Phnom Penh

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  • Day68

    Street Food in Phnom Penh

    April 12 in Cambodia

    We checked into a really nice place called the House Boutique Hotel. Bring your Visa card cause its $16 if you want breakfast included. Pool, Air con, beer, western toilets, pretty swanky for this crew. A little ways to downtown and the banks of the Mekong River but still in the heart of this fascinating city. We went for a walk last night and ate some very questionable street food, probably the limit for the adventurous two in the group. Tell you what we think it was later,
    We were treated to a blessing by some monks this morning, right out front of the place, we got to participate in the whole thing. It was really interesting and the locals were so excited that we wanted to be a part of it. Its the Khmer New Year starting tomorrow. We get the distinct feeling the country, or least major parts of it shut down completely for three days. Off to the mini mart we go for some Angkor beer...dont wanna run out you know.
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  • Day67

    Welcome to Phnom Penh

    April 11 in Cambodia

    It’s hot here too. And its nothing like KL. And certainly nothing like Singapore. And that’s obvious from the time you step out into the street and see all the tuktuks lined up ready to take you wherever you want to go. For very cheap. We found Vanton, er he found us, not sure really. He’s got his own ride, and he is learning English between fares. Very nice guy that took us the 10km into town, which was an experience in itself. The streets of Phnom Penh, like lots of Asian cities and towns, are lined with garbage and junk that has accumulated over a long time. And you don’t have to drive on the road, which aren’t great either, hell you don’t even need to go the same direction as the rest of the traffic. Nor do you need to wear a helmet, just hold onto to your cell phone with one hand, your infant child in the other and keep your smoke goin, you’ll fit right in.Read more

  • Day70

    The Killing Fields

    April 14 in Cambodia

    You will want to make a decision before you get to Cambodia if you want to see the Killing Fields. You should probably read a little about it, or watch a movie. It’s not for everyone, and even once we decided to go and see it, it wasn’t easy to be there. We started at the Genocide Museum, in the heart of Phnom Penh. Also known as S21, it was a high school until April of 1975 when the Khmer Rouge rolled into the city and began with their atrocities. The Cambodian people are honoured when foreigners come to visit the site. They want the world to remember what happened and they take great care to host celebrations here and at the Killing Fields to keep it on peoples minds. The place is silent when you walk through in spite of the hundreds of people touring through. You can visit one of the survivors, of which there were only a few out of millions, when you leave the site. We didn’t.
    The people that were housed at S21, were brought to the Killing Fields, 15km away, in Cheoug Ek. This area is particularly difficult to see, its very real, and right in front of you.
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  • Day70

    We went downtown on Thursday night to check out the riverfront. The Mekong and the Tonle come together here, and together they are wide. And its beautiful, all done up with lights and flags, and flowers and all. We found a rooftop bar just down the street from the Royal Palace, had some appetizers and then went down the street to do it all again, on the roof tops, as advertised.
    We sat in another bar thinking we could hear karaoke. And when we actually got there, it was the house band. Oh well, the beer was cold and the view amazing, so we stayed. Grabbed some ice cream for the tuktuk ride home which Jackie remembers as being really good.Read more

  • Day5

    Die ersten Tage liegen hinter uns:

    Haben gefeiert

    Chris war nach dem Flug noch nicht ganz auf seiner Höhe

    Erkundeten Phnom Penh & Die Killing fields

    Freitag um 16:30 Uhr konnten wir dann endlich auch noch unsere Gestempelten Papiere abholen.

    Es hätte also Richtung Hafen gehen können, wäre mir nicht gestern Abend aus dem Tuk Tuk mein Rucksack inkl. Reisepass sowie der einzige Ersatzschlüssel für den Bus geklaut worden...

    Wann die Fahrt losgeht bleibt erstmal noch offen... 😉
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  • Day19

    Die Taufe

    March 3 in Cambodia

    Zurück vom Hafen ging es direkt ins Hostel MiaMia am Odres Beach.

