The Downtown Nightlife

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On weekends, the Freedom Hotel reverberates with the live music of 'Route 66'. That band of western musicians puts out a dynamic energy with powerful tunes of blues and rock and roll. Victory Hill, Occheuteal and Serendipity Beaches tend to thrive with parties most nights while downtown remains rather quiet on weekday nights. An entirely different world comes to life as the sun goes down.

 

Western beer drinkers - usually still in shorts, flip-flops, and t-shirts - cash out from the Te Lee Hong. Their tab is tallied by the number of empty beer mugs on the table before them, peanuts were free. By dusk, they generally head for their own favorite eateries while local diners in collared buttoned shirts fill the place.

Street kids
They too drink beer, Angkor, as they quickly and silently devour plates of exotic eastern foods. Their graceful skill and dexterity with their red plastic chop sticks rival precision moves of the stainless steel tools of a surgeon. After the meal, they don't linger - maybe just long enough for a cigarette - then move on too.

 

Young children in blue shorts and their own white shirts with red bow ties have already traveled home from school by foot or motorbike, their book bags casually slung over a shoulder. Across the street, the market has closed. Merchants have packed their unsold goods, cleaned their stalls, and retreated home. A few road-side fruit stands remain open. Car and motorbike traffic has markedly dwindled. By dark, food cart venders have rolled their goods into the streets, offering quick and cheap meals to late commuters. A motorbike repairman tinkers overtime to fix a flat tire. Other kids - too poor for education - roam the streets sifting trash and garbage to collect empty beer or Coca Cola cans or anything else that they can find to eat, trade, or sell. The tough lives of the Cambodians do not seem to ease when the sun has set.

 

 

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Boulevard of dreams
Boulevard of dreams
Street kids
Street kids
Street vender
Street vender
Late dinner
Late dinner
Tire repairs
Tire repairs