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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 29th 2014

Bangkok - day 2 Now this, was a brilliant day. We rose early, as per usual and headed over the road for our favourite "eggs and facon". At about 8 o'clock we boarded another minibus to the floating markets. These were truly surreal. After quite a 'short' (hour and a half) journey, we had arrived and immediately embarked on the floating part of our journey, by stepping onto a small river boat and heading down the most narrow canal/river towards the floating markets - we couldn't see over the top of the boat until we stopped and I am still convinced that the person 'motoring' the boat couldn't either, but his guessing of where the turnings were and when other boats were approaching was exquisite. I say 'motoring' because the guy put something like a small ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 26th 2014

This update is for today - Saturday 26th as I thought it was necessary to upload this extraordinary story. But I will be blogging about Thursday and Friday as well after this. Don't worry. Emma and I couldn't believe our luck. Jumping from travel agent to travel agent near our unbelievable hostel "D and D Inn" on Khao San Road, Bangkok, we finally found the cheapest deal for a coach journey that would take us to Phnom Penh. Only 700 Baht each (£14). Superb. Moreover, we managed to book the journey with our favourite travel agent - "Coco" - who previously booked us to do the floating markets. We had an early start this morning (Saturday) and woke up at half 6 after another 5hr sleep - just because we are legends and it's cool to ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville July 22nd 2014

Cambodias beach resort: we stayed here for four days- we intended to head over to the idyllic island of Koh Rong, but I woke up with a swollen face like Lilo from Lilo and Stitch one day and Josie awoke another day with what felt like a broken foot- turned out to be Hives, but we got the vibe we weren't meant to head to Koh Rong! It's nice and chilled here, I can imagine it's a lot better in high season though as we haven't managed to go to the beach everyday due to the cloudy weather/rain! There isn't much else, apart from drinking to do here! Fortunately, I found the most amazing place, 'Rogue', which uploads albums, TV shows and movies to iPads etc for pittance. I've now got a Harry Potter marathon going ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 20th 2014

Monday was my last day in Phnom Penh before heading into Vietnam so,I decided to do a little sight seeing and post some stuff. So,I hired a tuk tuk after showing him my planned route and after some negotiation we agreed on $15. I visited the independence monument which gets light upmat night and the fountains work, but sadly I never got to take any photos. Then just up the road was a statue of the late king. There had been some celebrations a few days before for his birthday or something like that. From there it was off to see Wat Phnom. Wat Phnom is a Buddhist temple located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was built in 1373, and stands 27 metres (88.5 ft) above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 13th 2014

Hostel life On the final day that Cat and Camille were in PP we decided to meet up mid morning so that the girls could have a lie in and I could finally go and collect my visa from the Chinese embassy, and dear readers all well and I have a lovely new visa in my passport YAY! I took the usual tuk tuk ride over to meet the girls. Preparations were under way for road closures as on the 11th there was a bank holiday and there was due to be a parade and the closure of some businesses and restaurants. It took longer than normal to get across town as the road closures had already started, especially by the royal palace, the national museum and the temple near by. After meeting up we formulated ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 12th 2014

So it was time to head back to Phnom Penh on the final stage of our trip,in Cambodia. We set off around 8am and headed to a silk farm which helps to support the local community and those affected by the land mines left behind from the war. We were shown around by the owners wife as he had to go to PP as he wasn't well. She didn't spare us the details of his illness but I shall spare you lol. We saw the silk worms and the different life stages, then how they get the silk off the cocoon and the spinning and weaving of the cloth in to scarves. From there we continued our journey and we visited a local market which is famed for it's line of fried tarantulas! Oh and you ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot July 5th 2014

Patience and lateness are not two virtues that I was blessed with. I have tried my hardest to learn them, but they seem to ever evade me. Cambodia has taught me that Asia time is alive and real, and that I just have to deal with it. If a bus is only 45 minutes late, we are doing really well. I’ve learned to automatically add three hours to any quoted journey length. Meals? Don’t expect to get them within an hour of ordering them. In particular, don’t expect to get your meals any time near when the people you are eating with get theirs. Asia time is alive and real in Cambodia. I left Sihnoukville to head to the small beach town of Kampot. I had heard lovely things about Kampot from a girl I met ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville July 5th 2014

My second stop in Sihanoukville stole just a little bit of my heart. There is just something about that sleepy little town that captured my heart. There are small little shops everywhere, happy people, and very angry street children. Even my hostel was full of wonderful people. One of the hardest things about traveling on my own has been constantly having to make friends. However, in Sihanoukville it just seemed to happen. I feel into a group of about 10 other travelers. I only meant to stay one day in Sihanoukville, and ended up spending five. There is just something so comforting of being with people who you just seem to click with. Over our five days we did absolutely nothing. The highlight was me getting my Vietnam visa. Though I didn't do anything that exciting ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kep July 4th 2014

Well readers it's been a while since my last blog. Basically because I wasn't up to much just sunbathing on a tropical island - it's a dirty job but someone has to do it. :-) I shared a room with Amy ( the girl I met on the bus/ boat going over to Koh Rong) for a couple of days at the sea view guest house and then she she headed back to the mainland, so I moved to the island villas which wasn't such a nice place but did have a bathroom in the room rather than a shared one round the corner lol. I amused myself by sun bathing and eating out had having a few drinks and an early night. I decided to leave the island on the Saturday and head back to ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot July 4th 2014

Hello readers So, what we do about leaving the island, well sit back relax and I shall tell you :-) We had a look at the sea conditions and they looked calmer than when we arrived and the weather looked quite promising, so after some discussion Nd debate we decided to catch the 9am boat back to the mainland along with a few other people who were also,leaving at the same time and had experienced similar sea conditions to us when they arrived., This time Karo and I had bought plastic macs and I used mine to cover my big back pack, I had also found my rain mack but ended up using to cover my bag and day pack, as of course we got hit with waves over the bough again lol. The boat was ... read more
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