Blogs from Phnom Penh, South, Cambodia, Asia - page 233


Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh May 30th 2004

Hello again, I've written about communism, poverty, and world history. Yet the most response from any email has been: EDDIE MURPHY DID NOT SAY IT'S AFRICA HOT, IT WAS MATTHEW BROADRICK! I do appreciate the correction and apologize immensely to Neil Simon who deserves better than Eddie Murphy. Here's some neat things I've done in Cambodia... *Saw an alligator farm. In America, fences would be surrounding the alligators with sensors making sure that no one could possibly get hurt. Needless to say, the security is obviously very lax in Cambodia and I was literally 2 feet away from some of these beauties. It's pretty cool and scary at the same time. In order not to be bitten, I promised to never buy an alligator bag and to rent the B movie classic, Alligator. *The first hotel ... read more
Yes, it's that steep...
View from Above

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh February 21st 2003

It is advisable to adhere to the rules of supply and demand when in Cambodia which, contrary to logic, dictates that the less the customer demand the higher the price you pay. Accommodation is reasonably priced and generally of a very high standard but transport works out at about four times the amount you expect to pay in Thailand or Laos. Considering Cambodias infrastructure is not nearly as advanced as the former all in all it's a bit of a rum deal. Despite this it is still well worth the $13 it takes to see Bakor National Park. Resting on the edge of a plateau some 1000 metres above sea level there nestles a ruined town that was once the playground for French colonists before it was evacuated around the time of the Khmer uprising. The ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 25th 2003

The guy who sold me the tickets had told me that there was one place left on the minivan, and he was right in a way - there were only 3 of us with tickets on the minivan that would take 25 as I would find out later... The other two on the minivan were a couple from Australia and were good company as we traveled the extremely dusty road under construction across 5 ferry crossings. It was probably just as well that the road was under construction in that it had been flattened since some of the stories of huge potholes I had heard were made, but the dust was quite choking at times. At one of the crossings - I think the forth maybe - our bus wouldn't start so we gave it a ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 11th 2002

Naa er jeg i Phnom Penh. Kom i gaar etter en heller interessant tur gjennom Mekong Delta. Jeg kjoepte en allerede arrangert tur fra en tour agency. Men, alle de andre paa gruppen min skulle tilbringe tre dager i Mekong, mens jeg skulle bare tilbringe to dager der. Saa, jeg ble skippet til den neste byen (hvor jeg skulle bli hentet neste dag) i lokal buss. Vel, lokal buss i Vietnam er ikke helt den samme saken som i Norge. Ingen paa bussen pratet engelsk, og alle var veldig interessert i meg. I det hele tatt var jeg det store samtaleemnet, og alle var borte aa tittet paa meg og sjekket om jeg var levende. Jeg hadde et visittkort til det hotellet jeg skulle overnatte, og det var ogsaa alle veldig interessert i. Og, det er ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 9th 2002

Geo: 11.5588, 104.917Another 05.00h wake up. Shower, check out. Received box breakfasts from hotel. Long drive (20 km) to river. Drove past many villages along dirt road, which was in very bad shape because of frequent flooding during the rainy season. Most of the homes used kerosene lanterns for light ... but had TV antennae on their roofs. Always amazing, this phenomenon. Saw sunrise over the fish market. Arrived to the boat one hour after leaving the hotel. Had to take a small boat out to the hydroplane.We had four seats in the center compartment, where the air con was going full blast at freezing temperatures. There was no way to go outdoors, and we were stuck listening to Cambodian karaoke on the video screen and loud speakers, which was interrupted periodically by very loud advertisements ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh November 30th 1999

It finally feels like the trip has begun. We had a ridiculously early flight from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, the capitol of Cambodia. I didn't really know what to expect... I had heard that the place was turning into a backpacker's Mecca but was pretty run down. Taking a look out the plane's window, the entire country seemed to be brown; it reminded me of an aerial photo of the North Korean country side. While the airport was pretty modern, with a somewhat unorganized customs system that rendered me $20 lighter and took up a page of passport space. We found a taxi and were off. The city was basically a disaster area, with beautiful colonial razer-wire-defended buildings and puddles of questionable liquids in the street. It appears that there's not public sanitation system for the ... read more
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