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Workshop Venue and Accommodation

The workshop will take place at Himawari Hotel Apartments. There will be some field trips and other engaging activities which will take place outside of the hotel venue.

Himawari Hotel Apartments

313 Sisowath Quay,

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tel: +855 23 214 555


For accommodation, you will share the room with another participant and will stay at this hotel throughout the workshop. Breakfast is already included as part of your accommodation package. Most of the main workshop activity will take place at the hotel’s Sun Flower Ball Room.

Two staff members from The Asia Foundation (TAF) are staying at the hotel throughout the workshop to help assist you in case of any emergency. They are:

Ms. KAING Menghun: 097 892 5584

Ms. OUK Elita, Tel: 078 252 520

Hotel Amenities

At Himawari hotel, you will have free access to various amenities, including an international sized swimming pool, a gym, outdoor jacuzzi, steam room and a tennis court. Please bring along your swimsuit and gym suit!

Behind the hotel, you will find the Mekong River and there is a nice park running along the river. It is such a nice place for a morning walk.

International & Local Travel

Visa: Visa is exempt for citizens from ASEAN Countries. You need not apply for visa upon your arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport. Once you have landed and left the aircraft, please proceed directly to immigration. Once you pass the immigration, please proceed directly to the baggage claim area. Two of our staff members will be waiting for you in the baggage claim area, holding a signage that reads “YSEALI STEM WORKSHOP”. The two staff members are:

  • CHHAY Darapheakdey, Tel: 017 997 437
  • KEO Daramongkol, Tel: 093 610 677

For those residing outside of ASEAN who need a visa to enter Cambodia, visas may be applied for at a Cambodian embassy in your country, but most visitors apply for visa upon arrival. Visa forms are handed out in the plane. Be sure to bring 2 passport photographs and $30 for the visa fee, and specify Tourist Visa or Business Visa when filling in the form.   To get your visa and pass through immigration should take about 10 minutes.

Immigration Entry Card

The airline you travel to Phnom Penh with should provide you with an arrival and departure card before you land. Please complete this prior to landing and include the following information:

Address: Himawari Hotel Apartments, 313 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Purpose of Travel: Attend a workshop

Please fill out both the arrival and departure card. Immigration officials will staple your departure card into your passport, as you will need it to depart the country.

Airport Pickup

You will arrive to the Phnom Penh International Airport. The workshop organizers will pick you up.

In the highly unlikely event of an emergency (you miss our staff member, you arrive on a different flight than originally planned and we were not able to catch you at the airport, etc.), please take a taxi at a counter right in front of the airport terminal for USD 10 (this will get you all the way into central Phnom Penh to the hotel). A YSEALI workshop staff person will be at the hotel to meet you and reimburse you for the taxi ride. Please ask the taxi to take you directly to:

Himawari Hotel Apartments

313 Sisowath Quay,

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tel: +855 23 214 555


And, if you would like to contact our office, the address is the following:

The Asia Foundation

House #59, Street 242

Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

Tel: 023 210 431 (available during office hours only. 8:00am-17:00pm local time)

Local Transport and Security

As any major cities around the world, sensible precautions should be taken. It is not wise to carry large amounts of cash or other valuables with you when you are traveling outside of the hotel.

Today, there are a variety of easy taxi transportation options including Uber and Grab. They all work on a cash basis. In addition to taxis, PassApp provides a tuk-tuk service. You could simply download one or more of these apps onto your phone. Links are available on the YSEALI online platform. It is strongly advised that you use one of these apps to order taxis or tuk-tuks if you need to go to places.

For detail information about travel insurance, please download the document below.

Child Protection Policy

I.        Introduction

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation, TAF) has a zero tolerance approach to child exploitation or abuse. The Foundation recognizes that the need to protect children is a universal obligation, and that organizations that work with children have a role in protecting them and need policies and procedures to enable them to do so. The Child Protection Policy is part of the Foundation’s Ethics Policies framework. The policy is principles based, articulates the Foundation’s zero tolerance of child exploitation and abuse, and includes expectations of Foundation staff and Foundation-funded partners in the management of child protection risks. The policy enables the Foundation to uphold donor requirements and commitments as well as expectations of the international development community.

