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May 9, 2004 - Phnom Penh

Night time in Phnom Penh. You walk along the stinking, dirty, pot-holled streets, the night sky flashing with electrical activity above you. Into a bar for an essential cold beer and a game of pool. The "hostesses" are on your arm in a moment with the eternal question: "Where you from"? Then the rain comes and you are trapped. Motorcycles churn through the river that has formed outside the bar as you wait forlornly for the water level to drop. Outside "The Heart of Darkness" bar a thief is being dragged through the water, threatened by his...

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Mar 16, 2004 - phnom pehn

Arrived in Phnom penh after a 9 hour bus trip from Siem Reap. The journey wasn't too bad, surpisingly. The roads here have an extremely poor reputation and I wasn't looking forward to it but I reckon I've had worse bus trips between Glasgow and London. During the trip you could see how little the people here have. It is a mainly rural economy with the vast majority of people scratchng a living from small plots of land and there small stocks of pigs, chickens and cattle. When we arrived it was total chaos. The bus stopped at a street corner...

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