Cambodia

Day 2 : Phnom Penh

Cambodia Bound on the first leg with an 11 hour sunset.
Tell you what - Aisiana air rocks. Ipad sized tv, with remote over 25 good movies to choose from, video games, free booze and fairly good food.

Our layover in Korea was a success because there was OO waiting for us almost like we had planned it that way. So for the second and last leg of the flight we were all together almost like we planned it that way.  

We arrived in Phnom Penh  at midnight, grabbed a cab and headed on to Velkommen Guesthouse which we booked ahead of time. If you have been privileged enough to have been following us since 2004, you know now that the one booking we always do ahead of time are the airplane/destination city. You never want to land in a 3rd world airport and not have a place to sleep. It keeps the stress down and the hoards of room hawking babies off your back.  Our Guesthouse was located on a dark quiet offshoot downtown with a bar conveniently open and located across the street just in time for a cocktail before bed. It was a LONG day of travel. And there we met Rory - a Brit who has been living in Cambodia for the last 7 years. Completely off his rocker he served us up drinks and pure entertainment. If that kid lives to be 25 we will be amazed.

Velkommen guest house. Our room. Geoff always loves these. Super basic yet insanely clean. It had AC which is Brian''s only request
Always bathroom pics...

Why are you sleeping in the closet? Where is "the room" part? From Geoff, on Nov 22, 2012 at 02:44AM

Are you both sleeping on that bed? From Jill Mozer, on Nov 25, 2012 at 04:50PM

Phnom Penh. OO at the Velkommen Backpacker's bar. A nightcap that led to 4 nightcaps.
Some cool graffiti art at the bar.

So far, Cambodia is very much like Thailand with half the people, half the Traffic and one tenth the Tourists. The morning we took a Tuk-Tuk to a shuttle-bus that will then drive us to Siem Reap where the Temples of Angkor are located.  

Some of my favorite photos are taken while driving through the countryside and villages outside of the bigger cities. And we have 5 hours of countryside to look at through the dirty windows of a speeding, honking, swerving shuttle bus. We saw a few things already that we haven't seen before which is always a highlight. One being a truck that had no shell...no roof, no windows, no fenders, - Just a seat, a steering wheel and a motor. The other, is the latest fashion trend which is matching top and bottom pj's. The ladies where them everywhere-the city, the country, to work, walking down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.... It is almost like "skids" back in the late 80's. We will definitely snap a photo of this.

Back in the swing of the Tuk-Tuk. One of the few countries that has these and they don't try and rip you off. And compared to Thailand, its slower and you don't feel like you are going to die
There is only one road to the north, and where there is a road there are constant rice paddies and little towns. There is never a lack for something to look at.
Yet another thing we have seen that we we have never seen before. Who needs an Ox anymore these days right? Not when you have a lawnmower motor some tractor tires and farm equipment scraps.
The Cambodian countryside. On our 5 hour shuttle ride to the North, we had plenty of time to soak in the scene. Like we said before in the main post it is one of the poorest countries.
Some country houses along the edge of the rice paddies. In the Monsoon season the water can rise pretty far obviously.
We made a Pit stop at a market about half way. Picking through some spikey fruits and browsing the crazy potato chip flavor options
MmmmmmsSpikey fruit that tasts pretty good. Not sure if its a Lychee Fruit or not....?

Mmmm... lychee - they are delish! From Lori, on Nov 22, 2012 at 03:08AM

It's a rambutan fruit -- silly white boy. From Woody, on Nov 22, 2012 at 02:51AM

"rambut" means hair in Indonesian/Malaysian From Kelly, on Nov 22, 2012 at 02:55AM

Yup - definitely lychee... we've got them here in Hawaii and I'm always excited when they're in season! From Lori, on Nov 22, 2012 at 03:10AM

 

Road trip snacks and more chip pics. We had a hankering for a little NY srtip steak... They had seaweed flavor and hot chili too....
The Cambodian Countryside. Another O.S.H.E.A approved jobsite. This is for Dad - how is this for some secure scaffold?

When our time share at the Royal Matan in Cancun was built this was the same type of scaffolding that was used 30 years ago in Mexico. From Rod Sherman, on Nov 25, 2012 at 04:09PM

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