Phnom Penh

I was fascinated by this city with temples and houses in Indochina style. It's a little pearl in Southeast Asia and its tragic recent past seems to undermine, but not destroy its beauty and life. You can be attacked by tuk tuk drivers and people but you can also see young Buddhist monk with in their orange, yellow and brown color clothing walking in silence. I believe it was the hottest time of the year, and walking around, even for just 5 mins, in 40C heat is a tough task! Even though parts of the city were messy a lot of it was beautiful, including areas by the lake and by the river. The people were great too!

I was fascinated by this city with temples and houses in Indochina style. It’s a little pearl in Southeast Asia and its tragic recent past seems to undermine, but not destroy its beauty and life. You can be attacked by tuk tuk drivers and people but you can also see young Buddhist monk with in their orange, yellow and brown color clothing walking in silence. I believe it was the hottest time of the year, and walking around, even for just 5 mins, in 40C heat is a tough task! Even though parts of the city were messy a lot of it was beautiful, including areas by the lake and by the river. The people were great too!

We visited the Tuol Sleng Museum, I’ll spare a lot of the details but the killings which was happening in Cambodia up until as recent as 1978 were truly gruesome.

Everybody trying to bring you to hotels, hostels etc. All trying to grab your bags so you would go with them! Chose a tuk tuk driver at random and he will help you find a cheap place to stay for a few nights. The people are poor, but just as nice and friendly – if not more so than the rest of Asia. The Khmer food is sometimes delicious and sometimes not but no problems with sickness. You can also see along the streets tanks and on the top a glass container with a tube, Cambodian gas station for the tremendous number of motorbikes. Cambodia was the poorest country we visited on our trip but ironically also the most expensive. A nice place to stay for a few days.

written by -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations #art #culture #lodging #food #architecture

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