Phnom Penh (14th to 18th January)

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 29, 2008

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Friday, January 18, 2008

After 6 hours on the bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh  (this time a luxury double decker, with a loo and only a little karaoke), we jumped into a tuk-tuk and toured several guest houses until we found a good one.   After seeing quite a few expensive -  and "iffy" looking places, we found a very friendly place, in a good location.    Most nights they played a DVD of the film Killing Fields in the restaurant to let their guest know a bit about the history of Cambodia.

We did hire the patient tuk-tuk driver once more to see some of the sights, including  the genocide museum "Tuol Sleng" and the Killing Fields (area of mass graves), both of which were used during the Pol Pot regime.  Both sites are quite chilling, no less so for the second visit.       

We also spent much of our time walking around (averaging 7 or 8 miles daily) around town and took in the central market, Friends Cafe (where we had some fabulous, but expensive juice  - Green Apple & Lime, and Citrus & Mint - which we will definitely try and replicate some time).  It was also a real delight to find a supermarket and to be able to stock up on things like mosi-killer and washing powder in readiness for Laos. 

The town, like many asian town, lies on a  river and a the front reminded me of a UK seaside town with the flags flying over the esplanade. 


A visit to Wat Phnom (Lady Penh built this temple in 1382, after finding 4 Buddhas in a floating tree).  The
town sprung up around it (and was names after it), although it now sits in  the middle of a roundabout.

Clive had a bit of a tummy bug, so we delayed our trip to Kratie for a day, and decided to try the latest in Cambodian cuisine - a  Lucky Burger  -  the first burger bar in Phnom Penh  (they have a lot to learn!).
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