09 décembre 2007

Back home

. We spend 1 hour packing the whole stuff (even with Rita’s super-fast packing skills). Jeremie has a hair cut (the places to go are all scattered around Phsar Thmei). We could not finish this trip without buying some more CDs and DVDs. By far, the best place in Cambodia to buy the stuff is at Sorya mall, last floor. The DVD boxes are fantastic good value, and way cheaper than in Russian Market. We check out late from our hotel and pick a taxi to the airport (the trip takes around 20 mns). We take our DragonAir flight to... [Lire la suite]
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07 décembre 2007

It’s shopping again

. We go to the market (again?!?) Lots of nice garments, gifts for friends, dvds and cds fill out our bags and the tuk-tuk. Tip of Day We have lunch at The Shop, #39, street 240. Nice sandwiches, drinks, and bakeries and Patisseria. Tip for shopping: what is best? Mall? Market? Street 240?  RITA WILL TELL YOU ALL LADIES !!! We have dinner at Nike’s Pizza, supposedly the best in town. Pizzas are nothing exceptional (to say it politely) and very expensive.
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05 décembre 2007

Watch out: Shopping begins!!!

. We spend the morning at the swimming pool, then we head to the Russian Market. Looks like we’re gonna open a CD and DVD shop, we buy more than a hundred! We even have to purchase one big bag so that we can transport all those valuable goods! Then plouf at the pool, it’s hot. The mall Sorya, just close to Phsar Thmei is not really like a mall but a place to hang out. We get back to the hotel for a 2 hours Thai massage. The worst ever Thai massage for Jeremie. Poorly executed, he left the place full of pain. But... [Lire la suite]
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03 décembre 2007

Back to Phom Penh

. We take the bus to Phom Penh. Relaxed, but looking for some action after sleepy Sihanoukville. . Tip of the Day Regular buses from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. The trip takes 4 hours 30 and costs 12,000r (= 4 usd). Expect the usual half hour stop at mid trip for everyone to fill their stomach. We change hotel once again and settle at Juliana Hotel, some kind of four star hotel. www.julianacambodia.com.kh, tel: 366070. Nice hotel with a great pool and jacuzi. Rooms are nothing special but... [Lire la suite]
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01 décembre 2007

Can't get enough of Rainy Beach

We practically don't move from the hotel... Lots of reading time ahead! Tip of the Day Dinner at Nap House. Nice restaurant by Serendipity beach.
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29 novembre 2007

Chill out continues

A huge breakfast awaits us before heading to the swimming pool. We then chill out by the magnificent stretch of beach and go kayaking to a nearby fishing village probably dislocated from Sokha Beach when the resort was built. Dinner was an interesting experience in the Snake House. This (Russian!) restaurant’s owner has a non-negligeable and scary collection of snakes from around the world; all are carefully displayed in glass columns around the dining hall with their scientific names and all. The table lit up, and a nice big... [Lire la suite]
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27 novembre 2007

A rainy chill out

. First thing to do: change hotel. We go for the top end option since theft is a common issue in Sihanoukville and hotels offer basic, backpacker oriented accommodation. We also need to be able to leave our laptop and camera equipment in the room without further concerns and enjoy the beach. If the hotel didn’t have all the facilities attached we could have spent the whole day in the room as the weather brought heavy rains. Thankfully with the fitness centre, the spa and the huge common space, we have something to... [Lire la suite]
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25 novembre 2007

On the road again

. We wanted to take our time in Siem Reap and we’ve almost spent a whole week seeing temples and surroundings at a slow pace. We check out and spend the whole day on the road: from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, we stopped a bit to change the content of our luggage as we had left a bag in Phom Penh and then take a taxi to Sihanoukville. On the way we phone some hotels and decide to check in at Malibu bungalows, that proved a poor choice (see below). It was already getting dark and after a nice dinner on the sandy Serendipity beach,... [Lire la suite]
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23 novembre 2007

Monks at Angkor

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21 novembre 2007

Last temples

. We go for our third and last visit to Angkor Wat and spend the whole morning there enjoying the bas reliefs all around the site. It’s funny to notice that the majority of tourists are in a hurry to get inside and climb the strenuous stairs of the three main towers that in fact do not constitute a lot of interest. We start exploring the incredible scenes carefully sculpted with lots of hidden meanings on the outer walls. This is probably one of the most famous monuments in Asia, and is renowned worldwide as being the biggest... [Lire la suite]
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