Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Cheap SIM cards for GSM phones are available on almost any major street of Phnom Penh. It's now easier to buy a SIM card, just have your passport and expect to pay around USD2. Mobitel has the best coverage around the whole of Cambodia and seems to have cheaper calls. Be warned when sending and receiving international SMSs and calls, they have about a 50% success rate. Calls between mobile networks can be be spotty and Skype calls abroad are sometimes dropped - be prepared to redial frequently.
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There is no shortage of internet cafes in Phnom Penh and most charge 1,500-2,000 Riel per hour. Cybercity8 (Street 271 and in front of Sovanna Shopping Centre) is a modern internet cafe with 3Mb fiber optic cables. It opens 24 hours a day with promotional rates at night. Sunny Internet (street 178 and opposite the Foreign Correspondents' Club) provides faster service at USD1 per hour and popular with Western tourists and expats. Galaxy Web (Street 63 and near Sihanouk Boulevard) offers excellent service and also popular with tourists.

WiFi is available in most of Phnom Penh's hotels and guesthouses that welcome Western tourists and backpackers. Speed and reliability in the city is often on par with neighbouring countries and most 5-star hotels provide high-speed broadband access but at a premium. A number of cafes along Sisowath Quay (Riveside) offer internet access including the Foreign Correspondents' Club (expensive), Fresco Cafe (also expensive), K-West Cafe (at the Amanjaya Hotel), Phnom Penh Cafe (near Paragon Hotel) and Metro Cafe (free).

The Riverfront by Justin Watt

The impressive French colonial-style Central Post Office is located at the intersection of Street 13 and 102, roughly between Wat Phnum and the Riverside. You can also purchase postcards here. Another post office is more downtown, at the intersection of Sihanouk and Monivong Boulevard. Both offer a full range of postal services including P.O. boxes at affordable prices and open 7 days a week. Postage for international postcards is 3,000 Riel (as of March 2012). For stamp collectors, very nice picture stamps are available.

Central Post Office by Arnaud-Victor Monteux

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