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Oct 15, 2004 - Phnom Phen, Kambodsja

Da har vi etter en lang baatur kommet oss til Kambodsjas hovedstad Phnom Phen. Baaturen hit var et kapittel for seg selv. I foelge brosjyren: "...enjoy your favorite coctail while crusing on our luxury boat". Stemmer det. Foerst braat baaten sammen slik at vi maatte ta en mindre baat foeste etappe. Etter dette ble vi plassert paa en buss som broet sammen etter en time og vi maatte vente paa en kro i fire timer. Dagen etter ble vi lovet at baaten skulle vaere fikset noe den ikke var. I tillegg klarte de aa kutte opp sekken min og ledningen...

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arcuda travel 04/05

Oct 15, 2004 - 10 days in Cambodia

Arrived in Cambodia from Thailand last Thursday. Crossed the border with surprisingly no problems - we had heard horror stories about scams and cons here. Arrived in a town called Poipet which is the worst place either of us have ever been! Nothing there except touts and casinos! We got a taxi to Siem Reap which took about 4 hours over the bumpiest road in the world, there were pot holes big enough to swallow the car! Siem Reap was nice enough but the only reason people visit it is to go to Angkor Wat so it was very touristy. Went to Angkor...

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Oct 11, 2004 - PHNOM PENH - Probably one of the few places in the world you can pay to fire a grenade launcher at a cow!

The six hour boat journey to Phnom Penh was quite civilised, passing loads of 'floating villages' where the houses on stilts seem to be miles from the nearest dry land. Phnom Penh itself is unbelievable. Its kind of dirty and noisy and so not what I was expecting. Still, I'm glad I'm not here on my own as they advise you not to even carry a bag if you go out at night as its asking for trouble (think that might be a bit of an over-exaggeration though!?) Another afternoon was spent trying to contact home again but the communication systems...

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Oct 5, 2004 - Phnom Penh

The day after we arrived in Phnom Penh 5 of us (Hayley, Thomas, Kim, Vivienne and me) had a "cultural day" as we had to leave again early the next morning. We visited the Killing Fields, S-21 (one of the most notorious prison camps in Cambodia during the rule of the Khmer Rouge) and the Royal Palace. The S-21 museum was one of the most affecting places I've ever been. The sheer numbers of people who passed through, and the irrelevance of any kind of guilt was shocking and terrifying. You could be arrested for wearing glasses or having...

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Oct 5, 2004 - Davina's Birthday!

Davina's birthday. We spent the morning travelling to Phnom Pehn. The plans were to check in to a swish hotel but we decided to stay in a more traveller oriented place by the lakeside and spend the money on a couple of good nights out instead of accommodation. After finding somewhere to stay and dumping our stuff we 'glammed up' and hit the town. We had a fabulous meal and the first taste of red wine in months in the FCC (an old colonial club with a verranda looking out over the river). The food was great and we moaned with delight at...

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Our Big Adventure

Sep 25, 2004 - Cambodia

Took the bus from Ho Chi Minh city and headed to the Cambodian border full of anticipation, excitement and a little nervous after various scare stories of extra "taxes" from dodgy police, hour long queues in the blistering midday heat and even worse driving/roads than we'd seen in Vietnam. apart from the taxes, it was pretty much as we thought! finally got to Phenom Penh at about 5pm having left HCMC at 8am. Found a very nice place near the river and spent the evening sampling local Khmer food which was pretty dam tasty-more like thai than...

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Aug 19, 2004 - Phnom Penh

Arrived in the evening again and headed back to No Problem to stay for the night, they were unfortunately booked out, so went next door and stayed there, but all the same people were still at No Problem so stayed there all evening and had a good time. We also booked our bus trip for the next day to Siem Reap (the site of the Khmer Angkor Temples).

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Aug 14, 2004 - Phnom Penh

(SOME OF THESE PICTURES AND TEXT ARE A BIT DISTURBING) We spent a few days in Phnom Penh. On our first day we got some of the boys in the guest house to take us on their scooters out on a tour to see the killling fields, S-21 museum and Russion Market. Killing Fields It was quite a trek out to the killing fields about 15km in total, most of the way on un-paved roads. It is a very somber place and also shocking at the same time, where 20,000 Cambodians were killed/ murdered by the Khmer Rouge (lead by Pol Pot) from 1975-1979 including women...

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Aug 14, 2004 - Phew! Phnom Penh!

(Stay tuned for photographs. Their absence is a long story) Well, after a very strange stop-over in Vientiane (mostly because nothing of any interest occured whatsoever) we boarded our flight to Phnom Penh. This was a stop with nothing organised. We merely had an address for a hostel which came recommended to us by a couple of Poms during a happy hour eight days ago. God help us. So we touched down, got in the swing with the local currency and gave the taxi driver three chances to find our guesthouse. He used them all. We found ourselves...

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Jul 19, 2004 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh...what a strange place! It took 5 hours via speedboat from the floating village at Siem Reap, across the Tonle Sap (the largest lake in Cambodia) before joining the mighty Mekong River just outside Phnom Penh. I'm not sure trying to navigate a large speedboat through the narrow confines of the Floating Village teeming with small boats is a good idea, but it is the only reliable surface link between the temples of Angkor and the capital in the south given that the solitary passable road resembles the surface of the moon....

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Jun 29, 2004 - The Killing Fields (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Phnom Penh was a great city. It wasn't particularily beautiful (in fact, quite the opposite), but it was a city of people who were reserved yet focused. It was a city that wasn't so bustling and the streets so clogged with motorbikes and cars that you got lost in it. The Cambodians weren't as pushy as the Vietnamese, and seemed to see you more than just a person from which they could extract money. I believe that because Vietnam has become such a travel destination within the past decade or two that the Vietnamese see so many tourists that...

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Jun 9, 2004 - Holiday In Cambodia

We arrived in Phnom Phen at the central bus station. I was sick and fighting several infected toes and in no mood to banter with the host of taxi drivers vying for our fare to a guest house. Disembarking from the bus was like a football scrimmage, I had to push and shove myself past 10s of screaming cabbies and a bus full of stunned tourists. I made it to the outside of the bus only to realize I had to fight my way back to the side of the bus and the luggage compartment to retrieve our backpacks. Settling on a relatively safe guest house we...

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