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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...

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Southeast Asia 2014

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...

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Southeast Asia 2014

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...

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Southeast Asia 2014

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...

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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...

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Viet Nam 2014

Mar 12, 2014 - Our final day - Phnom Penh and the horrific story of the Khmer Rouge

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...

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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...

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Jan 19, 2014 - Days 153 to 155 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Arriving in Phnom Penh at 5.30pm on the last day of my Vietnam visa, 17th January, my first priority was to find some accommodation. Unfortunately, Phnom Penh seemed very busy and it was at about the sixth place that I finally got a room. It was a bit pricey at $20 per night, but it would have to do. One of the first thing that I had noticed on my journey into Cambodia was how much poorer the country seemed when compared with Vietnam. There were not nearly so many cars (although Cambodia’s population is only sixth of Vietnam’s) and the...

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Jan 18, 2014 - Dia 9. Phnom Penh.

Vaya cambio!!!! El grupo del tour se ha ido a visitar el campo de concentracion. Nosotros hemos querido tener el dia hoy para nosotros. Phnom penh tiene dos caras, la de noche la de dia. Gente muy amable como en el resto de Camboya que nos hayamos encontrado. Hemos ido a pie desde el hotel hasta el templo Wat Phnom, blanco sobre una colina en medio de la ciudad. Seguidamente a ve el Palacio aunque no hemos entrado. Se encuentra directamente a orillas del rio Mekong. Hoy el clima nos ha dado una tregua y corre brisa y se ven algunas...

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Aventura Indochina

Jan 17, 2014 - Time to transition

There are signs I can’t ignore. Transition time is here. I find myself scraping the bottom of the peanut butter jar; using the last Kleenex in the box; seeing only 2 pages left in the notebook for writing down interview notes; using the last of the AAA batteries in the audio recorder; stuffing suitcase with new books; taking the last vitamin brought from home; feeling contentment and gratitude for a magical and guided adventure in this amazing country. Breakfast with Nareth, and saying goodbye. Thy comes today at 7:30pm to take me to the...

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Jan 17, 2014 - Dia 8. De camino a Phnom Penh

Tras un paseo manhanero por las calles de Siem Reap, y tras desayunar con arroz y volver a comer con arroz, nos hemos ido en guagua hasta Phnom Penh, capital de Camboya. Tras 6 horas de trayecto con una sola parada, hemos podido disfrutar de unas vistas espectaculares con una llanura llena de palmeras inmensa. Las carreteras no son las mejores, partes sin asfaltar, de tierra fina que levanta una humareda que hace imposible ver lo que hay 10 metros mas adelante. Al llegar a Phnom Penh nos hemos llevado un pequenho chasco. Muy sucio. Mucha...

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Jan 16, 2014 - Simple Life & Turkish lunch

It’s funny to realize how little I really need to live. My one-room abode for the last five weeks has served me well. With a tiny refrigerator for cool water and tropical fruits; a toilet with its own tushie shower; a warm water heater for short showers; a fan for hot afternoons; a desk with a hot pot for tea, and the Dalai Lama for inspiration; a bed with pillows that work for morning yoga; a window for welcoming the bright sunny days at 6am; a converter for recharging computer, phone, camera, tablet; internet connection for communications...

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