Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cambodia Recap

On March 23 we crossed the border from Laos to Cambodia. Here's a recap of the 2 weeks we spent there, in vague chronological order:

-Spotted the rare Irrawaddy dolphins migrating up the Mekong River while watching the sun set.
-Toured the National Museum and Royal Palace in the capital, Phnom Penh.
-Sipped on a cocktail at the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC).
-Spent an uber-depressing day visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields.
-Supported many socially responsible businesses and restaurants recommended by
-Ferried over to Rabbit Island, off the south coast, for our first sight of the ocean in months!
-Spent a night in the town of Kampot- famous for their Kampot pepper.
-Dragged ourselves up and down Bokor Hill.
-Made a horrible decision in choosing to stay at Koh Ru "Resort" on Bamboo Island. Rat-infested bungalows are not synonymous with Resort.
-Watched the sun set on the temple of Bayon on our first night in Siem Reap.
-Arose before the crack of dawn to witness a beautiful sunrise over Angkor Wat.
-Indulged in a lot of ice cream at The Blue Pumpkin Cafe in Siem Reap.
-Crossed the border into Thailand the town of Poipet (often referred to as 'the town that rhymes with toilet')
In all we spent countless hours busing across the country, sweating profusely in the midday heat of April, trying to track down tofu, haggling with tuk-tuk drivers, and applying bug spray- but we came away having enjoyed the vast majority of our time there, thanks to great food, great people, a deeper understanding of Cambodia's history, and a great appreciation for the country's beauty.

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