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I will spending a few days in PP soon and desperately need some good advice. I tried many searches for the answers but couldn't find them, so I apologize if I am posting incorrectly. Here are my questions:

1. A good place to stay within walking distance to the better bars with ladies around. What other interesting activities are nearby?

2. Do all of the hotels allow joiners? If not, which ones will allow?

3. Has anyone stayed or visited the Naga World Casino? How far removed from the area you recommend is it?

4. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to all for your input!

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I can't answer any of your points but add a warning. We stayed at The White House which was a kilometre or so from the river. My wife wore a gold necklace on our first day. Two guys on a motor bike attempted to snatch it. My wife was quicker and took evasive action. She spotted them U turn & come back for another go. I found the place to be dirty and smelly and would never return.

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Don't know your budget but the area you probably want is somewhere around 136 street. 5 or 6 blocks in either direction is OK.

I stayed in one with a view of the National Museum which was around 144 street (sorry I forget the name of it) that was only about $20 a night. It was fine.

I walked down to the casino from there a few times.

It's about a 20 minute walk, along the river.

I got a bit depressed in the casino because I watched some seemingly poor (dressed like peasants anyway) people throwing their money away on blackjack, often taking a hit when they should be standing or vice versa.
No one was smiling,

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1. There are no "better" bars... they're all rubbish but the kind you seek are found between streets 104 and 130 in their highest concentration.

2. Pretty much, yes. Though some charge a small fee for doing so.

3. Naga World is OK. Rake on the poker tables is high but the number of fish make up for it (to some extent). The disco has the "better" girls and their price tags are commensurate. Nowhere you want to go is much more than a 15 minute drive away from (1) and will cost $2-$3 in a tuk-tuk one way.

4. Learn to use the safe in your hotel room.

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Actually many hotels most emphatically will not allow "joiners". These genrrally have "sex tourists not welcome" signs prominently displayed. But these are not located in the part of town you are likely to stay in.

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In PP you can stop by the Riverking poker room and talk to Vee, he runs the poker room with one America guy from Cal.

Now if you do play poker, this is the place to play and make money, a lot of fish on the tables.

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If you go to Naga to gamble, be sure to sign up for a players card. The first night I got mine I got enough points for a free room coupon. And you get a T-shirt when you sign up. I play blackjack only, sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. Good place to meet tourists and locals - lots of Kmer ladies hang around to meet men, will offer advice on how to play, etc. It's a fun place. Free beer and soda. Free music entertainment.

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