Saigon to Cambodia, Phnom Penh
Trip Start May 03, 2013
3Trip End May 26, 2013
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After 4 nights in Saigon we were both ready to get out of there, as its fairly mental. We caught a bus from there to Cambodia (7 hours). The border crossing took and hour but was fine. We instantly noticed that Cambodia is a poorer county. The roads were a bit naff in parts, and there was cattle and naked toddlers running around dusty little towns which we past through - really interesting to see though. The highlight of the journey was when our bus had to cross a river, which it did by driving on to a ferry. It was the most dangerous thing we've ever seen...locals dived on the back of it (the ferry didn't even pull its rear end up, so people were just swinging off the back getting a free ride. Whilst people waited for the boat to cross, women selling cold drinks from cooler boxes and deep fried spiders/insects roamed the boat making a few dollars. Mental.
We ate by the river that night in Phnom Penh. The street beggars were generally less persistent than in Saigon, with the exception of one cheeky little bastard (about 7 years old) who kept calling me "fat boy", "lady boy" and "gay". The language barrier meant that he didn't understand when I tried to explain that he would end up at least one of those things...
The day after we saw the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields in one morning. It was understandably grim. We kept having to remind ourselves how recent it was (1975-79). Whilst walking around the killing fields we noticed clothes and bones from people who were dumped in pits below coming through the ground, not yet exhumed. Parts of it really upset C so we went for a beer and some food to cheer up by our hotel before setting off to Siem Reap that afternoon.
The food in Phnom Penh was shit hot. C loves the clear soups, and I have been tucking in to various noodle dishes.
C and C