Happy Chinese New Year, Phnom Penh
Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
58Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Top Banana Guest House
Made it to Top Banana, a great Guest House! There is a really good rooftop bar with nice views of the street below. Straight onto the beers to unwind after the journey, and that was the pattern for the rest of the evening! Freddie and Maria, who were already in Phnom Penh, came to meet us along with Lee, Michelle and a Scotish lad called Rickle. This would turn out to be our Phnom Penh crew.
Luckily Jamie woke up early as there was a deadline for Vietnam Visa applications at 10am because of Chinese New Year
Jamie suffered during the bus journey and was in need of a massage so he went to 'Seeing Hands', which is set up for blind people to train and earn money through massage to keep themselves self sufficient. It was an amazing massage for a worthwhile cause and would recommend it to everyone. Went to the russian market to purchase some new replicas and later Lee shaved Jamies head (not too short thankfully)! Our crew went clubbing Cambodia style ending up at 'Pontoon' and 'The Heart of Darkness', terrible music but an interesting experience! Got talking to a bar maid during the evening and she told us how she supports her family through her job on only $60 per month, when she ideally needs $10 a day so her younger sister can go to school. Its heartbreaking considering she is probably one of the majority in Cambodia in a similar situation.
Lara and Michelle chilled at the guest house and the neighbouring swimming pool whilst Jamie and Lee ran some errands in Phnom Penh
Later that night we endulged in a takeaway pizza and watched a film in the chill out space at the guest house. We also sorted out our transportation for the morning to Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. We said our goodbyes to Maria, Freddie and Rick and were sad to leave Cambodia behind. It has had a lasting effect.
31/1/11 25 quid
1/2/11 38 quid
2/2/11 35 quid
3/2/11 32 quid
We have been away now for 1 month and have worked out our budget and savings to be:
Total Spent 998 quid
Total Saved 72 quid