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Turkish Airlines & G Adventures Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand Fam - OMB...Oh My Budda!

6th November 2017 - 3:25pm

Group in Phnom Penh

Group in Phnom Penh

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) reports: We bade a fond farewell to Vietnam and embarked upon a bus journey to the border with Cambodia. Lovely lush green landscapes (with randomly placed tombs scattered throughout!), grazing water buffalo and a lot of loud snoring (from the passengers!) brought us safely through to Kampuchea, the Kingdom of Cambodia. The capital, Phnom Penh is a force to be reckoned with and the 2.5 million inhabitants all seem to ride their motorbikes at the same time. We have a cyclo tour around the city then repair to an excellent local restaurant, FCC on the waterfront.

 

Cambodia is a re-born country since the Khmer Rouge regime and the infamous leader, Pol Pot who massacred and tortured his own people. We tour the Killing Fields and the Museum of Genocide. 1.7 million people died in the Killing Fields and a further million died of starvation. Pol Pot was found dead in the jungle in 1998. Difficult to believe this cruelty and mass killing took place in our lifetime.

 

After this harrowing and sobering experience, a chill-out on the waterfront was deemed necessary. We hired a river cruiser (as you do) and had a gentle tour on the Mekong to view the local villagers coming home from work by ferry. Friday night called for some R & R, so convivial drinks were imbibed. As is the norm, many stayed late, some went dancing, pints of wine were mentioned and there were rumours of departure taxes. Others held a pink pyjama party, drank tequila and had a proper country and western rave! However, again as is the norm, what goes on tour stays on tour. G Adventures surely must stand for great adventures.


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Group in Phnom Penh
Group leaving Hi Chi Minh City
Cyclo Tour - David O'Hagan (Donabate Travel) Chani Anderson (Trailfinders Cork) John Grehan (G Adventures) Susan Hegarty (Travel Counsellors) and Angela Walsh (Travelfox)
Jackie on tour! (Jackie Sheehan - Tropical Sky Tralee)
John Grehan (G Adventures) Jackie Sheehan (Tropical Sky Tralee) and Alper Sean Hackett (Turkish Airlines)
The Killing Fields
The Killing Tree
Victims' skulls
Group on River cruiser
The local brew
Thien (our local G Adventures guide) and John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures)
Group at sunset
John Grehan (G Adventures) Edel Flynn (Newbridge Travel) Alper Sean Hackett (Turkish Airlines) David O'Hagan (Donabate Travel) and Thomas O'Donoghue (Strand Travel)

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