Waiting, Waiting

Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
Trip End Mar 09, 2013

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A slow day...  We left for the Bangkok airport around 10:30 a.m. and checked in with Bangkok Airlines upon arrival to find that our flight to Phnom Pehn was delayed by two hours.  While the airport is nice, the shopping is upscale.  Luckily Bangkok Airlines has a lounge for passengers on International flights -- free snacks and free wireless Internet access.  

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.
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