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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh September 13th 2080

If ever you were to say a country moved you, I would be prepared to put good money on big odds that you were talking about Cambodia. As the title of this blog suggests this is a country that has had a past that has taken it to hell and back, but they still smile. They still welcome you to their country. They still fight the demons of their past, and they still work hard everyday to remember that past so that it doesn't happen again. We drove an easy, luxurious six hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh over what could easily be described as the nicest border crossing since driving through them in Europe. A smile and a stamp and we were in! Immediately we knew we had just changed country. Instead ... read more
DId someone say bone?
A new chapter
I see the sea

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville April 29th 2015

Sihanoukville Sihanoukville is located on the southwest coast of Cambodia and is a popular stop on the traveler route. The Serendipity area of Sihanoukville has a strong tourist influence and is similar to party strips in numerous other holiday destinations. There are copious amounts of casinos, bars and restaurants, playing Western music and serving Western food. After spending one night here we decided to move 5km south from Serendipity to Otres beach. Although still aimed at tourists it has a quieter and more relaxed vibe. The majority of accommodation is located along either side of the dirt track... read more
Riding along Otres beach
Torrential downpour!
Relaxing on the beach

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 29th 2015

The night is stifling hot and for whatever reason I am really not feeling well. My head is pounding and my stomach is off, but one way or another, I am going to get to my destination. I looked at the clock on the wall: 1:45 a.m. My bus was supposed to leave fifteen minutes ago. Phnom Pehn in the heart of Cambodia is not only exceptionally hot – ranging from mid-30s to mid-40s – it is extremely dry and dusty. The broken roads are thick with fine dust, the marketplaces a sweltering maze of vendors where lazy dogs lie sprawled along alleyways and sickly-thin cows graze along the arid roadside. I sit on a hard stone bench while the fumes from an idling bus seep into my already dizzy head. It is not long before ... read more
Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville
The main highway

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 26th 2015

Grabbed our beach towels and snorkeling gear to meet our group for a private tour of Sihanoukville, Cambodia this morning. We walked a long distance to meet our transportation as the port area is restricted. Michael from Australia greeted us and showed us to a broken down, rust bucket of a van. The harbor he brought us to wasn’t any more attractive, in fact it was worse! Strewn with garbage and completely down trodden, we marched our way through and onto the pier in the hopes of finding something better awaiting us. NOT! Still the boat was adequate and we had a great adventure on the rough ride to an island. The water was very cloudy and seemed polluted, the beach on the island was strewn with litter although we did not go ashore. We snorkeled ... read more
Ready to go too!
Luxury Liner
Siesta Time!

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 23rd 2015

The ride from the town of Sihanoukville to Otres II beach is the right kind of ride for musing on a first time visit to the beach in Cambodia. Growing up listening to the Dead Kennedy's it seems a little strange - quite strange really -, a literal Holiday in Cambodia. The town of Sihanoukville is unremarkable really, a random smattering of buildings with a traffic circle and some gold lions in the middle, it only lasts for a minute or two until you are back among rice fields with solitary palms, a few abandoned lots and some small homes or corner stands with assorted ten-cent snacks, dried fish and sugary drinks. Much of the land along the beach was deserted even, and by the time we got to Castaways on Otres II there was little ... read more
Nice and Quiet
Meaw
Otres II

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh March 22nd 2015

Wednesday March 4, 2015 The Phnom Penh Post National Rights Not Protected The government has failed to meet its obligations in upholding civil and political rights, human rights groups have alleged... ...The Report highlights the killings of at least 10 people by security forces since April 2013 to demonstrate what it calls a “pattern of excessive force” that is “typically followed by a failure to properly investigate and punish those responsible.” ****** “Did you know that Cambodia is one of the only places in the world where you pay to become a police officer?” We are at an early breakfast and have struck up a conversation with a foreign teacher from France. Tristan is his name. “Really? How much?” Tristan laughs before ripping a piece off a large crusty baguette. “I think it is about two ... read more
Mama's Restaurant
Chickens Roaming Free
Boy and Gorilla- Killing Fields

