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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
Aug 14, 2014 - Kerry in Cambodia--Phnom Pehn
--I arrived on July 22nd at the Haneda airport to take a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The one thing I really remember from my time there was how nervous everyone was. The Malaysian Airlines flight had recently been downed over Ukraine and everyone was saying how they were glad they weren't taking a flight with that airline. --People at Haneda were also taking pictures of the TV screens with all the flights listed on them. I wonder if they were trying to keep records of their flights just in case something happened. --My flight had a lay...Jump to full entry
Apr 22, 2014 - Phnom Penh, Choeung Ek & Street Scenes
Monday disappeared. Tuesday, 4/22/14; Phnom Penh: After an successful plane ride we found ourselves in Phnom Penh early Tuesday morning. After checking into our hotel we hired a car, driver, and tour guide to take in the sights and sounds of Cambodia’s capital. Something in excess of 3 million of Cambodia’s 15 million people live and work in the city. There is one motor-bike for every 2.5 residents. That wouldn’t be too bad but there are also cars and trucks, and, 4 traffic lights (slight exaggeration) and NO stop streets. There is also...Jump to full entry
The 5:15 alarm comes early and we are packed, loaded and all on the bus for our 6:30 departure and long drive to Phnom Penh. The trip today should take more than 6 hours on the new improved road. In the past it would have taken 2 days. They are continuing to widen and pave but we spend a good part of the day on a dusty gravel madhouse. This is our last day in Cambodia and on the trip again we experience all that life here has to offer. This includes bobbing, weaving and dodging oncoming traffic. We pass a local bus jammed with people...Jump to full entry
Mar 11, 2014 - Phnom Penh.
Tuesday, 11 March. The trip to Phnom Penh with mini bus went very smooth, compared when we were travelling with the big bus. The big bus had much more difficult to passing slower traffic than the mini bus. When we finally arrived to Phnom Penh, for an extra small fee, the mini bus driver offered to deliver us to the doorstep at our hotel. Our hotel the Number 9 Hotel turned out to be very nice. Good location, near to many attractions, just south of Sisowath Quay, which is the main backpacker and tourist area in Phnom Penh. In my Lonely...Jump to full entry