Blogs from Cambodia, Asia - page 7


Asia » Cambodia December 24th 2018

I have been living in Cambodia for the past sixteen months and while I've faced many challenges, the biggest by far is the inability to find makeup for my skin tone. Seriously, it is near impossible to find foundation and powder for a chocolate colored girl here in Cambodia. And definitely impossible here in Sihanoukville. I say near impossible in Cambodia, because I once found a foundation in a shopping center in Phnom Penh. It was a random stall in the middle of the shopping center floor and the foundation was an unknown brand and sadly way too red for my complexion. Actually, she had two, one was beyond dark and so I bought the reddish one (desperate times) but sadly, it was horrible once I got home and tried to work with it. In hindsight ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville December 24th 2018

What a wonderful day. Idyllic and we finally feel Christmassy. We enjoyed breakfast on the balcony of our bungalow before doing our laundry (less fun but necessary). Chores done we headed to the bar for some tea and a snack and then descended to the beautiful, sandy beach. We went for a swim in the warm waters and then built our sandcastles. Mine was a simple affair. Stephens was rather more elaborate and he ended up with a group of locals coming to watch. They even went to find shells for him to decorate it with! Whilst he finished his construction I got to read in the shade on the edge of the beach. Construction complete we ate some lunch before going for a short walk in the jungle. It was beautiful but hard work in ... read more
Morning view from the bar
My sandcastle
Stephens citadel

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville December 23rd 2018

After a good sleep we woke to another overcast day. The breakfast by the pool was delicious (poached eggs, bacon & fresh fruit). We decided to walk into Otres Village to see if we could find some breads for breakfast for the next few days. Despite being overcast it was very hot. The paths from our hotel to the main village that used to exist have all been walled off by the big construction companies. This meant that it was a longer walk than expected as we had to go along the main road and round the long way. The construction around here seems excessive and poorly thought out. There are high rises going up everywhere. We saw new builds where the balconies from each building more or less touched each other. They’ve left no ... read more
Otres Village
Otres beach
Cocktails! At monkey maya

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville December 22nd 2018

We arrived in Phnom Phen late last night. Heading to the ‘visa on arrival’ desks we were disappointed to find a ridiculously long queue. We needn’t have been - the system is surprisingly quick and efficient. The customs form, visa form and arrivals form were all provided on the plane so everyone had filled out their info. Once at the front of the queue you give them your passport, visa form & passport photo and then go to a different queue to pay & pick up the visa. It’s only $30 for a tourist visa and there are ATMs where you queue so it’s easy to get cash. Having a foreign visa the ATMs would only allow us to withdraw US dollars and not the local reil. This meant we just converted some pounds to reil ... read more
View from train
Walk along the beach

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 21st 2018

Today we flew to Phnom Phen, Cambodia. Typically it was a beautiful sunny day in Mandalay as we left. After packing and breakfast we checked out and ordered our ‘grab’ taxi. Leaving at 9am the traffic was lighter than usual and our predicted hours journey took just 40mins. Unlike in the other countries we’ve travelled to the drivers here tend to be fairly good, the cars have seatbelts that work and you don’t have a constant fear of death. Mandalay airport is the largest international airport in Myanmar. It’s also incredibly quiet. Driving down the long drive was quite surreal as we were pretty much the only car on it. We had to queue for check in (despite having checked in online first) but we were the only counter that seemed to be open. Going through ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 15th 2018

Welcome home” is the greeting that meets you by Kol, your newest family member, as you walk out of the small Siem Reap International airport and locate your name on a sign. A dynamic, good looking Cambodian with a heart of gold is how you will always remember Kol. He is just the start of something fantastic in Siem Reap. You jump into the air-conditioned van with Kol who hands you a small platter of ice cold fruit on toothpicks and even colder waters in metal drink bottles, and so the journey begins. Along the way, Kol tells you all you need to know about Siem Reap and Jaya House RiverPark Hotel where you are headed. “What would you like to drink when we arrive at the hotel?” Kol asks. “Wine, beer, maybe a cocktail?”. My ... read more
Drinks by the pool
Sunset drinks at the Rooftop Bar
Beautiful staff that are like family

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot December 10th 2018

Easy flight and drive to the hotel. Once checked in we collapsed for a while then pottered out to explore the town and look (unsuccessfully) for a swimming costume for Sue as I had left hers on the balcony drying in Siem Reap - oops! As we walked back along the river towards our hotel we heard some music from a boat and thought why not get on. Two minutes later we were sailing down the river. Apparently it was a once a week music cruise and we had just came across it at the right time. Very pleasant 4 hours on the roof of the boat initially listening to a guitarist/singer before heading downstairs to the heavier rock band. A great time was had by all except perhaps the expats who thought they were getting ... read more
guitarist on the river rhymes boat
on top of the river rhymes boat
Hula hoop dancing at night on the boat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang December 7th 2018

Off we head to the boat from Siem Reap to Battambang, we knew nothing about it other than where it was going. After a short bus ride where we got very cosy with the other passengers ( the bus was too small) we got to the boat. Basically a fast narrow barge with bus seating and the top deck was the flat roof. The journey was very relaxing (even managed to write this on the way) as we meandered along very tight riverways into Tonle Sap lake then out the other side again. Along the way we saw many floating villages and stopped at one for a drink and toilet break plus a pineapple sliced by hand in front of us - very refreshing. After hearing a few bangs as we went through some of the ... read more
all aboard
no passing place
creating waves

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 5th 2018

Wow, I can't believe I have been here for a month already! I had planned to write a blog every week, but somehow that didn't happen, so maybe I should aim for once a month!! There have been a lot of changes at the school in the month since I arrived. We were already short one teacher when I arrived, now two more have moved on to other opportunities. ABCs is a stepping stone for new teachers, so it when they move on it is because they are moving up, which is great for them, but at the same time leaves the school in a bit of an awkward position. We have been able to hire one new teacher who started last week. I have spent most of this week in his classroom helping him to ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 2nd 2018

Siem Reap Slightly tense moment at Da Nang airport as we realised we hadn’t paid for our luggage to come with us to Cambodia. Very kindly the Airline allowed us to shell out $120 and the cases made it. Arriving at the hotel we were advised that there was a Water festival going on and the local entertainment area ‘Pub Street’ might be a bit noisy. A bit noisy! After listening to a thumping bass from about a mile away till 5.00 in the morning - we managed to get a couple of hours sleep before breakfast. Welcome to Cambodia! Apparently we are near ‘pub’ street which made Magaluf seem like a sleepy suburb. Next morning was fairly lazy then we went on a half day tour around some of the temples - avoiding Angkor Wat ... read more
The trees taking over the temples.
photographer at work

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