Tonle Sab

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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

  • Day2

    Culture Time

    May 17 in Cambodia

    This morning we were up bright and early, well I was, Tanya decided that making the coffee had earned her as much of a lay in as she could manage. But we still made it out of the hotel before 0830 to meet our tuktuk driver, Goom (at least that’s how it may be spelled, sort of rhymes with room) and it was time to set off on today’s adventure. Today’s tour was very much a cultural affair consisting of visits to The Royal Palace, The Silver Pagoda (which is in the palace grounds), The National Museum and Wat Phnom with lots of photos of street scenes along the way.
    The Royal Palace was by far the largest place we visited and contained some very impressive buildings and even had a model of Angkor Wat in it but for all that it wasn’t as impressive as the palace in Bangkok, no gold leaf or shiny reflective tiles anywhere. It did however score highly for the small number of tourists there that early, making it much easier to get around and see and meaning that we didn’t have to listen to the deafening shouts of Chinese tourists everywhere, although they were starting to arrive by the coach load as we were leaving so I guess we must have just timed it right.
    The National Museum was next door and just a short drive away so was our next port of call. It is a large Khmer style wooden building painted mainly red with a bit of black, inside the displays were all very similar to those that we saw in the museum at Siem Reap. It was interesting to see a number of exhibits boxed up either ready to get out on display or go off to another museum somewhere.
    Then it was back in the tuktuk and off to Wat Phnom, which is a smallish Temple (at least by Thai standards) on top of a small hill set in a small park area. All very nice, but didn’t take too long to explore.
    By now Tanya was beginning to flag a little so we went for a drive along the water front to find a suitable place for her to refresh with a coffee, Sherwood Bear was not very impressed with this as the place looked a bit like a bar and he was expecting a beer - I think you can tell from the look on his face when he was sat next to a coffee and then a glass of water! Somehow as Tanya finished her coffee it suddenly became time for lunch, so we asked our driver to recommend somewhere good for Cambodian food, it didn’t have to be a tourist place just so long as the food was good. He recommended a place called Romdeng, which is part of a small group of restaurants that take under privileged youngsters and train them up to work in or run their own restaurants. Have to say the food was excellent, the service was really good and the staff were all very friendly and based on this place I’d be more than happy to visit some of the other venues. Best of all Sherwood Bear finally got his beer.
    So full of food we returned to our hotel for a short rest before we venture back out again to track down a coffee and a bit of retail therapy before we go off to party at the Hard Rock Cafe this evening.
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  • 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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  • Day4

    Today is our last day here and tonight we fly to Siem Reap for two nights. If we were to come back to Cambodia we would probably catch a bus or boat to travel around but that’s but hard to know when you haven’t been before. This morning we went to the Kings Palace and walked around with a tour guide who lived through the time of Khmer Rouge as he was 7 at the time and he gave us another insight into what the Cambodian people went through at that time. The king at the time apparently sided with the Khmer Rouge as he believed in communism, I can’t believe how forgiving these people are, our guide said the people love the king, amazes me after what was done to the people. Anyway we toured the amazing palace and the grounds, and had quite a history lesson!Read more

  • Day2

    Cambodia - Phnom Penh

    May 14 in Cambodia

    We arrived after a long trip but lucky we could check in straight away. Freshened up and then out to explore. We were going to walk and just get our bearing but we were approached about taking a tuk tuk and he won us over! Chanty took us on a tour of the main city sights and then took us to the depressing Killing Fields, but that’s the next story. Great to be in a new country and to learn the history and story of the people!Read more

  • Day3

    Cambodia - Phonm Penh

    May 15 in Cambodia

    So onto a nicer story, every morning so far I have gone for a walk along the river at about 6.30am. It is a great time to watch the Cambodians getting ready for the day. Lots of people out with their children or walking along the river doing exercises. A quiet time because the tuk tuk drivers don’t hassle you at all. It is warm but usually not too hot at this time. I watched them cooking noodles and soup on road side stalls for the locals for breakfast and it looks yum! We went out to dinner and sat by the river and watched the boats coming and going. It is the Kings birthday celebration and they have three days off to celebrate and the Palace is lit up at night and everyone is out with their families celebrating.Read more

  • Day51

    Phnom Penh

    April 7 in Cambodia

    After lunch, we docked in Phnom Penh, which we had driven through a few days earlier. Phnom Penh is a big city, which is reminiscent of Hanoi, but with far fewer people. Food stalls are everywhere. Restaurants open onto the street. Lots of motor bikes zip by. Basically, a big city, Asian-style.

    As a group, we visited the Royal Palace, which was built about 200 years ago. Surprisingly, the palace was neither destroyed, nor looted during the civil war. Actually, the lack of looting is astonishing when you learned that the floor of the Silver Pagoda, which is on the Palace grounds, contains 5 TONS of silver. The palace is lovely, and reflects the more modern Khmer style of architecture — lots of serpents on peaked roofs, etc.

    Afterwards, we visited the National Museum, which is filed with beautiful artifacts that were taken from Khmer sites throughout the country. Given that the Royal Palace was not looted during the war, I was surprised to learn that the museum was trashed, and many artifacts were destroyed. So sad.

    As we walked through both the Royal Palace and the National Museum, we saw lots and lots of monks. Many of the monks are actually young boys, in the range of 10-14 years. Becoming a monk is considered to be an honor, and families encourage their children to do so. Given the poverty in the country, and the lack of educational opportunities, joining a monastery is a decent option, as you are well-fed and educated both religiously and secularly. And, since joining a monastery is not considered to be a life-long commitment, it is a realistic short-term option. Of course, joining a monastery at the age of 9 also requires that you move away from your family, live a life that is filled with very stringent requirements (like only 2 meals a day, and nothing to eat after noon), and no “play.” Yet, despite these strictures, it is obviously a very popular alternative in Cambodia.

    In the evening, we had the option of skipping dinner on board the boat, and going into town. We decided that a little excursion would be fun, and found someplace to eat. Our cruise director and local guide repeatedly tried to dissuade us from leaving, due to concerns that they seemed to have about our safety. When we announced that we were going to walk to the restaurant (which was about a mile away), rather than take a tuk tuk, their concerns seemed to grow. But, we were bound and determined, and repeatedly assured them that we’d be fine, and would return to the dock long before 11, when the gates closed. So, off we went.

    We started with a stroll through the night market. Nothing of interest to buy, but it was fun to do some people watching, as we were pretty much the only westerners in sight We then walked through the streets, peering at the food stalls and taking in the sights and sounds of the city. As we passed a barber shop — which was really just a store front with a mirror and a barber chair — Arie decided that it was time for a haircut and shave. So, for $6 (which was probably too much), he got a haircut and a beard trim.

    We ate at a restaurant called Sugar Palm, where we had some delicious food. And then walked back to the boat. Along the way we passed a Cambodian gas station. Why do I mention the gas station? Because it is not really a gas station, at least as we think of it. Since most transportation is by motor bike, gas stations are simply stands where there are large bottles (often bottles that were originally used for alcohol or soda) that are filled with gasoline, and a funnel to fill the gas tank of the motor bike. It would never pass EPA standards, but it obviously does the trick.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Tonle Sab, ទន្លេសាប

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