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Jun 2, 2013 - Phnom Penh

The dark days of Phnom Penh. The rise of Pol Pot during the mid-70s left an everlasting mark on Cambodia. When Pol Pot came to power his security forces took over Svay Prey High School and it became the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Classrooms were turned into torture and death chambers. S-21 was the largest incarceration center in the country. Using the Nazi play book the Khmer Rouge leaders meticulously kept records of their prisoners and the barbarian treatment they inflicted. Each prisoner was photographed and these photographs...

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Mar 13, 2013 - Phnom Penh

March 10th bus to Phnom Penh, about 8 hrs Onto the bus at 7am, this time a beaten-up local bus, broken armrests, holes in the wall panels. We were just hoping that the engine was capable, as we have seen so many vehicles parked on the road with their innards spilled out, bleeding oil, with several mechanics working laid out underneath. We got talking with a young medical Dr returning to Phnom Penh, he wore a face mask throughout the journey. Nickie wished she’d got hers handy, as all around us the men, coughed, hacked up years of sputum,...

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Feb 19, 2013 - Phnom Penh

Cambodia Phnom Penh Once the called the Pearl of Asia the shine has been tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. But that is in the past and now Phnom Phen is an “in” capital in Asia. There is a variety of sights, smells and tastes to take in the capital city from the mind numbing trauma of the Tuol Sleng Museum to the hard bargaining of the city’s markets or the expensive boutiques, the tastes of Khmer food, and tropical drinks the city does not disappoint. With a limited time budget and a late night arrival we had to take in a...

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Feb 3, 2013 - The Killing Fields & S21

What I am about to write and show with photos is disturbing, but as the Cambodians say the story must be told so future generations will learn. The road to the Killing Fields was quite rough since it is under construction. It is found just outside of Phnom Penh. Choeung Ek, its other name was the main Khmer Rouge extermination camp for Phnom Penh. It contains 129 mass graves. Of these, 86 have been exhumed, revealing the remains of 8,985 people; many bludgeoned or stabbed to death to avoid wasting bullets. Bone fragments are scattered in...

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Feb 2, 2013 - Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Cambodia Saturday, February 2, 2013 Day 24 of G I have still not met anyone from the United States since we have arrived in Asia. The shower this morning was interesting. We have one very small bar of soap to use for everything. It is already half gone from using it at the sink. When I tried to remove the shower sprayer from the wall to rinse off the whole thing came off in my hands support hardware and all. 80 stairs down before breakfast. Nice buffet. Good noodles. 80 stairs up after breakfast. The second time we had to go down...

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Feb 2, 2013 - Entering Cambodia

We headed to Cambodia by a public bus at 7:30 am. We were picked up at our hotel and went to the Bus Station to pick up other passengers, mostly Cambodians. The bus attendant collected our passports & $25 USD for the visa. He had 50 passports piled up on the dash and busily filled out all the visa applications. We arrived at the border in 3 hours. However, it took 1 1/2 hours to get through security on both sides. As we drove through Cambodia, we noticed many casinos. We had a quick lunch stop. The land here was noticeably flatter and dry....

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Feb 1, 2013 - The Road to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Road to Phnom Penh Cambodia Friday, February 1, 2013 Day 23 of G We are up at the crack of dawn to get ready for our next adventure. I did try the 100 year old egg this morning. They certainly look nasty but it tasted ok. Very salty. Jon strongly recommended that I consider the fact that I will be on a public bus for 6 hours today after eating it. I tried it anyway. Everyone was ready and waiting for the bus at the allotted time of 7:15. Unfortunately the bus was late so by the time we arrived at the bus station we were running short on...

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Jan 20, 2013 - Phnom Penh

We were overwhelmed by the busiest breakfast situation we had faced all trip as a large busload of Vietnamese were visiting for the weekend. Some also travel by overnight bus from Saigon all the way to Siem Reap stay one night to see Angkor Wat and take the overnight bus back. The Cambodians have cleverly built Casinos just over the border to lure in rich Vietnamese and Chinese. Kom is noticeably more relaxed now that he is back where he can speak the language (Thai and Lao are fairly similar but Vietnamese is very different and difficult...

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Jan 20, 2013 - Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Sue and the two of us decided to do a cyclo tour through Phnom Penh. We started at 8 am. The cyclo drivers that Intrepid uses are from the Cyclo Centre where these men get taught English and are supported in their business. They are very poor men – a lot of them sleep in their cyclos. Kom organized this for us. One of the men spoke enough English for us to understand each other. My driver asked me how old I was and when I told him he said that I was exactly his mom’s age. He turned out to be 45 – exactly Eke’s son’s age. He was...

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Jan 19, 2013 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We were fortunate that the Mekong Express public bus started its journey immediately across the street from our Pink Blessings Hotel. We set off at 8.30 for a long trip across the border into Cambodia. We complete the requisite visa and other documentation and our bus guide takes all our passports, documents and money to get our visas and then we all troop through waiting for some version of our name to be called. Mine is the usual Su San and I’m pleased to use all except 1000 dong of my Vietnamese currency. Then we all get back on the bus...

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Jan 19, 2013 - HCMC to Phnom Penh

Arrival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Up early again to be ready at 8 am to catch the public bus that will bring us to Phnom Penh. The bus is full; it is a very nice bus with comfortable seats and air conditioning! We each get a bottle of water and a sandwich plus a piece of cake as a welcome. The hostess in the bus asks us to fill in an application form for a Cambodian visa and an arrival/departure form. She also takes our passports plus the completed forms. We see lots of interesting street scenes from the bus. One is a motor bike with a family...

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Jan 13, 2013 - Phnom Penh

you have free time to explore the city's many sights: the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. There is time to visit the huge Russian Market packed with silver, souvenirs and all the necessities of daily life. Late afternoon is a great time to visit Wat Phnom where the sanctuary for which the city is named once stood. It is a Buddhist shrine, although a Taoist goddess, numerous monkeys and occasionally an elephant also reside here. A drink in one of the many riverside café’s watching the sunset is a fitting finale to the day.

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