Showing posts with label cambodia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cambodia. Show all posts

Video: A Journey Through Southeast Asia

This beautiful video is a fitting way to end the week. It was shot over four months on a motorcycle journey through Southeast Asia, with stops in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and China. The clip features beautiful images from all of those places, as the filmmaker takes us on a 6000 km journey through that colorful and alluring part of the world.

After watching this clip, you'll more than likely want to make plans to visit Asia yourself. When you're ready, check out all the opportunities that Mountain Travel Sobek offers to do just that.

The Emerald Triangle from Garret Suhrie on Vimeo.

Video: Scenes From Southeast Asia

Take a picturesque tour of Southeast Asia with the help of this video, which takes us to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam, giving us many beautiful images of the landscapes, cultures, and people that exist there. Be warned however, the clip has a way of inspiring a sense of wanderlust, providing a strong incentive to want to go see these places in person.

Want to go there yourself? Mountain Travel Sobek offers numerous trips to Southeast Asia, including this week-long excursion through Laos and Cambodia that includes visits to Luang Prabang and Siem Reap, as well as a journey up the Mekong River and a stop at the famous caves of Pak Ou.

Pictures of South East Asia from Janis Brod on Vimeo.

Cambodia Day 4 (Phnom Penh) : Killing field (Choeung Ek) + Sunset tour on ATV

5D4N Cambodia Feb 2014 : Phnom Penh

continue from Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)

Booked a tour for Killing Field + sunset on ATV and the free pick up from our hotel at 4pm.

Killing Fields of Cheung Ek is situated 15 kilometers south-west of Phnom Penh. Although it was only around 20-40 minutes drive depending on the traffic, we did not expect to journey was this unbearable. Not only it was very dusty due to many construction along the roadside, the road was extremely bumpy. All of us brought a mask from Singapore but we did not bring it out that evening.....we dipped tissue with water to cover our noses and double protected our faces with our tee shirts.

Ok lah.. I should thank god that it was not a wet weather..

Finally we reached Killing Field of Choeung Ek. We bought the entrance tickets + audio sets (US$5 each). Please buy audio set. You can listen as you walk around the area. 

A commemorative stupa filled with more than 5,000 skulls of the victims at the Killing Field of Choeung Ek.

This tree is weird...

There are audio numbers where you could fast forward or repeat the audio while you walk.

 In order to save ammunition, the executions were often carried out using poison, spades or sharpened leaves blades like this.

Before 1975, this was a Chinese cemetery until the head of this Khmer Rouge regime - Pol Pot who described as the "Hilter of Cambodia" took over for the wrong purpose.

There are many holes on the ground. These are graves. Mass graves where the victims were buried in dead or alive. They were transported from S-21 prison.

The bones and teeth fragment that were exhumed can still be seen on the ground after the flood and raining.

Some of the cambodian kids. They asked me to take photo of them.

The ribbon bands are the blessings of the people.

Children and infants of adult victims were killed by having their heads bashed against the trunks of Chankiri trees (as above). This was to stop them growing up and taking revenge for their parents' deaths.

This place is less overwhelming than in Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) perhaps due to more sunlight. Underneath this peaceful place, it actually masked the horrors that unfolded here less than three decades ago.

We then proceeded to our last activity in Cambodia.

A before shot with cleaner shoes and sunglasses.

Then we embarked on a bumpy ride again and I was the last in the line again. Why I always the last one? Frankly speaking, I did not really enjoy the whole ride as I was looking out for people crossing the road and holes on the road instead of enjoying the view of the country roads, passing paddies, bridges and pagodas. I guess this is more stressful than horse riding.

 ...and I dropped my lens cover while riding.. =(

but this sunset made it up~

This finally concluded our stay in Cambodia. I would say this trip made me realise how fortunate we are now. My friend read from somewhere that if this killing spree did not happen, Cambodia might be more advanced than Singapore. 

Killing field and sunset tour on ATV
Price: US$30 (inclusive of the Killing Field entrance fee + audio set)

Cambodia Day 4 (Phnom Penh) : Toto Ice Cream and Dessert Cafe

5D4N Cambodia Feb 2014 : Phnom Penh

Needed a break from the cruel but saddening atmosphere at Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. We headed straight to this cutie cafe which is just one street away from Royal Palace. #mustcafehopeveninoversea #actuallytheweatherwastohottobear #justwanttoenjoyaircon

Just a street away from Royal Palace~

Incorporated with Valentine day, the cafe was filled with many loves~ and two scary persons in the window..

Toto ice cream, which is modeled after Italian gelato, is said to be homemade and 95 per cent fat free!

so resort-feel~

I could laze here for the whole day~

Let's start ordering now!!

Too many choices of ice cream to choose from~

Toto Monster - U$8.80

Flavours as below: 
Raspberry yogurt
Longan, Cookie and cream
Mint chocolate, Pandan, Hazelnut
French vanilla, Strawberry Sorbet
Blue Sky

My favourite is the strawberry sorbet! I did not expect it to be so good as I do not really fancy strawberry~ Definitely is the flavour to order in a scorching day!

Six Senses Mini Cone U$2.20
So #InstagramWorthyLah!

Mango Crepe - U$4.70

Strawberry Lover Crepe - U$4.70

Age Defense Smoothies - U$3.00
This is the second item that I love so much! It was so kiwi-ish that as if you were eating fresh chill kiwi from its skin! 

Banana Waffles - U$4.50

6 items for around U$30! 

When the waiter returned with the bill in this ice cream cone, I let out a very loud "WOAH SO CUTE!" and immediately felt very bimbotic after that ~.~" #gooverseaalsothrowface

This was in fact our "lunch" for the day. Please please please visit this cafe if you are in the proximity! 

Toto Ice Cream and Dessert Cafe
Address: 75 Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone: 023 668 999
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm

Cambodia Day 4 (Phnom Penh) : Royal Palace + Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)

5D4N Cambodia Feb 2014 : Phnom Penh. I realised Cambodia focus greatly on their services line which boosts their tourism sector. Tourists can plan their itinerary and book tuktuk services online before the trip. Convenient! Fast! Good attitude! Helpful! Comes with reasonable prices! *thumbs up* #neighbourcountrypleaselearnok. We booked our driver for around 6 hours today for 3 places: Royal Palace, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) and Russian Market including our dessert break at Toto cafe. He quoted us U$15. Royal Palace

Cambodia Day 3 (Phnom Penh) : Crocodile Sunset Cruise + Dine in the Dark Restaurant

5D4N Cambodia Feb 2014 : Phnom Penh

After a super long tiring day the previous day spent at Angkor temple tour and horse riding, we woke up at 6 am to catch 7.30am coach to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.


Distance from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is 314km just like Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We wondered why the former journey time was almost twice than the latter. Thank god for the smooth expressway Malaysia has.

We booked Mekong Express bus online before our trip to secure a seat. Different from Malaysia's coach, Mekong Express bus provides breakfast (1 bun and 1 donut), one mineral water and free wifi. Not only that, they even provide a small cool towel when you get on the coach. How good their services was!

The night before, we were planning to catch up our sleep on the coach since it takes 6-7 hours to reach our destination. We totally regretted our decision due to the rocky uneven roads. After our first but only stop, they switched on the TV and played Avatars! This would be my third time watching after first time on theater and again with 3D. Just nice when it finished, we reached Phnom Penh!

Mekong Express Coach
Price: U$13/pax
Siem Reap Office Phone: (+855) 63 963 662 (+855) 12 31 58 58 
Address : #14, Siwatha st., Phum Mundul 1, Khum Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap province

We finally reached Phnom Penh around 2 in the afternoon. Took a tuktuk to our City Centre Hotel. After settling down, we walked around the vicinity to look for lunch before we head for our evening cruise.

