Blogs from Phnom Penh, South, Cambodia, Asia - page 8


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

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh May 11th 2016

It was a very quick flight to Phnom Penh, about 1hr 40. We bought visas at the airport and withdrew some dollars, as this currency is in equal use as the Cambodian Riel. It was rush hour when we cleared baggage and so we had a slow tour of the capital. It's by far the poorest country we've been to so far, one stranger signifier of affluence is what happens to electricity. The cables here are seemingly thrown up haphazardly on poles (just like Peru and Indonesia) and new cables are continually added to siphon off power until the cables take on the form of mad spaghetti-esque art installatiions. There was a dead tree being used as a pole on the main high street, crazy stuff (centre right on the pic). No sky scrapers whatsoever, loads ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh April 26th 2016

Un peu plus profond en Asie.. C'est à Siem Reap que nous avons trouvé nos deux nouvelles compagnes, Linda & Wizzy. Deux 125cc avec qui nous avons traversé le Cambodge. Elles nous ont amené à la découverte des fabuleux temples d'Angkor, à travers les grandes pleines Cambodgiennes, de la capitales jusqu'aux petits villages, des grandes routes toutes récentes jusqu'aux petits sentiers de terre battus.. Une fois la frontière vietnamienne traversée, nous avons pris la décision de nous séparer pour un petit moment afin de vivre une nouvelle expérience. Vietnam, nous arrivons, seuls, mais toujours autant motivés ! Deeper in Asia.. It is at Siem Reap that we found our two new partners, Linda & Wizzy. Two 125cc which brought us across Cambodia. They brought us discover the famous and wonderful Angkor's temples, through the big Cambodian ... read more
Sven kiss Bouddha
Tree on temple

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

14/04/16 Catch a bus part way and then hitch to the airport through the ghost town of Negumbo (New Years), wedge myself into a seat at the port and sit it out until late evening, pleasingly swept through immigration without quibble with my ever so slightly) expired visa. 15/04/16 Watch Star Wars rather than sleeping and knock into Bangkok to join a 6.30am "skytrain" into city. A little jaded first day in a songkrang festival sleepy Bangkok. Wonder a little before an Asian siesta and a quiet evening mooch of town. 16/04/16 Go see the jungle book at mega mall central world and begin a couple of days discovering this extremely likeable world. The food on offer is insane. It's not fully explainable while the street eating is most famous but the choice of food malls ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh March 15th 2016

Rob writes: We were now leaving Laos. My experience of Laos was somewhat similar to that of Tina’s, although I feel her words float around the periphery of absolute bluntness, and offensiveness if I’m being honest. I’m offended by them anyway, but sometimes I’m offended just by looking at her. I cannot think of any particular thing about Laos which captured my interest. I can see why people would like it though, the magnificent countryside views and the general pace of life there seems quite slow, which appeared to be reflected in its capital, Vientiane. If that’s your thing, this is the country to visit. Prior to arriving at Vientiane I felt each place we had visited was a little too similar to the last, so I was a little disappointed when I didn’t see the ... read more
Dust Mask Tuk Tuk
Killing Fields - Choeung Ek
Tooth - Choeung Ek

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 26th 2016

Geo: 11.5588, 104.917Check-out from hotel at 06:30 and go for a short walk along the riverfront before we have breakfast and leave Kampot. GiantIbis comes and pick us up at 08:15 and by 08:30 we are on our way back to Phnom Penh. Had been warned that these express buses drove too fast and were dangerous but to be fair the trip here was very comfy and the driver was safe. Our return trip is completely the opposite as I think the driver has his foot welded to the floor and one hand to the horn. Wasn't too worried how long it took us to get back to Phnom Penh I was just glad to get there alive !!Take a remork to the hotel for our third visit and get a good room again. Just goes ... read more
Looked interesting, tasted great !!
Goodbye Tonle Sap

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 23rd 2016

Geo: 11.5588, 104.917After our brief sojourn in dolphin country its back to the bright lights of Phnom Penh today with another long bus ride. Up in time for breakfast starting at 06:30. A good spread again this morning but everything is cold including the coffee !!We check out at 08:30 and after 15mins stood outside the hotel waiting for a remork to pass we give up and walk the ½ mile into town instead. Early but I am still a bit hot and sweaty by the time we get to the spot on the riverfront where we have been the told the passing bus will stop and pick us up. The bus is due at 09:30 but doesn't turn up till nearly 10:00 making us a bit worried. With a cold breakfast, no remork and a ... read more
Wot, no cod !!
One way to cool an engine down !

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 20th 2016

Geo: 11.5588, 104.917We have an excellent choice for breakfast again this morning although the fried food was cold even though we were one of the first to eat.Today is going to be a somber affair as we retrace the history of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. It is hard to believe that the Khmer Rouge were only actually 'rulers' here for 3 years, 8 months and 20 days as in that time they left a legacy never to be forgotten and managed to kill anywhere between 1 and 3 million of their own countrymen.Our first stop this morning is at what used to be the Tuol Svey Prey High School until 1975 when the Khmer Rouge transformed it into Tuol Sleng, Security Prison 21. This is now a museum documenting the crimes - mostly still unpunished ... read more
Inside cell at Tuol Sleng
'Playground' at Tuol Sleng
Tuol Sleng regulations ...

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 11th 2016

Early start to the day but still managed breakfast before waiting patiently to be picked up by the Mekong express driver to take us in our VIP mini van!suppose to be picked up at 715 but driver came prancing into the hotel at 755! Needless to say the bus took off 45mins late from Phnom Penh!10 people on the bus-me, Ryan and an Australian girl the only western people!the bus journey consisted of an older Cambodian man listening loudly to fb videos and letting his phone ring for 10minutes before answering it and 2 older ladies eating smelly curries and bickering in the back of the bus! 5 hours later we were at the tamu hotel and the bus journey all of a sudden seemed worth it! The hotel is one word- luxury!!! Only 14 rooms ... read more

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

Early start today to beat the crowds and head to the killing fields!horrible thing to see but something that needed to be witnessed!spent a few hours walking around the memorial site and listening to the audio tape!after we had lunch and chilled out in our hotel!could only sit out in our balcony for 15mins as the heat was so stifling!went back to the central market and Ryan bought himself some havaianas (fake of course)! For dinner we had some Khmer food again-getting slightly fed up with rice now! Not sure how I feel about Phnom Penh-it's just a big city but feeling slightly bored of it!looking forward to some relaxation at the beach tomorrow!... read more

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