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Mar 16, 2019 - Phnom Penh on the Mekong

Our journey thru Cambodia will culminate in Phnom Penh, the nation's capital. Drove back north from Kampot upon the same gravel, bumpy, dusty roads we had 'enjoyed' two days ago - still not paved, though this traverse thereof was daylit, at least illuminating the experience, if one cared to observe ! The only site we visited in Phnom Penh was the Royal Palace. It is relatively new - built in the 19th century. Interesting building was that used by the king to get onto his elephant; don't know as I've seen one of those elsewhere. This...

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Jan 23, 2019 - Phnom Penh

Today was very sobering. We visited the Killing Fields of Chong Ek, one of 389 in Cambodia, and the memorial stupa, followed by a visit to the Tuoi Sleng Genocide Museum (known as S-21). Our guide Sukon detailed for us the chronology of the Pol Pot regime. Pol Pot killed all the intellectuals, destroyed the infrastructure, and sent citizens to the countryside to farm and make a living, under a communist ideology. The brutality that unfolded in the 1970’s in a former orchard was unbelievably horrible and tragic. The memorial stupa displays...

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Sommers Vietnam 2019

Jan 22, 2019 - Phnom Penh

We began our morning in Phnom Penh with a city tour by tuk tuk. We passed street vendors, contemporary buildings, and beautiful French Colonial style buildings. French influence and architecture could be seen and felt throughout the city. They are starting construction on a 132 story building as the city continues to morph into a thriving metropolis. The streets are teeming with bicycles, motorbikes, mopeds, tuk tuks, and cars. The traffic is different than back home - vehicles weave in and out, and turn and merge in ways we never would at...

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Sommers Vietnam 2019

Jan 12, 2019 - Phnom Penh

We have returned to Phnom Penh, our first visit since 2011. We have come to see our Khmer "son", John Black who we first met in Sihanoukville in 2008. He is now married to Sokney and has a three year old son called Jesdar and another baby due in two months. His family is not the only thing to have grown since we were last here. Phnom Penh in in hyper-overdrive, like the rest of Cambodia, driven by Chinese investment such as over 40 casinos that now dominate the once-lovely Sihanoukville. Much of PP is a dusty building site with massive...

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Nov 18, 2018 - Phnom Penh

Greetings from Phnom Penh where I am for two nights. It’s the capital of Cambodia. The first night I had a fantastic meal at Khmer Surin eating Som Tam and Fish Amok. Yesterday a tour of The Royal Palace which is amazing, the National Museum, Wat Phnom, the Central Market and a look at the river where I had another good meal at a huge restaurant called Botha Phnom Penh also known as Titanic where tour groups seem to go understandably. Last night I went to a traditional dance show at the National Museum followed by dinner at the Friends...

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Cambodia 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - Siem Reap, Phnom Penh Cambodia

We are now in the 4th of our 5 country excursion. The first thing we experienced as we stepped off the plane was how hot it currently is in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The next thing that stood out is how long it takes to get through the airport when entering from another country. First we had to line up for a visa which cost $30 US per person. Once we had our visa we had to line up to clear customs which moved at a snails pace. It took over an hour to get out of the airport. Paying US dollars to enter a country seems to be a common practice in...

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Mar 2, 2018 - On to Koh Chen

A fairly relaxed schedule today as we stayed overnight in Phnom Penh. Neil and I took ourselves to Wat Phnom, enduring just a few minutes’ of traffic dodging from our boat. This consists of various temples and statues and much incense stick wafting. The Cambodians seem to be very superstitious, witnessed today by men selling sparrows in cages in front of the temple for people to buy, hold, pray and release. Bizarre, and some choice words came to mind but I kept them to myself for once. We took another Tuk tuk from there to the central tat...

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Mar 1, 2018 - Phnom Penh

Today we met a man whose life story will stay with us forever. Our guide in Phnom Penh , Bourtha, is 48 years old and lived through the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. When he was 7, both his parents were murdered by the regime and he was taken to a brainwashing centre (all children between 7-10 were taken there; younger and older were murdered if they were the children of ‘traitors’). At aged 10 he was given an AK47 gun and had to stand at the edge of a field and shoot prisoners who were told to run for their lives. Kill or be killed. He...

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Jan 12, 2018 - Cambodia

Cambodia 2nd January to 11 th January 2018 We left Vietnam and took a fast boat up the Mekong to Phnom Penh. The boat took about 30 people and we had the option of sitting in quite plush airline type seats or sitting up on the covered deck. We chose to sit on the deck and enjoy the view and the fresh air. Most of the boat were tourists like us, mainly Australian and a few Americans. The boat crew stowed the luggage carefully in the hold mindful of it not moving and causing a problem with the ballast . Our boat was very similar to the one...

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Jane in Asia

Jun 24, 2017 - The train from Kampot to Phnom Penh

This was to be one of my highlights of this trip - catching the train from Kampot to Phnom Penh. We finally managed to get tickets for this service, which only runs 3 days a week. It took a couple of attempts at the station, a few phone calls and some help from Mr Bun. We had established that the station was open Wednesday to Monday to buy tickets, and the train runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The station being open, does not necessarily mean that there is someone there to sell you tickets, however, what we eventually figured out, was...

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Jun 15, 2017 - Technology and Money When Travelling.

Of course you would not have doubted that I had all of our technology requirements sorted, for the 3 months away. I had adaptors, leads, spare phone and tablets to keep in touch, along with many other gadgets designed to make things work, including a portable keyboard and even the chrome cast dongle, for streaming in our Netflix series, (the chances of English channels on TV in SE Asia are few and far between). All works well, but a pit fall is WiFi! Hotel WiFi, whilst all advertise that they have this essential travelling tool, what we...

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Jun 14, 2017 - The sad history of Cambodia.

As arranged, our faithful taxi driver was out in front of our hotel at 9am, ready for our day of sight seeing, he opened the door for us, gave us a bottle of cold water, and as he headed off, we arranged where we would go and how much it would cost. The journey was about 4.5 hours and his cost $40 USD. First stop was the Killing Fields. This is the actual site where Pol Pot murdered millions of Cambodians in a Genocide that is just impossible to believe. A guided, self paced audio tour lets you understand the atrocities that were...

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