In support of this policy, all Foundation employees, interns, volunteers, individual contractors, and subawardees must immediately report any suspected or alleged case of child exploitation, abuse, or policy non-compliance by anyone within scope of this policy in connection with professional duties or business. All reports should be made in accordance with Section XI of this policy. All Foundation personnel and subawardees falling under the scope of this policy must familiarize themselves with the policy and the principles it contains, and are bound by the policy provisions, including the Child Protection Policy Code of Conduct.

Guidance on implementation of the policy, including required procedures, forms, and tools can be found in the Implementation Guide/Annexes. If you are unsure about what constitutes child exploitation and abuse or policy non-compliance, you should contact the head of your office and/or the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.

II.         Goal

To protect children from all forms of exploitation and abuse in the course of The Asia Foundation’s work.

III.       Guiding Principles

The Foundation adopts the following five guiding principles as a basis for its child protection policy:

  • Zero tolerance of child exploitation and abuse – The Foundation does not tolerate child exploitation and Through enactment of this policy, we endeavor to reduce the risk of child exploitation and abuse associated with delivering program activities. We will not knowingly engage—directly or indirectly—anyone who poses an unacceptable risk to children and will, to the extent of the law and policy, discipline those who exploit or abuse children in the course of delivery of our programs.
  • Recognition of the best interests of children – The Foundation is committed to upholding the rights and obligations contained in the Convention on the Rights of the The Foundation recognizes that some children, such as children with a disability and those living in poverty or areas impacted by disasters, are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. The Foundation will endeavor to ensure anyone who works with children is aware of these vulnerabilities and makes every effort to keep the best interests of children at the forefront of their work.
  • Sharing responsibility for child protection – The Foundation will work with donors and all relevant parties to effectively manage risks to
  • Risk management approach – While it is not possible to eliminate all risks of child exploitation and abuse, careful management can reduce the risks to children that may be associated with program The Foundation will assess the risks to children in its programs and through implementation of and compliance with this policy work to manage those risks.
  • Procedural fairness – The Foundation uses fair and proper procedures when making decisions that affect a person’s right or The Foundation will process reports and concerns of exploitation and abuse as set forth in The Asia Foundation Whistle-Blower Policy and other ethics policies.
Important Contacts

Medical Services

If you have a medical problem, please report to the workshop organizers or our volunteers who will be around the workshop to assist. If you have medical problems at night, you could contact our staff members who are also staying in the hotel with you. They are:

Ms. KAING Menghun: 097 892 5584

Ms. OUK Elita, Tel: 078 252 520

Himawari Hotel has a doctor-on-the-call service. If you need the doctor’s attention, please contact your group leaders, volunteers and/or workshop organizers.


Important contact numbers

Note: Due to the existence of several interconnected networks, Cambodian telephone numbers use a multiplicity of prefixes. All fixed-line telephones in Phnom Penh use the (023) prefix; mobile telephone is very popular.

The following numbers should be kept handy:

TAF Office (working hours only 8:00am-17:00pm local time): 023 210 431; 023 216 895


Mr. CHY Terith, Program Director, The Asia Foundation

Tel: 017 808 017; Email: terith.chy@asiafoundation.org

Mr. SOKUN Virasak, STEM Cambodia

Tel: 010 777 455; Email: virasak.sebastian@stemcambodia.org.kh

Ms. KAING Menghun, Senior Program Officer, The Asia Foundation

Tel: 097 892 5584; Email: Menghun.kaing@asiafoundation.org

Ms. OUK Elita, Program Officer, The Asia Foundation

Tel: 078 252 520; Email: elita.ouk@asiafoundation.org

Dining and Entertainment

Eating Out

The following is a selection of venues for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also a great selection of good cafés.

Brown: One of the successful coffee brands in Cambodia, Brown is sometimes referred to as Cambodia’s Starbucks. It has a number of locations across Phnom Penh. In BKK1 alone, it has 3 separate locations. One of its locations is St. 51 Corner 302 Near British International School, Boengkengkang 1, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh. It has delivery service too.

Starbucks: It serves coffee, beverages and some light refreshments. It also has several locations in Phnom Penh. One of them is at No.14, St 57, BKK1, Phnom Penh.

Joma: It serves more or less the same items as those of Brown.

Eric Kayser: This is a French bakery in Cambodia. It serves breads, pastries and coffee and beverages with a few locations in Phnom Penh.

