PayGo easiest Cambodian Bank Account you can open the day you land on any visa.

PayGo is similar to those pre-paid Credit Cards you get back home in the UK and unfortunately it has one of the same draw backs many of them have, usage fees, not that you'd know this from visiting their website. Looking at PayGo's website you'd be lead to believe it's completly free, where as they take a 2% commision each time you shop online using your virtual Mastercard. What they do make clear is you don't get a physical card. So what are the benefits?

Bill Payment in Cambodia (Cashback approx. 1%, amount varies):
Phone: Top up your mobile phone or someone elses free– instead of buying a scratch card you can refill your balance using the PayGo app. Supports Cellcard, CooTel, Metfone, QB, QB INT, Seatel & Smart.

Internet & TV: Supports Digi, Ezecom, OneTV, Online Cambodia, SINET, Sing Meng & Telecom Cambodia.

Games: Supports FanNow, Sabay Coins & mJams,

Finance: Supports CooBill & GLF.

Education: You can also pay school fees from your mobile, sup…

Cambodian Public Holidays 2017

Banks, government buildings and some businesses will be closed on public holidays, similar to national or bank holidays in other countries. The traditional Khmer calendar, Chhankitek, is lunisolar. Whilst the calendar is based on the movement of the moon, calendar dates are also synchronised with the solar year to keep the seasons from drifting. Therefore, the festivals and holidays of Cambodia are subject to change every year based on the lunar calendar, the only exception being the Khmer New Year that is based solely on the Solar Calendar.
1 Jan 2017
2 Jan 2017Sunday
Monday International New Years Day7 Jan 2017SaturdayVictory Day (commemorates the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979)11 Feb 2017SaturdayMeak Bochea Day (Buddhist festival, spiritual aims are to not commit any kind of sins; do only good; purify one's mind)8 Mar 2017WednesdayInternational Women’s Day14 Apr 2017 15 Apr 2017
16 Apr 2017
17 Apr 2017Friday
MondayKhmer New Years Day1 May 2017MondayIntern…

Scams: Women and baby begging for formula in Siem Reap's Pub Street

Literally my first day in Cambodia, land at Siem Reap airport, check into hotel, get something to eat, pick up local sim card and check out Pub Street. As I'm waiting to cross the street to the nearest convenience store I'm approached by a dishevelled women holding a baby, what I assume is a local begger looking for money. As I try to ignore her she says something along the lines of "No want money, want food for baby" as she gestures at baby with empty baby milk bottle.

She certainly had my attention at this point, I'm fairly well travelled and have spent time in a number of large cities and I can't say I've experienced anything like this before. Thankfully my gut instinct told me this was a scam and after her persistent begging when I said "No" I abandoned my plan to go to that local shop and walked away as quick as I could.

I felt horrible but a quick google search revealled the full horror of this scam. It is well known on blogs, forums and a…

Charity: Help find missing children if you have a website

Thousands of children go missing every year across the Europe. Some of them run away from a situation of conflict or abuse at home or from care, some are abducted by a parent or by a third party, and some go missing after being placed in a shelter having travelled unaccompanied. But there is a way you can help: installing the Notfound application, a picture of a missing child will be posted on every 404 page of your website. This will allow Child Focus to distribute the maximum number of photos, and help all missing children find their way home.

Discover the application on

If you follow a broken link on this blog or intentionally type gibberish into your web browsers address bar after this sites domain, you will see one of notfound.orgs 404 pages with a missing child on it. e.g.


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