SIM cards are not available at the airport and you might need your passport to get one.  Buy SMART network SIM at a mobile phone shop for $5 and any top-up you like - $5 is OK. Ask them to activate it for you . International texts are 10 cents and calls 10 cents/minute - Metfone network advertises international calls for 3 cents/minute which sounds too good to be true. US $ are used everywhere and change given in Cambodian Riel ( $1 = 4000 Riel )  

I took the bus to Cambodia from Laos on October 16th 2015. Rather than go straight to Phnom Penh I decided to stop-off in Kratie ( Kracheh ) The ticket cost 150,000 Kip and the mostly-empty bus left promptly at 8am. Air-con in the bus was really cold and I was happy I had a jacket and hat. Just before the border there is a bus station and the  bus was soon full up with tourists. Through the border and $40 Cambodian visa with no problems. Now on Cambodian roads the bus had to slow down and at one point the pot hole ( I call it a pot hole, but it was a huge, flooded crater with gulleys ) was so bad we all had to get off the bus - I thought we might have to push the bus, but it was to lighten the load and give maximum suspension travel - once clear of the bus we watched it lurch alarmingly and scrape across the abyss with some damage to the front bumper. The rest of the pot holes were not so bad and the driver could attempt them with us all on board. After an hour of slow travel the road surprisingly improved and it had been re-surfaced ( with two white lines and a dashed yellow center line ) all the way to Kratie so we arrived ahead of schedule at about 4 pm.

 

I stayed in room #2 at Star guest house ( above Tokae restaurant ) - a nice room with fan, double-bed and en-suite bathroom and toilet for $5 a day - hard to beat at this price : half the cost of a similar room in Laos. No hot shower, but this is absolutely not necessary in this tropical heat and the water is at a refreshing temperature. Now I can practice my Cambodian ...

Actually in this tourist town most Cambodians speak some English and they want to practice their English rather than speak Khmer with a foreigner. 

 

The owner is Spanish - fruit salad and yoghurt is not bad. Very few tourists - French and Spanish mostly - the bars are empty. 

 Chinese shop selling solar panels ( I have never seen them on sale in Laos ) - the LED sign is in Chinese - the first one I have seen. 

So this is where all the trees went ?

Solid and very heavy furniture

Engineering workshop - that is a big drill !

Another engineering shop

 

The following is reprinted without permission from travelnortheastcambo.com and is such a scream I had to include it ! It shows how UN workers waste public money.
Margaret Newsworthy ( can't be her real name, can it ? ) made her way to fame writing bitchy letters to the editor at the Cambodia Daily, moaning about those dreadful old foreigners who marry pretty, young Khmer ladies . . .

 

Maggie here – I'm back – first time in Cambodia since 2006 – remarkably how little the country has changed – OK, there's a couple of new roads and the occasional tall building dedicated to money laundering ( and the Cambodian kids are trying too hard to be Thai ) but it's essentially the same old, same old – same police asking for money just for standing on street corners ( like hookers ), the weather's the same ( more or less ), people still call me Som Loy for some reason - ( sounds like they are saying " please give me money " in Khmer ), same shit food and so on.
I planned to visit the North East of Cambodia, so my old buddy Monkey Jim asked me to contribute a page to his travel guide. I remember Monkey Jim when he taught gymnastics to monkeys in a travelling circus. That was twenty years ago so I'm glad he's got a more respectable job now. I'm more than happy to contribute to his enterprise – a welcome departure from my job as Forms Upgrade Officer for a well-known UN agency – I've been based in Pakistan since 1999.

