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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh February 6th 2019

We traveled by overnight bus to Phnom Pehn. It is pretty common for us to select overnight travel, you don’t miss a day of moving and seeing, you don’t add overnight expenses for lodging and typically the fares are cheaper. What I wasn’t expecting was for the entire bus to be bed cots instead of seats. One side of the isle was single bunk beds and the other side of the isle had two separate cots next to each other with bunk beds. Never have I been so happy to be traveling with a friend than tonight! We arrived in Phnom Pehn and caught a bus to Kampot and made it out to our hostel. Again what the hostel photos didn’t show was the domitories were not only in the house but also in 2 shipping ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 1st 2019

After a late night last today was a very lazy day. We had a leisurely breakfast and then spent the morning reading and booking accommodation for the next leg of the journey. For lunch we headed out to the luxury Raffles Hotel for afternoon tea. We were sat down in the very plush elephant bar and ordered a traditional tea (they also offer a Khmer alternative). The tea is just $15 each (that’s the same price as their cheapest drinks so a good way to get a nosey at the hotel). I was very impressed with it - we had plenty of tea, little sandwiches, warm scones and tiny cakes all served on 3 tired plates. It wasn’t the most filling tea I’ve ever had but it was delicious and very well done. After tea I ... read more
Tea time!

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 31st 2018

This morning we walked along the river front to the National Museum. It’s only a 2km walk from our hotel but being so hot and humid we stopped for an iced drink before going in. The museum costs $10 for entry and a further $5 for an audio guide. Personally I think it’s very overpriced. The museum itself is interesting with mostly religious items from the pre-Angkor (Buddhist and Hindu) and Angkor (Buddhist) eras. There’s very little from more recent times and not much that explains activities of daily life and how people used live. Personally I find how people lived more interesting than the religious artefacts. The museum is built around a beautiful courtyard with lily ponds containing fish and this is a calm & quiet place to relax. If you go I would give ... read more
The Royal Palace
The Throne Room
New Years Eve

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 30th 2018

This morning was very interesting but upsetting and somewhat depressing. After breakfast we got a ‘grab’ taxi to the genocide museum. This museum is in the site of the old S21 prison, used by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. It was originally built as a high school and the plain buildings surrounded by houses in the middle of a city seem out of place with what occurred there. We chose to get an audio guide which was well worth the extra cost. The Khmer Rouge came into power by force in 1975. Initially most people were pleased the corrupt monarchy had been overthrown. Within hours the soldiers were ‘evacuating’ Phnom Penh and sending it’s inhabitants to work in the countryside instead. Families were split up and anyone who resisted killed. Once in the countryside people ... read more
Genocide museum
Genocide museum
Central market

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 21st 2018

Today we flew to Phnom Phen, Cambodia. Typically it was a beautiful sunny day in Mandalay as we left. After packing and breakfast we checked out and ordered our ‘grab’ taxi. Leaving at 9am the traffic was lighter than usual and our predicted hours journey took just 40mins. Unlike in the other countries we’ve travelled to the drivers here tend to be fairly good, the cars have seatbelts that work and you don’t have a constant fear of death. Mandalay airport is the largest international airport in Myanmar. It’s also incredibly quiet. Driving down the long drive was quite surreal as we were pretty much the only car on it. We had to queue for check in (despite having checked in online first) but we were the only counter that seemed to be open. Going through ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh November 24th 2018

In diesen Tagen findet das 3-tägige Wasserfest Bom Om Tuk statt, das vor allem in Phnom Penh, aber auch in einigen anderen Städten mit Langbootrennen gefeiert wird. Diese 3 Tage sind Nationalfeiertage, und angeblich befinden sich dann 2 Millionen Menschen mehr in der Stadt als sonst. Ja, es ist voll, und die Straße am Fluss ist für den Autoverkehr gesperrt. Aber wir haben für die Rennen einen Logenplatz, und das im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes: das Tourismus-Ministerium hat eigens für die internationalen Gäste eine Tribüne mit bequemen Polsterstühlen, kostenfreiem Wasser und Lycheesaft und Schatten aufgebaut. Das Ganze ist völlig kostenfrei und unkompliziert; man muss lediglich seine Taschen durchleuchten lassen; schließlich sitzt der König ein paar Pavillons weiter! Die Rennen sind wirklich interessant. Es gibt verschiedene Klassen: Sitzpaddler und Stehpaddler, von ca 10 Per... read more
Menschenmenge am Flussufer
Lotosblüte
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 10th 2018

