A few days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
My tour of 2 weeks in Cambodia started with a few days in Phnom Penh. I have been now a few times in Phnom Penh and I love & hate it. I love the chaotic 24h/day street-life, I love the many beautiful buildings, I love the riverside boulevard in the early morning and begin of the evening. I hate the bloody Tuk-Tuk drivers at the riverside area, hundreds of them every 5sec asking "You want taxi" and if you ignore them they start shouting "You, You!". And then I am not even talking about the ridicules over-pricing of the Tuk-Tuk's. I love the good Asian Fusion food at the restaurants and the good wines for not too much money. Love wine!
Visa on arrival is available at Phnom Penh airport for 20us$ (soon 30us$), best to be paid in us$. And you will need a pass-photo. At the airport are taxi's and Tuk-Tuk's. For about 7 to 10us$ you should be in the city centre. Place of temporarily residence was Lux Riverside Hotel at Street 136, just 50m from the riverside. A good modern hotel, although it is located right in an street full of bars. Although they serve an reasonable breakfast-buffet I opt for a late breakfast at Blue Pumpkin around the corner on the riverside with an Continental Siem Reap breakfast.
My favorite things to do in Phnom Penh are ......
- Eating in good Asian Fusion restaurants like Metro, Bodega, Buchon, Blue Pumpkin.
- Wake-up at sunrise and walk over the riverside boulevard and then continue without any plan in the maze of little streets to watch the 24h/day street-life.
- Before dinner, just at dawn walk again over the riverside boulevard
- Visit the grandeur of the "Central Market" (actually "New Market")
- Visit the "Russian Market" and try to buy something weird for less as 10us$
- Visit 'Wat Phnom" and walk around it to watch people (perfect in the weekend)
|Family meeting at Wat Phnom|
- Visit the Royal Palace
- Visit the National Museum
- Make a river cruise
- Visit the Killing Fields (and be shocked for at least 2 days)
- Visit Tual Sleng Genocide Museum
- Transport in the city is easy there are Tuk-Tuk's and Motorbike-taxi's everywhere
- Do not give money to beggars, giver food & drinks and buy cloths for them
- Do not wander of alone at night, it is not always as safe as it looks
- Remember that it was only 25 to 35 years ago that 20% of the population was killed
- Remember it took after that at least 10years to really start rebuilding the society