First stop Kratie – the road is supposed to be good but I got a free ride in a UN helicopter – I don't care about my carbon footprint because I eat a lot of chocolate (?) Even though I'm married now ( to my long-standing Nigerian boyfriend Rambo ) I have a thing for Russian helicopter pilots – they are like big grizzly bears – never mind carbon footprints, these guys have huge actual footprints, and you know what they say about big feet ? Men with big feet also have big shoes. One of them ( Karloff by name ) looked like my childhood hero Charles Bronson, and I had an immediate crush on him. On landing he invited me to the famous restaurant, M'lub Doung, on the Snoul road exactly halfway between the Tela gas station ( on the only roundabout in town ) and the airstrip. Nice cheap food in a romantic setting – we ate and drank Vodka, and ate and drank more, and I passed out a few times and eventually woke up the next morning in a strange hotel room all alone and aching all over. You can guess why.
The strange hotel turned out to be Heng Heng 2 – my favourite place in all of Kratie – with the best selection of chocolate in town. Karloff had disappeared in a whirlwind of rotary blades but after a long shower to wash away my sins, I went downstairs to the foyer and stuffed myself with Crunchie Bars and Snickers and Mars Bars.
By lunch I was well stuffed, more stuffed than at any time in my entire life, but I had to get to Sen Monorom to meet my old friend Doug – she has been on a welding contract in Vietnam for 7 years and planned to come across the border at Busra to meet me. I went to the Red Sun Falling Restaurant ( just down the road from Heng Heng 2 ) in search of Crazy Chicago Joe, an old comrade and romantic interest from days past, only to find he's skipped out of town and headed back to the windy city in search of his long-lost parents, or something like that. Now I can't understand how a handsome young stud like Joe managed to spend so much time in Kratie without getting hitched by a sweet young Khmer girl. It's beyond me, and you know my stance on those awful mixed-race marriages. ( What a bitch ) Anyhow, after a few Bloody Marys at the Red Sun, a sweet young chappie called Haky booked me a bus. The bus was leaving Kratie in the morning so I spent a fruitless afternoon trying to find some dolphins – apparently they have all been eaten – all I found was some graffiti in surprisingly good English - " Dolphins are made out of food "
I had a fitful night full of guilt and recrimination thinking about my Rambo and Big-Foot ( Karloff ) but in the morning the fresh breeze came off the Mekong and I was re-invigorated as the bus left town and we passed through spectacular landscape interspersed with broken-down Mitsubishi Monteros. According to Monkey Jim's guide there's a Tela gas station 35 kms after Snoul – and there is ! He's right ! On the bus I had time to reflect on my marriage to Rambo. Not a great success – it was arranged ..... arranged by drugs and alcohol – he sort of tricked me. Now I hardly ever see him ( he's currently doing a five-year stretch in Karachi for dealing ) Maybe Karloff is my man ?
In Sen Monorom, I checked into the Pich Aria because I'm an old friend of Mme Due ( a real character ) - every guest house in Sen Mororom has a workshop round back turning ancient majestic trees into something useful like Buddha statues – so I bought 25 of them and shipped them off to Stevenage, where I'm from – a town in England full of history and mythology ( Now I know she's joking ! )
I hired, requested and received a UN car and drove to Busra waterfall. Doug was late so I thought I'd try the zipline but the rude European man said I'm too fat – the cheek ! Doug finally arrived and we took the car back to Sen Monorom. She was so enthusiastic about her job, welding a pipeline from Ninh Hoa to Ho Chi Minh but I wasn't listening, I was miles away distracted by thoughts of lost love and chocolate.
I don't care about welding or pipelines, about dolphins or Tela gas stations ...... I just want my Rambo back.

 

 

October 2015

Minibus from Kratie to Kompong Cham left at 7am ( $6 ) - roads quite good so it took 3 hours. There was a teacher from Kratie University on the bus and he offered me a job teaching English at the University - two 38 hour courses - how much did I want ?

Quite a lot of Muslims in Kratie - passed a Mosque near Kompong Cham - could hear the Imam calling the faithful to prayer - reminds me of India. The " Cham " in Kompong Cham means Chinese Muslim.

 

Stayed at Mekong Sunrise Guest House - $5 room with outside toilet - friendly staff - balcony view of Mekong river

 

 

VIP Men's hairdresser on riverfront

My hairdresser  :

Full 60 million-mile service included shave, facial scrub, gel face-mask with slices of cold cucumber on top ( feels like a cold jellyfish on your face ! ), ear-cleaning, manicure and tinting - for $15 

 This tricked-out scooter was seen near the market

 Unlike Kratie, Kompong Cham has many KTV ( Karaoke ) bars for the local after-dark scene - some look very dodgy !

 It says STEAM SONA ( Steam Sauna ? ) which could be Turkish Bath ? Probably a knocking shop !

 

Monorom 1 Hotel,  Massage & KTV - definately a knocking shop !

Destiny Coffee Shop

The best food in Kompong Cham - excellent Humous - unfortunately, like so many places, it's run by an American  Christian Missionary NGO : they are the only ones so over-loaded with cash that they can afford constant air-con for the very few tourists that can afford the prices.

 

 

 

This shop sells coconuts and petrol.  Cold coconut juice is very refreshing - I didn't try the petrol !!!

