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Phnom Penh Travel Blog

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We checkout out of the hotel and then boarded a public bus/coach and then steamed off towards the Cambodian border. The bus was fairly efficient getting us the visas and all and passing through the Vietnamese side was pretty painless and then through to the Cambodian side, our passports taken off us for processing while we waited in this sort of motorway service station Cambodian style, where I had a chicken curry which resembled more of an anatomy lesson with all bit of foot and gristle and odd bones. Back on the bus and with passports onto Phnom Penh. We got here and where instantly swarmed by Tuk Tuk drivers, onto a smaller bus to the hotel. A few of us quickly dropped our bags off and onto the Royal Palace, lots of gold and lovely gardens (most of which we couldn't walk in).  In the evening the whole group met back and we went to a restaurant which the profits go to a children's orphanage. While we were there were continually being mobbed by street children trying to sell us things. What struck me the most was the amount of begging, rather used to the aggressive selling but all the begging particularly by many disabled people and children is difficult to ignore. After food some of us went to a bar called Sharky – which is almost as bad as it sounds pretty much full of old white men and lots of young Cambodian ladies, after a quick drink back to the hotel.
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Phnom Penh
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