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2014 MARCH CAMBODIA - AND TO PHNOM PENH WE GO!

We bus to the capital of Cambodia for a few days of city living. Some of the sights on the way were typical Cambodia - overloaded vans, cars and motor bikes like they can only achieve here.

FRIDAY 7TH MARCH 2014 (DAY 160)

We braved breakfast at the hotel again and today they got Dolly's eggs just right, so lesson learned there.

A tuk tuk to the train station cost us just US$2, which turned out being just the ticket office. Once there we were crammed into a mini bus that took us to where the big bus was. Lucky for us we were early to buy our tickets yesterday and were allocated the front row seats of the big bus which cost US$7 each. The bus departed just after the scheduled time of 9am.
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We all sat comfortable enough in our front row seats, but before long the bus was filled to more than recommended capacity as Cambodians filled the aisle of the bus sitting on plastic stools, cardboard boxes, huge sacs of rice or whatever else was loaded into the bus.
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When we stopped for the lunch break I could not believe the amount of people that filed off the bus. Did that many get on? Not that I saw, there seemed to be more people inside than what I had seen get on. The food on offer was not much and we ate a stale baguette with boiled egg.
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Lots of interesting sights were seen while travelling in the bus today and I took a lot of photos out the bus window.

Later in the journey there was a toilet stop where the bus was washed by several broom and hose welding young chappies. Without much delay the bus arrived in Phnom Penh at approximately 4.30pm.
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A tuk tuk driver / hotel tout drove us to a hotel with pool as requested but the price was a little out of our league. Just around the corner we were taken to a couple of other hotels but they were not that much cheaper and did not have a pool. Maybe we could just go back to the first one and I could see what sort of a deal I can barter. And a deal I did make - pretty good if I do say so myself, managed to get twins rooms down from US$49 to US$25 per night as long as we paid for 3 nights in advance. This was fine as we had planned on staying at least for 3 nights. There was a building across the road that was currently being built and the noise coming across was one of my arguing points to get the rooms cheaper.

It was dark by the time we went out looking for food, heading up to the riverfront and walking along in the balmy night. We soon started to recognise places we had visited and seen from our last visit. Years ago this water front area was all under construction and even in the dark it looked quite good. A nice walking area that was busy now in the early night and I'm sure will be during the day also.

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Made a bad choice for dinner, the food was a little crappy, but we were tired of walking and just picked a place to sit and eat.
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Just up the street from where we ate we found a nice bar that offered US$2 cocktails which made up for the unsatisfactory meal.
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Here are some of the sights we saw today from the bus:

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Seems that the blog is back to working just fine, after all the trouble I had with it in Siem Reap. Now there is still the big task of trying to catch up to date, but please stay tuned I will get there eventually.

Posted by Cindy Bruin 08:07 Archived in Cambodia

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