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Mar 15th, 2005, 03:33 PM
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Where are you seeing all this bad feedback of the Shinta Mani? I have looked back over every post with Shinta Mani and the only negative ones are this one above and one other mentioned the shower not functioning properly but then also said they would definately stay there again. As far as the restaurant there is only one post that I can see that says it was empty. Every other post said the restaurant has wonderful spa cuisine.


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Mar 15th, 2005, 03:46 PM
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You will pass a school when you go on the Lake. It is not far from where you board the boat, but we stopped there on the return. We stopped because I asked (and then insisted)on stopping. Give the money, supplies, etc. to the teacher. He/she will be most grateful. The school can use everything. I saw no art supplies there. There is also a church at the Lake. We did not stop there. I do not remember what we tipped, but I do know we were generous. We also gave money to the children at the dock even tho we know the drawbacks of doing this. I really wanted to give tetnus and hepatitus (sp?) shots to all the kids. But some do survive without my help. The people who have small houses and grow fruit and vegetables seemed so much better off.
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Mar 16th, 2005, 10:59 AM
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Elainee: did you bring vaccines with you? If so, please give the details. I was wondering about bringing in B6 and INH as I've read up on the high rates of TB + (and figured that the children would benefit the most). I am a RN. However, I am afraid to do this without some kind of NGO to pick them up/us up at airport lest the meds were confiscated. thanks for the suggestions. If you think of anything else, please let me know. [email protected]) Now, if only I can find a gross of chilren's tooth brushes, I'd schlep them..... Ibrown7: I really wanted to stay at the Shinta Mari. But just got the sense that it wasn't up to snuff with other hotels in same price category...(the DaysInn mentioned above just gave me an all-inclusive price --incl r/t airport transfer--- for two of $70/night...less than either SM or FCC Cambodia)..and even with rave spa cuisine, its not the kind of meal I would seek out in Cambodia. But that is just my preference... I hope you do decide to stay there and post wonderful reports afterwards about everything. It sounds lovely, tranquil and beautiful and its school has a lot going for it with western travellers' heartstrings like ours. I just wanted to avoid any known hassle factors with only 2+ days in REP.
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Mar 16th, 2005, 02:17 PM
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Our guide asked us not to give anything to the children begging for money. Her reasoning beeing that if they where succesfull at begging, the parents would not allow them to attend school. Made sence to me.
Casey.
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Mar 17th, 2005, 01:08 PM
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Janak626 - Where did you get your price quote fr DaysInn in Siem Reap? I couldn't find a web site for them.
Thanks..
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Mar 17th, 2005, 02:20 PM
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found the days inn web site in azucena's first posting here. ead through it and you will find it. AZCEUNA:what is the diff. between the FCC Cambodia (which looks to be a "boutique hotel" and the Days Inn (which looks to be like any typical western style hotel. I know you mentioned the pool, anything else ? thanks for the feedback.
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Mar 17th, 2005, 09:41 PM
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Found it - thanks!
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Mar 22nd, 2005, 09:44 AM
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Jan: sorry for the late reply... The differences between the FCC and the Days Inn:
- FCC: looks good... and its rooms are worthy of an architecture magazine. You pay the -high- price of staying in a boutique hotel. The pool is small, set in the middle of a small lawn.
- Days' Inn: looks good too, just a different style. Much cheaper altogether. Nice settings. Rooms are as quiet as the FCC's and the pool is larger.
It all depends on whether you want to stay at a place that looks good or a place that's doesn't have the designer look but is still attractive and pleasant... I have stayed at designer and non-designer type hotels before. Here again, my vote goes for the Days Inn. Better value for money and attractive enough for me.
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Mar 22nd, 2005, 09:57 AM
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Elainee: Yes, Tonle Sap was yet another eye opener for me. I've seen poverty in Africa, but it seemed of a different nature in Cambodia. Tough to explain.

