Lots of walking and exploring in Phnom Penh
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
86Trip End Apr 01, 2012
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The following day we guide ourselves around Phnom Penh centre which is pleasant – it faces the river, there are well finished park areas and there are plenty of temples around. We go to Wat Phnom which is set on an artificial hill so it can overlook the city, we pass by the train station which is not in use but has been fully restored, the central market which again has been recently restored and some other old buildings. You can see that there is progress in the projects that are going on but given the number of expensive cars being driven about I doubt all funds are going straight into the projects. We also visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. This is a large complex partly closed off as it is the royal residence and the other half open for the public to visit the temples. There were a large number monks there when we were there who seemed to be preoccupied with taking photos of girls and enjoying the attention of tourists. We have learned that monks can be in training for as little as a week initially and the majority are only monks for a few years or until they get married (which explains the interest in girls at least!) We end the day by going to the Foreign Correspondents Club for a drink overlooking the river. Apparently it wasn’t even a Foreign Correspondents Club but it was fun to pretend. Then another very good Cambodian dinner in a restaurant near the hostel.