Cambodia so far has been lovely, after the last couple of days in Vietham and the near miss of a mugging....lol... i was glad to get to another country.
We managed to find a cheap coach to Cambodia direct from Ho chin min city for about $7 dirt cheap really as it was around a 6 hour coach journey. (plus free water)
We have been leaving it until we have arrived in a city to try and find a hotel, seems easier that why, doing it like that means you can check the rooms out before you book and can also try and drop this price down a little.
When we arrive in Phnom Pen we had to take a tuk tuk to get to the main tourist/backpacker areas, they always seem to drop you a little further out, it cost us $1 and was really fun, was a little afraid for my life at some points as they really just dont care, drive all over the place....
When we were dropped off we started to have a look around at the hotels, a couple we walked into wanted $89 a night and one even $250, way over our budget, the best way to find places really is to ask other people as they walk past you in the street, luckly enough we bumped into a women and bloke who were boyfirned and girlfriend who were from a place near London (cant remember the town now) we started to take a look around with them and ended up staying in a nice hotel, which was $20 a night and really close to the bars and resturants. We ended up going out for tea and drinks with them that night, it's really strange how you just bump into people and end up going out for tea, sooooo wouldnt happen in Bristol, if anyone evens talks to you in Bristol you would think they were weridos...LOL..
Whilst we were in Phnom Pen we took a trip out to the killing fields and prison, not a very nice tourist attraction really, you basically get to see where hundreds of thousands of people were killed and buried by the Khmer rouge regime, all the bones and body parts were still on show for all to see :-(
Lots of people were talking photos, but me and Claire never, wasnt really something that we would want to look back on really, still unsure as to why all these people were killed.
after the killing fields we were taken to the prison where they were all kept for days and days on end, the people used to be taken to the killing fields within 1 day, however as they collected more and more people they couldnt manage to do it in the one day anymore so had to place them all in this jail. As you look around you see the tiny tiny cells that they had to stay in for days and basically sleep on the floor until the were called to be killed :-( i am glad i went to see it for myself, but wasnt very nice.
We also took in the site of the Royal Palace (pic on blog entry), had to cover up for this one and worn maxi dresses and a longer sleeved t-shirt, very warm in the 30 degree heat..... Palace was good, took loads of pics and was well worth a look around. This were the only tourist trips we did whilst there, the rest of the time we enjoyed sipping on our cosmo's sat by the riverside, oh yeah and one night a elephant was walking down the street (how mad is that), at the time we thought we might of had to many cosmo's on happy hour :-), defo real tho, pics to prove...HAHA...
We stayed here for 3 nights in the end and booked a coach to take us onto our next and final stop in Cambodia, Siem Rep, only $6 dollars for another 6 hour journey, the transport over here is sooo cheap, you can travel miles for so little money :-) Love Cambodia much more than Vietham, people speak great english and are more friendly...
Have seen some horrible sites when people beg over here, the worst i have to say is a man who must of had acid thrown in his face, he only had 1 eye and half his face was hanging off, not nice, people defo use there disabitlitys over here to get money, cant blame them i suppose as it is such a poor country, people with one leg, no legs, no arms and legs come up to you and beg, its horrible to see :-(
Next stop Siem Rep..............