Jan: we just tipped our boat driver and his helper $1 each... and that brought huge smiles from them... We also stopped on the way to the lake in some small roadside villages and took photos of the kids, always leaving a few banknotes of the local currency (the riel) behind. I think that these people can use all the help we can provide. And even if the kids end up begging for money, that has to be better than any other type of less legal activity they could engage in for money - kids are also sold for money in Cambodia...
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Mar 23rd, 2005, 04:39 AM
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Thanks Azicena, my pictures from Tonle Sap look "picturesque", but not my memories. I'm so glad people on this board are looking for ways to give some small aid when they travel.
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Mar 23rd, 2005, 05:39 AM
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Azcuena and others: I am conflicted about 'giving' money to kids bec. I think it reinforces the power of begging over and against going to school/learning a trade. I'd rather give money to a school or church which would go further if it doesn't end up inthe pocket of the teacher. What are your thoughts? And if you agree,how do you do this in Siem Reap. (I've decided that I will carry all of our crayones, calculators, bandaids, toothbrushes, etc. with us to the school in floating village on Tonle Sap. Does anyone know exactly where it is? And, as this is recess time, what are my other choices? (I've gotten A LOT of school supplies from friends---once we donate it, the bag will be empty for purchases. thanks Jan
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Mar 23rd, 2005, 10:31 AM
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Jan: As Elainee mentioned in an earlier post, you'll be passing a school just before you board your tour boat at Tonle Sap. You can donate your various gifts there, or simply hand them out at a school in downtown Siem Reap - don't know where they are though...
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Mar 23rd, 2005, 11:09 AM
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My wife and I were in Siem Reap for our honeymoon in Nov. 2004 and went to see the floating village on our first day. One image Iíll always remember was see a little boy and girl fighting over a couple of apples. It was hard to stomach. My wife had been to Cambodia previously and she knew of the need for pen and pencils, therefore we brought some from New York to give away. When we there, with help from our guide we purchased more pen, pencils and notebooks to give away. We didnít give them away at the floating village though. We went to a rural farming town and gave them away at a school. Our guide said we could do more good by giving to these children since few tourists go there and donate goods. It made us feel very good for very little spent. Plus, I donít think my wife and I will ever forget the childrenís smiles. The reason we gave the supplies to the kids in school was to encourage the one who did come to school and to have them spread the word to others who did attend. In rural areas absenteeism is very high because the families need every hand they can get with chores at home.

Anyway, thanks for reading rant. Reading all of your comments about the children of Cambodia struck a cord with me. Thanks.
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Mar 23rd, 2005, 01:43 PM
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Good to read that a lot of us travel and care for those people whose countries we visit. So many tourists are just that: tourists... they breeze in, breeze out, think they've seen the place and happily make it home without having once connected with anyone on their trips!
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Mar 26th, 2005, 01:28 PM
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Azucena - When you stayed at the FCC, how did you get your driver - hotel recommendation?
Thanks for your detailed descriptions - very helpful as we plan our first trip there.
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Mar 27th, 2005, 02:07 PM
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institcher: go back and find the threads for guides in Siem Reap. there are tons here. Though this site, I corresponded with two and then asked Saroun to be our guide. It is recommended to use a guide with the driver. Less hassle. Also, note that if you book both people through your hotel, the cost will be higher than the gov't price of $25 per day for each if you book directly with the guide and Saroun has his own web site, too. I, also, originally had reservations at FCC, but changed my mind a few days ago and went back to my original choice, the Shinta Mani. Please check its web site and click under the community services link and think how much good you'll do buying a pair of little piggies for a family to raise or a sewing machine to spare a girl a lifetime of sex work.Jan
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Mar 27th, 2005, 09:01 PM
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Jan - Like you, we have been wavering between FCC & Shinta Mani. Read they are around the corner fr each other. Wd like to donate to one of the causes - particularly fond of ones that help people help themselves (like the pigs).
Am looking forward to your trip report. Thanks for your information.
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Mar 28th, 2005, 05:09 AM
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institcher: go to the web site for tabitha-cambodia and tell them what you are interested in doing; you do not need to be a guest at Shinta Mari to "contribute". I wrote to them and heard back within a day. One cannot "sponsor" families, but they asked (and I accepted) theinvitation to go to a village wherein there are many families this NGO is helping. My only requirement to them was that we wanted our contribution to go to a family with 2 or more female children. will post and good luck
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