Trip Start Sep 30, 2013
88Trip End May 31, 2014
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Cambodia uses the Riel (KRH) and 10,000 of them are worth one pound fifty pence. ATMs only issue US dollars, which are widely accepted by hotels and restaurants at a good exchange rate.
PP seems quite a relaxed place, though it is a city of a million and a half - Cambodia's biggest. There are many grand temples.
In the evening we walked to the main touristic centre near the confluence of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. The only familiar western name was Costa Coffee, which offers a relliable cafe latte. There were many small restuarants and most had `Happy` in their name. After further investigation it turns out that they all offer a `Happy Pizza`...some of them an `Extra Happy Pizza`. The `Happy` ingredient is canabis!
Thursday 10th April
We took a tuk-tuk to the 'Killing Fields at 'Choeung Ex'. This is one of many hundreds of execution centres used by the Khmer Rouge. In 4 short years from 1975-1979 they managed to murder 25% on the population of Cambodia. It was a chilling place and we paid our respects.
As part of the tour you also visit S-21, the detention and torture centre in Phonm Penh. It is a place too horrible to describe.
Friday 11th April
We are taking refuge in an internet cafe in Phnom Penh; refuge from some very heavy rain and from the heat, though this place is not air conditioned. New year celebrations will break out on Sunday 12th for 3 days causing sever disruption to transport, either because all buses are full of locals returning home, or else they just don't run.
We have booked a bus to Siem Reap and a hotel with a swimming pool. We are hoping to relax for a few days and witness some traditional antics to fit in with a cycle tour of Angkor Wat.
...Later that afternoon...
Having spent an hour in the National Museum we are back in an internet cafe waiting for Happy Hour at the FCC
We also got our Passports back from the travel agent and we now have our visas for Vietnam. Tomorrow, 7am, we leave for Siem Reap.