dddave Posted June 24, 2008 Report Share Posted June 24, 2008 I did a quick visa run to Phnom Penh last week: flew in on Air Asia. P.P. continues it's rapid pace of change, a 40 story skyscraper is going up along with several lower ones. New bars, restaurants and hotels seem to open every month and more and more newer model and expensive cars compete for sidewalk space with pedestrians. The Riverfront sucks this year: they are rebuilding and replanting the entire length of the riverfront park and have erected a high construction wall the length of the waterfront, completely blocking the view of the river from the street... ugly! Prices are up for everything: I couldn't find a happy hour beer for less than $1.25, $10 rooms are now $15, tuk-tuks are asking about 50% more and so are the lady's: no $10 s/t's with anyone you'd want to look at sober. Walkabout had a lot of familiar faces and more than a few new ones but the place has such a hard core feel about it. At this time of year, 90% of the customers are resident regulars who shmooz, play pool and drink but generally don't provide a lot of income opportunities for the girls, therefor I got a lot of attention. Stopped into Martini's on a rainy night, very quiet around 9pm but picked-up a bit later. Lots of very cute Viet's and the usual pestering Mama-sans. Beers and soft drinks now $1.50. $20 seemed to be baseline for s/t. I stayed out of Sharky's because of somebody I didn't want to re-encounter. Mikado and La Cyrcie no longer provide in house services. I stay away from the hostess bars: the bar tabs quickly add up and you can easily end up with nothing to show for it. Rather than returning by air, I took a 7am bus from the riverfront to Koh Kong via the new, direct highway just opened last month. It's a nearly six hour trip ($11, a/c bus) the last half of which winds thru really beautiful, sparsely populated mountainous countryside. Being new, the road is in great condition and so far, carries little traffic. The bus stops for a food break halfway along at a typical Cambodian roadside joint; pretty rough looking food that tempted me not at all, a can of Pringels and a Fanta sustained me. Koh Kong also seems to have a lot of new buildings. I decided not to stay and after taking a moto to the border (Now B100, up from B50) took a mini-bus to Trat. They now drop you at the new bus station just out of town. The Bangkok bus was just leaving but waited for me to grab a sandwich before starting the six hour trip to Bangkok: a long day travelling made longer when it turned out to be heading for Mor Chit rather than Ekkamai which is much closer to my apartment...groan! Total cost for the land route: P.P. to Bkk was about B800, flying Air Asia, if you include the $25 departure tax and surcharges runs close to B4000. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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