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A typical Khmer breakfast

Every morning, I order hot coffee and condensed sweet milk for breakfast. Throw in some deep fried dumplings and it's a complete breakfast. Jose prefers noodle soup. But the best thing of all is it all cost less than $2.50.

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Posted by okamalyes 06:29 Tagged cambodia Comments (4)

How to buy a bus ticket

If you're looking to get some place long distance, then there are plenty of charter buses to choose from in Phnom Penh. We rode along the river front and found a sign for travel and tour and walked in inquiring about bus tickets. It took a phone call from the agent to the bus companies to confirm availability and seating arrangements to Siem Reap and 7 bucks per person later (for a 6 hour ride), we were issued our tickets. Easy as pie.

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Posted by okamalyes 06:01 Tagged cambodia Comments (0)

Got beef?

Street food. Only for the adventurous. Our first day out eating in Phnom Penh was at a road-side shop that specialized in kebobs. I asked my cousin what kind of meat were being grilled on the open bbq and was told beef. Beef liver, beef strips and something resembling beef meatballs on a stick. It smelled wonderful and tasted yummy! You're charged by the stick. I had 3 and Jose had 14.

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Posted by okamalyes 03:37 Tagged cambodia Comments (1)

Tuk tuk and moped survival 101

The easiest way to get around Phnom Penh is by tuk tuk. Picture a small carriage pulled by a moped. It can be quite a harrowing experience. Traffic in this city is madness. There's no rhyme or reason to the way people drive here and no rules on how many people you can squeeze onto a vehicle. We've seen cars driving on the opposite side of the road onto oncoming traffic and mopeds with 3 peoples squeezed on a seat back. Sometimes even inches away of nicking each other. I recommend these cardinal rule: keep your hands and feets close to your body, hang on for dear life and bring sunglasses to protect your eyes from the dust.

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Posted by okamalyes 03:24 Tagged cambodia Comments (0)

So much to see and so little time

I finally have my travel itinerary to Cambodia solidified. I might have to tweak it a bit after I get there. It'll depend on if I like the place or not.

Day 1: Phnom Penh
Day 2: Phnom Penh
Day 3: Siem Reap
Day 4: Siem Reap
Day 5: Siem Reap
Day 6: Siem Reap
Day 7: Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap
Day 9: Phnom Penh
Day 10: Phnom Penh
Day 11: Sihanoukville
Day 12: Koh Rong Samloem
Day 13: Koh Rong Samloem
Day 14: Sihanoukville
Day 15: Kampot
Day 16: Kampot/Kep
Day 17: Phnom Penh
Day 18: Phnom Penh
Day 19: Going home

I picked a long stay in Siem Reap because I really loved the city the last time I was in Cambodia. I'm big into archeology and I love the ruins of the Angkor temples. Another big draw is the night life being fantastic.

Jose said he wanted beach so we will be spending some time in the south coast of Cambodia. I heard that if you're at the right beach in Sihanoukville, it's pretty darn fun.

Koh Rong Samloem should be an experience. We get to stay at our own private grass hut on a sparsely populated island. There is a restaurant bar within the grounds. Angkor beer, sun and beach. What more can one ask for?

I'm lured to Kampot because of a clip I saw on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservation. I must now have fresh crab from Kep with Kampot pepper. What can I say, I'm a foodie at heart.

Posted by okamalyes 10:16 Tagged travel cambodia angkor wat reap itinerary siem sihanoukville phnom penh ban lung Comments (0)

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