Green curry (left) and red curry (right)

This is my favourite dish in Cambodia! Amok fish! It tasted a little like our otah fish but less spicy and bigger fish meat! I am actually swallowing my saliva now lololo

Here we were at our Crocodile Sunset Cruise! Yea... There was no crocodile... it is just the company name.. How disappointing is that..

We started our 1 hour 15 minutes on our sunset cruise on the south along the Phnom Penh Riverfront and North East over the Mekong Delta.

Other people were holding beer but look at us..... lololo

Skyline of Phnom Penh

I adore sunset more than sunrise. 

Then we slowly cruised over to Vietnamese floating village...

Crocodile Sunset Cruise
Address: Sisowath squay opposite corner street 90/ Saigon city Riverside dock , Phnom Penh 
Tel: 012 981 559/ 069 666 861
Opening hours: 4.45pm to 6.15pm
Price: U$10/pax

We were discussing where to have dinner during lunch while browsing through the guide we gotten from the hotel, then we saw this! I know Singapore has a branch but is way too expensive to have such experience. The prices here was so much cheaper relatively so we decided to give it a try~

Dine in the Dark is a fine dining concept restaurant in which there are no lights inside the dining area. This pitch-dark restaurant provides guests an unique experience to discover local Khmer or international dishes without seeing them! Without the use of sight, hence heightening all non-visual senses to indulge in a culinary guessing game. 

The whole place was lit in purple to soften your sight so as to prep you for pitch dark later on.

Dishes will only be revealed only after the dinner. Believe the staff was explaining the dishes. 

One more thing, this concept has a social purpose and supports the principles of equal employment and job opportunity. Waiters and waitresses are actually visually impaired. This is a form of raising awareness about the daily challenges that a person with vision impairment may face.

The only two questions the restaurant would ask you are:
1) Do you have any dietary restriction?
2) Local Khmer or International cuisine?

No bags nor any lighted devices are allowed to bring it with us. We were introduced to our waiter. We stood in single line and placed our hands on the person in front of us with the waiter leading us towards our table. We were told to close our eyes, trust and follow the person in front of us. After a narrow curvy flights of stair which led us to the second level and going through few layers of thick curtain, we finally reached our table. At this time, we opened our eyes. It was darker than pitch dark, we could not even see our fingers, not even we put our finger close to our eyes. Thinking that our eyes sight would adjust to the absolute darkness and regain some sight but it did not happen.

"Basically, there is no 
difference between 
opening and closing our eyes"

What even more stressful was the glasses which we used for drinking water was actually real wine glasses...The waiter then gave us clear orientation of what was on our table. "On your right, are the spoon and knife. On your left, are the fork. There is a glass for your water on your top right. Also, there is a rose on your left. Happy Valentine Day~!" I went "awwww" when I heard the "happy valentine day" lol

The waiter slowly served us appetizer one by one and he could remember our names easily. He usually would call out our name before he serves. Without our sight, we were all very messy and made alot of squeaking noises between our cutlery and the plates.

"Hey I think I just ate a bread kind of bread"
"Tomatoes! Tomatoes!"
"Why I have not eat the potato yet?"
"I finish the food already anot ah?"

LOL!! Recalling the conversation we had during the course really made me laughing my ass off..

After appetizers, next starter, followed by soup, then main course and lastly desserts. It was a five course meal.

We were brought down by the waiter after the dinner. Surprisingly, our sight came back to us slowly and comfortably. This is what purple lighting is for! When we finally gotten our phones, we then realized we spent nearly 2 hours for this 5 course meal. Probably due to all the funny conversation and singing session we had with the waiter and the table next to us.

Many would think that by dining in the complete darkness, taste buds will become more senstivie to all flavours and textures. However, this logic does not apply to us. We all went "Oooohhhhh" when the staff revealed the dishes to us. I am not revealing here to spoil the fun =D

Dine in the Dark
Opening hours: 6pm to 10.30pm
Reservations are highly recommended
Price: U$25 (If I remember correctly)
Tel: +855 (0)77 589 458
Address: #126 Street 19 (Preah Ang Yucanthor) Phnom Penh 855, Cambodia