Phnom Penh

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Apr 07, 2011

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silver river hotel

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. The city is located right by the Mekong river where you can see many floating villages. The Mekong is quite large and dirty as is most of the city. We only spent two days there and it was enough for us. Overall we found it less interesting than the country side of Cambodia. It still amazes me to see so many young kids in the streets. One day as Qi and I were walking around the city eating fresh fruits, 3 young kids aged 4-6 years old pulled on our clothes and begged us for food. Their faces were dirty and they barely had any clothes on. I gave them most of the pineapple I had just bought. What struck me with those kids was that they all had big genuine smiles on their faces when I would have expected them to look sad and desperate given their precarious situation. I would have liked to communicate with them to know more about their lives but the language barrier was too great. The population of Cambodia is very young as 70% of the population is under 30 years old. This is due in part to the fact that over 20% of the total population was killed by the "Khmer Rouge" regime in the 70's.

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