW from the Roundabout T941444, f ab TV s/d$5 TV, a/c ab HW s/d$10 C3 Rooms are medium size but bathrooms are small. Most of fun rooms have no windows. A bit rundown. Scary huge complex. La(1500/set)
h2 Mittapheap Hotel: #18 Kosomak neady Rd. T941465, f ab $5, a/c$10, TV C4. Very nice modern baths. Nice furniture, drinking water towel supplied. Rec
National Route #7
Listing from NW to SE
h3 Angkor Chum GH: Maison #104, Route #7, T0004?, f ab s/d $4, towel C3 Very small rooms bathrooms are dirty.
h4 Ouly GH: #80, Route #7, f ab s/d$5 TV C2. Dark and small rooms.
h5 Serey Pheap GH: #110, Route #7, T012-864565, f ab s$3, d$4, TV d$5, a/c ab TV$10, C4. large and nice rooms. Quiet, run by friendly family Highly Rec
h6 Ponleurasmei Hotel: #94, Route #7, T941303, f ab s/d $5, a/c $10 TV minibar C3 Rooms are large but bathrooms are basic. Noisy. No mos-net, no screen on windows.
h7 Troorchackkchack: off from Route #7, T012-947043, f sb s42.5 d$3 ab s/d TV $4 C2 small rooms and not comfortable
h8 Bopearthmey: #27, Route #7, f ab s/d $3 C3, Very ugly building from outside but inside is nice and cozy rooms.
Near Market
h9 Nana GH: #467 Preah Bat Sihanouk, near the N corner of the Market. T941742, f ab s/d $3, TV $4 C3 small but comfortable rooms. Bathrooms are very clean.
Riverside Rd.
Listed from NE to SW. h1 - h3 are NW away from the river.
h10 International Resort: T012-842242, a/c ab s/d$10 C3, small rooms and simple bathroom. More brothel than hotel.
h11 Monorom GH: #8 Village, T941441, f ab d$4 t$5 a/c d$8 t$10 TV towel C3, Very small. Cabins than rooms Overpriced
h12 Phkay Reah GH: f ab s/d$5 C2, No mos-net nor screen. Dirty basic rooms.
h13 Mekong hotel: #56, Samdach Pann Rd. T941536, f ab s/d $5 a/c 410 R(6-10:00 bf only) la(1000r/set)C4 Very nice large modern rooms. Good location. Rec
h14 Ponleurasmei Hotel: #23 KG village, T012-836498, f sb s/d$5 a/c $10 C2 karaoke Noisy overpriced.
h15 Kim Srun GH: T941507, f ab s$3 d$5 TV C3. Nice balcony with river view. Basic but large rooms with clean bath

FOOD
Most of the GHs and hotels do not have restaurants here. There are a few nice restaurants but mostly they are overpriced and lack of atmosphere. Best and cheapest local food, are available around Market. 15:00-21:00
r San Te Hap Rest.: SE side of market in front of pharmacy. 8-22:00 Cheap, Tasty tofu and seafood dishes for 2000r. try seaweed curry.
r Mekong Hotel: 6-10:00 Cafe for bf Nice and comfortable Place. Nice bf deals. Cont. bf + coffee $1, American bf + coffee $1.5

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