The Chocolate Shop: The shop serves traditional Belgian chocolates, meals and a great selection of food to order.

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Cambodia (FCCC): The FCCC has a second-floor view of the waterfront overlooking the Mekong and Tonle Sap, located at #363 Sisowath Quay about 3/4 mile up from the Himawari Hotel. A favorite hangout for foreigners both resident and passing through. Lots of “characters” in this place.

Le Rit’s: Run by a French NGO with daily set menu–no choices. Located at # 71, Street 240.

Shiva Shakti: A nice Indian restaurant with great flavors. Located #17, Street 63.

Magnolia Restaurant: Vietnamese Restaurant offering a selection of Vietnam dishes at a reasonable price range at corner of St. 242 and 51.

Tom Yum Kung: Specialized in Thai and Khmer food, # 10, St.278, BKK 1.

Piccola Italia Da Luigi: Very good Pizza restaurant, # M36 E0, St. 308, Sangkat Tunle Bassac,

Riverhouse: Nice Moroccan food at the riverfront, corner of Sisowath Quay and Street 110.

Java Café and Gallery: Wide selection of teas, coffee and homemade desserts for breakfast or afternoon tea. #56E1, Sihanouk Boulevard, east of the Independence Monument. Light lunch menu. Open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays

If it ever comes to the point of craving good old hamburgers and fries, there’s Carl’s JR on Corner of St. 51 and St. 310 Boeung Keng Kang (BKK1).



National Museum: Built in 1917 and located near the Royal Palace, the National Museum has a modest but good collection dating back to the Angkorian era, as well as pre- and post-Angkorian artifacts. The roof of the museum is home to thousands of bats, including some rare species, but these long-time inhabitants are now kept separate from the viewing halls by a false ceiling.

Silver Pagoda: Located in the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named for its 5,000 silver floor tiles weighing one kilogram each. On display are many other valuable statues and artifacts, including a life-sized gold Buddha inlaid with nearly 10,000 diamonds. (Entrance fee to the Royal Palace is $10 for foreign visitors)

Wat Phnom: Wat Phnom is a pagoda on a small hill (phnom) where according to Khmer folklore, in the 14th century a wealthy lady named Penh discovered a stone and four bronze Buddha statues in a hole in the trunk of a tree that had come to rest on the river banks during a flood of the Mekong. A small wooden temple was built at the top of the hill to house the sculptures. In 1434, the Khmer capital was moved to Phnom Penh and the original small building, now damaged, was rebuilt. (Entrance fee to Wat Phnom is roughly $1 per person)

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: This museum will be one of our site visits. Officially the Museum of Genocidal Crimes, Tuol Sleng was a former high school converted for use as a prison and interrogation center, the largest such center operated by the Khmer Rouge and notable for the systematic interrogation and torture of high-ranking cadre suspected of treason, including over 20 members of the Party’s own Central Committee. Visitors can see the cells where prisoners were detained, a room with photographs of hundreds of victims mounted on the wall, and scenes of atrocities painted by an artist among the few surviving inmates left behind when the Vietnamese forces arrived in Phnom Penh on January 7, 1979. It is a stark and chilling place. (Entrance fee is $8 per person and audio tour is $1)

Cheung Ek Killing Fields: About 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh lies the site of the mass graves that give it its familiar name. The road to the site is usually congested. A memorial stupa stands in front of the execution grounds, housing about 8,000 skulls of victims of execution during the dark years of Khmer Rouge rule.

Mekong Boat Trip: Boats are available hire on the waterfront (Sisowath Quay). Rates are usually about $2 per hour, you can enjoy a relaxing trip on the Tonle Sap in front of the riverfront area and around the Chruoy Chungvar promontory to several kilometers upstream on the Mekong. Bring along your own drinks and refreshments.



Aeon Mall: This is a high-end mall. It has everything from groceries, electronics, cinema, ice skating arena, clothes, books, cafés, restaurants and all sorts of items you could normally find in a department store.

Russian Market: Locally known as Psah Toul Tompung, this covered market is a favorite among tourists and resident expatriates alike. With a little haggling, good deals are available on silk, handicrafts, jewelry, antique-looking items, Vietnamese pottery, CDs, travel gear, even bargain deals on exported clothing. When finished, sit down for a pleasant tea or coffee, cakes and other refreshments at Jars of Clay, about 50 meters down from the southeast corner of the market.

