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Written on: Sunday February 17th, 2008

A journal entry from: S.E.Asia

We couldn't do this part of the trip without our tuk-tuk drivers. Saly drove us around Siem Reap and Ankor Wat . He phoned his brother in Phnom Penh who picked us up at the bus station, found us a place to stay and drove us around town. He then phoned his friend, Windy, in Sihanoukville and he is helping us out here. Phnom Penh was a shock after quiet Siem Reap. It's not a particularly large city but it is busy, full of noise and pollution. It's easy to see that the Cambodians are still struggling to recover from all those years of conflict and war. Parts of the city, particulary the Wats (or temples) are beautiful but there is also great poverty to be seen. Saly was able to get us front row seats on the bus to the coast and we had a bird's eye view of the countryside. It is rather stark in the dry season but I imagine it greens up when the rains begin. Sihanouville continues the trend we have see so far in Cambodia - beautiful beaches and seaside resorts right next to abandoned buildings and shantytowns. The Cambodians seem to like the beach more than the Thais and we see hundreds of them swimming every day. Next it's back to Phnom Penh and then a river trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.


From Glenna on Feb 18th, 2008

Looks like you are having a wonderful time. Take care over there.

From Murray on Feb 18th, 2008

Great journey & map. Look forward to following you in spirit!

From Carel on Feb 22nd, 2008

I am really enjoying your journal. Thanks for sharing!