Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
43Trip End Mar 09, 2013
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Our flight left around 4:00 p.m. and lasted 55 minutes. Amazingly during that short time, the stewardesses served everyone a full meal including wine and coffee.
Our Phnom Pehn guide, Tea, met us at the airport and we traveled through the city to the center where a monument has been erected to honor the founder of the city, Lady Pehn. The walls surrounding her statue tell the story of how she found a tree floating in the river, discovered four gold Buddahs in the tree, and how the villagers built up a hill (phnom) and erected a shrine for the Buddahs
We drove further through the market and then walked the last few blocks to the hotel. Dinner was marvelous - a six-course meal of Cambodian dishes.
My first impressions of Phnom Pehn: motorbikes everywhere, cutting in and out of traffic; construction everywhere - apartment buildings, roads, large and small buildings, a skyscraper being built by the Chinese to rise taller than the twin towers in KL. A city of contrasts: huge boulevards and dirt roads, grand government buildings to shophouses above markets. And everywhere we found smiles and friendly people.