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    Phnom penh it"ll all end in beers

    Me and the wife just took a few days trip to phnom penh , and i suppose 3 days in a city with no real plans and a very bare agenda would be what a travel brochure would describe as a relaxing stress free holiday, That was my plan anyway, the missus had other ideas and insisted on seeing the sites even though most of the phnom penh attractions are fuckin MORBID to say the least

    we hit the ground running and checked into the sunway hotel near wat phnom which was a good location close to the river and bars





    At $120 a night it wasnt what i would call good value, bit rough actually, only stayed here 1 night then moved to street 258 to a smaller but much freindlier hotel called the king grand


    There are a few "must" see things in phnom penh such as the killing fields and the genocide museum ,The kings palace etc also a couple of good markets and plenty of good pubs and restaurants , this was my third visit to cambodia the first being in 97 and the last one a few years ago,
    The first day we just checked out the kings palace and did a bit of people watching


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    At $6 each the kings palace wasnt really worth the effort , plus they wont let you take photos inside the palace itself, seemed to be thousands of tourists milling around all paying $6 so probably a nice little earner for them, It was bloody hot that day so i was happy to see vendors with beer coolers placed at strategic locations, One needs a refreshing beer under those conditions eh




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    Phom Penh ain't big on laughs that's for sure and the genocide museum is down right grim.

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    I have read their nightlife is better than Lao however. Supposed to have some good restaurants as well.

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    Phnom penh is a mix bag of the good the bad and the ugly from gleaming skyscrapers (mostly still under construction) New SUV,S containing the newly rich to bamboo shacks and grinding poverty




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    nice one BLD. I reckon you could get a smile out of your Missus in a concentration camp
    appreciate these piccy threads you guys put together

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    Phom Penh ain't big on laughs that's for sure and the genocide museum is down right grim.
    Quite right tel, bloody depressing all that stuff, took myself of to a girly bar on street 50 to cheer myself up a bit after all that



    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    I have read their nightlife is better than Lao however. Supposed to have some good restaurants as well.
    Nightlife in Lao is not hard to beat, but yes if one was a single bloke in PP the opportunitys for letting the ferrett out for a run would be awesome i suspect, i was with the wife but no harm in looking though

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    BLD, I had enjoyed the nightlife in Lao before I was married, but the idea of being fined and deported for fooling around with a Lao lady is not very appealing. Cambodia is closer to Thailand in that sense and I am sure it is always nice to look at all the scenery.

    How did you find the food?

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    As far as asian cities go PP is pretty small in size, but nothing small about the development that is taking place day to day here, Gleaming new malls and office buildings are starting to vie for space amongst all the old french colonial Villas, and the big lake that used to be home to aging farang hippy dudes and drug fiends has now been complety drained to accomadate apartment complexes, a big change from when i was there in 1997, back then you could be offered any manner of drugs within 15 minutes of arriving and that would of been reason enough to extend my trip but these days my medicinal needs are just that

    Wat phnom, a good place to hang out and meet the locals



    The view of independance monument from the skybar at night , This was the priciest beer we had so far in phnom penh
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    How did you find the food?
    To be honest apart from a bit of Loc lac which is pretty basic cambo food i was mostly interested in finding a good steak and seafood and relaxing in beer gardens



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    With such a cruel past you would expect to find a harsh present in phnom penh and i wont be so naive to suggest thats its a bed of roses for the fuckers now , but on this my third visit it was very apparent that theres an optimistic vibe in the air, PP seems both laid back yet cosmopolitan ,
    That seafood wasnt exactly cheap but at least its available if you want it , good stuff i reckon

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    Later on in the day we walked along sisowath quay and found a boat that Took us on an hours cruise on the river $ 15 gets you the entire boat to yourself No backpackers fighing of a heroin habit, No Balding sex tourists on a viagra binge, No incurable bullshitters, Just me and the wife Quite romantic it was ( Until they tuned on the stereo and started with the rap music blasting out , we only needed to bring along the beers phnom penh is at the confluence of the mekong, Tonle sap and bassac rivers , Doesnt look all that clean but i wasnt planning on swimming in it anyways



    Nice sitting on the roof watching the city go by and drinking a cold angkor









    Highly recommend that, there are other boats that do a dinner cruise as well

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    I had the next day all planned out , number 1 move hotels,#2 hire a taxi and driver and go do some MORBID TOURISM, take a pics then avail myself of cambodias beer more on that later

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    BLD, I had enjoyed the nightlife in Lao before I was married, but the idea of being fined and deported for fooling around with a Lao lady is not very appealing.



    Does anyone know someone that this has happened to?
    Actually know, or seen firsthand, not mate of a mate said or some bloke in a pub knew someone......

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    Necron, go up to Vientiane and try it for yourself to see if it is BS or not.



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    ^ i know people who have been shaken down for cohabitating with Lao girls but ive never met anyone who was fined the $5000 and /or deported, it does happen though, you would have to be unlucky or perhaps upset someone enough,

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Later on in the day we walked along sisowath quay and found a boat that Took us on an hours cruise on the river $ 15 gets you the entire boat to yourself No backpackers fighing of a heroin habit, No Balding sex tourists on a viagra binge, No incurable bullshitters, Just me and the wife Quite romantic it was ( Until they tuned on the stereo and started with the rap music blasting out , we only needed to bring along the beers phnom penh is at the confluence of the mekong, Tonle sap and bassac rivers , Doesnt look all that clean but i wasnt planning on swimming in it anyways



    Nice sitting on the roof watching the city go by and drinking a cold angkor









    Highly recommend that, there are other boats that do a dinner cruise as well

    This looks like something I could really enjoy with the wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    nice one BLD. I reckon you could get a smile out of your Missus in a concentration camp
    she wasnt smiling to much in this place


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    I liked the place, each time I visited BLD. Some folk from LOS are looking at relocating there. Not sure that I could give up LOS. Wish I was your age with a wife and billy lids. Really think the Asian woman (naah! forget I said that! strike it from the record!).

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    Not sure if you are still there BLD, buut seem to recall that the central market is worth a wander round...

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    Surely the question on most of our lips is when are we going to see BLD in a mankini?

    For me, I think of little else.

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    ^ the central market was indeed a good wander around, didnt see much of interest that i wanted to buy, but plenty of eye candy and an interesting and funky piece of colonial art deco style architecture , the high arched ceilings make it quite cool inside without the need for aircon , pretty amazing considering it was built in about 1937 . The russian markets good for a wander to





    Another nice looking building is the national museum



    a few more from the royal palace



    Like Thailand, Cambodia is a kingdom with a very loved royal family, and, just like Thailand, the capital city has a very elegant Royal Palace. Compared to the overall history of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is a fairly new city, established as the capital in the 1860′s, and the Royal Palace was built in the years after. That being said, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh does not lack the extravagance and grandeur that befits the residence of a royal family. The architecture and artwork is simply breathtaking, the gem of it all being the Silver Pagoda with its thousands of silver tiles and other priceless treasures, including a 90kg gold Buddha statue that is covered in over 9000 diamonds.
    Entrance to the Royal Palace costs about $6.00 and is open 8-11am and 2-5pm every day.






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    ^

    I reckon BLD really likes his shirt, seems to wear it in a few of his travel threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    For me, I think of little else.
    i will be happy to oblige you slappers , providing you send naked pics of Por in provocative poses

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    providing you send naked pics of Por in provocative poses
    I'm sure after plying him with LK I could manipulate his form into a bending over, looking over the shoulder stance.

    *shudder*

    Thread derailment over.

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