If you don’t get the title – go watch The Amazing Race…
Today was a little bit of a lazy day, but we did see a lot!
We ended up getting up late and left the hotel around noon. We went for lunch at a local cafe and then set off for the day. We first went to the Cambodian National Museum and saw lots of artifacts from the Pre-Angkorian era. It was interesting to see the amount of Hindu statues there. Although, there were also lots of Buddha statues there too! Katelyn battled a bit of dehydration while we were there, but with some rehydration salts she was all good in a short amount of time.
We finished off the museum and headed to the Royal Palace. On the way it started to rain, but we pulled out our Rain Jackets and were invincible (much to the chagrin of the other tourists). To me, it was incredibly surprising to see such opulence and grandeur in such a poor nation. The architecture was very beautiful, and to me felt a little more on the human scale when compared to the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
On the grounds of the Royal Palace was the Silver Pagoda, which seemed to be a cheap knock off of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok. But, we are in Cambodia so. I mean it is kind of expected (I can get you Bvberry and Channel Purses 5 minutes from my hotel).
After we were done at the Palace we set off for Wat Phnom – the name sake of the city. We didn’t stay too long as we were pretty templed out, and my coffee hadn’t kicked in yet. We tried to see the Old Market but it was closed, so we set off for the Foreign Correspondents Club – a Phnom Penh staple.
We originally planned to only stay for drinks ( I had the FCC Tranfusion..amazing!) but both got very hungry so ordered food. While a little bit on the pricey side the food was good and the ambiance was better. Set on the second story of an old colonial building, the view over the Ton Le Sap and Mekong rivers was beautiful. My highlight though was when the older lady working the bar came over with a free drink and said “here. for you. happy hour”. I really couldn’t say no to that.
It was getting dark when we finished dinner, so we booked it back to the hotel as it was eerily quiet on the street near our hotel.
We made it back alive. But now its off to mentally prepare myself for the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields tomorrow.