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Feb 5, 2015 - Thursday: Travel Day & Arrival in Phnom Penh
Up at 7:30 a.m., meditated till 8 a.m. Today is our day to leave Siem Reap and move on to Phnom Penh. We are excited! New adventures await. Breakfast begins at 8:15. I decide today that I am going Asian with this breakfast: fried noodles and vegetable fried rice. Delicious! Add to that watermelon and banana. They have bananas that are four inches long. Perfect! Plus the papaya and pineapple juice is fresh and just the right amount of natural sweet. Makes your mouth water, doesn't it? Oh, so good. First things first: 45 minutes of uploading...Jump to full entry
Jan 6, 2015 - Sun Bears and Blackouts
Sun Bears and Blackouts We met Davy and our driver at around 8am to drive 1.5 hours out to Phnom Chisor, a temple on top of a hill which offered amazing views of the countryside. Whilst Georgia felt well when we left, she started to feel car sick quite soon after we left, and was unwell for part of the trip. She felt better in the fresh air and counted 272 steps to the temple as we went up the women's path. You could see for miles from the top, and Davy told us a little of the history of the temple which was built around the same time as...Jump to full entry
Jan 5, 2015 - The Killing Fields and a Killer Dinner
The Killing Fields and a Killer Dinner After a breakfast of eggs and pancakes (for Jonno), fresh baguettes, homemade jams and fruit, we met up with Davy, our tourism assistant for the day who we had booked based on recommendations on Trip Advisor. She suggested that we visit the Killing fields and the Toul Sleng Museum - S-21 which would give us a dramatic insight into the impact of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot. We stopped at the Killing Fields first and Davy started to tell us of her first hand experience under the Pol Pot regime. She was...Jump to full entry
Jan 4, 2015 - Benefits of Fumigation
Benefits of Fumigation Today was a recovery day (not quite a rest day as we were still out and about). We had breakfast at 9am which meant that the kids could have a good sleep in. Simon gave up on the coffee as neither the espresso or the cambodian mug of coffee were to his liking and ordered Lipton tea instead. We took a walk along the river while it was still cool and wandered down to a fishing village about a km or so from the hotel. It was much more similar to the shack houses we had seen along the Mekong river in Vietnam. In...Jump to full entry
Dec 28, 2014 - Phnom Penh - Foodie bits!
Catching up after several days off the grid... Sunday continued... After our visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum at the former high school (S-21), we went to lunch and Dale and I dined and dashed so we would have some space from our travelling buddies - all very fun, but too much together time for me. Let's take a moment to introduce our players! Kinal is our local guide. She was born in Siem Reap - very pretty, 26, she is the 4th of 6 kids. Her dad is a police officer and her mom worked most of her life to help support the family too...Jump to full entry
Dec 28, 2014 - Somber day...
Somber day... Morning...trip to the Killing Fields. Between 1975 and 1979, !7 thousand of the 3 million victims of the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot met their end in the fields southeast of Phnom Pehn at Cheoung EK. The partially excavated site is now preserved as a memorial to the regime's 'cleansing' of intellectuals, professionals, tradesmen, acedemics and others seen as a threat. We later went on to the Tuol Sleng museum. Former site of the Street 21 High School and later the Khmer Rouge Reeducation Center. During our tour, we met two of...Jump to full entry
Dec 27, 2014 - Phnom Penh
After an amazing night's sleep, we spent the morning viewing the Royal Palace, the National Museum and Wat Ounalom. The pictures show a hint of the beauty of the architecture of the palace buildings - but unfortunately visitors cannot visit parts of the compound when the King is in residence because, well, it's his residence. Also not permitted to take pictures in many of the areas, but I'll sum it up with - an impressive place to visit! I think it's fantastic to have the opportunity to visit countries that greatly honor their King. So the...Jump to full entry
Dec 26, 2014 - We've arrived!
Long travel day, 13 hours on a completely full China Airlines flight. Wonderful service, but if you think Coach is bad on an American airline, just try an Asian airline with teeny weeny seats. I'm choosing to take it as a sign! More about that later. Tight connection in Taipei, but all in all a good trip! Just a bit out of practice! Had our best pho ever in Ho Chi Minh - yum! Looking forward to spending Saturday checking out the sites of Phnom Penh - first stop, Royal Palace!Jump to full entry
Nov 4, 2014 - Donations?
Some of our readers have asked us where they can send donations to help the children we have met during the course of this trip. We've been hesitant to mention it, but since we have gotten a few questions, here are the places we think are worthy of your generosity. Please do not feel that we are asking you to donate. www.nacaorphanage.weebly.com www.greengeckoproject.org www.spitlerschool.org Lois & JohnJump to full entry
Nov 3, 2014 - Day 10 - Phnom Penh
John writing: Yesterday was not a day I was looking forward to because we were going to tour one of the killing fields, an interrogation center, the royal palace, and the national museum. We had a special guide for the day who was excellent. His father had been killed during the purge, as had some family members of our regular guide. We learned a lot, and in particular how the Khmer Rouge came to take power. As is often the case, it was not as simple as had been reported in the US media. There were behind the scenes power struggles...Jump to full entry
Nov 2, 2014 - Day 9 - Buddhist Temple and Small Children
Day 9 Blog - John writing Today we continued to travel south down the Tonle Sap River. We stopped at Kompong Trolach, a small village with a 150 year old Buddhist temple. At the dock we were met with 17 ox carts, one for each guest. We were transported by ox cart so we would have a chance to know what it was like to get around that way. Let’s just say, we all know why motorbikes are now the vehicle of choice in S.E. Asia. For many of us the real interesting part of the journey was the children who followed us. The guide had given each of us...Jump to full entry
Nov 2, 2014 - Day 8 by Lois
Note: we do not have reliable internet access on the ship, but this afternoon we have a few hours to explore Phnom Penh. So we got a tuk-tuk to the Brown Café, which has free Wifi, plus excellent ice cream drinks. I'll be checking email shortly. On the ship we can write up this blog by using a Word document, so now we are in the process of uploading it to the website. I wrote the following entry this morning. I have now been outside of our air conditioned cabin on the ship for five minutes, and my glasses are still fogged up, as is the...Jump to full entry