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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

  • Day67

    The Killing Fields and more

    August 9 in Cambodia

    I've just arrived at the National Museum, my third stop of the morning. It's small, but has some amazing artifacts, including a moon rock gifted from the US.

    I'm on an all-day tour, which began at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. It is one of the 300 killing fields Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge used to murder 3 million Cambodians in 4 years. This one is dedicated to remembrance and is supposedly the only one you can visit. Many others are either too remote or too dangerous (unexploded ordnance). It was heartbreaking, as was the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

    Having assumed control of a high school for use as a prison and interrogation center, the Khmer Rouge renamed it S21 (Security Office 21). Again, it stands as a terrible reminder of the atrocities man is able and willing to commit against his fellow man.

    On a happier note, my tuktuk driver has dropped me off at a local restaurant before we continue the tour. Shrimp cakes. Yummy!

    Out for now. ✌️
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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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  • Day21

    Phnom Penh

    September 10 in Cambodia

    We have arrived in Phnom Penh where we stay for the next day.

    Phnom Penh is the capital and most populous city in Cambodia. Phnom Penh has been the national capital since French colonization of Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation's economic, industrial, and cultural center.

    Once known as the "Pearl of Asia," it was considered one of the loveliest French built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. Phnom Penh, along with Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, are significant global and domestic tourist destinations for Cambodia. Founded in 1434, the city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions. There are a number of surviving French colonial buildings scattered along the grand boulevards.

    Situated on the banks of the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers, the Phnom Penh metropolitan area is home to about 1.5 million of Cambodia's population of over 14.8 million.
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  • Day22

    Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

    September 11 in Cambodia

    We are now at a much happier place: the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the buildings and the grounds are beautiful we wandered around for about 45 min. After the morning it was so nice to experience something on a happier note.

    The Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia. The Kings of Cambodia have occupied it since it was built in the 1860s, with a period of absence when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge.

    We also visited the silver pagoda which is in the same complex as the Palace

    The Silver Pagoda or the temple of the Emerald Buddha was formerly a wooden building and rebuilt in 1962 in concrete and marble.

    The pagoda is floored with over 5000 silver tiles each weighing 1 kilo. It is famous for its 90 kg solid gold Buddha made in 1907 and an emerald Buddha said to be made of baccarant crystal. Sharing the pagoda are many other interesting artifacts and jewels and was one of the few temples to remain intact during the Khmer Rouge regime.
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  • Day22

    Back on Board

    September 11 in Cambodia

    On our way back to the boat we took cyclos through the streets.

    A very interesting ride but no photos. I kept taking videos and I forgot to take photo silly me. We went down some very bumpy, busy streets with cars and bikes coming straight for you. We arrived safe and sound back on board The Jahan.

  • 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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  • 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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