06.07.2012 35 °C
We've been a bit slack on updating the blog recently but normal service will be resumed shortly. I got a bit carried away with the Everest journal and was determined to complete it before starting on the next bit. I will finish that episode as soon as possible.
After Nepal, we took a direct flight to Thailand. Our original plan was to go back to India first but the pre-monsoon temperatures were so extreme that we decided we needed to head somewhere else, so, Thailand it was. We will add another entry detailing our escapades there in the next few days. In the meantime...
...on Tuesday, we arrived in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh after a short and bumpy flight from Bangkok. Our Thai visas expired on 4 July so we needed to leave and we opted for Cambodia. It's been a breath of fresh air and we love the place already. To be frank, we found Thailand unfriendly. There were exceptions, but we mostly found ourselves confined to the "tourist trail" and the Thai people who worked in the trade appeared to be tired and generally annoyed with foreigners. There is a massive language barrier as they speak very little English so it was really difficult to get "off the beaten track". It was still very beautiful (particularly Koh Tao) and we had a good time, but it was so less rewarding as we couldn't access the "real" Thailand.
Cambodia is more our kettle of fish, it being friendly, relaxed and rustic. Phnom Penh is a wonderful city.
Today we went to the Genocide Museum (sounds cheerful, doesn't it?) and The Killing Fields just outside the city. It was both heartbreaking and fascinating at the same time. We knew very little of the Khmer Rouge and its regime so it has been a valuable learning experience. Walking through The Killing Fields, we could see clothing belonging to the victims coming up through the earth and, occassionally, bone fragments. It is terrible to think of what happened to the people of this country in the not too distant past.
Our Cambodian visas are valid for one month and we would like to spend some time at the coast and see the temples at Angkor Wat. It sounds like a formality to get a visa extension of 30 days and we are already thinking we will do this so that we don't need rush around too much. Here's a few photos of what we have seen so far: