Tahitian Princess along side in Sihanoukville. A Princess Cruises vessel.
Plaque exchange with Commodore Steve Burgoine in the Piano Bar.
A beautiful evening for sailing out - next stop Singapore.
We headed out on tour and our first stop would be the Wat Krom a fantastic Buddhist temple that was built in the early 60’s. Its lofty position gave the buildings a somewhat powerful feel. The beautiful carvings so perfectly presented were fantastic photographic opportunities.
The monks are still busy here and seemed to be rushing around hither and thither. We found the stupas fascinating, so colourful and interesting shapes yet still respecting the dead of course.
Next up was a terrific visit to one of the state run primary schools. Here the passengers could see for themselves the fairly poor conditions that these children are being educated in. Lots of the passengers came bearing gifts of pens, pencils and books together with sweets and any other small gifts that the children and school teachers were eager to accept.
These were special poignant moments and there were quite a few moist eyes as the children clasped their little hands together in thanks.
We moved onto visit a local house where the lady of the house showed us around her humble dwelling. This was a house where 10 people share the basic things that we all take for granted. No washing machine or refrigerator here, just a simple cooking hearth and basic washing facilities. Again the harsh reality of eking out an existence here in Cambodia was brought home to us very quickly; these charming people really have nothing and yet were still happy to show us around after which we left for our home on the sea, Arcadia. There was no doubt that we all benefited from our time both here in Cambodia and in Vietnam.