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Old 04-16-2011, 01:13 AM   #176
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:10 AM   #177
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Game Changer: Poker players get a free buffet ticket every 8 hours at NagaWorld (not for 8 hours of play, just that they have three 8 hour set-ups and you are only allowed to go once during each set up. If you arrive an hour before one buffet set up is ending, you can go twice within 2 hours if you want.. I hope I explained that clearly enough). I just learned this because these rich cambos do not care and tourists (me) are not aware. This buffet ranges from OK to very good depending on what time of day you are hitting it. Friend rice, tofu, chicken, beef, vegetable dishes, fresh fruits, desert, coffee, tea, juice... very good.

I truly may never leave this town now.
Hey how is the sanitation at the Red Fox Inn? Is it a dump or is it ok? (i.e. Bathroom, Showers, Room)
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:52 AM   #178
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Hey how is the sanitation at the Red Fox Inn? Is it a dump or is it ok? (i.e. Bathroom, Showers, Room)
It is ok for me, but I could see someone more fussy wanting a cleaner room. There is dust in the corners and cobwebs on the unused parts of the rattan furniture in the room I checked into. The bathroom is ok, clean enough but quirky (everything works but is a bit broken, hard to describe), shower is fine.

I am sure for a few (5 or less) bucks you could get someone to clean your room, top to bottom, really nice if you planned on staying a while and wanted a fresh start.

Or, you could stay across the street from the fox at the "Lux" hotel for $600 / month and get white glove full plush hotel service every day (which I might do once I bring my lady here). Or, you could find something close to here in between fox prices ($250-$320/mo) and lux prices. Many options here.

Got 'em for 3 BI last night at NagaWorld, running like the Cambodian Sun.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:57 PM   #179
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Can someone post pics of a typical cute girl? It seems like they are very dark skinned with old looking faces... But I've never been to Cambodia so I could very well be wrong?

I know there are casinos in Phnom Penh, but is NLHE worth playing? In my experience, when you go to poor countries, these sorts of games are monopolized by local scammers and really tough regulars that are desperate to pick up that money at 100NL equivalent stakes because it's a lot of money to them. I'm sure that fish sit down everywhere but games still suck if you have 8regs/1fish/you. How is the average table, in terms of decent regulars and rocky nits? I also presume they don't use automated shufflers? Do you have to know local language terms to play?

Secondly, how easy is it to open a bank account with 1) internet banking, 2) ATM card that will work in other countries, 3) is easy to link to poker sites, 4) on a tourist visa? (Basically what every poker player needs.) I am an EU citizen if that matters...

I will be in the region next month, not sure if I will add Cambodia to my list. Depends on my research.
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:29 PM   #180
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It is ok for me, but I could see someone more fussy wanting a cleaner room. There is dust in the corners and cobwebs on the unused parts of the rattan furniture in the room I checked into. The bathroom is ok, clean enough but quirky (everything works but is a bit broken, hard to describe), shower is fine.
If you haven't had your room cleaned it's only because the cleaner was away in the provinces for Khmer New Year. She's back now, so put your laundry in the hall and let the staff downstairs you need it done - $5 - and a room clean, which is free.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:37 PM   #181
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It looks a bit shady that the "red fox inn" is nowhere to be found on the internet, only on one other guy's blog who played a game of poker in the "red fox poker room", yet here on twoplustwo we have two users praising the crap out of it, and one of them has 3 posts to boot.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:26 PM   #182
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It looks a bit shady that the "red fox inn" is nowhere to be found on the internet, only on one other guy's blog who played a game of poker in the "red fox poker room", yet here on twoplustwo we have two users praising the crap out of it, and one of them has 3 posts to boot.
It's really simple - don't expect great games and good money in super-poor countries. People work hard in those countries and if they saw easy money at the tables they would hustle to get that money. A much better approach is to go to a super rich area where average donks can play 1KNL and not think twice about it.... It's the same principle of looking for a game in an expensive, rich neighborhood versus poor, ghetto area.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:37 AM   #183
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It looks a bit shady that the "red fox inn" is nowhere to be found on the internet, only on one other guy's blog who played a game of poker in the "red fox poker room", yet here on twoplustwo we have two users praising the crap out of it, and one of them has 3 posts to boot.
there is not "red fox inn", I was a total noob when I called it that. It is the red fox, and it is a guest house / bar on 168 street 10 meters from the riverside in downtown Phonm Penh.

Nothing special about it, there are a million guest houses here, except there is a poker room and lots of cool expats play scheduled SS tourneys and SSPLO there till all hours of the night - and the staff are all card dealers, HU players and are very cool.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:44 AM   #184
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It's really simple - don't expect great games and good money in super-poor countries. People work hard in those countries and if they saw easy money at the tables they would hustle to get that money. A much better approach is to go to a super rich area where average donks can play 1KNL and not think twice about it.... It's the same principle of looking for a game in an expensive, rich neighborhood versus poor, ghetto area.
If you read my TR, I rated NagaWorld's games vs. my impressions of vegas, macau, miami, connecticut and california (to name a few that I have played for at least 50hrs) but I guess you are too lazy to read that.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:46 AM   #185
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there is not "red fox inn", I was a total noob when I called it that. It is the red fox, and it is a guest house / bar on 168 street 10 meters from the riverside in downtown Phonm Penh.

