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Mar 4, 2018 - Kampong Chang

Well I did say yesterday that I had no idea where we were going today and I still don’t know because I spent from yesterday afternoon until lunchtime today being ill in my room. I thought my brief stomach upset had gone but it returned with a vengeance (I’ll spare the detail) which floored me. And it seems quite a few others are in the same boat (pardon the pun) which, according to the trip director is “about normal”. Excuse me, what?! So this is to be expected on this trip every time? Let me refer to the travel brochure and find the...

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Mar 3, 2018 - Oudong

Well, we lost the quiz. Or as our team would say, “we was robbed”. But as the winning team infringed the rules by having too many members, we were given joint first prize of a bottle of bubbly, so our disgruntlement was gruntled again. After the quiz it all turned a bit Blackpool when we were offered the chance to join in the karaoke. ‘Not our thing’ shouted everyone in the bar. Mind you, it’s astonishing what alcohol can bring out in people. I have the video evidence of Neil and his new friend Alan from Wales doing their best Tom Jones...

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Nov 12, 2013 - Sambour Prei Kuk & rural Cambodia

'My country, My Road' says our local tour guide as we depart PP, once known as the 'Pearl of the Orient'! Picturesque drive to Kampong Thom, through rural Cambodia is promised! It is interesting to reflect on the day! It is 6.30 pm & we are sipping a G&T in our basic hotel in KT! Cicadas are deafening, lizards all over the walls, 32 deg C, covered in Deet, insects dropping onto us & dripping from the humidity! Once we had cleared the poorer suburbs of PP the countryside was fascinating. However, rural poverty & subsistence farming is what...

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Sep 30, 2013 - CAMBODIA

Welcome to the World (The Lottery of Birth) is a documentary based on the differences on the life of a child born in the United States, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia. The film focuses on the process that a woman has to go through to give birth, like whether or not they go to a doctor before birth for check ups or if they have a doctor there for the birth at all. Welcome to the World goes into the before and slightly into the after of child birth in these three countries. It shows the affects of poverty on infancy mortality rate along with the...

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Jun 27, 2013 - Tour Day 7 - Kompong Thom

Hi Folks. Good evening from Kompong Thom. It's now 9.20 in the evening and I have started to write today’s blog on a word document as there is no internet connection in my room and I can’t upload and pics. I usually do the pics first as they remind me of exactly what we did and where we did them throughout the day. I remember that the day started with a breakfast of eggs and bacon with French stick at a local restaurant back in Kratie. Today is the first day of electioneering here and it goes on for 1 month before actual elections. It seems...

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Jan 22, 2013 - Homestay to Siem Reap

Homestay and Siem Reap The two of us got up at about 6.30am, brushed our teeth, washed our faces (of course with cold water out of the trough) and went for a walk. Lots of life going on at that time in the morning. Children in uniform going to school on their bikes. Schools start here at 7.00am until 11.00 am and then in the afternoon a different group. Some of the girls dragged a long thick tree branch with them on their bikes. We assumed some kind of school project. One girl obviously forgot and remembered halfway to school. We saw her...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Kampong Thom Homestay

Today we left Phnom Penh and travelled out into rural Cambodia to the small town of Kampong Thom where we have a homestay. As we drive through the countryside I am struck by how much the saying "same same but different" applies to the countries in this region. At first I couldn't identify what made it feel different but then started to identify a whole list of little details that make Cambodia quite different from Vietnam apart from the population density. The people have much darker skins and instead of the ubiquitous conical hats the...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Phnom Penh to Homestay

Homestay At 8.30am we left for our 4 – 5 hour drive to the province of Kampong Thom and our village of At Su where we will stay with a local family tonight. Driving out of Phnom Penh along the Mekong River we saw lots of street life again: People eating out on the street, washing themselves in a basin outside, children in uniform getting onto their bikes to go to school etc. We also saw flashes of narrow alleys with small huts (on stilts). It looked like a much poorer part of the city and surrounding areas. There were lots of fishing boats...

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Dec 3, 2011 - Bel 3 Kampong Thom

The days are certainly flying by and we are all acclimatising to the heat, dust and food remarkably well. We had a wonderful time in Ratanakiri province treating ourselves to a night of luxury on the last night by staying in a French run hotel which was converted from the ex-Governor’s home into a hotel with a pool. We braced ourselves for big day of travel the next day, proving to be a longer one than the 10 hours on the way up from Phnom Penh. This time we had the van all to ourselves travelling with two of Jeremy’s friends as well, Dave...

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The Crichton Times

Apr 4, 2011 - Homestay with the Animals

Today we took a 3 hour public bus from Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom. As we are learning the ticket price includes breakfast and some water. The ride is long but uneventful as we sit near the front of the bus which seems a little over staffed with 5 people standing around the driver, we suspect some of them may be hitching a free ride. As we exit the bus at Kampong Thom the staff are concerned that we want our bags and even more concerned when one of our party has lost his receipt for his bag. This is not a normal stop for foreigners and they...

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Where's Jolly?

Aug 25, 2010 - Sambor Prei Kuk

Christian: Sambor Prei Kuk, unser zweiter Kontakt mit der Geschichte der Khmer und ein wunderschoener Ausflug ins Landesinnere, zeigte, dass Kambodscha doch auch ein Land der 3. Welt ist. Brunnen im Garten, kein Strom und Strassen aus Sand sind hier die Regel sobald man die Haupstrasse verlaesst. Ich sage bewusst Hauptstrasse, denn hier gibt es, wie in Laos, nicht viele davon. Jedoch ist die Landschaft traumhaft. Reisfelder soweit das Auge reicht. Alles ist hier wie in einer anderen Zeit. Auf halbem Wege nach Ankor haben wir uns...

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Dec 22, 2006 - Tbeng Meanchey to Kampong Thom

It hurt to see our bikes being savagely strapped to the back of a pickup. Little did we know that worse was still to come. The scheduled 7am departure didn't happen till close to 9am, giving us time to relax over some breakfast and coffee at a nearby restaurant. Six gigantic bags of bananas were loaded on our first stop, and everything else was moved to rest against our bikes. At another stop a third bike was strapped to our bikes in the back - there was little we could do. The driver was in a big hurry, and he proceeded to ignore our pleas...

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Somewhere in Asia

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