Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Asia
We got up this morning and packed up all our gear for the bus trip. We had our last breakfast at Golden Mango Inn and our taxi showed up bring us to the bus station at 8am. We got to the bus station and were on the Mekong Express Bus to Phnom Penh. The bus was nice enough, but the air conditioning on it was terrible. It was barely blowing any air, and it certainly wasn’t cold air that it was circulating.
We drove for about two hours before we made our first stop at a restaurant for a 30 minute bathroom break. It was a perfect place for Dad and I to grab an ice cream and an orange Fanta to cool down for a few minutes. There were a few beggars on the street right outside that bus that were missing limbs and had burns. I’m not sure, but I’m guessing the injuries were either from landmines (Cambodia has more landmines than any other country in the world) or from surviving the onslaught of the Khmer Rouge. Either way, it’s a shame.
We got back on the bus for another 3.5 hours until we got to Phnom Penh. I thought that the time went by pretty quickly, but Dad didn’t enjoy the ride at all. He’s still not quite used to the heat around here, so the lack of A/C was a lot worse for him than me. We watched a few UFC fights and a movie on the bus to pass the time, and we pulled into Phnom Penh at exactly 3:30pm. The tuk-tuk drivers outside the bus were like hyenas trying to get us in their tuk-tuk. Fortunately for us, Me Mates Place guest house had sent a driver to pick us up.
We checked in to the guest house and found the place to be nice enough, but not quite as nice as the Golden Mango. That place is going to be tough to beat. We dropped off our passports to get our Vietnam visas, and we’re really hoping that we’ll get them back tomorrow afternoon so we can get out of here on Tuesday. With it being Sunday, I’m not so confident that the passports are going to go out today, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Dad and I walked down the riverside at night and found a pizza place for dinner. We continued on and checked out the night market and then had a couple of drinks at Le Quay Cafe during happy hour. I love a good frozen drink in this heat, especially for $1.50. We’re back in the guest house now and pretty excited to get up and watch the Patriots play tomorrow. I just hope the internet connection is good enough for us!