Sketchy hotel internet service, interesting ex pats and a wild west like night life
A long flight took me to Malayasia and then finally to Phnom Pehn. Vacation had officially begun! Most of my photos are from randomly wandering around. I was lucky each time, to just miss being caught in the torrential downpours of the monsoon rains that come every evening. Met two British ex-pats who had been living there for about 3 years. They remained mum on what brought them to the city. I found that to be true of a few people I met who had moved there.
But I did get some video of the rain and it comes down so hard, it roars. It's a good sound.
The hotel was great at first glance, but the fact that the internet never worked and two other travelers had money taken from the room safe leads me to warn against it (Monsoon Inn and Spa). Still it came with a private balcony and great bathroom.
Anyway, I wanted to take a boat to Siem Reap and despite multiple warnings from people living in Phnom Pehn not to take it (it would run out of gas, they throw the luggage overboard when the boats get stuck in the mud, it'll capsize, etc, etc) I purchased my $30 ticket and took it anyway.
Luxury boat it was not. Long and narrow and aging it was. No ventilation inside, but once it got going, there was air in the cabin. The seats were hard and the only way to see the scenery was to cling to the small railing that was about knee high outside. Some just opted to climb onto the roof and take it in from there. No safety vests, no safety talk. Just the motors revving up and off we went!
The riverside life was great to see, though and in the end, the boat was completely worth it. I'm now in Siem Reap at a gorgeous hotel for a few days before going to Thailand. I have my three day pass for Angkor Wat and I'm ready to soak in the street life here. Already hired a tu tuk driver for the next few days...Mr. Lee. I'm in good hands.