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My son has overstayed his visa in Cambodia. He has no money. What can I do?

First, requests like this are very often scams by people impersonating relatives, so make absolutely sure it's actually your son contacting you. If he has access to email, that means he also has ...
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Is 'wai' greeting a serious thing? Is it inappropriate to 'over-wai'?

In Thailand, there's a superstition that wai'ing someone younger than yourself takes a year (maybe years?) off of their life. A couple of times when I have wai'ed Thai friends that were noticeably ...
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How do I prove "legality of stay in Cambodia" for a Russian visa application?

I discovered this method last year when I was in Asia, possibly when I was already in Cambodia. At that time I found multiple threads of various forums discussing it but I'll answer now off the top of ...
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How to prepare a picky eater for Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine?

Most typical Thai food is very flavorful. There is certainly a fare share of spicy dishes but there are also plenty of other flavors, herbal, fragrant, salty and sweet. Obviously, the difficult part ...
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What happens if one needs to perform a COVID-19 test within x hours of a flight to Cambodia and the flight is late?

In case of USA, it seems that you would need to be re-tested if your flight is late and has fallen outside the window of X hours. This is what I found on the U.S. Embassy website in The Czech Republic....
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True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?

I walked from the hostel zone near the Independence Monument to the immigration office, opposite the airport (a long way, not recommended for people less crazy than me). Apparently a tuk-tuk would be ...
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Is there an ATM at the Si Phan Don/Stung Treng border?

This is the temporary shack on the Cambodian side. You can see the elaborate roof of the bigger newer building hiding behind the welcome sign. This was January 2015. The new building may be open by ...
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Is it OK to eat turtles in Cambodia?

Here's a recent article from the Phnom Penh Post: Dealing in turtles is mostly illegal in Cambodia, where six of the 14 turtle species are endangered, some critically. The only legitimate ...
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Is there an ATM at the Si Phan Don/Stung Treng border?

I'll post as an answer but this is more of an update to @hippietrail answer. I actually crossed the border today (Laos -> Cambodia). The tenporary shack is still there, still in use. No sign of an ...
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How to prepare a picky eater for Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine?

Vietnamese Pho (most variants anyway- iirc Hue type is already spicy) noodle soup have the spice optionally added by the end user. Similarly the rice and vermicelli dishes are not inherently spicy (...
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App or website to calculate change in Cambodian riel and US dollars

I hacked up a basic version of such an app as a single-page of HTML with Javascript. Then MeNoTalk came along and made it pretty! When you edit any of the fields in the "price" or "paid" sections, ...
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Can foreigners cross from Cambodia to Vietnam at the Binh Di river?

NO IT IS NOT OPEN TO FOREIGNERS! My suspicions this time turned out to be warranted. I arrived at the Chrey Thum border checkpoint at 5.30pm yesterday afternoon. Even though I intended to spend a ...
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What is the cheapest and safest way from Thailand to Cambodia?

Cheapest option is to take a train from Bangkok to Aryanaprathet (town on the thai side of the border), then go to the immigration office, then cross the border, then get to cambodian side (Poi Pet). ...
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Is it cheaper for an Australian to obtain a Russian visa in Cambodia than in Australia?

Wow I got a reply from the consular section of the Russian Embassy to Cambodia already! For all types of visa for Australian citizens: Single Entry Visa 100 USD 7 business days processing ...
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Strep in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I'm pretty sure you don't have to see a doctor to get penicillin in Cambodia, I got some antibiotics from a nurse on Koh Rong. And pharmacy staff will definitely understand "penicillin". Still, it ...
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What is the cheapest and safest way from Thailand to Cambodia?

Surface crossing from Vietnam into Cambodia is much more convenient than from Thailand into Cambodia. From Thailand, you feel like you are in a John Burdett novel -- it's a maelstrom of corrupt ...
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How to prepare a picky eater for Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine?

Thailand-specific advice here from someone who doesn’t tolerate any spice at all. In my experience, in Thailand there’s a huge number of small low-key local shops serving basic meals like rice/...
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Are bus tickets acceptable for Air Asia as a proof of onward travel?

I can't answer the general question, but for your specific case, at last check Cambodia does not require proof of onward travel at all.
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What happens if one needs to perform a COVID-19 test within x hours of a flight to Cambodia and the flight is late?

The rules for various countries are subtly different. Some require a test within x hours of departure, others within x hours of (scheduled) arrival, with or without provisions for unforeseen events. ...
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Casual Khmer language classes or language exchange in Siem Reap?

While not exactly casual, there's an organization called "Learn Khmer Language - Siem Reap" that's specialized in teaching the Khmer language to foreigners. The organization seems to be ...
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What is the cheapest and safest way from Thailand to Cambodia?

Fly. Thai AirAsia has direct flights from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, and promotional fares can be less than 1000 baht all in - cheaper than any land transport option, and ...
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What is the highest altitude town or village with accommodation in Cambodia?

It is difficult to answer accurately as I do not know exactly what level of accommodation is required. Also the definition of a "settled place" place is unclear to me. However I will give it a go and ...
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True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?

10 April 2015. The Immigration / Visa office quoted me the following extension rates: 1 month - $30 3 months - $60 6 months - $100 They were very particular in wanting to see my rental contract and ...
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Is 'wai' greeting a serious thing? Is it inappropriate to 'over-wai'?

In some places it is rude to wai someone significantly younger than yourself. This may have been a factor as you describe a 'girl'.
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