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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh April 27th 2018

Woolly says – As we sat munching on our cheese on toast (you have to love the choice of foods in Cambodia) we considered our plans for the day, the humidity was horrendous and even sitting still leaves you in a sweating mess, so it needed to be an easy plan. As we studied the map the Palace looked like a good place and having unstuck the cheese from my tummy we set off to find it. The fifteen minute walk felt like hours, I used my bandanna to keep wiping my brow as sweat slid down my trunk landing on the pavement leaving a sweaty trail behind me. As we panted into the entrance, ready to drop with our exertions, a man waved his arm at us whilst shaking his head, well wouldn’t you know ... read more
More of the building
The elephant guarding the National Museum
More elephants

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh April 26th 2018

Woolly says – We’d had a couple of days enforced rest, day one for Zoe to finish preparing and researching for her master’s interview, followed by day two of a day long skype interview. Happily, due to my diligence and help she was successful and was offered a place, which meant we could finally start investigating our newest country. Cambodia was formally known as Kampuchea and is a sovereign state located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, and our base for the week. The kingdom is an elective constitutional monarchy with Norodom Sihamoni, a monarch chosen by the Royal Throne Council, as head of state. It is a country which is perhaps known more for the Khmer Rouge and genocide rather than anything ... read more
Brick built cells
Remnants are still coming to the surface
Memorial stupa of the Killing Fields

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh April 26th 2018

Today is poorly planned. Our onward flights are from Siem Reap, which means a 6 hour coach journey this afternoon to catch a plane in the morning. First, just enough time to visit the National Museum. It houses a collection of Khmer artefacts but isn’t really worth the $10 admission fee (plus a further $5 for an audio guide). Plus there’s no air conditioning, so we only manage an hour before heading for a Café by the river for cold drinks and a cooling breeze. We say goodbye to child no 1 who is flying home, check out and begin the long journey back to Siem Reap. We make it, despite the kamikaze driving, the dodgy clutch, a torrential downpour and multiple stops to pick up and drop off passengers. It’s an intriguing combination of services; ... read more
Stroll along the Mekong
Phnom Penh National Museum
Phnom Penh National Museum

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh April 25th 2018

We have planned a day sightseeing in Phnom Penh today. We start with a visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. In a site a few miles out of town are the mass graves of up to 20,000 victims of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. An audio tour takes you round the site of the graves. Some have been excavated, leaving huge dents in the ground, others left untouched, meaning bone fragments and teeth are randomly scattered around. The tour finishes at a memorial to the victims, which contains over 5000 skulls. After this, we move on to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This former school became a prison during Pol Pot’s regime. The 4 main buildings can be visited. Building A was used for interrogation. Each former classroom contains a bed. Just before the regime was ... read more
Killing Fields - skulls
Killing Fields - shackled bones
Killing Fields

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

It seemed like a good idea at the time; a 6 hour bus trip to the capital, Phnom Penh. It’s only 199 miles, so that’s an average of 33 mph. The old man and I reach the bus terminal. It’s rather chaotic, child no 1 has booked the complimentary pick up service and is nowhere to be seen, finally arriving a couple of minutes before the bus is due to depart. We are late leaving; some American kid has his ticket on his phone which he forgot to charge. Then we have to make an unscheduled stop after a few miles; some American kid needs to pee and can’t wait. It’s going to be a long day. The road is less rural than I’d expected; it’s lined with townships for most of the route. And litter ... read more
Cambodian service station
Cambodian service station
Hotel check in

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh February 28th 2018

It was now time to head back to the frenetic city of Phnom Penh. Once again, I arrived at that swelteringly hot bus station, but this time I had available funds and cash to burn. The tuk tuk whizzed through the city streets. Well actually, it mostly sat stalled in the midst of belching traffic. I realized that I was no longer in the peaceful side of Cambodia. I hoped my body and mind had recovered enough for what lay ahead. I was staying at the Vacation Boutique Hotel in downtown Phnom Penh. After stocking up at the local convince store for snacks and supplies I retired to my room to rest up for the night. At around 9pm I decided it was time to venture out into the awaiting darkness. The first bar I stopped ... read more
Outside a Shrine
Grand Palace
Wedding Pavilion

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh February 14th 2018

I took one early morning last gasp at the Canadia Bank, but alas it was shut up and dark. Resigned and a little worse for the wear I piled myself into the Phnom Penh pound bus, mini-van more like. At the time I bought my ticket a couple of days before I was assigned seat #1D. Sounded pretty good to me. It turned out that 1D was actually the passenger seat next to the driver. Well, this was certainly informal. At least there was more leg room than in the seats behind me with all the other passengers. I would also be getting an unobstructed view of the road in front of me. I passed the time studying the driving techniques of the Cambodian highway. When the mini-van would approach a car it wanted to pass, ... read more
Morning in Battambang
Roadside
Lizard in my room

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh February 9th 2018

So I ran out of steam blogging in Phnom Penh, you may be relieved to note, mainly because we didn’t do much, didnt like it much (for the second time) and I didn’t feel too great for 24 hours of it. Sam was ok with the hostel, but for me I was at the edge of ok-ness. We will not be staying at the Lucky Gecko again. The room only had a window onto the corridor, this was a bit noisy but not too much of a problem, and there were no bedbugs as I thought there might be but the sheets were covered in stains. They had been washed but were still very off putting and the bathroom was horrible. The bath mat made your feel black when stepped on with wet feet, the grout ... read more
Birds for sale - set them free for good luck ☹️
Fortune telling
pool at Hotel Cambodiana

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

Well that was a bit of a day! We were very relieved to see that the tuktuk driver was outside ready for us at 6am and that he eventually managed to find the train station. We had offered 15$ as an incentive, over the odds, but we wanted him to be bothered to get out of bed. He seemed a bit lost at the final furlong, but we were actually right outside, it just didnt look like a train station. Inside was a girl with a table, writing out tickets, but when we showed her our internet one it was ok, we were a bit worried as the website we booked it on was Vietnamese. Just under £8 each. The station was very very basic but the train was there and we had to get into ... read more
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Toilet was very clean
Kitchen for buying snacks

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh February 3rd 2018

Our first trip to Cambodia was in 2004, but we only visited Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat. So we thought it was about time that we revisited and saw the rest of the country. Mention Cambodia and most people will associate the country with Pol Pot and the Killing Fields. Pol Pot was a political leader whose communist Khmer Rouge government led Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. During that time, an estimated 1.5 to 2 million Cambodians died of starvation, execution, disease or overwork. It seemed fitting that after arriving in the capital of Phnom Penh we went to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. In just this one small area outside of the capital it was almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9,000 corpses have been exhumed. Scattered everywhere about ... read more
Skull Memorial Tower
Angkor Wat
Traditional Khmer Dancers




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