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 19th 2015

As the days spent journeying to the next place have increased and the relaxing days doing very little have decreased, I have found myself with precious little time to update this blog (poor excuse but it's the one I'm going with). This said, I have decided to write about Cambodia as one big post as we only went to 4 main places in the 2 week period. We arrived in Phnom Penh in the early evening from HCMC, so our first night was spent at a hostel recommended to us by a friend in Vietnam. The Mad Monkey hostel was a great way to kick start our Cambodia tour with great, albeit pricey, cambodian Khmer food. There was a bar with reasonably priced drinks so the evening was spent eating, drinking and meeting people. The next ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 19th 2015

Unkomplizierter als gedacht, verlief unser Grenzwechsel von Laos nach Kambodscha. Die Schauergeschichten, dass man an der Grenze von korrupten Polizisten in ein Kämmerchen gezogen wird und diese mehr Geld verlangen, als für das Visum eigentlich veranschlagt ist, haben uns davon abgehalten diese Tour auf eigene Faust auszuprobieren. Wir buchten vom Süden Laos, 4000 Islands, eine Überfahrt mit dem Bus nach Siem Reap im Norden von Kambodscha. Hierbei mussten wir nichtmal an der Grenze anstehen, sondern unsere Reisepässe wurden eingesammelt und nach 30 Minuten warten, die wir in einem kleinen Hüttchen verbrachten, kam unser Busfahrer wieder mit dem Visum. Dieser "Luxus" kostete uns 2$ mehr, als wenn wir in der Hitze beim Grenzposten angestanden wären. Danach stiegen wir wieder in den Bus und es kam nochmal ein kambodschanischer Polizist und kontrollierte Bild und Visum vom Reisepass. ... read more
Erster Anblick Angkor 😊
Gehen wir zu Fuß, mit dem Roller oder doch das altbewährte Tuk Tuk
Tuk Tuk, ganz klar! Nur der Preis muss noch verhandelt werden

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh March 16th 2015

Phnnom Penh (Donnerstag, 5.3. bis Sonntag, 8.3.) Nach einer holprigen Fahrt in der hintersten Reihe des Minivans sind wir durchgeschuettelt in Phnom Penh angekommen. Nach einer durchschwitzten Nacht im Guesthouse "Lazy Gecko" besichtigten wir die Nationalgalerie. Der Goldfischteich im Hof war eine gute Abwechslung, wenn wir eine Pause von der 2'000. Buddhastatue im Museum brauchten. Um eine gute Sache zu unterstuetzen und den knurrenden Magen zu baendigen, kehrten wir im "Friends" ein. Hier werden Strassenkinder in der Gastronomie ausgebildet. Frisch gestaerkt begaben wir uns zum Koenigspalast, wo wir den Thronsaal durch ein Fensterlein bestaunen konnten. Wie immer waren wir Kleidungstechnisch perfekt vorbereitet (Knie und Ellenbogen bedeckt), da dies vorgeschrieben ist. Bei der Besichtigung des Palastes bemekten wir, dass wir uns diese Muehe haetten sparen koennen, da andere T... read more
Wandmalereien in der Galerie des Koenigshofs
Sonnenuntergang ueber Phnom Penh auf der Bootsfahrt
Der Mangrovenwald

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 15th 2015

At present time, we are drifting back back to reality, and away from the sand bars, beach huts and wilderness of the Cambodian islands. For the past couple weeks, the saltwater seas have been our showers/bathrooms (gross right), while beach houses and hammocks have been our temporary homes. In addition, we've been cut off from the world of technology, so I have no idea who the hottest team in the NBA is, or any of Pitchfork's best new tracks, and I'm devastatingly far behind on the current Snapchat lives of my friends. In the innumerable Snap-stories I've missed, I can only imagine how many pizzas Matt Im has consumed or what the state of Matty P's man bun is, and heaven only knows if our friends in Kingston have enjoyed their wings and team pitchers at ... read more
La crew
Selfie stick action
Koh Ta Kiev




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