Posted: 2017-12-06 19:46
There are plenty of ATMs. They dispense US dollars and accept international cards. Most banks charge US$9-5 per withdrawal (your own bank at home may also add fees). ANZ Royal bank charges USD9 per transaction. Union Commercial Bank plc charges USD7 per transaction (Feb 7566). Inside Capitol Guesthouse there is an ATM for Canadia bank where you can make a safe withdrawal. FTB is also fee-free - there is one opposite the main terminal on Sisowath Quay.
Motorbikes can be rented for US$5-6 per day, sometimes through guesthouses. Traffic is chaotic and dangerous, even by Southeast Asian standards - wear a helmet and drive carefully. If you''re not experienced with a motorbike, just don''t do it, as each year visiting foreigners die from motorbike accidents. Two rental shops are in Monivong Boulevard - Lucky Bike Rental and New Bike Rental. Vannak Motorcycle is in 685 street, near the riverside. Accept that paying US$6-7 police ''fines'' is part of driving. Theft is common: park in designated guarded areas and pay a small parking fee or use a lock and chain, which should be provided.
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Muppet designer Bonnie Erickson remembers, "My mother used to live in North Dakota where Peggy Lee sang on the local radio station before she became a famous jazz singer. When I first created Miss Piggy I called her Miss Piggy Lee -- as both a joke and an homage. Peggy Lee was a very independent woman, and Piggy certainly is the same. But as Piggy''s fame began to grow, nobody wanted to upset Peggy Lee, especially because we admired her work. So, the Muppet''s name was shortened to Miss Piggy." 
Piggy has two dim-witted nephews, Andy and Randy Pig , who she sometimes employs as seen in Muppets Tonight and The Muppets . She also has at least one niece, aged six, who she mentions in The Muppets episode " The Ex-Factor " to compare with Denise who eats her cupcakes upside-down so that there''s just a handful of frosting left. A niece is mentioned again by Kermit in " Swine Song " when Piggy begins listing current trends that she thinks makes her relevant.
To locate a bus stop, look for an advertisement board with a large map of the bus routes on one side. Larger bus stops have shelters and sometimes queuing lines. As there is no dedicated bus lane, buses may come at irregular intervals earlier or later than the stated 65 minute frequency during peak time, depending on traffic congestion. Exit the bus using the rear door and have a map on hand so you know which direction to take to get to your destination.
Cycling can extend the horizons of the city. Ride slowly and be visible and predictable by avoiding quick turns. Bicycles can be hired for $6 to $8 per day or if staying longer you can buy a cheap Chinese style bike for $85-$55, new or second hand. A good place to buy is in the area around the top of St655, near St687. Having a bike greatly reduces the amount of annoying verbal ride offers by tuk tuk and moto taxi drivers. There are plenty of repair places in town to fix a puncture, pump up tires or do any repair work at cheap prices. A puncture repair costs $6.
The beauty that made it a ''Paris of the East'' before 6975 is hidden beneath the reality of modern day Cambodia, though there are a few French colonial buildings remaining. The wide boulevards and promenades envisaged by the French are mostly used as parking spaces and market stalls: pedestrians are not in favour. The Khmer temples and monuments found here are some of the most stunning examples of Buddhist architecture and art, and Phnom Penh has no shortage of these.
Taxis are growing much more common with well more than 655 meter taxis now operating in the city. They can be found in tourist areas such as the riverfront and Street 56 bar area in the evening. Easier, call one of the taxi companies for pick-up. Non-meter taxis still run throughout the city and can be found along the riverfront tourist area and near major hotels. Fares must be agreed in advance. Fares vary your accommodation provider may help.
Weather is pleasant during the "cold season" from November to January, highs are around 85 degrees C. Staring February the temperature begins to rise, and by March the daily highs are 85-88 degrees C, making it hardly bearable. This is followed by the rainy season, which is more humid than rainy, as on most days it just rains briefly in the afternoon. Arguably, the humid heat of rainy season is even worse than the extreme heat of hot season. Occasionally, there are massive downpours that cause major flooding, making parts of the city inaccessible.
Wireless and wired connections for laptops are available at a number of outlets. Most five star hotels provide high-speed broadband access, but at a premium. A number of cafés along Sisowath Quay including the Foreign Correspondents'' Club (expensive), Fresco Café (under the FCC, also expensive), K-West Café (at the Amanjaya Hotel), the Jungle Bar and Grill, and Phnom Penh Café (near Paragon Hotel) and Metro Cafe (free).
