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Published: June 23rd 2012
Mekong River , Phnom Penh.
Sandra from germany & Sandra from Australia on a Mekong River Cruise.
We've been in Cambodia for just on a week. The first few days in Phnom Penh looking around the killing fields & S21 where Pol Pot had the people tortured before sending them to the killing fields. it's very grim there & awful to think that almost 2000,000 people died in them in just the space of 4 years. 1975-79. The people , many of whom have lost close relatives, are friendly & positive about the future. Their english is good & you can see Cambodia will be like Thailand is now in maybe less than 10 years although the infrastructure needs a major overhaul.Phnom Penh has some lovely buildings left over from the French colonial days & the bread is delicious, also a legacy from the french. The tuk tuks are like rickshaws attatched to a motorbike & get around the city at a steady pace with good vision so its easy to get good photos. They are freindly & helpful but the country is very poor so there are a lot of homeless people & beggars.The riverside area is very nice to walk along in the evenings. The esplanade is well planned & the locals have all sorts of
Bus to Siem Reap.
Giant Ibis, very Luxurious.
activites like football games, tai chi & just generally enjoying the walk.There's lots of restaurants including many western style. Alcohol is very cheap.The Royal Palace & National Museum are nearby & worth seeing.The night markets have a lot of clothes & the Russian Markets sell almost everything,American dollars are widely used but you get small change back in cambodian riel.4000 riel to one aussie dollar.From Phnom Penh we got the bus to Siem Reap to visit Ankor Wat. The bus company we used has only been operating 6 weeks & the buses are brand new, very comfortable with air conditioning & movies They don't have toilets onboard but do have toilet stops & a lunch break. It's called Giant Ibis & we used it to come back from Siem Reap. The tickets cost 13$US one way, well worth it. The trip took about 6 hours depending on the roadworks just outside Phnom Penh.The rest of the road is good.Ankor wat is awesome. Our hotel in Siem Reap is called Steung Siemreap Hotel & is very central to Pub St & night markets. We did find prices slightly higher than Phnom Penh in the markets but that happens wherever there's a
lot of tourists. The people are friendly & polite & the tuk tuk drivers are persistent but they have to make a living.They don't hassle you once you've said no thank you. It cost us $20US for a tuk tuk for a day to Ankor Wat & $15 for an english speaking guide who was very informative.As he said, why spend so much money to get there & not understand the history of what you're seeing.Well worth it!!!!We're back in Phnom Penh now & head for Saigon tomorrow. We will miss this cosy friendly hotel, Eureka Villas in Phnom Penh, everyone who we've met here loves the place.We will be back to Cambodia next year & will definitely stay here again.
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