Kingdom of Cambodia
Trip Start Dec 22, 2011
27Trip End Jul 04, 2012
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Whilst the crowds were particularly heavy, Jo and I (and probably the other 100 000 tourists) enjoyed walking and queuing around the grand expanses of this wonder of the world. It wasn't quite as free-range movement as I remember from last time with many of the steep staircases barricaded off. Those ancient Khmers certainly had strong and functioning knee joints.
A trip down to the capital Phnom Penh, brought with it sobering trips to the S-21 interrogation and torture jail as well as one of the 'killing fields'
After the sobering realisation of just how barbaric humans can be to one another (based on class this time as opposed to more popular 20th century themes of race and religion), we detoured into the country and a homestay in a local village. There wasn't much interaction with our host family unfortunately, and it appears the homestay concept has moved away from its original inspiration. However, spending the night in one room with seven fellow Western travelers can be interesting - particularly when a mouse/spider/owl is spotted at 1am and requires lights on and extended histrionics.
Our next journey took us to the coastal town of Sihanoukville - popular with the tourists and nice for us to have some relaxing downtime on the beach and lazing around the pool
Today we fly out to KL and tomorrow we fly to Ankara, Turkey - transiting for 8 hours through Tehran. I'm looking forward to the albeit brief stop in Iran. Things seem to be ratcheting up in the Middle East but hopefully things don't boil over before we're safely out of Iranian airspace.
We're not necessarily looking forward to the temperature change from positive 30's to minus teens.