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When is a lake not a lake?

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

sunny 40 °C

When is a lake not a lake? When the government filled it in and lonely planet didn't tell you.

Hey guys!

Welcome to our first blog of Cambodia. We spent a few days in the capital and this is what occurred.

We arrived at the riverside in Phnom Penh and managed to squeeze all five of us and our luggage onto our tuk tuk. We were staying at Nomad's Hostel, ran by Martin who was originally from Chippenham (not far from Louise, Alice and Lucy's home town).

As it was a stifflingly hot day, we spent a lazy afternoon in the hotel after lunch. Martin provided one fan per person, so we all took full advantage of that.
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We had read about a lake in PP, which was surrounded by nice places to eat and generally sounded like a good time. So that evening we set off in the thunder and lightning in search of this place. After a while, a helpful chap told us that it had been filled in! Distraught, we had our dinner in his restaurant and he told us about his country.

The next day, after a breakfast buffet, we went to visit The Killing Fields and S-21; the prison during the Khmer Rouge. The Killing Fields were very well done and, we think, a fitting memorial to the thousands that died under the Khmer Rouge. The prison was a lot more harrowing and harder to see. There were picture after picture of men, women and children who had been kept in the prison before being sent to the Killing Fields. We found we couldn't stay there long.

We travelled back to the city for smoothies. As we were drinking them, a small boy came over to try to sell us bracelets and postcards. We ended up buying him a smoothies, whilst he watched the TV in the corner. When we left the cafe a few of his friends followed us down the road - lesson learnt here!

That night we had a few beers and went to a fancy restaurant and all had amok - a Cambodian speciality. It came out shaped in stars and hearts, and the staff were really sweet. Lovely evening.
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The next day was our last day in PP and we had a lunchtime bus to Siem Reap. Therefore, after a quick breakfast, we decided to visit the palace. We knew we'd have to cover up, but the officials rejected our sarongs, so Lucy and Alice had to buy a hideous white tshirt to be allowed in. We walked around for a little while before finding ourselves locked out. We definitely paid too much money for not a lot of palace! Ah well.
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We then eventually made it to our bus and started the journey to Siem Reap, to see Angkor Wat. Next blog soon :)

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Posted by lucyjfrench 23:35 Archived in Cambodia Tagged fans hot warm sweaty amok mmmmmm smoothy

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