November 26, 2020

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap – 15 March 2015

Our hotel, Teav Boutique Hotel, was a nice place, although not within easy walking distance of the Mekong River, restaurants and other night life. It was, however, clean and comfortable and fine for one night. After breakfast, our guide and driver picked us up and delivered us to the airport for a short morning flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the temples and cities of Angkor. Arriving at Siem Reap, we met our new guide, Sokna and our driver, Hab. Our hotel room was not yet ready, so we headed out to see the temples of the Roluos Group. But first, …

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Phnom Penh – 14 March 2015

We arrived in Phnom Penh just before 9 AM and were greeted by our guide, Nyphea Khum, holding up one of those signs we all see when we leave baggage pickup at the airport (hasn’t been something we are used to). Because we were about a 1/2 hour late arriving, he and our driver modified our itinerary from the published one – changed the order, not the sights. After driving through a very dusty and dirty part of town that made me wonder what we had arranged for ourselves, we arrived at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Although Pat originally …

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3.14 – PI Day in Phnom Phen

Did you know the Kymer alphabet is based on Sanskrit? And that the written language uses accent marks over other accent marks? Two of the many facts we learned yesterday in our one day blitz in the capitol city of Cambodia. I’m tired just thinking of it today after two Angkor beers and a comfy bed. We saw some amazingly beautiful sights – some very sad and heart wrenching ones, but nothing was quite as amazing as the traffic and driving skills in this town. Or I should say lack of traffic patterns! I saw maybe two traffic lights all …

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