KOMPONG CHAM 2016

I took a bus to Cambodia on the 14th January 2016. I had decided to go to Kompong Cham first rather than directly to Phnom Penh and it turned out to be a good decision. ( I was considering Siem Reap and it was a good thing I didn't do that because at the Lao-Cambodia border the bus filled up with back-packers bound for Siem Reap left over from their usual bus which was also full ! It was certainly high-season – all the guest houses would have been full and the place packed – not what I want. )
The next stop was Kratie and the rest of the back-packers got off the bus – sigh of relief – when it arrived at Kompong Cham at 5:40 pm I was the only one to get off. ( the few remaining were bound for Phnom Penh ) The bus made good time as the roads hae been repaired since last visit. This time I tried a different guest house in an area away from the usual tourist traps - opposite the Monorom 1 Hotel. The woman at reception looked distinctly worried at the sight of a foreigner, but broke into a big smile when I asked in Khmer for a vacant room - $6 – bathroom en-suite and WiFi antenna outside the room so good Internet. Amazingly there were two other tourists here – hope they could speak Khmer. I went to Destiny Coffee Shop for some Hummus but they didn't have any. Had my usual extreme make-over at Mekong Haircut - this time a Vietnamese girl called vun - Khmer with a Vietnamese accent !

Skun maybe spelt " SKUON " on the map and is pronounced SKON  -  famous for selling spiders ( Tatantulas ) 

Spider sellers were not so easy to find, however. 

 

Would you like some fried spiders ?

 A bucket of live tarantulas

 

 

A big, live tarantula in my hand

Tarantulas are soft, furry and well-behaved. Difficult to photograph as they like to wander - so had to control the spider with one hand and hold the camera with the other.

 

TAING KHEANG NGOUN KTV and Guest House - no sign in English - $6 room with LCD TV ! They have WiFi, but the password didn't work so I watched movies in English ( Back to the Future was set on this date ) Thai TV  also  BBC, CNN etc. in English. 

 

BOPEA " Guest house "  ???

There is not much to do in Skun at night : most of the market closes when it is dark and all that is left open are a few food stalls and a Bouncy Castle for the kids. I thought I might explore the Bopea guesthouse/massage/KTV place first so I entered the unlit lane by the illuminated sign feeling a bit paranoid as it is maybe 100 metres walk in the dark – not completely dark : I could see where I was going, but not what I was stepping in - so, trying to avoid puddles and mud, I eventually saw another illuminated sign. ( I had previously reconnoitred the area in the daytime, but could not find the " guesthouse " ) This one said it was another 500 metres and as it led to a larger street with lights I thought I would give it a go. A few turns later I was surprised to see ( considering it was at the end of a small winding lane in a small provincial town ) a very large posh building with a lot of security guards outside with radio transcievers. They didn't look overjoyed to see a foreigner, but I asked about the guesthouse and massage. The answer was " no. " Pointing at the entrance I asked how much a beer was and they said $20 which is quite a cover charge ( probably $5 for a Cambodian ) - I asked if I could look inside and again the answer was " no " – so that was very much a Cambodian-only scene. They were not friendly, but not hostile either - completely indifferent. I think I can be excused for actually thinking it was a guest house - from the sign - and not just another knocking shop !

Back at the hotel I asked about the KTV place behind it and they introduced me and didn't mind me sitting in the lobby watching. Again lots of security guards with transceivers and security cameras. The KTV girls in the lobby were a rough-looking bunch – tottering about on ridiculously high heels with heavy make-up trowelled on their faces which must be what the locals like ? Some of them were quite fat and fat girls really should not wear miniskirts - the rest were all a bit chubby and not like the slim, fit, fashionable girls of Phnom Penh.  A very noisy place – every room has Karaoke going full blast – more than the sound-proofing could cope with. I had a couple of $1 beers and that was enough.

Siem Reap means " the defeat of Siam ( Thailand ) " - a long time ago, but the Cambodians like to rub it in !

A minibus from Skun took 4 hours and cost $5 - road was mostly very good. Don't believe everything you read in travel guides : one from October 2015 says the first section of road from Skun to Kompong Thmor is " crap, busted and dangerous " - not true !

NOT full of drunken, rowdy tourists - hundreds of well-heeled Korean ( and Japanese ? ) in designer clothes with tour guide herding them about. Pub Street is quite loud - some upstairs bars have the music really loud : the bass is so strong you would have to be brave or deaf to venture inside !