Rano pada rozhodnutie, presun do sihanoukville, tam dve noci a potom bud ostov koh rong abo nazad. Chcel som tu este pobudnut jednu noc ale prichod choreho cloveka na dorm ma donutil na zmenu. Ked som chori nevim co neinvestujem do singel izby a tez nepochopim 2 a viac ludi naco ostavaju v dorme, usteria tak hadam 2usd na noci. Nuz pesi najskor behnute do pekarane na ulici 701 (su tam aj dve lokalne restiky). Kupujem malu pizzu a plneny dost velky kolac. Som sa neopytal na cenu, nakonec ma vysol kus 5k k, fakt sialena cena. V bison tour oproti ubytku (tam mi povedal 4-5usd) zistene dopravy do sihanoukville, vraj 4usd, vedla cestovka vycapene 3usd. Zlavu nechcel dat, tak som sa presunul o 5m dalej. Tu bez problemov, len pick up nebude, bo ludia su ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 5th 2018

Fajn vyspati i ked hore uz od 7.00. Bolo trochu ocut aj premavku z vonku. Wifi mi rano neslo ale este vcera som zistil, ze grab k killing fields stoji 16k k (jeden smer) Po opusteny hotelu sa na mna vrha hned riksak. Tak zistujem cenu, 30usd. No nic. Nevzdava sa a ide se mnu asi 50m. Nakonec mu prcham. Hned sa na mna vesia motorkar, 10usd. Nezajem. No on ma stale sleduje, vravim, ze idem jest nech da pokoj. Nedal, cakal kym sa najem a furt za mnu. Spusta na 9, vravim 8usd. To sa mu nelubi, vraj musi jest a bla bla. Nakonec povoluje, cakacka dohodnuta na hodinu. Je to stary chuj, furt po ceste hundre, sak su to len dva dolare. Premavka hrozna, v meste by som si veru netrufol soferovat. Ideme na ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 4th 2018

Plan ist na 7.45 bus vysiel , i ked som opat siel zbytocne skoro ale radsej skoro ako nestihnut let, i ked v pripade straty 14€ a kambodze by ma to nemrzelo. Na nastupisti jeden splaseny turista. Kupil listok, vybehol hore, zas k predavacovy listkov, nieco zistoval. Po nastupe do busu sa ma pyta odkial leti scoot air. Ci klia alebo klia2, sofer mu tez nevedel odpovedat. Po vystupeni z busu na terminali som ho videl ako sprintoval za odchadzajucim busom. Cesta na letisko asi moj novy rekord, len 45min. Vo familimarte davam kelinkove nudle. Zas som nevedel pustit vrelu vodu. Handrove hlavy od stola mi to museli ukazat. Este dokupujem plnenu ryzu tuniakom a lososom. Da sa tu platit kartou, inak by som bol len na susienkach co mam este z indonezie. V prvom samoobsluznom ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 12th 2018

Sunday, 12th August 2018 This is our final morning in the city of Phnom Penh before our 3.25pm flight back to Singapore in the afternoon. Early morning, we wasted no time to head to the Central Market for breakfast. From one of the stalls at the edge of the market, we ordered yam cakes, baguettes and coffee to boost up our day. The market wasn't too overwhelmed with people at this time of the day as we soon realised in the afternoon. When we pop by for lunch later, it was filled with locals and tourists jostling for space. Anyway, after breakfast, we did not have too much time to wander about since we had to gather at the hotel lobby by 12pm for our transport to the airport. We did manage to pop by at ... read more




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