After we done with Siem Reap, we adjourned to Phnom Penh — the capital of Cambodia.
We took an express bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. The journey took us 6 hours. We departed at noon and we reached Phnom Penh in the evening.
We stayed at Sophea’s house for 3 days. Really appreciate the hospitality she and her family provided.
Her family was so accommodative they really made us felt at home.
And not forgetting to mention that Sophea’s mother can really cook.
The dishes were so nice we finished everything till the last drop every meal.
Phnom Penh City
The next day, we went around Phnom Penh and visited some popular tourist attractions.
Before I go further, I have to mention that the food in Phnom Penh was simply awesome!
Especially the beef noodle I had. No beef noodle in Malaysia can beat that.
Cambodia National Museum
We visited the National Museum. Not very big but it’s definitely a good place to know more about the history of Cambodia and the ancient Khmer Empire.
The Silver Pagoda is a temple which the entire floor is covered with over 5,000 silver tiles and each of them weighs over 1kg.
Food again. And it was as delicious as any other meals we had in Cambodia. Really miss the food there.
Choeung Ek the Killing Field
Ok this is a bit of a long story. In a nutshell, it’s a place to commemorate at least 1,386,734 victims being killed and buried at this place by the Khmer Rouge regime.
Read more about the story about the Killing Field at Wikipedia.
Saw a very nice scene while we were travelling and stopped to take pictures.
Mekong River Cruise
At evening, we went for river cruise at the Mekong River to enjoy the cool breeze and to see the city from far.
It was definitely a good day trip. Experience is always better than listen. As the Chinese proverb says,
Rather to walk a thousand miles than to read a million books.
It means that it’s better to go out and see the world with your own eyes than to read about the world through the books.
This is very true because if I were to read about Cambodia through books or online only, I will never know how the fried crickets taste like in real.
- Cambodia Part 1 — Siem Reap
- Cambodia Part 2 — Angkor
- Cambodia Part 3 — Tonle Sap
- Cambodia Trailer
- Cambodia Part 4 — Phnom Penh (this)
- Cambodia Part 5 Finale — Sihanoukville