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Cambodia – Phnom Penh – 3rd February

We got up just after 6, packed and made our way to the bus stop in Koh Kong, this time we were able to pick up the bus at the starting point on street 3 next to the roundabout, it then went onto the bus station to pick up more passengers. The journey back to Phnom Penh was painfully slow and took around 6-7 hours, with the bus driver stopping many times along the way. We were relieved to finally get to the city and only paid $2 for the tuk-tuk to Sweethome, that’s more like it! Plus it was TET so the drivers were happy to have some income.

Our passports and visas for Laos were ready and waiting for us when we got to the guesthouse, we ended up paying $45 each for a 3 day service, knowing that we could have got it cheaper ourselves if we’d gone to the embassy directly but during TET and over the weekends you can’t get in so it meant we could use the time to go somewhere else. On the way back though Helen read that you can now get a visa on arrival at the crossing over to the 4000 Islands area for around $36…damn-it!! Still we had them sorted, but if you’re passing through that border you can now get visas on arrival.

Later on we walked around the city and saw more families, monks and tourists gathering together outside the Royal Palace, we both agreed it was really nice to see everyone coming together, taking time out from their busy working lives and enjoy themselves as a family. We walked round to another guesthouse to meet Emma and Doug who we’d previously met at the New Years bash in Yangshou. We caught up and discussed plans for the Malaysian Grand Prix. A few nights earlier we’d bough our tickets and booked accommodation… Sepang F1 here we come!

(Leica M9, Summicron-M 50mm f2.0 & Olympus PEN, 17mm f2.8 & 100mm f2.8, processed in Lightroom 3)

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