Goodbye Cambodia…..Hello Laos…..
This morning we spent packing and a little time around the pool. Hotel provided a courtesy transfer to airport. It was sad saying goodbye to the hotel and Siem Reap. The hotel staff and service have been excellent. Definitely worth looking at Ebookers, hotels.com and Asia rooms, especially for late deals on hotels. This hotel cost us £35 a night for a five star hotel – cheaper than hostels we’ve stayed at! Sangeet really liked this place, especially the people who have been through so much, (The Khmer Rouge), literally translated as Red Khmers, was the name given to the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia. It was formed in 1968 as an offshoot of the Vietnam People’s Army from North Vietnam. It was the ruling party in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, led by Pol Pot, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Son Sen, and Khieu Samphan. Democratic Kampuchea was the name of the state as controlled by the government of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979.
This organization is remembered primarily for its policy of social engineering, which resulted in genocide. Its attempts at agricultural reform led to widespread famine, while its insistence on absolute self-sufficiency, even in the supply of medicine, led to the deaths of thousands from treatable diseases such as malaria. Arbitrary executions and torture carried out by its cadres against perceived subversive elements, or during purges of its own ranks between 1975 and 1978, are considered to have constituted genocide.
By 1979, the Khmer Rouge had fled the country, while the People’s Republic of Kampuchea was being established. The governments-in-exile (including the Khmer Rouge) still had a seat in the UN at this point but it was later taken away, in 1993, as the monarchy was restored and the country underwent a name change to the Kingdom of Cambodia. A year later thousands of Khmer Rouge guerrillas surrendered themselves in a government amnesty. In 1996, a new political party the Democratic National Union Movement was formed by Ieng Sary, who was granted amnesty for all of his roles as the deputy leader of the Khmer Rouge. The organisation itself was officially dissolved sometime in December 1999. Despite this the people are still so warm and upbeat. We flew through security, no pun intended!. Security was very apologetic about scanning turban. Nice quaint airport restaurant bar few souvenir shops
Check in at Siem Reap
Shops after security
MA60 aircraft landing was in VERY heavy winds. I enjoyed it. You could hear cups falling in back where the stewardess is located. We had a 25 minute stopover at Pakse airport in Laos. This is used for transfer airport. First port of call I would have thought they had customs or issued the visa here. Waited 25 minutes and back on flight to Luang Prabang
At Luang Prabang three queues one to hand in your visa on arrival application with passport, second to pay the visa amount varies country to country and pick up passport. Third to go through immigration. Picked up backpacks then took out some money from the ATM. 12,000 Lao Kip to UK£1
Outside was met by the hotel staff drove to hotel which took 15 minutes.
Any Thong Hotel damn predictive text! Ang Thong Hotel
Lao-Thai Friendship Road,
T: +856 71 919 999
F: +856 71 919 777
E: [email protected]
Rated a 3 star hotel which opened 8 months ago. The staff are very friendly and the hotel is clean.
We had a wander around the hotel. Before hitting the bed, actually if I said retiring for the night sounds good but just not me!