Category Archives: Cambodia

Look out the window

We admit we didn’t like any of our options for getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Cambodia: bus, boat, or plane.  The bus offered a long 6-hour ride on a bumpy road. The claustrophobic boat ride could be unpredictable … Continue reading

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Dry season forecast: heavy rain

We enjoyed sunny weather in Phnom Penh.  Our son, Josh, joined us for a few days in Phnom Penh, and we saved the best sightseeing for our last day there: the grounds of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. … Continue reading

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Quietly Observing Phnom Penh

We walked everywhere in Phnom Penh, dodging broken pavement and piles of trash, and stepping into the street to skirt around food carts and parked vehicles.  We kept our heads down to watch where we stepped as we weaved between road … Continue reading

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A Cambodia Christmas (just like home)

In mid-December the hotel staff in Phnom Penh started to put up Christmas decorations.  Pink and blue glistening strands were woven through the stairwell posts.  Twinkling lights decorated the bushes on the rooftop terrace.  Best of all, the whole staff … Continue reading

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All the trip planning won’t prepare you for the unexpected moment

We climbed the steps to Wat Ounalom, slipped off our sandals, and entered in the late afternoon.  This, the most important Wat in Phnom Penh, struck us as very plain, stripped of the rich furnishings that decorate even the simplest … Continue reading

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The difference between reading and reality

We read about travel for fun.  We try to keep up on world politics and events.  So, why are we always surprised by how different a country seems from what we imagined it would be like? As we flew into … Continue reading

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