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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 16th 2006

Last episode: Full Moon, Daniel tog hjem, turen gik til Kuala Lumpur, saa Petrona Towers og var oppe i TV Taarnet (276m)! Paa varmt vand og kiks! - en novelle fra august 06 ... read more
De Nyforelskede!
Solnedgang - Amsterdam Bar
Full Moon #1

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

There are no words. We're a few days late in publishing this blog entry because, frankly, we didn't know what to write. Before I get into it, I'll just warn any readers about the rather disturbing pictures you're about to see and horrifying things you're about to read. If you're not ready for it, don't read any further. From 1975-1975, the Khmer Rouge regime, led by dictator extraordinaire Pol Pot, undertook one of the world's worst mass genocides. It's estimated that 2-3 million people (nearly a quarter of Cambodia's population) were exterminated for reasons that are beyond our comprehension. In a nutshell, all educated and intellectuals (doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people, etc) and their families, including babies, as well as dissidents and anyone else the Khmer Rouge felt like killing were rounded up and systematically murdered ... read more
Tuol Sleng - former high school converted to a prison
Torture cells
Mugshots of the victims - room, after room, thousands of pictures

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

So I finally have some time to sit down and share a few things about the past week or so. I think I left off in Nha Trang where we spent a few days out in the sun (or clouds) and after that we headed to Ho Chi Min City, the capital of Vietnam... on yet another bus. I am going to be honest and tell you that I didn't get to explore or experience the city and appreciate the mass amounts of people and surrounding sights/activities because I was crazy sick!... sick from what I thought was drinking too much BAD Saigon beer but that was not the case, I have never felt so shitty in my life! Couped up in the hotel for 2 rainy days was not fun but part of the ride ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 7th 2006

Ok ok so we all know plans never work out in S.E. Asia. I must have been stupid for thinking I could plan anything a day or two in advance. I really should have known better. Oh well, another lesson learned. So a few days ago I leave Sihanoukville, Warner decides to stay down there for another day when I leave. He mentions that he is just going to follow some other friends that we met, and leave the next day on a bus to Siam Reap. Then I believe he was supposed to continue to Bangkok a day or two later. I went to Phnom Penh as planned and stayed overnight. I was still a bit undecisive about where I was going to go once I flew to Kuala Lumpur. I had been thinking that ... read more
Always Learning
Watching the sunset
Cambodian Payphone

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 4th 2006

A short flight to Phnom Penh with some amazing views of the Cambodian landscape and the river Mekong! A quick bus ride and we arrive at the hotel… I have a really nice room overlooking the river. Perfect. We headed to the riverside restaurant where I decided to sample some Cambodian pizza… Not bad. Not Bad. Average to good I would say. After the meal we went upstairs to this little room where this guy has set up a mini cinema to show his documentary on Pol Pots regime and the Khmer Rouge… It was a sad but informative movie. Well made with lots of real footage! It's hard to believe that all this stuff happened and it wasn't really that long ago. 50 percent of the population in Cambodia is under the age of 18 ... read more
A torture cell at Tuol Sleng
Monk at the Royal Palace
Me dancing with one of the little orphaned girls

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 3rd 2006

Dawn broke over the Mekong on our final day in Vietnam and our first in Cambodia. We left the comfort of the Victoria Hotel and boarded our own little powerboat for the journey upstream and into Cambodia. The passport office on the shore of the giant brown river was very funny and it felt like we were going to be interrogated, but instead were set upon by a bunch of cheeky local kids who gave us back massages for a dollar a piece. The scenery was excellent but quite foreboding seeing the poor people on the river looking at our nice little boat as it sped past. Anyway, bye bye Vietnam, its been superb. Phnom Penh is a strange town. It has hanging over it the cloud of knowledge that everyone has when they go there ... read more
Royal Palace, Pnomh Pen
Jean and John go for port side to try and even up the weight....

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 31st 2006

Cambodian Greetings, From Phnom Penh We left you in Koh Tao where in the end we spent a total of 8 nights and proceeded to head North. So with a combination of Trains (12 hours), Boats (2 hours), Automobile (15 mins+ 20 mins), Bus (7 hours) (just needed the plane for the set) and "Waiting around Thai style" - i.e. not having a clue what's going on (a long time); eventually after 31 hours travelling we reached Chiang Mai. Not much to report, expect the possiblilty of breaking the land speed record for somebody asleep on the bus, yours truly getting in a strop on the train about losing Monopoly - the game's definately fixed - and a fantastic sunset as the train meandered (and I mean meandered) through the Northern hills. The plan was to ... read more
Hope you've packed your trunks
5* - Lahu hill-tribe style
Hell's Angels recruitment drive

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 30th 2006

Leaving Saigon you buy a ticket directly directly to the capital of Camboida which is Phnom Penh. The funny thing is when you arrive at the boarder the bus just stops and you get off. The driver doesn't say anything to you, and I am pretty sure he doesn't speak any english. You have to walk from one country to the next. It was also quite odd that when you leave Vietnam the put all your luggage through the X-ray scanner. I guess they are making sure you aren't smuggling anything out of the country. I have never seen that at a boarder before, well besides at the airport. Anyways I made it across the boarder with no problems. I got on a different bus on the other side and was on my way to Phnom ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 28th 2006

I think that Cambodia is the muddiest place I have ever been. Since it is the rainy season now it tends to rain at least once a day for a short period. The mud never drys. The streets are always muddy pools of sludge. It can definitely make tuk tuk rides more entertaining though. Who doesn't love off road tuk tuking? We are now exploring the capital of Cambodia. Our first day here was completely useless. We are staying in a backpacker area near a big lake. Our guesthouse is right on the water on the restaurant/lobby/patio is built over the water. It has a beautiful view and a great breeze. Our first day was spent relaxing in a gazebo over the lake with new friends. Unfortunately for us ,since we are not paying for AC, ... read more
The Beauty of Cambodia
"Hello one dollar?

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 27th 2006

Phnom Penh is a city of many smells Unfortunately, most of them are awful. The Cambodian capital is a place of stark contrasts - every so often you catch glimpses of real material wealth, but most of the time you see object poverty. You walk past an opulently decorated flashy bar which plays Western music and sells cocktails and aromatic cuisine, all priced in dollars. On the same street, just metres away, there is litter strewn everywhere; rotting vegetables and rubbish pile up in the heat; naked, malnourished children play outside until the early hours. There are many amputees and small children begging. In spite of this contrast, the Cambodians we’ve met have largely come across as upbeat, jovial and warm. The day we arrived we went to get some typical local food at a place ... read more
sunrise at Angkor Wat #2
sunrise at Angkor Wat #3
sunrise at Angkor Wat #4

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