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2 days in Cambodia

Woke up at 4.15am to go to the airport for our 7am flight Air Asia to Phnom Penh. Flight was one hour 10 mins and we got our Cambodian visas on arrival at Phnom Penh. We were met by Tony and Chris and set off in the crazy traffic. They drive on the same side as the US with much horn beeping and up to five people on bikes with no helmets. As we got further out of town it was like going back in time a few hundred years. We passed many brickworks, rice paddies and wood houses on high stilts. Saw two oxen pulling an old fashioned cart loaded with stuff passed trucks and mini buses crammed full of people with their heads covered with check scarves. Not only were the mini buses loaded but the roof was covered with people and luggage as well.

We came across an accident that had just happened between two mini buses and a motorbike. There were people lying on the road, the mini van was all crushed and bleeding people trapped inside. It was awful. We kept driving as you can get into more trouble by stopping and get blamed. The 120km trip took 3-1/2 hours. People beeped to let you know when they were overtaking so it is very noisy and chaotic on these narrow pot-holed roads.

We were dropped to the children's home and welcomed by Lucinda and Ben. There are 23 children from 8 to 18 years and 6 staff. It’s so hot and humid here. We caught motos to the market area so I could change money and buy some lunch. A moto is a motorbike taxi and you just step out your gate and hail one. The moto cost us 1500 Riel per bike, about US30c. Went to the Mekong Crossing for lunch and I had the most delicious vegetable curry and spring roll.

We walked up to the Mekong River which is over 4000 km long and starts in Tibet. There were stacks of fishing boats like sampangs pulling in fish nets. We walked into a little village on the river front which was so poor. They had small bamboo huts often with walls made with flattened oil tins and babies sleeping in hammocks under the huts . There was no sanitation and I’d never seen such poverty.

Back at the children’s home Nathan and Ben played basketball and soccer with all the boys. Dinner was bok choy, rice and crunchy sardine like fish. Was not great, but edible. After dinner we had devotions and the girls did some dances for us. The children got up one by one, said their name and age and what they wanted to do in the future. It was so inspiring listening to their dreams. We were in bed by 8.30 pm exhausted.

Nath playing with the kids

Nath playing with the kids


Meat Markets

Meat Markets


That would be a plater of cooked spiders

That would be a plater of cooked spiders


A nasty big dead spider

A nasty big dead spider


Crowded transportation

Crowded transportation


Loaded up van

Loaded up van


This is their home

This is their home


Another home with baby sleeping under in a hammock

Another home with baby sleeping under in a hammock


Ben & Mali at the village

Ben & Mali at the village

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Cambodia

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