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Jun 24, 2017 - The train from Kampot to Phnom Penh

This was to be one of my highlights of this trip - catching the train from Kampot to Phnom Penh. We finally managed to get tickets for this service, which only runs 3 days a week. It took a couple of attempts at the station, a few phone calls and some help from Mr Bun. We had established that the station was open Wednesday to Monday to buy tickets, and the train runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The station being open, does not necessarily mean that there is someone there to sell you tickets, however, what we eventually figured out, was...

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Jun 15, 2017 - Technology and Money When Travelling.

Of course you would not have doubted that I had all of our technology requirements sorted, for the 3 months away. I had adaptors, leads, spare phone and tablets to keep in touch, along with many other gadgets designed to make things work, including a portable keyboard and even the chrome cast dongle, for streaming in our Netflix series, (the chances of English channels on TV in SE Asia are few and far between). All works well, but a pit fall is WiFi! Hotel WiFi, whilst all advertise that they have this essential travelling tool, what we...

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Jun 14, 2017 - The sad history of Cambodia.

As arranged, our faithful taxi driver was out in front of our hotel at 9am, ready for our day of sight seeing, he opened the door for us, gave us a bottle of cold water, and as he headed off, we arranged where we would go and how much it would cost. The journey was about 4.5 hours and his cost $40 USD. First stop was the Killing Fields. This is the actual site where Pol Pot murdered millions of Cambodians in a Genocide that is just impossible to believe. A guided, self paced audio tour lets you understand the atrocities that were...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Seeing Things Differently

As I had hoped, a good sleep made all the difference and the city and everything in it seemed much better in the morning. As we have streets full of cafes around where we are staying, it is a dilemma choosing where to eat. We decide on a nice looking cafe, breakfasts for $3 including tea and coffee and sat back planning our day. We are hopeless market addicts and even though we had braved Chinatown less than a week earlier, we decide to visit the famous Russian Market. After some haggling and banter and choosing of a "safe" tuk tuk (no,...

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Jun 12, 2017 - Phnom Penh Cambodia

After a very early start and very short flight to Phnom Penh Cambodia, we arrived to a nice airport, an easy Visa on Arrival system, an orderly taxi system and friendly people. I should have known this was a trick! As we headed through the city towards our hostel, the traffic was appalling, with no apparent system or rules. No problem, this is Asia and we are well versed in chaos from our trips to Thailand. Our driver is a simply lovely guy and we make a mental note to book him for a day trip during our stay. We arrive at our hostel and...

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Mar 10, 2017 - The Talmud Torah School of Cambodia

The Talmud Torah School of Cambodia March 10, 2017 Koh Chen, Vietnam Wat Phnom is an 88 ft. high hill near the centre of Phnom Penh. “Phnom” means “hill” and so the city itself is actually named Penh Hill. The legend of Phenh Hill goes like this: In 1372 Mrs. Penh discovered 4 statues of Buddha on the riverbank nearby and put them in a pagoda on top of the hill. That’s it. That’s the whole legend. I don’t know about you, but as legends go, that’s not particularly intriguing. But we roll with it here in SE Asia and so we visited Mrs. Penh’s...

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Mar 9, 2017 - All rise for his Majesty King Sihamoni

All rise for his Majesty King Sihamoni March 9, 2017 Phnom Penh, Cambodia I wake up at 6:28 am every morning. I don’t set an alarm. I just wake up then. I have no idea why. Today, the early morning rising ritual paid off in dividends as it was just then that our boat was reaching the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh. The city is located at the confluence of the Mekong River and one of its major tributaries, the Tonle Sap River. If you look at a map of Cambodia…. I’ll give you a minute, go get one…. Okay, you back with me now? Good. So,...

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Mar 9, 2017 - The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields March 9 2017 Phnom Penh, Cambodia When we think of the ‘Heart of Darkness’ that inhabits the PTSD nightmares of Vietnam Vets, we almost automatically think of Apocalypse Now – a perilous journey up the Mekong River into an unknown quagmire of terror. The ‘Heart of Darkness’ we are now entering, for the people of Cambodia, starts where Apocalypse Now and the Vietnam War leaves off. Specifically, with the Khmer Rouge rampage through Cambodia that lasted for 4 years, from 1975-1979, by which time Pol Pot and his...

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Mar 4, 2017 - Back to Phnom Penh - next stop, Vietnam

Hey, I'm so sorry to disappear but as I said, we were on an island where internet wasn't too good, also not much happened. We spent in Koh Rong-Nature beach 3 very lazy days. As you can see on Facebook we slept in a tent. They did have little wooden houses but it was cheaper (10USD/ 2night for both of us) and we thought also more fun 𯘊 We were on stilts so had to use a mini ladder to climb up to the big tent. First night, left all our bags, etc outside so we could have more space inside. Rich wakes me around 1-2am, "It's raining",...

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Feb 25, 2017 - Cambodia - Phnom Penh

Hey Everyone, we are in Cambodia now where we came 2 days ago. After spending a spectacular 14 hours at Yangon airport -literally doing nothing- . Immigration at Bangkok airport was a joke. We only supposed to change flight there but we still had to go through immigration, which means they stamped into our passport -we both can be in the country till the 20th March- and then we had to go out to the arrival part and had to wait an other splendid 7.5 hours there... the airport wasn't the same as the one we change at last time, it was...

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Jan 25, 2017 - Kind people of Cambodia

I think our time in Phnom Penh was some of the most memorable of my trip with mum. A few reasons for this I think – firstly our guide Sok was absolutely brilliant, he was so kind, informative and just generally a lovely person. Secondly our time at the Killing Fields and the S-21 museum was like nothing I’ve ever experienced, so sobering and incredible to think it had happened in such recent history and thirdly the day we spend ‘off schedule’ at the school and family of Sok….more on this later. Mum and I had chatted the evening before and...

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Mar 2, 2016 - Phnom Penh

As we scrambled onto the bus to Phnom Penh. We were ushered on by cries of "Quick, quick. Can't stop. The police." That was our first warning. On board the bus we decided to learn a few key Khmer phrases from the guidebook. Along with the usual 'Hello', 'Goodbye' and 'Thank you' was the phrase 'Are there mines here?' Seemingly quite useful to know when in Cambodia. That was our second warning. Beyond the illuminated hostess bars and hectic street markets, tucked in amongst the bustling streets and smiling locals, lies a dark and upsetting...

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