Hey, as a former French colony, you can learn French. Well, I didn't take the courses here, but I visited teh centre and it was very nice. They have 11or12 week sessions. 3x a week (M,W,F) for US$130. Or middle or advanced 2x/week (Tues/Thurs) for US$100.
Or private classes for US$18/hour.
The definition of "beaten path" is one I've always debated. Technically, Cambodia is off the beaten path. I mean, how many people do you know (besides me of course) that have been to Phnom Penh? Compare that number to the number of people you know that have been to Europe or the USA. See what I mean? There's no path even close!
But if you do go to Cambodia, then Phnom Penh is quite on the path. And the city is still dangerous enough that you might not want to get to far off the path. If you do, you'll see a very impoverished city, with shacks serving as makeshift whorehouses, unpaved dirt roads, and solvent-sniffing beggar children. Phnom Penh is getting better, but it is still the capital of one of the world's poorest countries.
Bayon Temple is the focal point and mystic centre of the Royal City (Angkor Thom) chiefly noted for its 54 powerful four-sided Towers of Faces. Each bares the same blank image of the Jayavarman as the reincarnation of Buddha with the eyes closed and a disturbing smile.
The temple features over 1,200 metres of reliefs carved on the outer and inner walls depicting the lives of the people and the historical events.
I saw many interesting lizards in Phnom Penh. Most were hiding in/on trees (like in my picture), so keep your eyes out. They're so cute.
Take a boat down the Tonle Lap River to see houses on stilts perched perilously at the water's edge..
Phnom Penh has plenty of wildlife. I saw monkeys at the entance to Central Market and this one at Wat Phmom.
The Bayon Temple features over 1,200 metres of reliefs carved on the outer and inner walls depicting the lives of the people and the historical events.
Location: Siem Reap
Not much is known about the civilisation except for some 1,200 inscriptions found throughout the country which gives an indication of the size and complexity of the civilization.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the premier hotel in Phnom Penh. The hotel was first established in 1929...more
Arrived at the hotel in the late morning via taxi from Phnom Penh International Airport at USD$9...more
it is very near to the river fr0nt and the royal palace, not to mention near the stinky market....more