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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 1st 2006

Saturday 1st July Paul - Didn't do much today. Decided that as England were playing tonight we would have another lazy day in Phnom Penh before catching the bus to Battambang. Had a stroll along the river front before a lovely dinner in a restaurant along there. Our waitor informed us that the Cambodian people were so grateful that their country was finally being visited by tourists. He kept thanking us over and over again which was kind of bizarre. I wasn't sure whether he was just trying really hard for a tip. Laura - The waitor was lovely, Paul is too cynical! I had a great conversation with him about tourism and how it's changing the country, and apparently even making it more democratic. He was excellent at speaking English and really made an effort ... read more
Sprite were looking forward to their next law suit...
How many people on your motorbike?

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 24th 2006

Saturday 24th June Laura - Well we're in Cambodia now, our 4th country (if you count HongKong as a seperate country). Arrived in Phnom Penh as the sun was setting last night. The bus journey from the boat dock was fun - the road being a stoney dirt track even though it is a main road. The kind of journey that you need a good bra for. It was also interesting because we passed through lots of villages which had bamboo houses on stilts, even though they were quite far from the river. It was a very quiet, rural road. And then all of a sudden, after about an hour, we stumbled into Phnom Penh. We were dropped at a dive of a hotel, which we decided not to stay in (the Capitol, for anyone who's ... read more
Tonight's dinner  -  yummy...
The central market - food looks good!
Memorial Stupa - containing the skulls

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 23rd 2006

Cambodia is a country that has been rediscovered by westerners after the henious acts committed over the centuries and in particaular 1975- 1979. For those of you who have read the books or seen the movie (The Killing Fields,) I doubt that many foreigners understand or let alone know what happened to the people of this country. After arriving and settling into our guesthouse ($3.00 a night,) we decided that we would visit S-21 and The Killing fields of Phnom Penn. S-21 is a former highschool that during the years 1975- 79 (the years the Khmer Rouge had control of the country,) was transformed into a prison that over 17,000 people went through. Only 7 people came out alive. It was a place of torture and death. We wandered around the buildings- looking at before and ... read more
First Glimpse of Cambodia
The lake by our guesthouse in Phnom Penh
Prison Cell of S-21

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 22nd 2006

What a shit of a day I have had, I think, as the unusually rude parking attendant rushes me along, wanting my bike out at this very instance. Don't push it, buddy, my patience is wearing rather thin today. I had been to visit an organistion, whose director had proceeded to offer our centre coordinator, Nika, a job, whilst his assistant distracted me at the other end of the room. The cheek! The rudeness! I mean, I was at the stage where I was strongly starting to believe that the world of development had more corporate, capitalist pigs in it than the one I had come from. One has to excuse me for having had the naive idea that people actually chose development, first and foremost, because they were GOOD people who wanted to help others, ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 22nd 2006

Decided to go and have a look at some cultural stuff today. We took a trip to the National Museum, then onto the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. The National Museum was located in quite a striking building with walls of deep burnt red. You were not allowed to take pictures inside, but to be honest it wasn’t all that impressive. I mean don’t get me wrong, it was filled with some very beautiful and very old statues and historical artifacts, however nothing in there was really all that different to anything we had already seen dotted around various towns and temples. We moved on to the Royal Palace and, the Brains of Britain that we all were, turned up wearing vests meaning we were not allowed to enter. Luckily they rent rather fetching white t-shirts ... read more
Spot the Tourists!
Royal Palace 1
Royal Palace 2

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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 21st 2006

As mentioned, we arranged for a Tuk Tuk driver to take us on a tour of the Killing Fields and S-21, however we also decided to pay a visit to a shooting range. After quite a long journey along very remote and run down track in the middle of the country side we eventually arrived at a large set of metal gates. On the other side we saw a partially covered porch area with a rack on one wall holding M-16’s AK-47’s, Tommy Guns etc. etc. We were greeted by a stern, but friendly Cambodian guy with a hard face. He and his friend were cleaning various weapons seated on garden furniture around a plastic table. He handed us a menu that was scarily similar to any everyday menu at a bar or restaurant, however this ... read more
Group Shot
James
Shooting Range

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 20th 2006

The house at which we were guests for the weekend was located smack-bang on the river running past the township of Kampot, one of the few that reached all the way to the water’s edge, complete with timber wharf and Khmer-style riverfront hut. Though we had been in for a quick swim on the previous days, today was the first time that we found ourselves free of Germans and Americans, housekeepers and guards. It was just the three Happy School ladies, hanging out for a laugh after the numerous Asahi cans we had ridden of their contents. Zeni dived in first, I followed suit, and Nika decided it would be safer to enter the water by way of ladder. She had made a deal with me to swim to the other side of the river and ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 20th 2006

As I am peddling down the waterlogged, potholed back streets leading from my house to the Happy School, I must have an approachable look on my face, as a young Khmer man speeds up to putt beside me, exclaiming in laughing giggles that Water! Yes, water. After a quiet weekend away at an expat residence in Kampot, the ocean-inlet town to the South of Phnom Penh, I am back on my loaned mountain bike, making my way to a little coffee shop I had spotted last week. The motodop’s comments sum up the activity that happened in the city whilst I was away - it rained, actually it flooded into my little rooftop apartment, thankfully leaving a dry puddle around the powerboard I had left laying thoughtlessly on the tiles. My potted flowers had started to ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 20th 2006

Well here we are in Phnom Penh. After a 6 hour bus journey at 6am we really weren’t prepared for the riot that greeted us off the bus. Christ I thought Siem Reap was bad! We could hardly get off the bus for the amount of taxi drivers grabbing your arm, trying to get your attention, asking you where you’re from and where you’re going. Whilst battling through the crowd it was literally every man for himself! People grabbing you, pushing from behind, walking in front of you thrusting a laminated card under your nose for whatever guesthouse they are working on commission for. We managed to get away from the bus into some space and re-group then got a lift to the Number 9 Guesthouse on the bank of Boeung Kak Lake. This is the ... read more
Sunset
View 1
Number 9

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 16th 2006

With Derek now back on the scene, we were ready to mount our offensive against Cambodia and thought perhaps the best way to launch a surprise attack was by was of a tourist bus, filtering through the border. We left early and surprisingly were handed cold water and face towels, and had a couple of seats each. The journey to the border was quick and simple as was the crossing, yet shortly after, we hit the dirt roads and then pulled up on the banks of the river to catch a car ferry over to the other side. Waiting in line we were struck by the drastic decline in the standard of living. The ground was strewn with rubbish, children were running around wearing torn clothes or none at all, some of them as young as ... read more
Rossy Doll
Do you think England were playing that night?!
Phnom Penh




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