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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 » Phnom Penh June 29th 2015

I gaze out the backseat car window as I find myself gliding through the outskirts of Phnom Penh on my way to Kampot, a popular yet peaceful riverside town near Cambodia’s south coast. It’s only a 2-3 hour drive, and my mind certainly doesn’t want for stimulation as I find myself entranced by the lively scenes that pass me by. A street market spills almost onto the road, overflowing with baskets of fruits and vegetables. In the midst of it all, a woman holds a microphone and sings in Khmer, her voice so amplified that it transcends the car windows and surrounding area with ease. Her lilting tones only just start to fade as I pass by a lone street barbeque, ablaze with smoke and cooking meat. My view is temporarily obscured however by the passing ... read more
Pagoda
Environment
Rice Fields

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 20th 2015

03 juin 2015 : Lever à 6h00 puis après le petit déjeuner nous partons visiter la ville avec le bus. Nous nous arrêtons pour acheter quelques fruits et du baume du tigre et nous continuons jusqu'à la colline artificielle de madame Penh qui a donné son nom à la ville (Phnom signifie colline d'où à l'origine Phnom don Penh la colline de madame Penh qui est devenu Phnom Penh). Nous avons encore une longue route jusqu'à Siem Reap. En chemin nous faisons un arrêt à Skun où nous pouvons acheter des vers, des grillons ou des araignées grillés à manger. Merci, mais je n'ai pas goûté. Nous repartons et faisons un nouvel arrêt au temple de Prasat Kuh Nokor qui date du XIème siècle. Nous faisons un nouvel arrêt à Sambor Prei Kuk visiter encore un ... read more
PHNOM PENH
PHNOM PENH
PHNOM PENH

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 18th 2015

02 juin 2015 : Nous nous levons à 5h30 puis partons à 6h45 pour le Cambodge après avoir pris un petit déjeuner copieux. Le bus nous dépose à un embarcadère car nous allons rejoindre Phnom Penh en bateau. Nous avons une heure de trajet de Chau Doc jusqu'à la frontière vietnamienne puis 5 minutes de la douane vietnamienne à la douane cambodgienne et enfin près de trois heures de la frontière cambodgienne jusqu'à Phnom Penh. Une visite de cette ville en commençant par le musée national puis visite du palais royal. Nous allons ensuite à l'hôtel poser nos bagages et prendre une bonne douche. Le soir, nous allons dîner sur un bateau sur le Mékong. Nous naviguons et visitons Phnom Penh by night.... read more
CHAU DOC
CHAU DOC
CHAU DOC

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

Sarah: All went well arriving in Phnom Penh from Singapore and a tuk tuk was duly employed on our arrival to get us to our hostel. It took about 30 minutes and it was a great way to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of the city with only the breeze (when we were in motion) for air conditioning. The humidity was a lot lower compared to Singapore, which was a relief, but the temperature was still up in the mid 30s. Not for the faint hearted! The roads were dusty and full of large trucks, 4x4s, tuk tuks, scooters and push bikes. There are many scooters that have a whole food stall attached to the side, and it's quite a sight to see these manoeuvring through the hectic traffic! The hostel was really ... read more
Night market eats with shiny faces from perma-sweat
The Royal Palace
Palace fatigue

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kep June 15th 2015

Carrying on with the same theme of the last few days it was pretty non productive! Having a chilled start I got my clothes washing returned screwed up in a ball, a pair of shorts missing and having no fresh - just been cleaned odour! All of these things have become a bit of an annoying regular occurrence - walking around in screwed up clothes is not a good look! So, after sorting my clothes between a couple of books I headed out towards the pier to catch a boat to Rabbit Island. Stopping off at a restaurant on the way for a bowl of muesli would seem simple enough. However it was presented with fruit - fine - but on a plate with a separate jug of milk to be eaten with a tiny desert ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 13th 2015

I don’t claim to be a foodie, and my cooking skills are rough at best, but I certainly love food (and am an unashamedly avid Masterchef viewer…), so hopefully that provides enough justification for this culinary tangent! The Khmer food I have experienced thus far predominantly involves rice and noodles, with a range of meats, vegetables and crushed nuts for accompaniment. Various fruits are also a staple, including the juicy red rambutan, tiny spherical longan, and of course the infamously pungent durian (which I’m actually quite found of!). Due to its past history of French colonisation, pastries and breads have also weaved their way into much of the local cuisine. In the food section in the Central Market, you can eat local Khmer food very cheaply (for around $2 a dish); most stalls here seem to ... read more
Vietnamese at Blue Pumpkin
Sundae at Sorya Shopping Centre
Snickers Shake at SameSame Backpacker

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 12th 2015

Both calm and chaos seem to co-exist so naturally in Phnom Penh, in such a wonderful and unique way. As for the calmness, this is beautifully pervasive when visiting places like the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, strolling alongside the Mekong river with the row of international flags flapping overhead, or wandering the smaller streets and laneways that extend systematically across the city in a vein-like fashion. It’s the various, major Markets and on-street traffic that really get the blood pumping, where you duck and weave between people and vehicles in a colourful collision of chaotic crowds. These extremes present equally valuable and exciting experiences: There’s certainly much to said for roaming the streets on foot – it lets you take time to breathe in the city at your own pace, and discover hidden secrets you ... read more
Royal Palace
Mekong Riverside
Central Market

Asia » Cambodia » South June 10th 2015

After spending a lovely couple of days in Kampot it was time to move on to the next obvious place which would be Kep. With the Finnish couple also doing the same we decided to go together. Meeting for breakfast back at the Epic Arts Cafe we then headed up the road to catch the bus. After a not very hectic 20 minute ( and us being the only ones on the bus - makes a change!) journey we had arrived at the small seaside town of Kep. With the center being very small and only a couple of expensive guesthouses, all the other guesthouses are a couple of km either side out of town - annoyingly. So, having to go our separate ways to find our accommodations, we arranged to meet up tomorrow for dinner. ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kep June 10th 2015

Having had a bit of a lazy start to the day I headed down to the pier for boats to and from Rabbit Island. After gathering some information for tomorrow I then got on the back of a passing motorbike - who was offering a lift - down to Kep beach. While there I bumped into Synne and her partner. Spotting a helpful looking tour agency we popped in to book our journeys to Vietnam for Monday. As the beach was looking so inviting we spent the afternoon on it, chilling out, catching the sun and generally not doing a lot - other than me trying and failing to learn a few phrases in Scandinavian! We decided to head out to the crab market for dinner as its lined with restaurants. So, with me getting a ... read more




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