Namnam Chillmuoy

18 Feb

We got the bus to Phnom Penh the next morning with Namnam Chillmuoy (named by the group because of the white map of Vietnam on his bum, and Chillmuoy means cheers in Khmer) at 6.30am. We’d been told that the bus would take around 5 hours so we put Namnam in his little sling and sneaked him onto the bus. We needn’t have bothered because everyone on the bus thought he was so cute, including the driver.

He just about survived the trauma of the bus journey

…he slept pretty much the whole way there, waking up only to eat and to go to the loo occasionally when the bus stopped. Which it did a lot – our “5 hour” journey turned into a 12 hour marathon. For no particular reason – nothing went wrong on the bus – we just stopped to pick random people up and drop them off at their doors a lot. We were fairly glad to get off it as it was Japanese so the seats were made for tiny people and were very uncomfortable.

Craig, Chris and I went to a restaurant for dinner after we found a cheapish guesthouse ($12 – dirty towels and a four inch cockroach included at no extra cost). They were cool with the dog coming too

The next morning we went to the vets to get him cleaned up a bit and to see whether we can start the process of getting him rehomed with an expat in one of the cities in Cambodia (I think this is probably the best thing for him…even though he has enjoyed his first trek, bus ride, tuktuk journey and restaurant experiences). We’d heard about a woman who rehomes puppies in Phnom Penh but when we spoke to the vet she said the woman looked after 80 dogs, and he’s so small he wouldn’t get the attention he needs. I’ve posted on a couple of forums so fingers crossed we can find someone.

He seems to be getting his energy back :) and is very good in restaurants

I think we’ll take him to the beach in Sihanoukville tomorrow, feed him up a bit and then come back to PP or Siem Reap and get him sorted. I’d love to take him with us (Asia is completely chilled out about letting dogs in hotel rooms, restaurants, shops, buses etc) but I think the expense and hassle of getting him across borders/quarantine etc would make it quite a difficult task, as awesome as he is :)

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4 Responses to “Namnam Chillmuoy”

  1. Christopher Walker 18 February 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Hmm, followed this blog since it was set up. Was promised it would get more interesting once you left England.
    Wow! Completely living up to that promise!
    Excellent photos, witty writing style – I look forward greatly to reading each new installment. The fact that I can do this on my Smartphone at work is amazing!
    ‘Namnam Chillmuoy’ looks gorgeous – fairplay for rescuing him – I just hope you can find a suitable home for him and that it doesn’t upset you too much when you have to say goodbye!
    I’d consider taking him on myself if he wasn’t so far away!

    • toaustraliathelongway 18 February 2012 at 11:38 pm #

      He is lovely – if it wasn’t going to take 7 months to get him through the various procedures to get him to Australia we would totally keep him as he’s brilliant. But hopefully we’ll find a great home for him and he can live happily ever after!!

  2. Christopher Walker 19 March 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    BBC News website had this story in their magazine section on March 18th entitled Dancing at dawn in Cambodia.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17381301

    Were you up early enough to partake in such activities?

    • toaustraliathelongway 20 March 2012 at 5:36 am #

      There were lots of groups of people in Phnom Penh doing that in parks, but it wasn’t really dancing, it was more like aerobics! We didn’t join in because I have the co-ordination of an ice-skating baby deer.

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