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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 21st 2017

L'entrée en Asie fût assez grandiose, par la porte du magnifique aéroport de Saigon; enorme, élégant, plein d'orchidées immenses, avec un coin spécial pour le transit, incluant une douche gratuite! Bien apprécié après un vol de 13h! Et puis l'arrivée a Phnom Pehn en pleine nuit fût assez agréable, pas trop de traffic, "juste" 30 C, la saleté pas trop visible et des grands magnolias bordant une partie de la route. Notre gîte, le Fancy guesthouse, est bien situé, a 5 min du Palais Royal, 5 min de la rivière Tonle Sap, a côté d' un marché local. Quoi demander de plus? On adore manger au marché: de bons fruits frais (hier nous avons goûté pour la première fois le durian-EXCELLENT!), des gaufres avec des morceaux de noix de coco, des bananes frites, des salades de ... read more
Marché centrale style Art deco
Wat Ounalom
Scène de soir devant le Palais Royal

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

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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 10th 2016

Firstly crossing the border from Vietnam to Cambodia really couldn't have been easier...maybe a little quicker, but this is Asia. I paid 200,000 Dong (£7) for the bus ticket from HCM to Phnom Penn. When we boarded the bus the conductor took all of our passports and the $35US for the visa, when we got to the border he got off and sorted everything, we just needed to walk through. The worrying thing is that all the big bags were left on the bus, so if you did want to traffic drugs, or worse, then it wouldn't be a problem!. Arriving in Phnom Penn I was kinda expecting another HCM. I've been told by friends who've visited before that it's the dodgiest city in the whole of SE Asia. So I was pleasantly surprised to find ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 7th 2016

After a good night's sleep we got up early as we had until 11.00 a.m. until Makara picked us up to go touring. So, a quick breakfast with Eric Kayser before we hired a TukTuk to take us down to the Mekong River and the Royal Palace on the river bank. The Palace appeared at first glance to be a spectacular monument to conspicuous wealth, privilege, power and a finger up to the masses. Inside, it was a gleaming display of gold, silver and jewels often on the Bhudda's which festooned the halls and rooms of the many buildings. King Sihanouk was (still is?) revered by the people but was actually a corrupt, power hungry, dissolute despot (my take on him) until overthrown by another despot in 1970. Lyn was really feeling the heat so we ... read more
Palace mural
Royal Palace Phnom Penh
S21 Prison Phnom Penh

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 6th 2016

Before we flew to Phnom Penh we had a few hours still to spend in Siem Reap at the hotel, catching up on work (Lyn) and having a massage (both of us). The massage was different. It was a Thai version and consisted of being pummeled and kneaded and hit, all over. A tiring experience and we think we would enjoy the Swedish - type massage more, of pushing and smoothing with some of the kneading. But it was very good despite the powerful urge to say "STOP" a few times. The flight to Phnom Pemh took an uneventful hour and the domestic terminal was jam-packed when we arrived at around 3.30 p.m. - hot humid and noisy. There was some important Muslim leader expected and so were hundreds of Muslims were waiting for a glimpse ... read more
White Mansion Hotel
Phnom Penh skyline

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 30th 2016

We flew into Phnom Penh and I was excited to finally be sharing my true love (Cambodia) with my other true love... We arrived and quickly made our way through Customs before jumping in a tuk tuk – the look on Todd’s face kicking back in the tuk tuk was priceless and we hadn’t even left the airport. The traffic was crazy insane on the way to the Hotel and it was a real eyeopener for Todd. We had booked at the Teahouse in Phnom Penh. It is one of the hotels in the chain of Blue Lime, Templation, The Plantation, The Pavilion, The Kabiki and Mekong Floating Bungalows. A great chain of socially responsible beautiful hotels if you make your way to Phnom Penh. I have always stayed at Blue Lime but my last stay ... read more
Todd in his first Tuktuk
Cocktails in the pool at the Teahouse
On the rice barge heading to Mekong Bungalow

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 14th 2016

After a rather harrowing day yesterday spending about 6 hours at Choeung Ek and S21 and then another 3 or 4 hours writing about it I needed some light relief and some dinner and found both at a corner bar/eatery a couple of blocks from the hotel. Met a young English couple doing the opposite circuit from me through SE Asia. Their enthusiasm for Vietnam was infectious and has me really looking forward to the next few weeks. They have restored my faith in humanity, we'll them and a 12 year old Khmer kid who hustled me into buying a woven bracelet for a buck after opening a can of whoop ass on me at the pool table. John if you're reading this, start your own damned Blog!! And don't forget to send me a link. ... read more
The Shop
Independence monument

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 13th 2016

In 1975 the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia under the leadership of Pol Pot. Cambodia was already a basket case, the 1970 - 1975 civil war had just come to an end and millions of Cambodians had been driven from their land and had taken refuge in the cities to escape fighting and heavy bombing by the US, aimed at disrupting Vietnamese supply lines. A lot of these people initially welcomed the Khmer Rouge, but within days Pol Pot's genocidal plans were being put into operation. The cities were emptied of people as everyone was forced back into the countryside to grow rice in order to fulfill Pol Pot's utopian dream of an agrarian society. Many of these people had never lived in the country and had no idea how to farm so either ... read more
Choeung Ek memorial
Killing tree
S21 prison

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh May 12th 2016

We hired a four seater tuk tuk for half a day, to take us around various sites. The kids made us laugh when they began a period of Royal waves. Our first stop was the grand market which was a huge butter coloured Art Deco ziggurat with rows of canvas covered stalls spinning out of each of the six entrance. Piles of fabrics and clothes, live chickens and lobsters, rows of fake watches and handbags and every sort of exotic fruit and veg. Interwoven in the shops were a complete array of workshops including wig weavers, tailors and nail bars. Cas was in her element and it was clear that some retail therapy was needed. We gave the kids some pocket money and Ed was chuffed with a large G Shock watch. We had to say ... read more

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