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Cambodian Crossing

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 17 April 2008 | Views [797]

We crossed the border into Cambodia on a boat travelling down the Mekong. The change was immediately apparent. The Cambodian people are far more laid back than their Vietnamese neighbours. They are extremely friendly and welcoming and even the hawkers know when to give up. The architecture in Phnom Penh is simply stunning. From the temples and wats to the French architecture of the buildings it’s all very beautiful. It’s also a democracy as opposed to Vietnam’s communist regime and the difference is clear. As we travelled down the river toward Phnom Penh I put on my iPod and chose Paul Kelly. Sometimes you just have to listen to something Australian. I had been feeling very homesick for quite a few days and not knowing what to expect I was wondering how I’d cope with Cambodia. Arriving on the biggest holiday of the years was a fantastic stroke of luck for both of us. No hassles no traffic. The entire city had pretty much been vacated as people went home to the provinces to visit their families. We arrived at our B&B "The Manor House" which was run by two guys from Sydney, Greg and his partner Tim. They welcomed us heartily and when we walked in the entire place was pretty much full of Aussies, most of who were working in Cambodia. To hear some familiar accents and be around people who actually understood our sense of humour was just what we needed. They also had a pool, which in 40 degree pre wet season build up heat is just what you need. The boys spoilt us rotten. If you're ever in Phnom Penh this is the only place to stay. They even had vegemite!!!!

Here’s a tip for young players….If you’re ever in a foreign country and need a little pampering, find the nearest guest house run by a couple of Sydney poofs who tell you how fabulous you are everyday and know how to make a wicked Singapore Sling and you’ll quickly recharge your tourist energiser bunny batteries and be ready to take on a whole new country.

Tags: b&b, phnom penh, the manor house

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