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    Siamreap. What a difference 30 years makes

    Just arrived in temple town after a long and boring drive from stung treng and immediatly got lost looking for the hotel i booked. Havent been here for 30 years. Astounded how busy it is. Turns out i wasnt to far away and offered a tuk tuk driver $2 to show me where it was. Gonna stay 3 or 4 nights will keep the car parked up and just use tuk tuks i reckon. Safer? Will kick of with a few swallys on pub street for starters.

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    Those Khema replica statues for sale along the roadside, do any tourists buy them, that stone must cost a ton of money to ship it home. ?
    Can you ask them, how much to post home ?

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    I was there a few months ago , first time back in 13 years.

    Really big difference as ya say, place was a dirty shit house before.

    Now the city center is very clean and around Pub Street it has got a brilliant vibe happening.

    Quite enjoyed it but by fook it was hot.

    Done a huge amount of work at the Temples, well worth the entrance fee.
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    Siem Reap, Snooky, Kampot, Battambang, and of course good old PP- all of these places have undergone remarkable transformations. All boast decent sized, & growing, expat communities too- and thus far at least, Cambodia seems to take a fairly welcoming attitude to them. It's no surprise there is an ongoing exodus of Thailand based expats to cambo.

    It's politics remains a concern (but where can't you say that in the local region?), but you've come a long way from Pol Pot days cambo. Kudos.
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    The highlight for me was shootin an AK47 at the range.

    I shudder to think how boring it was 30 years ago

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    Wow, going to the worlds largest religious complex and finding the highlight shooting an AK. Are you a mussie dillie? Hell, I'd have let you shoot mine for free, range is right out front. Paper plates are extra, ha ha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Siem Reap, Snooky, Kampot, Battambang, and of course good old PP- all of these places have undergone remarkable transformations. All boast decent sized, & growing, expat communities too- and thus far at least, Cambodia seems to take a fairly welcoming attitude to them. It's no surprise there is an ongoing exodus of Thailand based expats to cambo.

    It's politics remains a concern (but where can't you say that in the local region?), but you've come a long way from Pol Pot days cambo. Kudos.
    Im finding the cambos to be a fairly switched on and weloming bunch of fookers. 50 cent beers helps. The thais should give there fookin head a shake. Xenophobic fuckers they have become. Digging it so far. Might even go see a temple or 2 tomorrow

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    You've got a hell of a thread to post when you get home BLD. No pics of lil dickie please, I'll use my imagination on that. 555 . Take care of you and yours, the fishes.

    I was just thinking, didn't you do a bit of shooting last goround? I recall you posting it up on here a few years ago. All good fun I reckon, said something about a cow being extra.555

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    Go have a look at the floating village BLD.

    As for them being better than the Thais, they seemed a lazy bunch of begging conts to me

    One dollar one dollar is the main vocabulary i remember

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    Say goodnight to the misses for us,

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishlocker View Post
    the worlds largest religious complex
    Wouldnt that be Mecca, you drunken bum

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    I knew it, you are a closet muzzie.

    And a cheap one at that. Can't afford to give an orphan kid a dollar ? 5555

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    I gave a good few of them a dollar.

    Doesnt change the fact theyre a lazy bunch of cunts who should be repairing that massive pile of rubble

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    Didn't mean to step on your thread BLD but do expect a proper one upon your return. Happy and safe travels and treat the missus to the 12$ facial while you get the 6$ oil rub. I've miss fish in my ear with it all.Cheers. The fishes.

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    How much is the shipping for one of those replica Khema statues for sale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Go have a look at the floating village BLD.

    As for them being better than the Thais, they seemed a lazy bunch of begging conts to me

    One dollar one dollar is the main vocabulary i remember
    head to Kampong Phluk not the tourist one near SR
    Cambodia is changing very fast, summer 2016 we traveled about 2,000 kms all over the country, knocking down trees everywhere, SNV is turning into an exclusive Chinese district.

    Cambodia is poor,more poor than Laos, Thailand and even Myanmar and it shows everywhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post

    It's no surprise there is an ongoing exodus of Thailand based expats to cambo.
    Jesus mate,

    Ya talking that shit up eh.

    Cambo's a desperate shit hole compared to Thailand.

    Maybe that's why Expats go for a little visit but the vast majority live in Thailand.

    Just sayin eh.

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    Ya talking that shit up eh.
    No shit at all- there is an ongoing exodus of expats from Thailand to Cambo. If you don't believe me, just go there and ask around. It probably only represents a trickle at this stage, compared to the numbers here in Thailand, but it is ongoing. Several expats here have told me they would be living there now, were it not for the usual things- wife/ business/ job/ money on the ground here. I shit you not. I'm one of them.

