Phnom Penh then home again

Phnom Penh then home again

Phnom Penh, the name conjures up something quite exotic, but sadly fails to fill that expectation. It is big, busy, built up but somehow lacks the same buzz that Saigon exuded or the crazy, faded French charm of Hanoi. It maybe it’s recent turbulent history that has...
Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields

Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields

Warning – some of the content in this entry has very graphic content and will upset. While the world’s attention was on the end of Vietnam War, just over the border in Cambodia the Khmer Rouge came to power and embarked on a radical and brutal restructuring of...
Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Siem Reap meaning ‘defeat of Siam’, now Thailand, is the gateway to the Angkor region and sits on the edge of Tonle Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and quite a quirky one at that. It’s flow changes direction a couple of...
Cambodia – where, why and Wat!

Cambodia – where, why and Wat!

Seim Reap airport looks like a temple, a temple to the iron bird maybe. We were probably the only flight for a while so it was very serene and peaceful, a far cry from the Saigon circus we left behind. A Cambodian visa is required on entry to the country, a long queue...
Puppets, markets and snakebite

Puppets, markets and snakebite

Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, is the largest in Vietnam with over nine million people, half of whom own motorbikes of which 80% seem to on the road at any one point in time. It is more open and feels less polluted than Hanoi with more modern shops and office blocks....
A sobering day

A sobering day

In Saigon we visited the Reunification Palace, built in the 60’s for the president, it became a symbol for the triumphant North Vietnamese forces when their tanks broke through the gates in April 1975. This signified the end of the Vietnam War and the building...