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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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Jun 3, 2004 - Cambodia

The amazing adventure is continues, after avoiding the many scams in Poipet, a town on the Thai/Cambodian border with 'very few redeeming features' (according to the people at Lonely Planet), I was on a bus to Seim Reap, a Cambodian town about 150km from the Thai border. This was the main route into Cambodia from Thailand and it was unpaved most of the way, it took the bus 5 hours to cover the distance. Stace had a sore back for about three day after this bus ride while, aided by the pot holes in the road, I managed to hit my head on the...

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May 19, 2004 - Phnom Penh

Our success with long journeys continued with our epic Siem Reap to Phnom Penh boat journey. After the horrors of the road network we thought we'd take an easy option. Clocking in at a nippy 4-5 hrs the speedboat was the choice of the discerning traveller with an eye for the finer things in life. Wrong! We'd reckonded without the assistance of the Cambodian Idiot All-Stars who managed to get us marooned in the largest freshwater lake in the region, in a whole 3ft of water. Solutions ranged from driving in circles churning up mud to efforts...

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May 9, 2004 - Phnom Penh

Night time in Phnom Penh. You walk along the stinking, dirty, pot-holled streets, the night sky flashing with electrical activity above you. Into a bar for an essential cold beer and a game of pool. The "hostesses" are on your arm in a moment with the eternal question: "Where you from"? Then the rain comes and you are trapped. Motorcycles churn through the river that has formed outside the bar as you wait forlornly for the water level to drop. Outside "The Heart of Darkness" bar a thief is being dragged through the water, threatened by his...

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Mar 16, 2004 - phnom pehn

Arrived in Phnom penh after a 9 hour bus trip from Siem Reap. The journey wasn't too bad, surpisingly. The roads here have an extremely poor reputation and I wasn't looking forward to it but I reckon I've had worse bus trips between Glasgow and London. During the trip you could see how little the people here have. It is a mainly rural economy with the vast majority of people scratchng a living from small plots of land and there small stocks of pigs, chickens and cattle. When we arrived it was total chaos. The bus stopped at a street corner...

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