Cambodia/Vietnam 2008 - Chapter 1. Arrival in Phnom Penh
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December 8th, 2008 – by: kian79
I started the day by visiting the National Museum. I would say, I was slightly disappointed as I expected to see something more organised and grand in the museum.
Lunch was great in a recommended Khmer restaurant - Fish in mango sauce, with rice. Eating in Phnom Penh can be slightly costly in some places, considering that we are paying tourist prices. My lunch itself cost US$4.
My next destination was the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. I arrived early as it closes for lunch and only reopens at 2pm. The 45 minutes wait outside the ticket office was a constant annoyance as I had multiple persistent moto drivers offering to bring me to other places. I kindly rejected all of them but they just kept coming and coming, with all sorts of reasons. Some even lied that the Palace is closed till 3pm and offered to bring be around for the next couple of hours, for a good price of course.
I am a little fan of shopping, Phnom Penh is the garment factory for many common brand names like Gap, Levis, Abercrombie etc. The locals somehow manage to 'bring' some into their market for sale at 10% of the retail prices. The Russian market in Phnom Penh was the place to be then. I spent the rest of the afternoon at this little treasure trove.
The sky turns dark very early in Phnom Penh. By 7pm, its pitch black and I prefer to just hide in my little cosy room watching tv and resting my legs from all the walking. I never like walking alone on the streets at night especially in a new unknown territory.....
I have a long bus ride the next day....I am going dolphin watching at Kratie.....
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