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A Day in Phnom Penh City

Slickdrum’s notes:

My last entry for the Cambodia trip. Before anyone asks, “Is it REALLY ending?”, it’s has ended. Been pretty busy with my web project and the Christmas event in church that I didn’t have time to complete this last bit.

So, here it is!

The next day (if you missed out the previous post, check it here), after having breakfast with Irene & her colleague (excellent Bircher Muesli btw at the Inter-Continental Hotel), I planned my trip with the head concierge, Muth Makata, who gave fantastic advice and helped me arrange the itinerary with the tuk-tuk driver.

So, off we went to our first destination, Phsar Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market). My first ride ever in a Tuk-Tuk! It is pretty amazing!  I must say that they ride rather safely and it’s pretty cozy. The only downside it’s rather dusty out in the open.

Inside a Tuk-Tuk! View from inside the Tuk-Tuk

On the road Traffic at Phnom Penh roads.. don’t be fooled by this pic!

Phsar Toul Tom Poung is rather large, more like a large square, with lots of shops around and in it. Just like the market in Siem Reap, they sell a variety of things, mainly for tourists. Inside, you will see the wet market & food stalls (which I don’t recommend for tourists!).

Inside Phsar Toul Tom Poung Shops inside Phsar Toul Tom Poung

Phsar Toul Tom Poung Shops lined up all around the Phsar

I just only breezed through the market just to experience the culture. After Phsar Toul Tom Poung, we went to Phsar Thmey (Central Market), the more visited and famous market in Phnom Penh.

At Phsar Thmey Phsar Thmey.. the old building under renovation works

The large central building, however, seemed closed and all the shops are in the area surrounding it. It’s nicely built with concrete structure to house the shops.

Shops at Phsar Thmey Nicer looking shop lots at Phsar Thmey

Inside, it’s much cooler than that of Phsar Toul Tom Poung & Phsar Chas in Siem Reap. Again, the shops here seem to cater towards tourists. You will also see Tuk-Tuk drivers at the entrance vying for your service as they see you leave the place.

After a nice walk around, I decided to move on to the next destination: Street 240. I had thought that there would be shops promoting arts & craft here (read it in the map), but it wasn’t as I expected. So, we had to scrap that plan and go to Riverfront or Sisowath Quay.

Wat like structure at Riverfront Not sure Wat's this.. heh

Along Riverfront The river

The Riverfront area is a very famous tourist spot. Here, lined along the river, you will find many eateries and pubs.

So after being dropped off, I was eager to check it out. I walked along Sisowath Quay, amazed at all the shops lined up and the number of tourist at this place. As a tourist, you will be at ease here!

I was also looking for a wifi spot where I can drink a nice hot mocha and surf as well. After a nice walk all along the Quay and reaching near the end, I backtracked and found a place to get a nice hot drink. It’s quaint little restaurant called El Mundo which had free wifi.

at El Mundo Cafe Good place to cool your feet down

However, I discovered that I forgot to bring my multi-adapter as my power cable couldn’t fit the power outlet. Resigned to a nice mocha and some garlic bread, I decided to check out the Foreign Correspondent Club (FCC) for lunch later.

Again, all along the shops, you will MANY Tuk-Tuk drivers and motorcycle taxis seeking your dollars. Politely smiling & declining them, I made my way to FCC.

Here, I had a triple decker chicken sandwich with fries. And quite fortunately, my power cable could fit to their outlet! So, it was lunch and surfing. Since I had to planned to meet with the Tuk-Tuk driver who drove (or rode?) me all morning around 1pm, I had only so much time to surf. I doggy bagged the untouched half of the sandwich and fries (I don’t eat them much), I made my way back to the meeting point.

Royal Palace 

On the way in the Tuk-Tuk, we passed the Independence Monument that’s in the middle of a roundabout.

Independence MonumentUp close.. The Independence Monument

When we arrived at the hotel, I gave the sandwich & fries to the Tuk-Tuk driver. Am sure he needed it more than I did.

That evening we took the Tuk-Tuk to try out the Frizz Restaurant, one I came across from my research online, in Street 240 (I saw it when I was there earlier).

City at Sunset A Sunset view of the City!

Frizz RestaurantInside FrizzThe place you must try.. Frizz Restaurant!

We tried their Fish Amok, which was superbly incredible, and the Saik Moan Char Trob (Chicken & Eggplant), which was also equally heavenly! For dessert, we had the Apple pie & ice cream! A Home Run!

Apart from Khmer food, Frizz serves international food as well!

Fish Amok Frizz Signature Dish, The Fish Amok!

Chicken & Eggplant Another tongue-talizing dish, Saik Moan Char Trob!

Apparently Tuk-Tuk drivers have this arrangement with tourists. They offer their services to fetch you back so: 1) you don’t have to worry about going back (not that you would have any problems here but think about the convenience),  2) they are guaranteed pay day! As long as I wasn’t being cheated, I thought the arrangement was good for us.

Public Bank in Cambodia! Can you believe it? Public Bank!

Good Bye Cambodia!

The next day was time for us to leave beautiful Cambodia.  We had made arrangements for a driver (the same one that took Irene & her colleague the day before for their appointments) to take us to the airport.

DSCF0211 The Motorcycle Horde!

As always, Phnom Penh traffic is bustling about. You get to see lots of motorcycles, cars and carts.

Traditional carts Man powered carts

The Phnom Penh International Airport is much better than the domestic, of course. And as we made on our way through the customs, we saw a cute & friendly litte thing, a cocker spaniel, that was a drug dog!

Phnom Penh International Airport Phnom Penh International Airport

Just coz I'm cute don't mean I soft! Appearances can be deceiving.. This little cutey is a police dog!

The waiting area had some shops & a restaurant. So we plopped our bags at a table & shared a nice big cuppa and went to do some souvenir shopping.

And as we boarded the Malaysia Airlines plane, we ended an awesome, AWESOME adventure in this beautiful land!

See you soon, Cambodia! 

Thanks Cambodia!

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