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Mar 12, 2017 - You can't make me leave the boat!

  You can’t make me leave the boat     March 12, 2017 Somewhere on the Tonle Sap   This morning I filled out the survey form left in our rooms for us last night. In answer to the question on the form: “Is there anything you would change?” I wrote in: “Don’t make me leave the boat!!” Unless Thomas, Veasana & Maria can come with me to tend to my every whim for the rest of my life. Oh, wait, that’s what I have Debbie for! ….. Are you finished laughing yet? Nope, me neither.   Tipping on the boat is a very serious business.  Along with the...

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Mar 11, 2017 - Shabbat with the Monks

      Shabbat with the Monks   March 11, 2017 Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia   We had Dinner last night at the Chef’s table with Ryan (a retired pharma instrument salesman) from Toronto by way of Holland).  His brother was a Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia and so he's visited and travelled extensively in Indonesia.  Indeed, that's where he's headed after the cruise. The Chefs table is a separate dining room at the front of the boat on the 2nd floor and they make a big deal about telling you from the moment you get on the boat that each person is...

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Jan 17, 2016 - Kompong Trolach to Phnom Penh

Today began with a visit to Wat Kompong Trolach Temple by ox cart. Each of us had our pwn cart and team of oxen so we created quite a parade heading down the road. On the way we passed two wedding parties which were underway in large tents set up at the side of the road. The temple is one of the living Buddist temples as it houses 7 monks who study, meditate and service the village spiritual needs. We had a few problems as we headed down the river a we got tangled in three different fishing nets. There are nets strung all over the river...

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Jan 16, 2016 - Kompong Chhang

Visited the local Kompang Chhang market where you can find just about anything from live chickens to gasoline sold in used coke bottles. Most bizarre for westerners are the butcher shops with un-refrigerated meats covered with flies. We drove out of town to a small village where many of the families make clay pots. A woman demonstrated her pot making, no wheel - she goes round and round and the pot remains still. With all her work she earns about $3 a day. With all the wars, occupations by the Chinese, French, and Vietnamese then to lose...

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Jan 15, 2016 - Travel Day

Today we traveled for 4-1/2 hours across the huge Tonie Sap Lake aboard a 100 passenger speedboat. Other than running aground once and stopping to cut away a fishing net which wrapped around the prop it was a very nice, relaxing trip. Although the boat would hold 100 it would not be a pleasant ride with that number of passengers. The boat runs a regular service from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh but we had a special charter to take us to our river barge, the Toum Teav. We are settled into our small but efficient cabin and are anchored for the...

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Jan 7, 2015 - The Floating Village

The Floating Village Our driver was early for our trip to Battambang, so he had to wait while we finished breakfast. We were on the road by 8.15 with a full bootload, including our packs plus random parcels to be delivered on the way. With some skilful packing, everything squeezed in and we were on our way. We had arranged to stop at Kampong Chhnang, a floating village en route to Battambang. The driver spoke little English so handed the phone to me to confirm arrangements with his boss. It took about two hours till we reached Kampong...

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Oct 1, 2008 - Phnom Penh

Today we say goodbye to our new friend Trong and cross the border to Cambodia. It was a much longer process than any of us thought. It took about 3 hours drive by bus to arrive at the border,then an hour or more of processing. We had our new guide meet us in Cambodia and then on a mini bus heading to Phnom Penh. Unfortunately there was a three day festival just ending with half of Cambodia there and we all had to cross the Mekong River on the small ferry, the traffic congestion was at a halt mostly and a very slow crawl. We saw some amazing...

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Jul 8, 2008 - Phenom Penh

- In order to cross the border into Cambodia, we drove an hour, boarded a boat, and cruised for 6 hours (including border checkpoint stops). Thankfully, I brought tons of Dramamine with me, so I was able to prevent the seasickness and it made me drowsy enough to sleep the whole way. - When we arrived at Phnom Penh, the whole group was shocked. We had heard stories about how Cambodia would be a very emotionally difficult part of our trip....yet the parts of the city we saw on day 1 looked even more advanced than Hanoi in Vietnam. Instead of...

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Jun 25, 2008 - Phnom Penh

Yohoooooo. Vi er i Phnom Penh naa og er paa nettcafe for en kjapp oppdatering... Lagt ut et par bilder til... Som dere kanskje saa saa har jeg smakt paa min forste grasshoppe... Paa bilde var jeg litt skeptisk og jeg var langt vaerre i virkeligheten. Jeg spiste to bein, og en liten bit av kroppen, men naar jeg merket at det var litt ekkelt inni saa fikk Thobben slenge i seg resten... Han spiste faktisk et par stykker og synes de var gode... Hmmm... De smakte faktisk reint lite, men hallo det var faktisk en gresshoppe... Synes jeg var toff...

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Jun 24, 2008 - Phenom Penh

The Mekong River is about half a mile wide, brown, fast flowing and goes on forever! Three hours upriver it was customs and immigration. Got out of the boat on the Vietnam side to be processed to exit, which took about 30 minutes (time to buy drinks, and fruit, and coconut cakes, pastry around coconut and good tasting). Upriver another 15 minutes it was the Cambodia equivalent, and here we were fortunate in that the boat before us was being asked to have every passenger bring out the bags for inspection. I guess the thought of a second lot...

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Mar 23, 2008 - Cambodia- Sihanoukville/ Kampot/ Phnom Pehn

I sadly said goodbye to my English boys as I decided to move on to Cambodia. I bought a packaged ticket that was to get me all the way from Trat to Sihanoukville, Cambodia. I am usually against the packaged purchases but I have heard some terrible Cambodia border-scam stories and thought I might want all my transportation already figured arranged. The 5am tuk-tuk got me to the border at 7am and by 7:30 I was grumbling about the $20 extra the police were deciding to charge for the Cambodian visa. I knew I hadn't complained that loud but I...

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Feb 19, 2008 - Phnom Penh

We took a public bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - it was quite luxurious -we watched Die Hard 3(?) with Bruce Willis, etc. speaking Cambodian, there was a steward who provided travel commentary and we were given bottled water and a snack. The countryside is a mixture of rice fields and the remains of jungle growth. There were lots of cattle and water buffalo and the highway is pretty well lined with little selling booths. Any sort of construction is very labour intensive so you see crew breaking apart chunks of clay with axes for road...

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