 

 

Happy Guest House

Very nice $8 room with TV and en-suite bathroom / toilet - more like a hotel room than a guest-house room. Hot shower didn't work - no WiFi in room - TV not much good. Full of French tourists. Free minibus pick-up to the bus station and bus ( Sorya Transport ) to Phnom Penh cost $7 and took 6 hours.

River through Siem Reap

 A ticket to see the Temples at Angkor Wat costs $20 and you need a Tuk-Tuk driver for the day so I gave it a miss for this visit. The locals here try so hard to make a dollar it gets a bit much and it was a relief to get on a bus to Phnom Penh.

A bus to Koh Kong ( Kong Island ) cost $8.75, left Phnom Penh at 9:00 am and arrived at the bus station here at nearly 5:00 pm !  Amazing scenic ride through the Cardomom Mountains – the road was good, but very twisty with tight bends – at one point a cow came charging out from a side street straight at the bus and the driver swerved and just missed it and then a monkey was sitting bolt upright right in the middle of the road and refused to move so the bus had to go around it. Do they have a death wish or what ? Saw a road sign warning of elephants – bet that one isn't in the highway-code. Then another $5 motorbike ride to Wat Paak Klong ( 30 kms ) near the Thai border.
My friend, who I haven't seen for quite a few years, is the Abbot of the Temple there and very influential in both Thailand and Cambodia. I was very surprised at this because the last time I saw him in Thailand he wasn't even a Monk and has risen to be the most respected Abbot in this part of the World. I only knew him by his former name – Monks get a new name : Pra Amporn – and they didn't know who I was asking for – he arrived from Thailand by car and I wasn't expecting him to be a Monk let alone the top Monk ! The temple has WiFi and is generally very comfortable to stay in. They would like me to stay for two years and teach English in the Temple . The offer is quite tempting, and  I might give it a go. When my friend started as a Monk there wasn't a Temple here – it was a swamp next to the sea - and it took 7,000 lorry loads of soil to fill it in before the Temple construction work could begin. The Monks did the cement work themselves and also made a giant statue of the former Abbot ( he died in the PolPot era )  that took 168 tons of concrete ! Worshippers now come from Thailand – including many VIP guests such as ministers – and an air-conditioned hall is being built to receive them. When you think that up to 5,000 visitors might come at a time (!) and donate – you can see how the money comes in to develop the Temple. They look after orphans - there are a lot of "orphans" ( mostly they aren't really orphans but their parents are very poor )  - have primary and secondary schools, and a clothing factory. There is a vast amount of gold-bearing ore in the Temple land – they have huge rocks thick with veins of solid gold which are most impressive – an estimated 100 tons of gold ! – and the police and Cambodian Army have to guard the Temple at night-time ! It is strange seeing armed police and army in the Temple grounds after dark ( My friend asked – jokingly ??? - if I came alone or with a bodyguard !!! ) There are also cats and dogs, but they use geese as sentries because they set up a loud honking at the slightest disturbance. I would have to really learn Khmer if I were to teach English as they speak quite a lot of Thai here, but not so well and not every-one knows it. The local accent is different to that of Phnom Penh which further complicates things. My friend speaks Thai of course – no English – so no problems communicating. The Temple is right next to the sea and sunsets are impressive : where the sun actually sets on the horizon there is only the sea-line so you can see this huge orange ball descend into the sea. At this time of year there are usually no clouds so it is the clearest view of a sun-set I have ever seen. No red skies, once the orange globe has been swallowed up by the sea it just starts to get dark. The wind off the sea is really strong and keeps you cool – indoors it is too hot without a fan. Hardly any tourists here – the few sea-food shacks ( called crab shacks because they sell crabs ! ) by the sea were mostly closed and only open on weekends. It seems there is only a bus service from here back to Phnom Penh and unless you have your own transport you cannot get north – I had planned to continue north-east to Cambodia's second largest city – Battembong – so will have to return to Phnom Penh first. This is probably one of the reasons there are no tourists – firstly this beautiful place is hardly mentioned in the travel guides, and secondly tourists always visit Siem Reap as a first stop and cannot continue south-west to Koh Kong. Any tourists tend to be Thais as it is easier to get here from Thailand ! The Temple is on the mainland and I haven't seen the island yet. There is a village, but some distance from the Temple – a policeman took me and one of the Monk's assistants on a tour of the village last night on his motorbike.  There is continuous bird-song here – rare in Laos as the Lao have eaten them all !  

 

This is a very famous Temple in Thailand and Cambodia

The Temple has WiFi !

- and a lot of mosquitoes as it is next to the sea - lucky I have herbal insect repellent !

