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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 14th 2006

well look who's got addicted to her blog...! today was another wonderfully mad day..arising early and being in the office by 8am to meet Socheata (my favourite gal here...'bubbly and squeaky' would describe her perfectly..not in the tattie and spinach sense ofcourse). Everyone at CDPO has been amazing with arranging interviews and meetings for me, and today she'd got four women from all over phnom penh to agree to share their thoughts with me...so after a breakfast of beef noodle soup in a packed local restaurant (believe me, 100 pairs of eyes turned to see the sleepy-eyed white girl traipse in), we got a moto (both riding sidesaddle, ofcourse) over to TV Apsara to talk with a girl who's legs just hadn't developed properly after being given a faulty dose of medicine when she was a ... read more
Who says these girls aren't b.e.a.uootiful??
Socheata
'Dis-abled' girls taking the world for a ride...

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 13th 2006

Phnom Penh While in Phnom Penh we visited the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, made infamous by the killing fields and the S21 prison where 20,000 of the most educated civilians were killed by the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979. In remembrance of those killed there is a huge monument filled with thousands of the victims skulls, many of which belonged to small children. Inside the prison, which was previously a school, most of the prisons cells and torture equipment is still in tact. The walls are covered in graphic and horrific photos of many of the victims in various states. Without actually seeing this for yourself it's difficult to comprehend just how bad things were here and even more depressing to think similar things are happening right now in other countries...This is easily the ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 13th 2006

Cambodia is a revelation. Pretty much all I previously knew about the place could be personified in two rather unsavoury men - Pol Pot and Gary Glitter (for the non-UK-celeb-focused, Glitter was a 70s glam popstar turned paedophile who relocated to Cambodia following his release from prison in the UK - old, bald, failed, evil). Yet this poor embattled country has a strongly beating heart and a warm character all of its own, and I can’t wait to get to know it better. We only had four days scheduled for our trip - essentially an extended run across the border and back to renew our Thai visas. We planned to spend a day in Phnom Penh, which was meant to be vile, and visit the Killing Fields - an unpleasant but important dose of history in ... read more
The Phnom Penh left bank
A nice snazzy roof
Cool old guy carving by hand

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 12th 2006

11.07.06 We had a bit of a lay in this morning until 9am. The 4 of us then headed off for a day of shopping! First stop was Psar Tuol Tom Pong, the russian market. It was ok, we bought another christmas pressie and a little something for ourselves, but the pathways are so narrow and it's so hot in there that after an hour or 2 we had to get out into some fresh air. As it had been a long walk to the market we treated ourselves to a tuk tuk ride to Psar O Russei, another market where they sold mainly electrical goods but also they had the food section. There were lots of live chickens, ducks and geese. I say live, they were very deffinitely not doing so well. Time for lunch ... read more
The royal palace
Street life
Half dead chick or goose anyone?

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 11th 2006

Hey everyone! Well after the amazing Angkor we planned on taking the 'fast' ferry to Battambang and were told it would be a good 4hrs trip, since the water level was adequte. Well, a bum numbing 10hrs later we made our destination and despite the hunger pangs, it was still an interesting spectacle to see all the boat people and their interesting ways of life. I guess we should have known the boat ride would take awhile when we broke down 5mins after leaving! In Battambang, we were just into chilling after the long trip, and we couldn't decide what to do. So, instead of dithering we went out the next morning to Kompong Chhnang, a nice little town which is a minimal tourist destination. We had a great little countryside tour on a moto. The ... read more
tonle sap river
velo/coconut loads
Rice Paddies

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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 10th 2006

So today we were going to do the main things people come to Phnom Penh to do, the Killing Fields and S21. So not a happy day of fun ahead. After breakfast the 4 of us (Andy, Kylie, Jon and myself) walked to S21, Toul Sleng Museum. Straight away we were hounded by tuk tuk drivers, motos and beggers showing off their missing limbs and burnt faces. For those of you who don't know what this museum is I, Melissa, shall tell you. In 1975 the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia. Pol Pot, the guy in charge, wanted to make it a communist country so everybody was equal, but still there became 2 classes, everyone and the Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot abolished all money, all food and put the calender to year 0 and wanted to ... read more
S21
Some poor victims
Some of the many victims of the Khmer Rouge.

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 8th 2006

We stepped off the plane in Phnom Penh. Cambodia. And everything felt…right. This was good. The previous day had been a struggle. We had packed quickly and caught the last bus from Khao Lak to Phuket Town. We had asked to be let off 30km before the town at the junction for the airport, but sped by all the way into town despite out protests. Getting off the bus, we were swamped by touts and taxis, claiming the only way to the airport was to shell out for a cab. We knew they were lying and told them to get lost. We went up to the ticket desk. They were right. Shit. We had a bit of time before our flight though, and decided to eat before swallowing our pride. It looked like a normal restaurant. ... read more
Best $10 I ever spent
Parking, Cambodian style
Crap temple pic

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 8th 2006

Jackie and I have been in Cambodia for nearly two weeks now and we’re having a good time. However, I did make a mistake in my planning…Cambodia is not as cheap as I was expecting, at least not for food. We’ve been able to find plenty of cheap lodging, not paying more than $6 a night anywhere we’ve been, which is much cheaper than we ever found in Vietnam, which averaged $10 per night. However, food in Cambodia, which always seems to be priced in U.S. dollars, as is everything, is much more expensive than Vietnam. Even at the roadside stands, food is more expensive. We have yet to eat a meal for less than $2 in Cambodia, where we could have Pho and beers for less than that many places in Vietnam. So, my $15 ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 8th 2006

Our pre-Cambodia reading notes that "Cambodia, is like your always tripping". Words that will become a footnote for our time here. The first noticeable difference is that compared to the well organised and manicured paddy fields in Vietman, here they are more haphazardas, less well managed. A second difference is unlike the Chinese-Vietnamese border, the border here not only seperate two distinct countries, but two very different ethnic groups. The difference in Khmers is quite apparent; darker complexions, less 'oriental'. In cultural terms, while the Vietnamese side is heavily dominated by Chinese influences the Khmer culture has deep roots with the Indian subcontinent. We settle in Phnom Penh at 'No Problem' guesthouse, in backpackersville overlooking the Boeng Kak Lake. Coming in at $3 a night, with a relaxing patio's over the lake, cheap food, cheap beer ... read more
Wat Phnom - Khmer Art
Choeung Ek - The Killing Fields
Tooth - The Killing Fields

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 8th 2006

Sunday 9th July, its going now folks!!!! So last night we booked our bus. Whenever someone starts talking to you over here the usual spiel is "Hello, how are you? Where you from" Then we answer, thinking that we may have met a genuine person making making genuine converstion. Then they always come out with "So where you go? You wanna bus" Always trying to sell you something. So we got taken to the bus station by the guy from our hotel that we had booked it through, obviously so he could get his commission. We were then on our way and off to the capital. The bus was red hot all the way for 6 or so hours, quite uncomfortable. But halfway we made a very interesting stop. Back home if you are travelling up ... read more
Fried tarantula?
Rice in a roll?
Us in our tuk tuk




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