Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2012- We catch a bus in Ho Chi Min, our first and only time we have been in Cambodia. As we are about to cross the border our bus driver collected our Passports and $25.00 to get us our Visa. Sometimes we have to put rules for travel aside and go with TRUST!!!

Crossing into Cambodia was like stepping back in time. Cambodia has a difficult time to recover from its devastation. Poverty everywhere. Heartbreaking to see these little children begging for food.

Cab Driver – Tour Guide – Day 1

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He took us to many sites and shared stories about his struggles as a child. He was a tiny young boy when his father was killed before his eyes. So Tragic !!

Royal Palace Compound

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The palace is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Built in the 1860’s, Royalty occupied it but when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge, Royalty had to leave.

Within the Palace compound sits the Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda is named for its floor. As we enter …WOW!! The floor at the entrance is covered with 5000 silver tiles. and glittering gold and diamond statues everywhere. The Emerald Buddha made of Baccarat-crystal sitting atop an impressive gilded pedestal. One Golden Buddha weighs 90 KG with over 2000 diamonds. It is surprising not to see security on site.

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  1. I was also shocked when we went to Phonm Penh. It is incredibly dirty and rubbish is just thrown onto the side walks. The people though are the friendliest I’ve ever met. It’s not a place I would visit again, sadly.


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