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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 20th 2014

Guns! Wednesday was a gun day! Yes dear readers our great plan was to head to a firing range and shoot some real guns and live ammunition! I was awake early as usual and was ready and rearing to go in and the end I had to make sure paddy was up and ready to go and then had to chase him a second time! We headed off to the ATM to get the money for shooting, and to get some breakfast from a local bakery. Not sure what we chose but it was followed by a chocolate doughnut. Our lift arrived promptly at 10am as agreed and we climbed in and headed off. On the way to the firing range we collected another guy on the way but he was with the company who were ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 20th 2014

So today, Thursday, it was time to leave PP. We had a 7.30am start and time to meet some new fellow travellers, Phillipa who is heading back to the UK from Oz and Chas and Becky who are two girls just in from Vietnam. Our first port of call was S-21 prison and torture centre. This was previously a school but when Pol Pot came to power he closed all schools and hospitals etc down. He made the people of the city leave and go to work in the countryside to produce food and work on the farms in almost total slavery. We wanted to hire a local guide to go round the prison so we would know and understand the history of the prison, but all the guides were ring fenced as a group of ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 18th 2014

Cambodia On Monday Paddy and I headed for Cambodia, Pauline was heading back to Paris via Bangkok and Colombo to surprise her mum and her sister who is getting married this weekend, how amazing to surprise them like that! We were told by Boon that we had to be at the ferry landing at 8am so we arranged to meet at 7am to go for breakfast at the football bar. It has the best wifi of all the places we had been to. We ordered and waited and waited then my food arrived but Paddy's was no where to be seen. So I chased it up,and she apologised for the delay and it would be right out, I did say we had to,catch the 8am ferry so,she chased it up and at 7.45am it finally arrived. ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 18th 2014

So it was finally time for a lie in, but those who know me well will know that it's beyond my capability to have a lie in, once awake I have to get up! I needed to visit the Chinese embassy to get my visa as I couldn't get it in the UK as it was too early. It only lasts for 3 months from the date of the stamp. I have been carrying all my documentation around with me for a couple of months in readiness for application. The embassy opened at 8.30am and I had heard stories of having to wait in long queues so I wanted to get there early, so 8.30am I was in the hotel reception organising a tuk tuk to take me there and back. I took a ride through ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap June 15th 2014

It's only a two hour flight from Đà Nẵng to Siem Reap and Angkor Archaeological Park. Before leaving Vietnam for the next leg of our journey we had to take advantage of our proximity to this famous site. The Khmer empire ruled over most of mainland Southeast Asia from around 800AD to the 15th century. Angkor was the capital city of this shifting empire and comprises over 1000 temples in various states of decay spread out over 400 square kilometers. The temples built by the Khmers survived changes in rulers, ideologies, languages and religions before they were forgotten and ignored for centuries. The 'discovery' of the temples in the 1850's lead to much pillaging of sacred statues and carvings by both individuals looking to make a buck and museums in the name of education. When Pol ... read more
Monks at Bayon
Headless lions guard Pre Rup
Angkor Wat at sunrise

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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 14th 2014

Day 8: So after some decent sleep, 12 hours to be precise, we get up and head out for breakfast. Over the road from us is an over priced coffee shop, Browns typical American affair $3.50 for coffee but after a week of fried rice for breakfast we are getting desperate so we have a nice civilised brunch before we get in our tuk tuk over to the killing fields (our driver was johnny) Now we where aware of what the killing field was and a rough idea of the Khmer Rouge, but nothing you could read would prepare you for this place, you get a set of head phones and a device with a audio tour which is told by a survivor from the s21 prison and Khmer Rouge regime. It is a silent and ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 4th 2014

This is my third visit to Phnom Penh, the last one having been something like 4 to 5 years ago. My first visit to PP will always remain something, as it was back in 1997....the week-end after the military coup...no lights in the streets at night...most road were not paved, still dirty roads....and every mini-hotel had a guard sleeping on the front door at night...with his Kalashnikov on hand. It was something else...Tuol Seng, S21, the Genocide museum was still a pretty rough place to visit. Today, Phnom Penh is another story...it looks actually exactly like Saigon...with still as of today, way less traffic than what Saigon has to suffer day after day. We arrived after the 3 hours drive from Sihanoukville...and one more time, I'm staying at the FCC. The FCC is a mythic bar/restaurant ... read more
Tuol Seng...never forget...
Phnom Penh
National Museum

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 3rd 2014

The journey to Cambodia was surprisingly pleasant. Given we had got the most amazingly cheap flights from Gold coast to Cambodia via vietnam, we were not expecting anything much. The night flight was pretty full but I lucked out again and had nobody next to me (for my 4th flight in a row!) and so got almost a full 7 hours sleep, perfect. Quick transit in Kuala lumpur and our bags arrived safely, which we were also surprised about given the check in lady for air asia told me bags "frequently" don't make it to their destinations due to a new air terminal in KL. First impression of Cambodia was a good one, we expected chaos at the airport with the tuk tuk mafia out to get us. But it was one of the smoothest airports ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville June 3rd 2014

Another long school holidays week-end....another week-end on the road! This time, we are heading on the road all the way to Cambodia... As you are aware, Thailand is under a military...you call it the way you want. No real signs of it in Bangkok beside the curfew which has now been relaxed from midnight to 4am. We first took the bus from Bangkok to Trat at 3.30pm just after school. Busy bus for 5 hours and half ride to Trat. We were stopped only twice by military check-points, all went nicely and smoothly. In Trat, we jumped in the back of an open taxi for the 50km south in the direction of the Cambodian border....direction, two nights at the Centara Trat Baan Talay resort. The place is truly in the middle of nowhere....if you stay here...you ... read more
Nudibranch, Koh Rong Samloem
Tamu, Otres 2 Beach...
Koh Rong Samloem

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap June 2nd 2014

Day 4: So today was the day that we traveled to Cambodia. The ride was defiantly tight to say the least. My feet were on a wheel arch the whole journey and Johnny was sat next to a guy who enjoyed passing wind. The only saviour was frequent toilet stops and the air con (that was if you could feel it at the back of the bus). Sooo we got about half way and had to stop just before the boarder. We pulled up at what looked like the Thai equivalent of a service station (a wooden shack) and we're told that we would be completing our visa's here (in the wooden shack). Me and Johnny were obviously concerned. After handing over our passports and two passport photos it turn out that we didn't get coned ... read more




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