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Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour
"Meet up with your guide just outside your Phnom Penh hotel and hop in comfortable air-conditioned transportation bound for your first stop. Begin your tour at Cambodia’s Royal Palace which stands majestically in the city centre just off the riverfront area. Several buildings are open to visitors including the ‘Silver Pagoda’ whose floor is lined with solid silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum. Located in a fabulous old build the Museum is filled with art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. At the north end of the city is the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom for which the capital was named. Climb the stairs to the top of the hill for fabulous views of the city below.In the afternoon take a look into the country’s tragic recent history with a tour of Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at sobering reminders of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a joyful tour visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the development of this still developing country. In between there is also time for a visit to the ‘Russian Market’. Test out your bargaining skills as you wander through the stalls filled with souve local handicrafts
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields
"Pick up from your Phnom Penh hotel by your guide and driver and transfer to the Toul Sleng Museum (Prison S21). During the Pol Pot regime Toul Sleng formerly a high school (Toul Svay Pre School) was converted to a detention center known as S21. After interrogation and often torture prisoners were transferred to ‘Killing Fields’ where they were often tortured again and brutally killed. Today the building houses exhibit paintings and photographs of many of the victims. Visitors can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the located just outside the city center. It was a Chinese Cemetery before it became the Khmer Rouge’s best known Killing Field. The remains of almost 9000 bodies have been excavated from mass graves in this area. A memorial stupa has been erected and displays over 5000 human skulls
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Regime of the Khmer Rouge and Highlights of Phnom Penh Tour
"On this day tour will take you to a trip to Cambodia’s bitter past. You will visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Also known as “S-21” the museum was once a school but was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as detention and torture center of the regime.Next leg is Choeung Ek or more popularly known in the West as the “Killing Fields”. Although both sites are symbols of brutality and oppression they will give you a better perspective of Cambodia’s history and appreciate more the beauty the country has to offer.We will then take you to visit Stung Meanchey. The neighborhood is where you will find Pour un Sourire d’Enfant or “For the smil but you can surely drop by the center’s souvenir shop to buy some mementos.The remainder of the day we shall spend scouring the lively markets of Phnom Penh. Drop by Central Market an art deco structure presumably the largest market in the whole country. You may also want to try the Russian Market that is famous for its stone and wood carvings. You can find a variety of merchandise in both markets ranging from clothes to souvenirs jewelry
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Daily life Tips (14)

DO AS THE LOCALS DO---EAT INSECTS

Along the banks of the river you may see some locals selling insects from stalls which is quite common in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Sorry for the photograph but it had to be taken from a distance as the stall holder objected to her photo being taken. Insects provide tasty snacks fo the locals and although i have tried the grasshoppers on several occasions, and i have thoroughly enjoyed them, i have not plucked up enough courage to try the tarantulas, cockroaches or scorpions. Crickets, ant eggs, water bugs, silk worms, black beetles, locusts or bamboo worms.
Please read through the choices below and decide which insect you may like to taste.

GRASSHOPPERS----very popular everywhere and easy to find. Ideal for curries and stir-fry. As this is the on;y insect i have tried i must say i enjoyed them deep-fried, tasted like deep fried prawns.
LOCUSTS----taste like sunflower seed with a taste of prawn
BAMBOO WORMS----larvae of the grass moth, fried and taste like potato chips
WATERBUGS----huge creatures that are eaten whole after being fried or steamed with spices.
TARANTULA---Very popular and they are bred in one particular town. They are normally cooked in garlic, sugar and salt until they are crispy, but still soft and gooey on the inside.
COCKROACHES----It is said that they taste like dirt but in Cambodia they are bred on a diet of fruit and vegetables which makes them more tasty.