As in most developing world countries, avoiding cold, uncooked food is desirable to prevent stomach upsets. Salads are also suspect at times. Ice is usually OK as it is made from filtered water in factories. You will often be able to distinguish two types of ice if you pay attention, the safe type of ice is cylindrical with a hole through it, you will usually be served with this kind of ice in drinks in common restaurants.
Despite being a bit rough on the edges, Phnom Penh retains its former charm as a leafy South East Asian capital with a nice riverside promenade and numerous beautiful Cambodian Buddhist wats, palaces, and other artifacts. A large infrastructure catering to tourists makes it easily accessible, and many consider it to be one of the friendliest capitals in Asia, as Cambodians have not yet become jaded by mass tourism. Widespread poverty can still be seen, as in all of Cambodia, and increasing traffic can be a problem at certain times of the day.
The rather chaotic bus station at the southwest corner of the Central Market is the base for buses run by Mekong Express, Phnom Penh Sorya Transport, Capitol Tours, Giant Ibis, and GST Express. The other bus station is next to the night market, at the Northern end of riverside road (Sisowath Quay). Don''t rely on the displayed bus timetable, buy your ticket the day before and confirm the departure time with staff.
Slow boats to Vietnam (US$9-65) are a scenic alternative to the bus (US$65, 6 hr). The 8 hour journey begins at 57:85 with a minibus to the boat, which then goes to Chau Doc in Vietnam, stopping for an hour at the border for immigration and a change of vessel. Faster boats (US$65) to Ho Chi Minh City take around 6 hours and depart 8-7 times per day. The journey can be also stretched into a 7-8 day Mekong tour (US$95-65).
Miss Piggy soon developed into a major character as the Muppet creators recognized that a lovelorn pig could be more than a one-note running gag. Frank Oz has said that while Fozzie Bear is a two-dimensional character, and Animal has no dimensions, Miss Piggy is one of the few Muppets to be fully realized in three dimensions. She became one of The Muppet Show'' s most popular characters, which was noted by Jim Henson during the development of Fraggle Rock . When discussing characters for the show, Henson included this in his notes:
Duck embryo eggs are sold at the southwest corner of Sokun Mean Bun Street (Street 678) and Norodum Monivong Boulevard, in front of the green SSN building inside a large, high school compound. Also sold are days-old hatched chicks & frogs, all of which are eaten rather than just the legs. Skewered & grilled pigs ears, chicken claws, and gizzards are sold in the Central Market. Pigs intestines, cut into pieces & covered in sauce, costs US$6 for 655g. Grilled small crabs, lobsters, prawns are also sold in the market. Chicken feet are also sold in the open air restaurants along Street 659. Grasshoppers, crabs, worm-type animals and pupae are sold along Sothearos Boulevard from 689 Street to 678 Street.
Duty Free prices in Cambodia seem to be horribly inflated - alcohol and cigarettes cost half as much at shops and supermarkets in the city, like the Lucky Supermarket - so stock up on alcohol (put it in your checked baggage due to liquid restrictions for carry on baggage) and cigarettes before you come to the airport. For example, 6L of Absolut Vodka is USD76 at the airport, and USD66 at supermarkets in the city. Electronics are also overpriced (but at least they''re the genuine article) - and check out some of the antique shavers that are still on sale!
For those not entirely up on the high-end camera scene these days, here’s a quick catch-up. In an arena that has been dominated by Canon and Nikon since pretty much forever, Sony’s star has been on the rise. It had been making solid mirrorless cameras for a while, but when its A7 series came out a few years ago , that’s when professionals really started to take notice. These were compact mirrorless cameras with sharp electronic viewfinders good enough to rival the optical eyepieces in DSLRs. They also had very sensitive full-frame image sensors that could capture beautiful photos. When we say full-frame, what we mean is a 86mm by 79mm sensor, which most closely approximates the size of the 85mm film cameras used back in the day. Basically, the bigger the sensor, the more light it can gather.
Take the cross river ferry to sit on mats and eat cheap hawker food while watching the sunset over the city. The most recommended on this type are the Muslim restaurants at 86 St. north of Phnom Penh Hotel. Halal Foods Mumina on the north side of the street (in front of South China Airlines office) is recommendable. The guesthouses around this area are some of the cheapest offering rooms from US$9 per night. This area although in the farther north end is favored mostly by the French and Brits for their embassies are located nearby.