05.01.2016 - 05.01.2016 30 °C
So departed on Tuesday the 4th via bus, which was just ok. Food stops were only average.
The border crossing was horrendous. A hour and a half of standing around. Showed the Viets' at their non-compliant, no line-up worst, no patience, q jumping, shouting worst. The Cambodian side was such a relief, although the quarantine guy looked like he had not been disturbed for a decade or so.
arrived at accom' ok. All good there. About 30min north of city proper. Had a little walk around the neigh-hood, i.e the narrow back alleys etc, guided by the locals. Took in a local church
Then headed off fairly quickly to a community about an hr' further north. Is Viet' Cambodians.
So generally Vietnamese parts who are living in Cambodia and have children born in Cambodia. They are a stateless group who compose about 5% of the population. In general Viets' don't have a good name in Cambodia. They are blamed for a lot of crime etc.
Visited a community on an island across the Mekong. All travel by Tuk-tuk of course. The only way to go except on dirt roads. They bounce like nothing else. Not much rain this year, so really rutted dirt roads. Had to cross the Mekong first and then travel to the other side of the island.
Had a very pleasant time in the community, including a small evening party. Interesting to hear combinations of Khmer, Vietnamese, English and French being spoken. English being the common one, with Cambodian, Viets', Australian and Americans present.
Met up with some Australian working in the community by doing some teaching and manual work for two weeks
Headed back late, battling our way through the Phnom Penh traffic, which is worse than Saigon but less noisy. Little use of the horn compared to Vietnam.
A very full day is completed.