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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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Feb 8, 2016 - Branching Out On Our Own

Early start today as we are off to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. We are parting company with the other three members of our little tour group & heading off back to Vietnam to see a bit of the Mekong river. They are heading back to Bangkok for their flights home tomorrow. Unfortunately this is the Vietnamese New Year holiday week & most of the regular tourist boat trips have been cancelled. We will, however, get to ride on the regular fast speedboat service from Phnom Penh back over the border to Chau Doc in Vietnam. After that it...

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Jan 26, 2016 - Making the most of Phnom Penh

Despite the somber but necessary day visiting S21 and the Killing Fields, we had a fantastic time in Phnom Penh. During the John Kerry excitement, we met Elijiah, the Quality control manager at the FCC. He immediately took us to The Empire, a bar and movie house owned by Kevin Woolmer. We all stayed up super late dancing to many old videos, telling travel stories, and drinking his great beers and wine. Over the course of the week, we spent a few fun-filled movie nights with Kevin and Elijiah. Elijiah also invited us to an amazing art event...

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Jan 25, 2016 - Meeting John Kerry at the FCC in Phnom Penh

How ridiculous is this? After a long, emotional day of sightseeing (including the Killing Fields and S21, a place of Khmer Rouge torture and murder), Fran and I decide to go to Happy Hour at the Foreign Correspondent's Club just across the street. We almost didn't go, being tired and somewhat overwhelmed, but decided a nice Happy Hour drink would help us digest all the horrors of the day. Too late and too tired to change or shower, we headed over, superpants and all. As we walked over, we noticed quite a few policemen on the street; clearly...

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Jan 25, 2016 - Three years 8-month and 20-day reign of the Khmer Rouge

The Khmer Rouge took over Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975, following years of the "Secret War," in which our government bombed Cambodia relentlessly in an effort to win the war against the Viet Cong without telling the American people. When they took over the capital, the Khmer Rouge told the 3 million people there (many refugees from the bombing) that they needed to leave for three days to avoid another American bombing raid. They all believed them, and left to the countryside. The Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, then began its systematic...

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Jan 18, 2016 - Phnom Penh

Today was a full day in Phnom Penh. First we went to the Khoeung Ek killing field, one of hundreds of mass grave sites in Cambodia that were used as killing locations by the Khmer Rouge. Thousands of people were executed and buried at this site and around 3.2 million Cambodians lost their lives during the Khmer Rouge genocide. Next we went to an infamous prison and torture site called the S21 interrogation center. Here thousands of citizens were imprisoned and tortured until they confessed to crimes they didn't commit. Once they admitted...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Phnom Penh and the Killing Fields

Our driver, Vita, showed up after breakfast today. Vita doesn't speak a lot of English and his tuk tuk is pretty old, but we liked having him as a driver. The drive out to the Killing Fields took close to an hour, wandering through Capitol traffic. He drove us through the government section of town; many of the ministries were housed in buildings on one side of the road and a number of embassies (Thai, Japan) were on the other side. The streets are a cacophany of bicyles, scooters, Japanese economy cars, and Lexus SUVs. Oh, and lots of tuk...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Travel to Phnom Penh

Once again, we got up early and packed our bags. We enjoyed seeing the Angkor Wat and loved Siem Reap, but decided it was time to move on to Phnom Penh. We've considered varying our schedule some, but we were both pretty eager to see the Killing Fields. Hm. Maybe eager is not the right word. It feels like one of those things you do because it is human. We care about the suffering of people and are willing to revisit suffering of others to mourn the loss to all humanity and to assure it doesn't happen again. Or so I would hope. We humans are...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Last Morning in Phnom Penh and onto Siem Reap

Our last morning in Phnom Penh and determined to see the goddam Royal Palace even if it kills us. Had an early breakfast and out the door by 8am which we were told was the opening time for the Palace. Thank goodness it was only a 10 minute or 30 tuk tuk driver walk there. Have now worked out that the tuk tuk drivers tell you the Palace is closed and then con you into a tour elsewhere!!! It was actually closed yesterday when we asked the guard. It is open between 8-11 am and 2-5pm. We saw heaps of people entering a gate to the Palace even as...

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