My first impressions of Cambodia

I entered Cambodia by bus from Vietnam.  Only six hours from Saigon city to Phnom Penh by bus it was far more relaxing and not too long to avoid the hassle and cost of flying.   The sometimes chaos of South East Asian airports are not always a joy to experience.  The bus was something like $10 versus $200 as well.

A visa for entry was available at the border for which I paid $35US.  I read that they cost $25 but that is what I paid.

The first thing I noticed was muddy waterways along the main road.  I think it must be man-made for irrigation.

Click on the image below to view a video.

Here I will just show you some early views from the drive.  From the border to Phnom pen was about four hours.

Click on the image below to view another short video.

When I go to a country that is not a western country, I try to filter out the western influence .  Of course it is often true that nowadays that businesses such as KFC and McDonald’s and Starbucks and Adidas are part of the fabric of the modern culture of many countries.  But I look for those things that are unique and different from what we find in the west.  So what I meant by Cambodia being like Vietnam but moreso, I meant it seemed to have less western influence and what remained look very similar to that of what I would see in Vietnam.

Click on the video below for a view passing through this small market town.

The other benefit of taking the bus were these four hours of first impressions of Cambodia. Flying I would have arrived directly to Phnom Penh, Making my first impressions being that of in the largest city in the country.

And another video below. See how everything is covered in dust. Same is true for neighbouring Vietnam, at least this time of year anyway.

Gorgeous Yorkshire Countryside, Lovely Cottages, and a visit to Dalby Forest

This posting is out-of-sync with my travels and was originally scheduled to post on August 3rd. I have traded it with Norwich to add more variety into the mix. Thank you for reading!
Some lovely cottages near Scarborough in Yorkshire.
Notice the mailbox within the rock wall is from Victoria’s era.
I love these little honour-system sales racks along the roads. Please put bills under a rock so they don’t blow away.
Another honour-system display. This person is selling plants for 50p (75 cents).

A lovely couple I met at the country hotel suggested I drive through Dalby forest rather than simply follow my Sat Nav to get to Castle Howard. What a fantastic suggestion that was, I really enjoy the gorgeous countryside on the way to Dalby Forest, and then the forest itself was also peaceful and handsome.
Especially nice was there was very little traffic through here. I was able to pull-over whenever I liked to take a photo. That usually seems awkward or impossible when traffic is coming in both directions and cars are on your tail. This was a wonderful drive. On a Tuesday in June.
The little specs are sheep.
Look who I came across! Just kidding, that’s just me.


Another honour-system cart, this one has lots of offerings from a small family farm. In addition to trusting passers-by with the items, they also trust them with cash. Money is provided so you can make your own change. I hope everyone is good at maths! (In the UK math is plural.)

When you extend trust to people, they tend to honour that trust. People are more likely to steal when you suspect them of stealing. These honour-system set-ups remind me of a lovely English-style tea house North of Toronto in Kleinburg. There, customers help themselves to scones, cakes, tea, coffee, and pastries set-up individually-priced but buffet style. On exiting, the customer tells the cashier what they took. There is a nice feeling there, it feels like a step back in time. That’s how I feel here too. A time when strangers trusted each other. How lovely.

If you visit Dalby forest, try to have some time to walk some trails or hire a bicycle. I was visiting Castle Howard later today so I didn’t have time to stop. The drive was lovely anyway, day ticket to pass through the forest was £7.



Yorkshire has plenty of lovely countryside and perhaps many of the iconic type of cottages that North Americans imagine is England. In reality England is a modern country with mostly modern city dwellers living modern lives, so it is a treasure to come upon these picturesque towns, villages, and countryside that beacons to an earlier era. A must visit
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Thank you for visiting ! I hope you will stay and look around a bit! Cheers! Darren

The next posting will be the seaside resort of Great Yarmouth in 4 days.