    Die Ankunft vom Bus musste ordentlich gefeiert werden, so zogen wir nach ein paar Bier an der Bar mit anderen Leuten vom Hostel weiter zu einem Festival im Wald.
    Sehr coole Location (Mit einem kleinem Riesenrad und über der Dj Bühne fuhr eine kleine Achterbahn im Kreis :D )

    Noch leicht gerädert standen wir bei Zeit am nächsten Tag auf und begannen unser Gepäck im Bus zu verstauen, Geschirr spülen, Wasser auffüllen etc...
    Es ging wirklich langsam Voran, da viele Leute bei uns Stoppten und fragten was wir hier machen und vorhaben. (Freute uns natürlich sehr, dass so viele Leute Interesse daran haben!)
    Wir beschlossen darauf hin nochmal eine Nacht am MiaMia Hostel zu verbringen, dieses mal im Bus.

    Wir lernten Amy, Emily, Frank & Jordan kennen - Es waren doch alle sehr schockiert darüber das unser Bus noch keinen Namen hatte - Also Taufen!

    Amy (Unsere Zelebrantin) hatte sich einen schönen Text zurecht gelegt, jeder hatte ein Bier in der Hand & Die Taufe nahm ihren Lauf.

    Unser Bus hört nun auf den Namen - KENNY THE CAMPER (Er besitzt sogar schon einen eigenen Instagram account - kennythecamper98)

    Um Kenny am ender der Zeremonie von seinen bisherigen Sünden rein zu waschen kippten Chris und Ich noch einen Schluck Bier über die Motorhaube.
    Wir hatten ein genialen Abend mit Allen - Vielen vielen Dank dafür, sowas bleibt in Erinnerung!

    Freitag Mittag nach dem Essen hies es dann für uns Abschied nehmen...Es ging los, unsere erste Lange fahrt in Südost Asien, von Sihanoukville nach Phnom Penh stand bevor.

    Die Straßen waren gut, und wir sind einigermaßen gut voran gekommen bis ca. 1h vor Phnom Penh - das Chaos ging los. Chris hatte das Vergnügen und musste sich durch den Stadt Verkehr zur Rush hour kämpfen - Aber wir haben es gemeistert, und waren am Abend wieder im envoy Hostel, wo wir freundlicher weiße im Hof parken durften.

    Heute morgen holte mich Chang wieder am Hostel ab, ich beantragte meine Visums...und hab das Gezahlte Container Pfand zurück bekommen.

    Gegen später geht es dann weiter nach Seam Reap (Um den Tempel schlecht hin zu sehen -Ankor Wat ) wo wir ein paar Tage verbringen wollen.

    Ps. Video Folgt
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  • Day117

    Bye Bye Cambodia

    March 1 in Cambodia

    Unsere letzten 3 Tage in Kambodscha haben wir in der Hauptstadt Phnom Penh verbracht - Fotos haben wir hier kaum welche gemacht ....

    Wir haben unter anderem das Museum "Tuol Sleng Genozid" besucht und haben die unfassbar traurige Geschichte Kambodschas kennengelernt - das ging definitiv unter die Haut. 😓

    In Kambodscha haben wir viel Armut gesehen, aber die Menschen hier sind trotz allem einfach wundervoll - herzlich und unglaublich freundlich! 💗

    Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit in Kambodscha und diese wird uns lange in Erinnerung bleiben! 💗

    Mit dem Flugzeug ging unsere Reise weiter nach Singapur. 🛫
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  • Day179

    Phnom Penh

    March 4, 2017 in Cambodia

    We spent the day exploring Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. This morning we went to the Royal Palace, the official residence of the King. It is still the Royal residence, so many parts are off-limits and the parts that we could see were not well signed - but the buildings included palace, temples and stupas and all were very ornate. It even got a "wow" out of Solana when we first arrived! It was very busy there today, being a weekend it was busy with both Cambodian and international tourists. After the palace we found a kids play park - the first decent one we've found since Playa Hermosa in Cost Rica, over 6 weeks ago, so Solana was ecstatic! She somehow forgot that she doesn't like being out in the hot midday sun and happily played there until we dragged her away for lunch.

