A New Country? We Must Do Some Walking!
Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
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Having only eaten the world’s smallest banana on the boat ride here, Ian insists on grabbing a bite to eat before we explore further. We select one of the numerous eateries along the riverfront and scoff up some nice grub before walking further along the river. We stumble upon a massive roundabout which circles around the highest point in Phnom Pehn. It’s actually only a fairly small hill as the city is pancake flat! At the top is the temple Wat Phnom, standing a lofty 85 feet high. It is surrounded by a lovely park, complete with cheeky monkeys and the odd captive elephant for tourists to ride. We trek to the top of the hill and pay a dollar to enter the temple and have a look about. It’s fairly small but lovely and has a huge white Stupa at its centre. We see a big gold Buddha and some monkeys, which always makes Ian happy. At the foot of the hill there is a huge analogue clock planted in the ground as part of the garden. It’d be a nice place to eat on your lunch break and you’d have no trouble keeping your eye on the time!
Heading back we stop at a shopping mall and then at another eatery for even more food! Anna orders what can only be described as ‘A Roast Dinner Pasta Platter’. It has all the components of a roast dinner combined with a plate of pasta. It’s either culinary genius or madness. After Anna has championed her way through her two-dinners-in-one we sample the national beverage. Which is of course beer. Called Angkor. Or the slightly cheaper rip-off version called Anchor. Both are delicious. A good start to our Cambodian adventure.