|May 17, 2001, Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
$1 = 8315riel
TRAIN INFORMATIONS PHNOM PENG
PP TO BB: on even date day. Dep6:30
Arr21:30 13,500 R.
MYANMAR EMBASSY IN PHNOM PENG
|May 05, 2001, Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
$1 = 8315riel
Don't you like to come over to Cambodia. I am sure that you are MISSING transport a la truck de Cambodia. Finally I made my way to Phnom Penh. ( I doubted it many times if I ever will make it) .This is one place on earth where the only happy beings are the dogs. When I arrived at the bus station I thought that the Khmer Rouge are back. The streets where ripped off (Chaotic construction side without rules and actually people working there) people fighting with each other and kicking their asses (some business problems between two truck driver parties) and soldiers everywhere (visit of the Singapore Prime Minister). I cleared my mind of all experiences of my last visit and tried to give it another go, but Cambodia is not my cup of tea and this country is not giving me anything back at all.
This trip will be definitely my toughest trip so far. The Road from Poi Pet to Siam Reap is a Sunday Picnic pleasure trip against the Road up to Stung Treng and back. I still cannot sit properly. It took me 16 hours. Some problems, lots of sunshine boiling me well done on the back of the truck and then lots of rain soaking (mudding me) for another 5 hours. One my way to Kampot (very bad road as well) someone tried to steal my backpack out of the shared taxi. I saw him coming from the back and .......thought I am dreaming......saw him running down the street with my backpack. I guess he never expected that Germans are quite strong and their backpacks are bloody heavy. I managed to get after him and he dropped my backpack before I could massage his backside with my muddy boots. Lucky him.
Regarding Lonely Planet. Lots of information were incorrect again. The only highlight in my Cambodia experience and the only place you MUST see after Angkor Wat is Kratje. Lovely town. Great sunset and amazing Dolphins watching. I read that it is the best place in the Mekong ( I doubted it...) and checked it out. It was unbelievable and simple amazing. No tourists at all. Nice quite village and side at the Mekong north of Kratje. I took a boat with a fisher woman and .......minimum of ten dolphins were swimming and playing in the water about 60m from the shore. I watched them playing and swimming for an hours and they came pretty close. I made photos of it. We really should recommend this. I think it is really something special to experience.
WARNING for visiting Koh Kong.
I arrived in Phnom Penh today and I am completely behind my time schedule. Travelling in the North East part of Cambodia really takes time and expect to calculate more time for it. The most of the time you are waiting at least 2-3 hours before a pick up is leaving. I will spoil myself tomorrow with a non stop tour up to Sisophon. (my sore bum is already looking forward to it. )
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