    This afternoon was a lot more sombre. We went to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aka "S-21"), to learn more about the history of Cambodia. We weren't sure whether or not to go with Solana but, after reading up about the place, we decided to go and we took turns staying with her in the gardens, whilst the other went around the museum (but we decided against going out to the Killing Fields). This was a prison in which thousands of innocent people were detained, tortured and killed during the dark days of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime during 1975-79 (i.e. in the lifetime of most of you who will read this blog....). As you might expect, it was a harrowing visit, with tissues required, but it is appropriate that it stands as a monument to those who lost their lives and to educate future generations in the hope of preventing such atrocity from occurring again.

    This evening we were hoping to take James & Lou's advice and head to the FCC for a sundowner but time ran away with us and, after a quick and refreshing dip in the hotel pool, we ended up in an odd local restaurant - where no English was spoken but managed to enlist the help of a 10-year-old boy to translate (son of one of the staff members!), our portions were small and served with no rice, yet there was a small kids play area. Tomorrow, we have a 7-hour bus journey to Siem Reap - not looking forward to the long journey on a bus but needs must....
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  • Day178

    By boat to Cambodia

    March 3, 2017 in Cambodia

    Well - my previous post turned out NOT to be our last day in Vietnam...yesterday morning I woke up with D+V, so we postponed the boat until today. Laura and Solana had a lovely day yesterday, spending $5 to use the pool of the posh hotel in Chau Doc. I spent most of the day in bed but I'm happy to report that I'm feeling much better now.

    This morning we got up early and got cyclo taxis to the riverside dock. These cyclos were different in style from the ones we've seen elsewhere in Vietnam - and more precarious - but good fun nonetheless. We then made the 6 hour journey by speedboat up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Along the way we saw more of life by the river, although not as much as on some of the shorter boat trips we've done, as the Mekong river is so wide - rivalling the Amazon or, closer to home, the Humber at its estuary! We did get to see some of the large floating houses that have fish farms underneath them though (see 2nd photo here) - interesting to see. We stopped about an hour into the journey and disembarked to do the border formalities leaving Vietnam (1st photo with green sign), which consisted of sitting around on plastic chairs in a floating café for 15 minutes (whilst the boat staff got exit stamps in our passports), then putting our hand luggage through a scanner (a token gesture, as everyone's main luggage remained on the boat!), then getting back onto the boat. A few minutes further on we stopped again at the Cambodian border - 2nd photo with green sign (having seen quite a few houses in between - are those people Vietnamese or Cambodian? Who knows!). We all got our Cambodian visas and were back on our way again in half an hour or so - a pretty straightforward and painless border crossing.

    As we approached Phnom Penh, lots of large and tall building appeared across the horizon (see last photo here). From what we have seen of the city this afternoon, it definitely has a "big international city" feel about it - much more so than the other cities we've visited so far (even Hanoi). There also appears to be a more noticeable Thai influence here - particularly in some of the temples/pagodas. I guess that makes sense, as we edge our way ever closer to our final SE Asia destination of Thailand...
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  • Day1

    Phnom Penh

    March 6, 2017 in Cambodia

    After a 24 hour journey, 3 hours sleep and in need of a shower I arrived in Phnom Penh. In South East Asia anyone who has visited mentions the culture shock, only once you are there, seeing it and living it with your own senses can you understand what this means. I spent the 30 minutes from the airport glued to my window, unable to take my eyes off what was going on around me. Thanks to my lovely taxi driver, Jun Yort, I arrived at the hotel safe and sound. Dinner was at a lovely restaurant called Touk followed by a walk along the Mekong River.

    Today was a very full on day, starting with a walk around the Kings Palace, which was breathtaking and rumour has it he's still not married, so hoping for an introduction soon. However, the activities that followed were shocking to say the least. Visiting both the killing fields and the genocide museum there's very little I can say to justify the atrocity of the events of Pol Pot. Meeting a survivor of these events put into perspective how terrible this genocide really was.

    But to end on a positive note, the beer is $0.50 and I can eat a meal fit for 3 under $5.
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