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Aug 23, 2014

Motorcycle Wash in Phnom Penh

Motorbikes are main mode of transportation in the country especially in Phnom Penh. Cars are not too many, and if you see one you could think that car belongs to a very rich man. Yes, traffic occurred in the city, but not from cars. Traffic caused by road constructions

Honestly, this was a first time I saw a motorcycle wash, it probably exist in other country but I just wasn't look for it. We don't have this in Belgium, not in my hometown, we only have car wash

For one dollar you can let your motorbike wash here. I watching them doing it, they really do a great job by making those moto's cleaned. For a small motorbike there were two of them sharing the job

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shavy
Jan 28, 2016

Find them every corner on the street

Strolled around the city is so interesting. One of my favourite thing to do and see their culture especially the street scene. Each of Asian countries has its own way of life and culture

A key feature of Cambodian cuisine and eating habits involves street food. At least once a day most Cambodians will have some form of street food. In Phnom Penh you'll find many of this vendors selling local delicacy. That can either be a snack, a take-away and it didn't cost much. Is it safe? for me it is, as long is grilled, this people has burn charcoal in their mobile cart.

They sell $0.50 cent each for this snack, I'd like to try everything and believe me is nothing wrong with it. Grilled banana Cambodian style, here in Cambodia bananas are cooked in numerous structures to make assortments and can be found everywhere

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shavy
Jan 30, 2016

THE WAY OF LIFE IN THE COUNTRY

If you have been to Vietnam or any other Southeast Asian countries, life in Cambodia is no better than those other countries. For some local Cambodia a private transportation they can affort is the motorbike.

With this kind of transportation around, you'll be surprised how they used this 2-wheeled carrying heavy stuff. Completely irresponsible!

The load was so great that you could hardly see the driver from the rear it looked like a house on wheels going down the road, but this people are used to it. For visitors is another glimpse in the country something they'd never seen before

Whether you’re travelling through the city or the countryside, one thing’s for sure everywhere you go you’ll see people carrying whole families will be crammed casually onto one bike. You'll never get enough with this. And for those can't afford for a motorbike, they'll have to pulled stuff at their back

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shavy
Jan 30, 2016
 
 
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Child Beggar

This is common in any Southeast Asian countries, children beggars. I'm originally from the Philippines. In recent years I haven't seen so many beggars in my country as I have seen in Cambodia. I'll never gave money to a beggar

This little boy came to us while we were eating. He want to sell something if I remember he was selling bracelets. He keep insisting for his bracelet and I refused

He didn't speak English, he suddenly pointed to a photo and I look behind, he wants food. We continue eating and he felt like neglected, he walk away. I suddenly lost appetite, so I went after him

I saw him to a table by other people also being neglected, I called him to come. He follow me to our table, I order a fried rice for him

I have so much leftover of my Pho soup, so I gave to him, but he didn't want to touch it. I ask him if he don't like it? he said for my Mama. So I ask the waiter to packed the soup and he also wants a coke, so I order one for him, but he didn't drink he want to take the coke at home for his mother.

I really have a bad moment watching him eating and at the same time he was taking care of his mother. This kid is taking care of his family. They survived by begging on the street or begging food by tourist. My heart tears apart

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shavy
Jan 28, 2016

A poor country

As Cambodia is one of the poorest country is South East Asia, there are some local customs. E.g. in some places (National Museum) an officer will give you a small flower. Take that flower and put it and small amount of money in a bowl or a plate in front of Buddha. It is a sophisticated means of begging, but we rich tourist can give a few dollars. You don't need to give every place.

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MJL
Mar 09, 2005

Motorbikes Overall

If you have been to Vietnam, Phnom Penh is a bit the same, but the city still very much in development.

But here isn't too difficult crossing street than we experience in Ho Chi Minh. In Ho Chi Minh City is much worse. Crossing the street is really a disguised of suicide attempt

Phnom Penh is busy and dusty, yet it is amazing to see how fast the city grows. The city is alive by the many street traffic, mainly the tuk tuks and motorbikes. Public transport consists in Phnom Penh especially from private motorbikes and tuk-tuks

Cars, taxis and buses barely seen. It seems like everyone has a motorbike in Phnom Penh. There are at least as many women as men ride a motorbikes

The differences in Cambodia between rich and poor are large. When you have the money for a car, it seems the trend is therefore equal to buy a large SUV, think of Lexus or Hummer. With the brand name, massively on the side of the car. Because if you have money, you have to show it

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shavy
Jan 30, 2016

Shrine by river

Opposite the Royal Palace along the river is this small shrine which seemed to have some kind of ceremony happening when I was there. You'll also find people selling flowers, birds (which I think are said to bring good luck/your wishes come true when you let them go), and street hawkers.

