Downpour at Battambang
Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
40Trip End Feb 03, 2011
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Hounded by tuktuk drivers the moment we got off the bus at Battambang. All holding cards showing hotel rooms and prices. One caught my attention when he spoke english. In fact I had developed an reaction to quickly pick the most reliable person and end their touting harrassment asap. I was brought to this modern looking glazed hotel with average prices but alas with no rooms.
After a quick visit to the bank and lunch at the market, I chanced upon a pretty pleasant cafe called Geckos and sat myself down for a couple of hours, sipping on tonic water and catching up on my diary. Well rested, my feet took me to an abandoned French railyard, now well taken over by the local community. Kids, some without pants (a regular occurance now but they always usually have a shirt on) greeted me happily and always ready to pose for photos. The discarded train carriage at the disused railyard was rather picturesque in its derelict rusty condition.
Passed a huge international school for Cambodian children and tried the Khmer version of our chinese Yong Tau Foo but in fried version. The combination of chilli and sweet sauce was nostalgic (at least to me) and it appeared to be a hugely popular snack with the locals
Dinner was a soupy seafood dish with crispy noodles at a pretty popular restaurant for the locals. Surprisingly there were only a handful of food stalls in Battambang. The street stalls that I wanted to eat at were packing up when I got there at 9 pm. At least the jackfruit shake was delicious. Finished the night with a chilled beer at a nearby pub with free wifi. Unexpectedly, the sky opened for a five minute downpour, almost without a warning.