Nothing special about it, there are a million guest houses here, except there is a poker room and lots of cool expats play scheduled SS tourneys and SSPLO there till all hours of the night - and the staff are all card dealers, HU players and are very cool.
Ok, that makes sense. Do you feel safe walking around phnom penh with 1k+ dollars?
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:17 AM   #186
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I bet he does feel safe, he looks like he plays for the Dallas Cowboys!
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:48 AM   #187
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Ok, that makes sense. Do you feel safe walking around phnom penh with 1k+ dollars?
most westerners that have money (there are plenty here that live with very little money, as it is a pleasant place to be poor) do not walk anywhere in the city. A tuk-tuk around town will be between $1-$3 to anywhere and a back of a motorbike (not for me) ride is between .50 - $1.5.

I am a wierdo, so I like to walk everywhere possible - but, I am careful. Yeah, I am a big boy, but we are all the same size when faced with weapons, gangs, etc.

I feel that if you open the door for trouble (stumbling drunk) you could find it here - but generally it feels safe.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:24 PM   #188
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Great thread. Bit of a bummer that the beach is 4 hours away from the red fox, as that sounds like a lot of fun. Are there are any lakes or rivers near by that people can splash around in? How would you describe the air quality and what's the drinking water situation?

Also, any updates on what life is like in Sihanoukville would be great. I've been trying to gauge the actual danger of living there from reading this thread and it's been difficult to say the least.

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:04 AM   #189
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Anyway, The Red Fox rules, stay there if you come here and smoke bananas and play poker. The internet is quite nice as well.
Arwsome trip report your done so far..
Are you playing on Red Foxes internet or are you using a mobile internet air-card?

Any ideas of costs for mobile internet.

p.s....i sent you a PM.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:42 PM   #190
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Great thread. Bit of a bummer that the beach is 4 hours away from the red fox, as that sounds like a lot of fun. Are there are any lakes or rivers near by that people can splash around in? How would you describe the air quality and what's the drinking water situation?

Also, any updates on what life is like in Sihanoukville would be great. I've been trying to gauge the actual danger of living there from reading this thread and it's been difficult to say the least.
There is a big lake and a big river, I have not seen the lake at all and I have never seen anyone swimming in the river (cool cambo boats, though)

Air quality is fine except in both Nagaworld's and the Red Fox's poker rooms - both very smoky.

Drink only bottled water - standard asia.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:46 PM   #191
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Arwsome trip report your done so far..
Are you playing on Red Foxes internet or are you using a mobile internet air-card?

Any ideas of costs for mobile internet.

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Red Fox's internet. He has two connections running with a strong wireless network - so far very good.

No idea on mobile internet, but they have 3g here (at least that is what I was told) and it is "not too expensive" is what some guy said... I will check it out.

Found a restaurant that serves really good pizza and for $2 extra they make it "happy" with a topping of bananas.
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:53 PM   #192
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From everything I read and watched, it seems like Sihanoukville is a dump where it's cheap to live and smoke a lot of pot and not much else... the druggie toilet of Cambodia.

How far off the mark do you think this assessment is? Is the place really full of cheapass hippies? What sorts of things can people do there for fun?
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:19 PM   #193
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Go to the beach and smoke herb pretty much. I enjoyed myself. All of Cambodia is full of cheap ass hippies except for Siem Reap which has a few more normal tourists. Try a new country.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:01 PM   #194
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I'm going to check it out at some point. Just not sure how or when or where. I will be going to India/Himalayas next month, and afterwards to some beach country (Thailand, Burma, Vietnam or something like that)

I'm trying to figure out what there is in Cambodia that could be cool to do and see. The only thing I found is the fire-military-weapons trips and would probably do Siam Reap just because, but not sure what else. Hippies get on my nerves and I don't smoke.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:21 PM   #195
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From everything I read and watched, it seems like Sihanoukville is a dump where it's cheap to live and smoke a lot of pot and not much else... the druggie toilet of Cambodia.

How far off the mark do you think this assessment is? Is the place really full of cheapass hippies? What sorts of things can people do there for fun?
Sihanoukville is a dump. Its where many of the busto sexpats go when they can't afford to live in Thailand anymore. Also when the rains come it truly is as miserable as fk.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:32 PM   #196
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Definitely take the opportunity to blow up a cow with a rocket launcher for $250 US.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:37 PM   #197
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Ok many people here are bigging up Cambodia here, I think there needs to be other things said about the country for the sake of balance.

- Its a very poor country, anyone expecting similar infrastructure etc to Thailand will be sorely disappointed.

- Healthcare is really bad in Cambodia, if you get sick or need to see a Doc for any reason you should just jump on a plane to Bangkok, the local Docs are clueless.

- Its harder to live a western lifestyle unlike Thailand, you need to realise that most things are rough around the edges, and they don't have a lot of the entertainment/facilties we expect in the west.

-Petty crime is worse than Thailand. However on the more serious end of it there is lots of it. That said, its not random and its not against tourists especially, but if you piss off a local your chances of ending up in a ditch are significant. Like the Phils, guns are awash in Cambodia due to the war a few years back so be careful.

I'm not trying to put anyone off, when I was there I never felt especially unsafe or anything and it can be a great cheap place to live. But I have a few expat friends who live there who tell me what goes down and its not all the paradise that is painted out on here, there is good and bad.
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Definitely take the opportunity to blow up a cow with a rocket launcher for $250 US.
Sorry but that is pointless and fooking stupid, give that money to an orphanage instead of being a dick.
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Definitely take the opportunity to blow up a cow with a rocket launcher for $250 US.
im sorry but that is the most ridiculous crazy thing ive ever heard

and if u got that on video my god lol


but that is brutal
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Any of these PP guesthouses have swimming pools?
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