Travellers cheques in Cambodia

Mar 13th, 2003, 07:15 PM
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Thanks Marilyn will let you know what the FCC is like
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Mar 13th, 2003, 07:16 PM
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The difference between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh is like night and day. If you only fly into Siem Reap , like so many do just to see the temples, you will probably not be aware of how very poor the country really is, as this is a very tourist oriented town. Go farther a-field and you will start to notice things. Most roads are earth packed, very dusty and potholed. Even in the capital only the main arteries are maintained. Poverty is in evidence everywhere. Beggars are numerous, especial in Phnom Penh, including small children and the most noticeable, the amputeed beggars missing a leg from stepping on a land mine. Every block in a tourist area is the turf for these. Garbage is also a problem. The reason for so much begging is that many have lost most of their family during the Khmer Rouge period (it is estimated that approximately 30% of the population died) and with no family to support them, have no other way to survive. If you do decide to give to a cripple, do so in a way that does not attract the attention of others or you will be surrounded. And never just give money to children as this will only make them into permanent beggars. Buy something from them (postcards, flowers etc.) or get them some food if you feel you have to do something.
If you do visit Phnom Penh one should visit both the Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) and the Tuol Sleng Museum to fully understand the atrocities that took place during the Khmer Rouge rule in the late 1970’s under Pol Pot. Be aware that these places are of a mentally disturbing nature and not recommended for those tourists who get shocked easily.
The FCC is a good place to stay (only 5 rooms) and the restaurant is great although a little on the expensive side. They have now open a branch in Siem Reap.
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Mar 13th, 2003, 08:09 PM
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Good post, Scotters. Could not agree with you more. We felt we did go a little beyond the usual tourist scene in our several trips, and the poverty in the Siem Reap area is certainly there if you open your eyes. Still, the people seemed gentler and less desperate, perhaps because there was food more available in the countryside?

It is heartbreaking, yet what we found most incredible was how sweet most people were despite the horrors they have suffered. It is one reason we will return to Cambodia again and again.
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