    Why? The reasons are several, and different for many.
    First and most obvious, it's cheaper there. So if you ain't got much money, or want more bang for your buck, it's a bit of a doddle.
    Second- Visa, and this is the biggie for me. One year Visa on arrival, no questions asked- just tell 'em you want a business visa. No three monthly B/S, no annual nightmare (you just pay a local to do it for you, it's cheap), no money in the bank for two month requirement, no stoopid visa runs like so many here have to do, no need to go thru' the annual nonsense of providing these useless fukkers with a hand drawn map to your house and two photo's with the missus- Every single year. No bullshit, no hassle. A'hhh, paradise.
    Third- general hassle. I'm sure the Cambo gov't is as crooked as any around here, but that hardly concerns you- you pay a local to do it all for you as mentioned, and it's cheap. You basically have no contact with the crooked fekks- driving license, car or bike rego, whatever.
    Fourth- Weed. Cheap, plentiful and to all intents and purposes legal. Happy shake, special pizza? No problema- it's on the damn menu. Want more, heavy toker? just go down yer local market and buy a half kilo bag- it's dirt cheap. Prolly other drugs too, but I wouldn't know about that- it's no secret there are some druggies over there.
    Fifth- English proficiency. It kinda knocked me out the first time I went to SR, to find the general level of English proficiency to be way better than over here- and that includes the tourist places. Way better. Waiters etc much more switched on too. The people there are eager to learn, eager to please it seems- here they are often complacent and lazy.
    Sixth- that ethereal feeling of somehow feeling welcomed and even valued, rather than merely tolerated. That strange elation of being in a country you feel is going someplace (albeit off a very low base), having come from a country stuck in a bureaucratic & political miasma of it's own creation, where nobody who is anybody wants to change, and the general population is complacent and frankly lazy. A'hhh.

    So got that off me chest. But that ain't to say things are perfect- no place is. Cambo lacks decent healthcare- you need serious treatment, go next door to Thailand or back home. I'm told that it is improving, but if you are elderly or in frail health this is a major consideration. Leave the places the expats and tourists hang out and head off to the boonies- very little English spoken, and little if anything in the way of facilities for non-locals. The crooked cops will have you just the same over there- oh they luv barangs, same as Thailand then. Immigration too, if they can- but the residents soon enough learn how tell 'em to politely fekk off.

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    ^

    The common denominator for the Expats who talk up Cambo and want to move there is that in the main they are Financially compromised and their limited money can be stretched that little bit further.

    The other issues you mention are just a distraction.

    Visas. ? Why don't ya just get a fookin Retirement Visa. ? do away with all that shit ya mention. Once a fookin year to Immi for renewal. Piss easy.

    General Hassle ??? You live up in Udon Ratchathani. Ya Can hear a duck fart 3 KLM away. No Hassle up there. Talking rubbish.

    Weed ??. I love weed but I'm fooked if I'm guna live in Cambo to get it. Low class stuff anyway.

    Spoken English ? Ya kidding aint ya, Punters get by just fine here in Thailand especially if they have a bint onside. Most do.

    The feeling of being Welcome. ??? Jesus, i rip the piss out of the Thais relentlessly but treat them with an ounce of respect and they are Fine. I like them.

    Health Care ??? Don't stroke out over there mate or have a semi serious incident. World class treatment in Thailand. Fooked over there.

    So given those issues i can safely say that punters who are financially independent and can choose their place to live aint gunna go live in that shit hole.

    Good luck in Cambo Mate, you will need it eh.

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    Hey Jeff,

    You should go live in Cambo, you are a peasant.

    Perfect for you.

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    The other issues you mention are just a distraction.
    Fekk no- the biggie for me, as I mentioned, is Visas & all the bullshit that goes with it, and general bureaucratic hassles here. But that ain't to say I love the fact the beer is a fraction of the price too, and better- you can actually get Stout there without paying a kings ransom. Shit weed e'hh- dunno who had u mate, but I didn't find it so. Helps to know people I guess.

    Tewwy, I live here (for 13 years) and you don't- you are a regular visitor, that's all. So I suppose you don't have to deal with this bullshit, and that's a perfectly fine way to go. Personally, I find myself resenting it more every year. The Byzantine, backward, corrupt, inefficient, entrenched Thai bureaucracy does my head in.

    Now why don't you toddle off and listen to some armchair expert on Australia tell you all about the place. He obviously knows better than the residents.


    Oh, I forgot to mention- you can own a business there, and actually work in it too, no hassles. Not that I personally would- but that's a biggie for several.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    No shit at all- there is an ongoing exodus of expats from Thailand to Cambo. .

    Exodus of filthy sex pats who buggered off for cheaper whores more like. Went for a week in 2000, came back after three days, fooking disgusting, kids on sale all over the place.

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    ^ A nonce. One in every crowd, isn't there just. Guess you went to snooky then. If that sort of thing floats your boat, I've read you can get it here in Pattaya too, and CM became somewhat infamous for it's nest of kiddie fiddlers. But I've personally never seen it, save perhaps for some suspiciously young looking boys with older slobs in some gay soi in Patt's, some years ago (not Boyztown BTW).

    Hey, if that sort of thing gets your rocks off, go sniff it out. It's your life.

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