Kompong Cha(r)ming

Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 03, 2011

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Phromprak Trochakcheth guesthouse

Flag of Cambodia  , Kâmpóng Cham,
Saturday, January 15, 2011

Decided to hang around Kompong Cham for an extra day to rest my weary self. A pretty late start at 1030am for a brunch of omelette and baguette at a schnazzy (Khmer standard) Lazy Mekong Daze before heading out to the market a couple of blocks away. A short walk along a fairly new boulevard and bought from a pharmacy Strepsils and Berroca, both items I needed badly.
By 1pm, the sun was licking my face and I had to head back to room for some rest. Out again at 4pm, the street stalls were already setting up along the Mekong promenade. Sat down for a meal of soupy fried noodles and chargrilled corn cob before heading in the opposite direction passing local beach volleyball games and small groups kicking around a feathered snatch ballbag. Mekong River at this time was teeming with slow boats and there was even a huge cruise ship bounded for Phnom Penh (as written on its hull). Families were out relaxing and spending time with their children along the riverfront, armed with fried snacks on sticks.
Not far from the promenade, the night market food stalls lorded over the now empty carpark, although many were serving similar menus from each other. Further up north of the market, a monumental looking hotel was hosting a local wedding with many female guests in their traditional khmer dresses which screamed colours and intricate trimmings on the fabrics.

Exploring Kompong Cham at night was definitely more comfortable. Downed another Angkor beer at Mekong Crossing and discovered that 23 year old owner Joe is of chinese descent and was educated at a chinese school. A pretty engaging personality, Joe shared interesting stories ranging from Khmer Rouge, poverty in Cambodia to khmer cooking, in a splatter of broken mandarin between the both of us.
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