Categories: "Cambodia" or "Week 13 Part 2" or "Week 14 Part 1"

Cambodia: The Missing Millions

August 12th, 2001
To me four words are ingrained with the name Cambodia, they are Khmer, Pol, Rouge and Pot.  Pol Pot with the help from his revolutionary friends brought this country to its knees between 1975 and 1979.  He took control while the country was in disarray… more »

Day 89: Mansions To Mud Huts

August 12th, 2001
Day 89, (continued). Thirty minutes later we were in Cambodia.  The first thing I noticed on crossing the border was the extreme lack of tarmac, although it looked as if they were about to start making a road soon it was too late for my poor backside… more »

Day 90: School Playing Field To Killing Field

August 13th, 2001
Day 90. Myself, Vanessa and another Darren who was also on our bus yesterday hired a guide to take us to possibly one of the world’s most emotive tourist sites if you can call it a tourist site.  Choeung Ek is one of Cambodia’s many killing fields and… more »

Day 91: Killing People Is Naughty

August 14th, 2001
Day 91. In complete contrast to the sights from yesterday I took a walk around the old town.  As maybe expected it was full of reminders of the old French colonial past, the remnants of that time lie amongst mountains of rubble and litter although an… more »

Day 92: Let Them Have Toys!

August 15th, 2001
Day 92. When I woke up with the alarm this morning I thought I’d just have another couple of minutes.  After slouching back down I thought that I’d better check my watch again just in case, arrrgggg, it was 6:30am.  Somewhere between the alarm going off… more »

Day 93: Which Witch Doctor?

August 16th, 2001
Day 93. Against all commonsense and the laws of nature, Vanessa and I got up at 4:30am to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat.  As expected and rather predictably the sun did rise, it would have been a shock otherwise, but as could have been determined by… more »

Day 94: The Christian Buddhist

August 17th, 2001
Day 94. As appears to be usual in Asia, we started the day arguing about the cost of the taxi even though we settled the price two days ago.  We wanted to see a temple a little way out which he said would cost a lot more money, eventually we settled on… more »