 This giant statue of the former Abbot took 168 tons of concrete to make

 

These Spirit Houses are monuments to the dead - they each contain an urn with the ashes. In the background you can see part of the school.

 

The Mausoleum on the left is for the Chinese - recent dead before burial are kept here for a few days

A Cambodian taking a selfie as the sun sets - the Temple is next to the beach

 

Kids in the village

 

A TV repair shop in the village - a bit chaotic !

First visit September 2014

I stayed at TAT Guest House on Street 125 in a $5 a day basic room with fan and shared toilet/shower. A nice quiet friendly place. Free wifi but it comes and goes a bit – mostly quite usable if a bit slower than what I was used to. Showers in Phnom Penh are with cold water which is a bit traumatic at first in coldish weather, but the water is not really cold and after the first few seconds it becomes simply refreshing. In the hot weather the water is not cold at all. The water pressure here is phenomenal – the sit-down toilets have a bidet and if you are not careful it will give you an enema ! A nearby market for fruit and very cheap tofu, but I suspect I am usually grossly overcharged judging by the size of the vendors smiles !

 My Kind of Electroncs Shop ! On the same street as TAT Guest House this shop is so packed with components and spare parts it's hard to get into - the entrance is usually blocked by motorbikes which doesn't help either : the best shop for electronic spare parts

 Amazing Palace by the riverside

MY SECOND TRIP TO PHNOM PENH

This time I did not have to worry about 60Kgs of luggage and had a week to spend while my Laos business visa came through . The first two days I stayed at 19 Happy House on Street 13 - 4 bed dorm with bathroom $5 - very relaxed : you can order a joint and smoke in the lobby !

 Regulations

Tried a " Happy Herb " vegetarian Pizza $4.50 - very nice with a strong but not excessive dose - just don't plan on doing anything for the rest of the evening ! Also the " Happy Herb " VeggieBurger with french fries $2 is not bad but not so strong .

For those of you who are not vegetarian , maybe some fresh frog porridge ?

Yung Hout Guest House on Street 136 and 49 - Has now closed down - a great pity !!!

Hollywood Hair Cut next door is cheap and OK.

 Across the street is Circee Bar ...

 " Secret Bar "

The Bar has been there for 16 years. The owner is French, very friendly and has run the Bar for the last 13 years.

My Stainless Steel supply shop in Phnom Penh - they are very friendly and will cut off even half a metre and polish it if there is any tarnish - sheet stainless cut to size for you ! One item cost three times as much in Laos !

Cambodia is quite a change from Laos ; the climate is more tropical and the language is strange. Apart from the tourist areas , not so much English is spoken in Cambodia ( but MUCH better than in Laos ) and it really is worth learning some Kmer ( actually pronounced K'mai ) - however it is such an alien language , but probably slightly easier than Dolphin ! On the plus side it has quite a lot of words ( at least 500 ) in common with Thai and Lao and some minor similarities with the written form. I was told by a Thai that written Khmer looks like Thai when it is reflected in a mirror ! A good book is " Colloquial Cambodian " by David Smyth ( Routledge - Abingdon , Oxford ) $3 in Phnom Penh + 2 CDs $5 ( essential ) - native Cambodian speakers on the CDs . I have been learning Khmer from YouTube and a language CD for a month or so, but spoken Khmer sounds a bit different and is more like Vietnamese to my ear ( it is not tonal like Vietnamese, but sounds like it ! ) I never hear the stock conversational questions that I have been learning – they are always phrased in different ways so I have to guess what they are saying from the words I can pick out. Also once you utter a few words they tend to reply with a torrent of rapid speech – much too fast for me. The tourist areas are hopeless for learning – every Cambodian wants to practice English : sometimes I will speak in Khmer and they reply in English ! One Tuk-Tuk driver once told me " I like you speaking Khmer, but I have to speak English " ( he means he must speak English to keep in practice )

In the tourist areas every foreigner is immediately the target of the touts questions which take the form of " you want to buy ... ? you want to go .... ? you want to see ... ? you want Tuk-Tuk ? and in the shops " have a look , buy something ? " - if you reply in Khmer they drop you like a hot potato as they know it won't be easy to over-charge you ! Vendors are so used to foreigners only speaking in English that they ignore my tentative questions in Khmer and keep repeating the price ( This was in Siem Reap ) So I have to practice with Cambodians who don't know ( much ) English and have the time and inclination to chat with foreigners. Phnom Penh is the best in this respect. Many Cambodians are living on the bread-line and have to make a dollar to survive so don't want to waste time in idle chit-chat.  There must be language schools for foreigners, but I haven't seen any. I was told that if you go to a school to learn Khmer, you have to start with the written form so you can use a dictionary. I did this 30 years ago in Bangkok when I was learning Thai and, of course, it is the best way - but it requires a few months of intensive effort and is quite a commitment. For my yearly holidays in Cambodia I do not have the time for this.