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Willettsworld
May 02, 2010

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Palm Wine instead of Grape Wine

I have been to Cambodia for 2-3 times now and every time I visit Cambodia, I never forget to order palm wine produced by Confirel.

The first time I visited Cambodia, I was afraid to taste any of the local food, especially on anything that I never had before. But my second time, I was braver and started tasting something different, such as Prohok, sour mango pickle with salt and chili or sour mango with fish sauce .... yum :)

After I visited the Night market, I have introduced to the palm wine, and palm sugar. The first wine I tasted was Pineapple palm wine, which contained only 8% of alcohol. The wine has a little sweetness from Pinepple. It's different from Grapewine in a good way. It's light and fresh, fit well for the lady or whoever do not alcoholic drink.

Another one that I taste was, Jaya, which they called Palm Whisky. Jaya has a great taste for a 40% alcoholic drink. I enjoy it alot.

Next time you visit Cambodia, don't forget to switching your drinking grape wine habit and try palm wine instead. I guarantee you will like it.

You can find palm wine at any supermarket especially in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, at restaurant, mini mart, etc.

FeelingAngelish

feelingangelish
Dec 06, 2009

Similarities to Malaysian Culture

Everywhere I visited in Cambodia both Siem Riep & Phnom Penh, I can see similarities in the cultures, day to day living, food and to a smaller extend the religions.

Although Malaysia is a multi-racial melting pot. But similarities were noted on the type of food in the market, the wet market where almost all sellers are women..(As those Malaysian Wet Market in the state of Trengganu & Kelantan). The light desserts very similar to Malay's & Baba nyonya desserts in Malaysia, The Cham's muslim dressing, head gear, and even their language is similar to Bahasa Melayu/Indonsia. For Khmer culture, the Royal Palace ceremonial gears, umbrella & flags having lotsa similarities with the Hinduism practised in Bali, Indonesia.

For those Malaysian visiting Cambodia, it is a must to check those similarities. And for those Malays of Malaysia/Indonesia/Singapore, visiting a muslim Cham's Kampong and ability to communicate with them in Bahasa Melayu/Indonesia will be another interesting activities.

Before I forget...do note also similarities in naming their vilages as "Kampong" and the eating stall "Waroeng"

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stimix
Apr 02, 2009

Callejeando - Hang around the streets

Callejeando siempre se ven cosas curiosas e interesantes

Hangging around the streets you may see corious and interesting things

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elpariente
Feb 11, 2006

Children are the future

Life is hard for most Cambodians, but it doesn't keep them from enjoying their children -- and enjoying it when you do too! This little charmer was at "our" laundry.

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Dec 23, 2003

Things to Do Near Phnom Penh

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Tuol Sleng Museum

Tuol Sleng Museum, the complex used a secondary school until in 1975. Then the complex was occupied by the Khmer Rouge and used as a prison. The prison, known as S-21 eventually became the place where...
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Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument

Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument is located on streets between Street 7 and Sothearos Blvd. It was built in the late 1970s by the communist regime that took power after the Cambodian-Vietnamese...
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Sisowath Quay

The bustling Sisowath Quay promenade was recently renovated. The lady owner from our guesthouse told us about this area Four years it has been a building site that the view of many hotel visitor...
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Russian Market

To get here by tuk-tuk cost $4 because this is further out the center. This market offers many kinds of products from fabric, souvenir, shoes, jewelry, clothes. You also find tailoring, hairdresser...
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Silver Pagoda

Located within the Palace compound sits the Silver Pagoda .Removing our shoes we stepped inside . We were immediately wowed ! The floors are covered with 5000 silver tiles each weighing over a kilo...
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Foreign Correspondents Club

The FCC is housed in a three story French colonial building. It faces onto the Tonle Sap River near its confluence with the Mekong. The FCC dates from the 1990s and was once a hotbed of journalistic...
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