Phnom Penh, Cambodia- Frangtastic.

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Gemma and Craig are full-time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 30 and let loose on the world! Gemma writes, Craig looks good in the photos.

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  1. We loved Phnom Penh! We were visiting Cambodia from India where we lived at the time, so it felt so calm, peaceful and like you said westernized! It was also pretty clean compared to India!! A friend of mine has just opened a new movie house/bar there, so I hope I can get back again for a visit.

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  2. The Frangipani Living Arts Hotel & Spa is such a good deal, it looks like a really lovely hotel. It is so admirable to read about your charity work with Choice Cambodia, the pictures really show your connection with the kids. Great write up about things to do in Phnam Penh.

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      Thanks Brenda, it has stuck with me that trip to the school. My students love to hear about it too. Choice does so much for that community.

  3. I haven’t been to Phnom Penh, but I’m going to Hanoi very soon. So fantastic that a tuk-tuk driver returned Craig’s cell phone.
    Choice Cambodia sounds like a wonderful charity.

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  4. We’ve not been to Phnom Penh but it looks so interesting. I would really struggle with the children begging though as you did, I know it’s never helpful to give to them but it’s also heartbreaking to see and not be able to help.

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  5. My impressions of phnom Penh were similar to yours. friends restaurant has a few other branches and i have been to their one in Laos, and in Siem Reap, next to Angkor wat, it is a great initiative they are carrying out and one that teaches how to fish rather than feeds them fish.

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      So lovely to hear that there are more branches of the restaurant. Yes, I like using that saying with my students – helps them understand different types of aid given to developing countries too.

  6. Nice story, what a contrast. Great place to stay 2 pools and 2 bars sounds so wonderful and then the shoe-less kids begging while in transit. Quite a few place we have been have organised begging business, it would be a surprise if they did go to school.
    What an interesting experience at the school. I think I would find it a it heart breaking.

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      People were actually complaining about the hotel on a very well known reviews site, we were like HELLO! Take a look outside.

  7. I actually liked Phnom Penh a lot. Hanoi, that’s probably the city I least like in the entire world! But Phnom Penh was a lot easier and more interesting in my opinion. 🙂

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  8. Sounds like you had a really immersive experience with Choice Cambodia. My sister visited Cambodia and volunteered for 6 months in a children’s orhpanage – she made similar comments about the children begging on the streets and how tragic it is because it’s an organized business so you shouldn’t give them anything – though she did say instead of giving them money sometimes it’s better to give them food.

    And I’m like WOW that you had your iPhone returned!! Impressed by the honesty!

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      It’s really tough being a tourist with money in those situations. I’m impressed that your sister committed that time, very noble.

  9. We had a similar experience as well. I wasn’t expecting to love PP, but I did. Walking along the river in the evenings, talking with the locals and watching the little old ladies do aerobics, or dancing was a highlight for me.

    We visited an orphanage that my university helps to maintain just to hang out with the kids for a while. I had the exact same impression you did: these kids have nothing, but they are happy.

    Really glad to hear so many other people had a great time in PP.

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  10. Saw this from my Twitter. Such a fascinating post, you covered so much here. I can picture myself having a hard time if it was really true if the children are begging for an organized business. It would have been a great experience to help out with the primary school with the charity work. It would make the visit that much more meaningful. Great photos and amazed how reasonable your hotel was. 🙂

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      It really was worth extended our stay in Phnom Penh. I still talk about the experience with my students! Have you been to Cambodia?

  11. Cambodia has so much to offer – fascinating history, friendly locals and stunning scenery. Thank you for sharing.

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