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Nov 12, 2013 - Sambour Prei Kuk & rural Cambodia

'My country, My Road' says our local tour guide as we depart PP, once known as the 'Pearl of the Orient'! Picturesque drive to Kampong Thom, through rural Cambodia is promised! It is interesting to reflect on the day! It is 6.30 pm & we are sipping a G&T in our basic hotel in KT! Cicadas are deafening, lizards all over the walls, 32 deg C, covered in Deet, insects dropping onto us & dripping from the humidity! Once we had cleared the poorer suburbs of PP the countryside was fascinating. However, rural poverty & subsistence farming is what...

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Jan 22, 2013 - Homestay to Siem Reap

Homestay and Siem Reap The two of us got up at about 6.30am, brushed our teeth, washed our faces (of course with cold water out of the trough) and went for a walk. Lots of life going on at that time in the morning. Children in uniform going to school on their bikes. Schools start here at 7.00am until 11.00 am and then in the afternoon a different group. Some of the girls dragged a long thick tree branch with them on their bikes. We assumed some kind of school project. One girl obviously forgot and remembered halfway to school. We saw her...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Phnom Penh to Homestay

Homestay At 8.30am we left for our 4 – 5 hour drive to the province of Kampong Thom and our village of At Su where we will stay with a local family tonight. Driving out of Phnom Penh along the Mekong River we saw lots of street life again: People eating out on the street, washing themselves in a basin outside, children in uniform getting onto their bikes to go to school etc. We also saw flashes of narrow alleys with small huts (on stilts). It looked like a much poorer part of the city and surrounding areas. There were lots of fishing boats...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Kampong Thom Homestay

Today we left Phnom Penh and travelled out into rural Cambodia to the small town of Kampong Thom where we have a homestay. As we drive through the countryside I am struck by how much the saying "same same but different" applies to the countries in this region. At first I couldn't identify what made it feel different but then started to identify a whole list of little details that make Cambodia quite different from Vietnam apart from the population density. The people have much darker skins and instead of the ubiquitous conical hats the...

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Dec 3, 2011 - Bel 3 Kampong Thom

The days are certainly flying by and we are all acclimatising to the heat, dust and food remarkably well. We had a wonderful time in Ratanakiri province treating ourselves to a night of luxury on the last night by staying in a French run hotel which was converted from the ex-Governor’s home into a hotel with a pool. We braced ourselves for big day of travel the next day, proving to be a longer one than the 10 hours on the way up from Phnom Penh. This time we had the van all to ourselves travelling with two of Jeremy’s friends as well, Dave...

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The Crichton Times

Apr 4, 2011 - Homestay with the Animals

Today we took a 3 hour public bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom. As we are learning the ticket price includes breakfast and some water. The ride is long but uneventful as we sit near the front of the bus which seems a little over staffed with 5 people standing around the driver, we suspect some of them may be hitching a free ride. As we exit the bus at Kampong Thom the staff are concerned that we want our bags and even more concerned when one of our party has lost his receipt for his bag. This is not a normal stop for foreigners and they...

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Where's Jolly?



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