22 day tour with Asia Vacations organised by Webjet Exclusives. Hanoi, Sapa, Hue, Hoian, Nha Trang, Saigon, Mekong Delta, Sien Reap, Phnom Penh
  • Day23

    The Almost Uneventful Trip Home

    October 26, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    The two plane flights to get back went very smoothly until we arrived in Melbourne. As we passed through Customs we were asked to stand on the red carpet as a sniffer dog ran past us. The dog then went around the back and spent some time sniffing Linden's backpack then sat down beside her!!!

    So the backpack was examined and Linden interrogated. Nothing was found. It may have been the smell of orange or banana that had been in the back pack. We were told that even if carrying chocolate bars with nuts or bamboo or wooden products we should declare it.

    Also, Sue forgot to pickup her duty free goods and wasn’t allowed back in to get them! Fortunately a security guard went on her behalf so she did get them after a stressful few minutes.

    After that excitement Sue drove us back to Geelong.
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  • Day22

    Monuments & Last Group Pic

    October 25, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We didn't have to leave for the airport until 11:30 so John and I hired a Tuk Tuk driver to take us around a few of the monuments we hadn't seen as yet.
    First was the Independence Monument.
    Then the statue of the King's father Norodom Sihanouk.
    Followed by a snake fountain.
    Lastly a Cambodian - Vietnam Friendship Monument.

    As we left the Hotel we had our last group picture...
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  • Day21

    Last Night in Phnom Penh

    October 24, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    Our time is up on our trip. Tomorrow we fly back to Saigon and then wait 6 hours for the flight home, arriving Sat morning.

    Here are pictures of Phnom Penh from our room and our last dine out at a restaurant owned by an Aussie! John was not feeling well - he hasn't eaten well for a couple of days.

    Hope you have enjoyed our journey. It's been a wonderful experience, mostly.
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  • Day21

    Tour of Phnom Penh - Genocide Museum

    October 24, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Our last stop for the day was at the Genocide Museum which was a school that was converted to a prison where children were used as wardens over political prisoners. The prisoners were tortured to get confessions. If the prisoner died without confessing to his crimes or if they managed suicide the warden was murdered. Lovely stories!

    We met an old man who was a survivor. He has written a book of his life.
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  • Day21

    Tour of Phnom Penh - Killing Fields

    October 24, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    After lunch at a local organic café where we had the best spring rolls we headed out to one of Cambodia's killing fields. It was one of the 360 or so areas the Khmer Rouge took educated or rich people to be killed in the most atrocious manner so that they had control of the country.

    During the Khmer Rouge reign, from 1975 to 1979, an estimated 1.7 to 2.5 million Cambodians died through execution, starvation or disease. This was almost a quarter of the country’s population. Killing fields dot the country of Cambodia, with more than 20,000 mass grave sites containing more than 1.38 million bodies according to the Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam). The largest of the killing fields was Choeung Ek, which sits on the outskirts of Phnom Penh and today serves as a monument to all those who died – and survived. It also serves as an educational tool to ensure history never repeats itself.Thousands were killed in this manner and the whole family was murdered so that the line no longer continued.Read more

  • Day21

    Tour of Phnom Penh - Central Market

    October 24, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Here we had 55 minutes to shop. They had everything - aisles for clothes, people with sewing machines to make things on the spot, aisles of women doing nails, selling beauty products, food, household products etc. Aisles of barbers. And a huge indoor part with people selling jewellery. It was very glittery!

    The sellers weren't as aggressive as in Saigon so it was a better experience.

    Sue had a great time buying clothes, scarves, books shorts, pants and more!
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  • Day21

    Tour of Phnom Penh - Ounalom Wat

    October 24, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Here we hurried to arrive before 11am so that we could receive a water blessing from a monk before he went to lunch. Those of the group who chose to receive the blessing had to bow 3 times as the monk began to chant. He splashed special water over us as he chanted and at the end tied a red bracelet on our wrist - right wrist for men and left for women.

    Here also was the residence for the most senior monk in Cambodia who has similar ranking as the King. He is 80 years old and a bit frail. We saw some people go into his house with food offerings.
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  • Day21

    Tour of Phnom Penh - Silver Pagoda

    October 24, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Right next to the Palace is the Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda is also known as Wat Preah Keo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is so named for its floor, which is covered with five tons of gleaming silver. Photos are not allowed inside the Pagoda.

    There are some great paintings around the surrounding wall telling the story of the monkey king.

    Outside are stupas for burying the ashes of people like the King's sister and father. There is also a sculpture of Napoleon and his horse which had Napoleon's head removed and the King's head installed instead!

    There is also a miniature Angkor Wat.
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  • Day21

    Tour of Phnom Penh

    October 24, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    First stop was the Royal Palace. The King was not in residence as he had just left to visit China. This King has not married and follows 5 commandments of Buddhism - no killing, no stealing, no lying, no alcohol and no improper relationships.

  • Day20

    Bus to Phnom Penh

    October 23, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    During the 5 hour bus trip to Phnom Penh we made a couple of rest stops. At the second stop was an interesting market.

    For sale were cooked tarantulas, crickets, scorpions, stick insects etc. And there were kids with live tarantulas on their hands to try and convince you to buy!