Blogs from Phnom Penh, South, Cambodia, Asia - page 4


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

Cambodia overview Overall Cambodia is a very interesting country to visit with lots to see over the two weeks of cycling. The planning was excellent and the guides from Peak DMC were first class, looking after us really well. The temples were interesting and were worth the visit and we were not overkilled with too many of them. We had some pesterers selling things, but not overly so. Sihanoukville was a bit disappointing through being dirty and untidy for a seaside resort and had several people begging on the street and beach. The main beach would be good but for the litter and raw sewage draining into it. There is another cleaner beach 2km away but it is still scruffy and disappointing to see our first obese westerners waddling down the street. Almost all of the ... read more
Birds for sale.
Dual purpose Rickshaw
All terrain riding.

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 19th 2018

Day 8 Phnom Penh Not the best hotel I have ever been in but we must acknowledge that we are in Cambodia and off the tourist track. The room Roger and I were given was on the front and extremely noisy with traffic, smelt of bad fish, loose wires everywhere and filthy with grit on the floor under the windows. There was also a void going down to ground floor level behind the wardrobe echoing noises from below. The windows were also absolutely filthy And I had to fix the toilet seat to stop it floating around. Dire. We asked to move and got a family room with two large double beds after much hard bargaining. The beds were very comfortable and slept well despite being woken at 2am with lorries passing by blowing their horns. ... read more
Tamarind drying by dirt road.
The crash

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 19th 2018

Day 10 Phnom Penh. Rest day. A lie in today, up at 6.45 and out exploring the massive central market with Roger, Joe, Anita, Darel and Margaret. The volume of goods is massive, many of which are the same but still a good range. The fish and meat stalls are something else with monsters from the deep. We got caught up in the T shirt area and were seduced by the girls selling stuff at rock bottom prices and enjoying the banter. T shirts were $2, polo shirts $5. There were some genuine Ray Bans at $15, which Roger was tempted to buy. At the roadside we had a light lunch of rice with a small portion of chicken noodles, but not chicken as we know it. I think they take off the portion of meat ... read more
Roger trying hats
Chicken delight.

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 19th 2018

Before heading to Cambodia I didn’t really know a great deal about the history of the country and as we drove from the airport into the city of Phnom Penh it immediately reminded me of India with the dusty roads, market stalls and amount of traffic on the road. Very much in contrast to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore that we'd already visited in South East Asia. I’d heard of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge but it wasn't until we visited the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide (S-21 Prison) and The Killing Fields in Phnom Penh that I gathered any real understanding of just how bad things were under him and how recently it all happened. As we were walking around The Killing Fields the statistic that stuck out most to me was when the narrator ... read more
Tower of Skulls at The Killing Fields
Posing on 4K Beach
Long Beach

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 29th 2017

ATTENTION : cet article comprend des paragraphes difficiles à lire (pas seulement à cause de mon niveau déclinant de français mais à cause de l'histoire de Phnom Penh!). J'ai été très surprise de trouver un aéroport moderne et propre à notre arrivée à Phnom Penh - je m'attendais à un aéroport similaire à celui de Colombo, au Sri Lanka. Shaun avait dit que nous pouvions prendre un bus puis marcher pour aller à notre auberge de jeunesse, mais comme nous avions dormi très peu de la nuit et étions fatigués, nous avons décidé de prendre un Uber à la place. Les rues de Phnom Penh sont bondées, il semble toujours y avoir beaucoup de traffic et il nous a fallu une heure et demie pour faire 15 kilomètres ! Une fois arrivés à notre auberge de ... read more
Quartier "riche" de Phnom Penh
Quartier défavorisé de Phnom Penh
Tuol Sleng museum

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 25th 2017

We departed Saigon early morning. Andy and Dev came down to say goodbye to us in the lobby. We said goodbye to 4 people in total – Andy and Dev, Mark and Matt. The rest if our group(me, Bill, my dad, Andrea, Celine, Tanya, Tina, Louise and Khakid) were continuing to Cambodia. We walked a short distance to get the express bus. As we were walking to the bus stop I thought there were 2 other random tourists following us but realised it was the missing Germans who are on this leg of the trip with us – mother and daughter France and Fabiana. The bus took us to the border and we filled out the visa forms on the bus. We went through the Vietnam immigration first, got stamped out, then got on the bus ... read more
Royal Palace Phnom Penh
At the royal palace
Dancers and intrepid

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 14th 2017

Started the day riding from the hotel 30 kms to the Cambodian border. One of the prettiest rides to date with a levee road running along a canal with both side lined by humble stilt houses & alive with the every day activities of village life. The houses were ramshackle, made from anything available like rusty tin, plastic, canvas, tree branches but with an obvious pride, swept clean & decorated with colourful pot plants. Ironically many also had satellite dishes. The Border crossing was quite but still slow & bureaucratic, but not so for locals who seemed to be loaded up with produce or goods & continue straight past quarantine & immigration. Once through we picked up our new bikes & a new local crew for a short ride to lunch. After lunch we did another ... read more
Hard working women
Green rice fields

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh November 13th 2017

Yesterday, being our last full day in Phnom Penh we visited the Royal Palace. Having driven past it many times we were keen to see what it was like. It’s a large complex with many different buildings including the Silver Pagoda which contains the Emerald Buddha. According to Wikipedia it is not certain what exactly it is made of. Someone even suggested Lalique. Suffice to say it is referred to as being made of Emerald - Crystal. It was beautifully translucent with the light coming through it and is similar to the one in Bangkok. Unfortunately people are not allowed to go in the main throne room which is huge. You can peek through the side doors and windows only. It looks quite magnificent but beady-eyed guards are watching very closely ready to pounce if anyone ... read more
The National Gallery from the courtyard
The urn used to convey the king’s body for ceremonies after death.
Like King Sisowath in 1941

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh November 11th 2017

Wo soll ich nur anfangen? Alles begann an meinem letzten Abend in Kampot. Ich saß in diesem Lokal und plötzlich kam mir der Gedanke: Man, du hast dich doch vor neun paar Wochen speziell für diesen Trip bei Couchsurfing angemeldet, also warum sollte ich dieses Portal nicht mal nutzen? Ich suchte nach Leuten in Phnom Penh und fand sofort Aslan. Damit begann alles! Ich checkte trotz positiver Antwort von Aslan im Hostel ein. Das war mir alles viel zu einfach! So ganz war mir das noch nix. Schlafen, bei einer völlig fremden Person? Hmm! Ich lief durch die Straßen Phnom Penhs und da war er, der erste Griff nach meinem Handy. Von einem Roller aus! Aber nicht mit mir! Ich regierte schnell! Ein Glück! Die kleinen Städte und Dörfer hatten mich den Trubel der Großstadt vergessen ... read more
Aslan und ich
Roof Top Swimming Pool

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 31st 2017

A very busy day today with the morning spent looking after Alexander and an architecture tour of the city in the afternoon. We had forgotten how energetic 2yr olds can be. After playing with Alexander’s favourite aeroplane for an hour we headed up the road to the condominium tower which has a children’s playground and a swimming pool. Wonderful. The locals don’t think it’s very hot as it is quite windy at this time of the year keeping the temperature down, a bit. Coffee and a cookie at the local cafe ended the outing as we headed home to wait for the nanny. Fortunately we had time for a nana (and Pa) nap before our tuk tuk and guide arrived at 2.30. We booked online through Khmer Architecture tours who offer group or private tours. Ours ... read more
Riverfront side of the Grand Hotel
Brown Coffee Cafe
Entrance to Chinese bar

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