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In September I spent 3 weeks in Phenom Penh, Cambodia on an extended work trip. Flying into the country I was amazed at the transformation that has happened over just the last 3 years since I had visited last, and especially since my first trip in 2001. When I was last in Phenom, Penh in 2005 the buildings were still below 3 stories and a lot of roads were still dirt.

I visited most of the typical tourist spots in 2005, here are a few pictures from that trip.

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Just 40 minutes outside of the city and you feel a world away.

The Killing Fields museum. The stupa in the distance is a glass filled shrine housing 8,000 human skulls.

The stilts help protect from floods

Inside the royal place

When I visited Angkor Wat in 2000 I traveled overland from Thailand and spent 14 hours from the Thai border in the back of a pickup truck bouncing over a dirt road the whole way. Now there are sealed roads that cross the whole country and the trip only takes about 4 hours!

Phenom Penh is booming and what was once a backpacker haven is now a full blown family tourist destination. Unfortunately the economic boom has not kept pace with governmental reform and corruption is running rampant. Land speculation is driving corruption and the forced evictions of thousands of people from their lands. Basically, companies “buy” land from the government and then evict the real owners of the land.

The small shacks on the right is one community that is under threat. The contrast is amazing as you go from small wooden houses on the right, to government social housing in the middle and a brand new government building on the left.
The community is resisting as best it can. The banner reads “resist forced evictions” and many houses display them outside of their homes. However, the people are frequently harassed by the police and offered bribes by the company to sell out their neighbors. One woman told me a story of how the police arrested her and then beat her for 5 days straight before dumping her back at her home.
The impact on the people who are losing their homes and livelihoods is heartbreaking and is driven by pure greed. To help reduce the power disparities I spent a week with my colleagues running a negotiation workshop for local community leaders and young lawyers. Hopefully they will be able to negotiate more effectively with the government and the companies to obtain a better resettlement packaged then a piece of paper ordering them to leave.

However, even with the human rights abuses by the government the Cambodian people are friendly and relaxed. The city has a great vibe to it and sitting on the banks of the Mekong River Phenom Penh is one of the most beautiful cities in South East Asia. Hopefully, high rise buildings won’t dominate the quaint French architecture and the beautiful Buddhist temples when I visit next.

I spent my three weeks at a beautiful little boutique hotel that opened recently called Villa Langka. The staff where very friendly and the food was great. After 3 weeks I became a bit tired of the menu, however, there were plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance.
On the way to work I pass spirit houses for sale
After work I let boats pass me as I relax with a gin and tonic by the riverside
Heading towards the river the road is wide and beautiful as you pass the royal palace
Beautiful old colonial buildings mix with tropical greenery

Many families depend on the river for their livelihoods

A rickshaw driver taking an afternoon break in the shade

Royal Palace with the Buddha’s head at the top

Another view of the road in front of the royal palace


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Young monks out for a stroll

Life on the river

Boats are on the river at all times of the day. We hired a boat for a sunset cruise, drinks and some Khmer karaoke.

I have been very busy these past few months, with work, travel, and updating Todd’s Wanderings. As I am sure you have noticed, I have redesigned the layout of the blog and I will be adding new features in the coming months. More importantly I bought a new Sony camera, the evidence of which you will find in all of my latest posts, starting with where I bought the camera…Japan.

In late August I met Kay (during her home leave) in Japan for a 10 day vacation. I lived in Japan for 5 years but have not been back in over 2 years. Despite traveling during the hottest and most humid time of the summer we had a great time. We spent some time in Tokyo, in Kamakura, and up north in Gunma Prefecture to escape the heat and the traffic.

Just outside of Shinjuku Station. Coming from Sri Lanka it was amazing to be in a big city again, with so many options for food, drinks and shopping.

This not a line for a roller coaster. 45 minutes in line gets you all the Crispy Kreme doughnuts you could ever ask for… I am amazed the builders thought to leave room for long times!

After a few days in Tokyo we traveled by train down to the beach near Kamakura, one of Japan’s ancient capitals.

The beach was nice and relaxing and not crowded at all.

Too many surfers for too few waves.

No vacation spot in Japan would be complete without a row of vending machines selling every possible drink…including hot coffee.
We headed closer to Kamakura where the old and new mix comfortably together.

A crowded shopping street.

A cute couple in traditional summer yukata.

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Kamakura’s most important Shinto Shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. The current shrine dates back to 1180 and is dedicated to the patron gods of the Minamoto family and of the samurai in general.

Donations of Sake

The main shrine

We headed back towards Tokyo on the cozy little train line.

We swapped trains in Tokyo and headed to Karuizawa, in Gunma Prefecture. We took the “smaller” train on the left and headed up into the Japanese countryside to cool down.

We arrived in the small town of Tsumagoi about 3 hours later.

The whole area is crazy about cabbage and these two characters can been seen everywhere promoting the local farming industry. I have never liked cabbage, but Japanese artists can make anything look good…and oddly enough cool and sexy.

The active volcano Asama-yama dominates the area. There was an active warning in effect so we couldn’t get any closer.

A peaceful lake up in the mountains.

In the wake of a previous eruption the townspeople built this Buddhist temple in the lava flow to protect against future eruptions.

Buddhist Temple
Kay and I from the Temple’s veranda

Two happy looking “oni”, demons, posing for my picture

Back in Tokyo we went to a Sake house where we drank sake from all over Japan.

Afterward we said goodbye to Japan at a small local wine bar with Kay’s sister and husband.

After Japan I flew to Cambodia for 3 weeks of work…

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