Cambodia’s vibrant capital city, Phnom Penh was known as the Pearl of Asia in French colonial times and perhaps still should be today. Situated on the confluence of three rivers it has an extensive waterfront, which is always a hive of activity; it’s a great place for a wander and a spot of people-watching. Phnom Penh’s two ‘must-see’ sites are the beautiful Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, so named for the solid silver tiles that make up its floor.
The Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide, or S21, graphically displays the horrors of Pol Pot’s regime, which systematically ordered the murder of between two and three million Cambodians. It is a sobering and enlightening place to visit.
This was our ninth trip with Exodus and although Cambodia didn’t make it into my top three of countries visited, this tour was simply the best so far. This was as much due to sharing the trip with a lovely group of like-minded travellers and having an excellent leader as it was to the experiences we enjoyed together.
A fantastic insight into this wonder country of vast contrasts. The people are warm and friendly. The towns and cities are vibrant while the countryside is quiet and tranquil – time for reflection and contemplation. The trip is extremely well organised and the staff we encountered were helpful, friendly and very supportive.
This was probably one of the best trips l have ever done.Eight of us became the Fila Family and we were all Seniors!! As the trip went on we became experts in spotting a Happy Hour 2 for 1 in any town we stayed in.The proposal to remove the water bowser for a beer barrel however fell on deaf ears…………not that seniors can drink……………. This was very much an up and at it tour so no lie ins. Food was really good and great value.Fila was always available to give us advice.Insects for dinner? No problem for these Seniors!!! After dinner we went dancing with the locals.Sorry the men watched on and the girls danced.What a moment.So many great times. Fila kept us in order and always had the hand sanitizer on tap………………..(in house joke) He was a mind of information and was very proud to show us his home town of Siem Reap and of course Angkor Wat. Seniors get up and go!We were all 60-70 and we completed the tour of Cambodia on the bikes……….(There’s a joke there) Go now.This country will change dramatically in the next couple of years. The Cambodians are a lovely people considering the pain and suffering they have had to endure.(Killing fields) So what is stopping you???