Central Market (Psah Thmei in Khmer name or it translates as “new market”)

The Phnom Penh Central Market is housed in a colonial-style building in the heart of the Cambodian capital. Within the four wings and around the compound outside are on sale almost anything you can think of, including electronic equipment, clothing, watches, bags, suitcases, dried and fresh foodstuff, jewellery, clothes from cheap t-shirts to krama (Khmer scarves), pseudo-antique, books including photocopied travel guides and lots of souvenirs. The market is about 15 minutes-walk from TAF office.

Night Market:

Phnom Penh’s new Night Market on the riverfront is aimed squarely at visitors and tourists, offering a wide and varied selection of Cambodian handicrafts silks, art, curios and souvenirs and food. The atmosphere offers a much more relaxing retail experience than a typical local market—most goods are sold at reasonable prices. The night market appears to be a promising addition to the city’s shopping scene. And the fact more goods on offer are locally made.
Hours: 5pm to midnight, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Location: located at the riverfront on Street 1 or Preah Sisowath Quay.

Ranjana: On the northeast side of the Russian Market, operates two shops (one at #17 Street 450) selling handicrafts, silks, silver in more modern designs, bags, and cards.

Couleurs D’Asie: At #33 Street 240 offers wall hangings from various countries, curtains, bedspreads, and other handicrafts.

Tabitha Cambodia: Another NGO shop at# 239 Street 51 corner of St. 360, sells handicrafts, silk bedspreads, embroidery, children’s toys, and cards.

New Art Gallery: At # 20 Street 9 features paintings from Cambodia and Vietnam. Also, there is a long row of art shops on Street 178 near the National Museum.

Garden of Desire: This is local jewel store. The store contains stunning jewels with designs and cultural inspiration. All gem stones are from Cambodia.

Address 33 Preah Ang Makhak Vann St. (178) Across from the National Museum

Other Logistics


US dollars are widely used in Cambodia. Cambodian Riel can be exchanged for dollars almost anywhere and are customarily used in traditional markets and for small transactions such as paying motorcycle and taxis. The exchange rate is about riel 4,000 to $1.00. You should bring with you a small amount of US dollars in cash, with much of it in small denominations. The workshop will fully cover your stay and all incidentals. But before you could obtain the cash from the workshop, it is advised that you should have enough cash to cover yourselves.

Telephone and E-mail

Upon your arrival, you will be provided with a Smart Simcard. This will allow you to make local calls and serve the internet during the workshop.

The IDD prefix in Cambodia is 001 or 007. International calling rates in Cambodia are higher than in many other countries. Calls to the USA are charged at about USD 8 cents per minute for mobile phone, and for land line it costs about 80 cents per minute. The option to call through Internet cafes is always possible, and costs are much cheaper. There are several phone service providers in Cambodia: MobiTel (T) 012 and 011 and 099, Smart Mobile (T) 010, MetFone (T) 097 or 088.

Electronic Devices and Wifi access

It is strongly recommended that you bring your own devices with you to the workshop. At the Himawari Hotel where you will stay and where the workshop will take place, you will have full access to wifi.

A lot of hotels and restaurants, café shops and marts in Cambodia offer wifi internet access for free. If you choose a restaurant, just check if it has wifi.


The workshop will take place in late February and early March, which is during the hot season. For day-to-day work you can wear cool, casual business attire. You’ll want some comfortable walking shoes for the field trips.

Traditional Dress and Costumes

There will be an opportunity for the participant to showcase their cultures through short cultural performances. Please bring with you a traditional dress or costume that shall be used during our cultural night.


  • lengpleng.com: Lengpleng in Khmer language means “play music”. This site offers the best summary of upcoming live music gigs around town as well as reviews of selected performance, etc.
  • canbypublications.com: This is the online version of the Cambodia visitor’s guides published by Canby. It covers Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and other major cites and common travel destinations in the countries.
  • http://www.facebook.com/nerdnightphnompenh (they only have Facebook page): This is a fun social activity through which you can also learn lots! Held every two weeks at different bar, Nerd Night features 5-7 speakers who have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to present on a topic that they are passionate about to the extent that they could be considered a nerd. Nerd Night is a chance for you to get a quick glimpse into the life, work and interests of the people in Phnom Penh community.

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