The language itself is a challenge – there are over a hundred different words for " you " depending on who is speaking to whom – one estimate is 140 different words, but most are not used. Kmer has a base 5 and base 10 number system ! Numbers from 30 onwards are very similar to Thai.
One particular word can mean " where, who, whom, which and that. "
There are three different words for " seventeen "

It seems the examples in the language books are much too formal and long-winded and don't seem to be used much.
Some words are really impossible to remember, but occasionally I hear a new word that is the same in Thai so I can instantly understand and remember it which is nice. I am always being asked in Khmer " how many years have you been in Cambodia ? " ( the answer is 17 days ) so I must be doing something right ?

When you attempt to cross a road you have to deal with vehicles coming at you from many directions at the same time. The traffic is crazy : I usually take motorbike-taxis as they are quicker, cheaper, don't care about red traffic lights and can drive on any side of the road including the pavement ! – one driver went through a red light, did a left turn although there was a no-left-turn sign, and entered a one-waystreet the wrong way .... no problem in Phnom Penh. There are very few traffic lights and they are only obeyed on the largest intersections. It is illegal to drive in the daytime with lights on and you will get fined, but it is OK to drive at night with no lights ! Expensive cars don't seem to need license plates ? There are lots of Cambodian Air Force cars ( big and new ) but I have not seen and Army cars. Maybe the Air Force use cars and the Army use planes ??

" Road Rage " is strangely absent  –  sometimes there is a " Mexican Stand Off " between two or more vehicles that won't all fit in the same space and they just calmly sort it out. Or one car cuts another up – in the West they would be at each other's throats, but here it is no cause for concern : they are a very tolerant people NOT LIKE THE THAIS ! ( Road Rage is common in Thailand and usually resolved by the drivers shooting at each other ! )

Arrived in Phnom Penh Friday 23 October 2015 and quickly installed in Yung Hout Guest House which is really a hotel. I was surprised so many people remember me from my visit a year ago. Restaurant at Yung Hout - the fatman was the only obese person I saw in Cambodia - cigarette girls pushing Marlboros

Well, I am off to the Russian Market again to buy some machine tools : I will be heavily loaded coming back to Laos, but never mind – these things are not available in Laos and much too heavy to post so I have no choice.

Some tools are 1/3 the price of tools in Laos.

A good selection of drills - they also sell lathes, bandsaws etc.

I bought this X-Y cross-slide for $50 - other ones for $35 not so good. Much too heavy to post !

 

 

Copper wire shop

 

Bobbins, laminations, wire - everything for making transformers

I bought a camera bag here

 

Knives on sale at Russian Market

 

 

Cambodians also shop in the markets

 

 Stone carvings at Russian Market

Antique Opium Pipes on sale at Russian Market

Porcelain plates and dishes at Russian Market

 A sleepy day at Central Market

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant on Monivong

Very nice, cheap tofu here - quite different to anywhere else 

Beauty parlour at Old Market - inside the market the heat is stifling, no air-con so the cold, damp air from the spray on the face must be nice.

 

Apple and Linda

 

Apple and Linda being rude

The next day I needed a " Happy " mushroom & Mozzarella pizza and then a two-hour oil massage when the pizza started to kick in !!! Phnom Penh can be tough at times !

 

The masseuse was 21 - from Kompong Cham and very talkative. They work 15 hours a day for $70 a month - no days off - so give a big tip

GIMMEE ONE DOLLAR - one of the street kids outside the Happy Pizza restaurant - they say the money is for going to school ???

 

Hydrogen generator on motorbike for filling balloons

I don't know safe this is ? Could easily be a Cambodian Hindenburgh ? Can't imagine this being allowed in London ?

 Sleepy in the market

Chinese machine shop

 

another shop - mostly for reconditioning diesel engines

 They don't seem too busy ?

 

This machine shop was busy.

 

 

Anti-smoking Poster - not so many Cambodians smoke - less than Lao 

 

Fake designer bags for a few $ each in New Market

 

More fake bags in New Market.