Trip Start Sep 15, 2009
5Trip End Sep 25, 2009
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I did not go to the genocide museum nor the killing field, which are popular. I went to the National Museum, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom. I didn't feel anything special there because the Khmer culture there is similar to what I found back home in Thailand.
Sisawath Quay along the Mekong River is where to walk. There are bars and restaurants catering to western tourists. FCC ( Foreign Correspondence Club), a landmark bar/restaurant, probably u have read about in books and seen in movies is on that street. If u want a hotel room facing the river, beware of the snail pace massive landscaping work alone the river bank. Away from there, I went to Khmer Surin, a very romantic Khmer/Thai restaurent. Five star set up, one star prices.
It's hard to like this city: they don't use bags nor cans for garbage, they just pile it up on the streets waiting to be picked up. Only a few streets had street lights, it was dark. The city apparently just ignored the dust covering the roads and the shoulders. It was so noisy u can’t get decent sleep here: Cambodian drivers compassionately love to honk...beep beep beep.. beep beep..
My visit to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh confirmed the online postings that the stuffs there were rude. They issued a single entry tourist visa instead of double that I was applying for. I always get double entry visa in Penang and the stuffs were friendly. May be this is due to the fact that Thailand and Cambodian do no have a good relationship.