Assalammualaikum and Hi there!
Woke up as early as 5am. Did the final packing and off we go. Again, Bibik from the Explorer House has given us the pre-packed breakfast and off we go with Nasir’s. The day before, Nasir’s offered to send us to the transporter. We couldn’t declined any further. The whole MPV could accommodate 14 pax in a go. There’re 2 Malaysian families together with us. What a coincidence.
In the 1st 2 hours, the van will stop over for his breakfast and a quick visit to the toilet. We reached Phnom Penh 4 hours later. We couldn’t imagine if we were on a bus. It would take us approximately 6 hours. Ini pun, the driver drive laju gile! Seriously! We would like trying to grab anything that we could with such road condition. There are potholes here and there as big as 1 meter plus in diameter. How big is that! They really need a serious road maintenance here.
Reached Phnom Penh around 1pm and we quickly figure out the location of our guest house. Since we’re in the budget constraint mode, we decided to walk around in Phnom Penh. We walked all the way from the place where they drop us to the guest house with our backpack on! We almost got our shoulder out of alignment with that heavy bags! Oh ya, did we mentioned that we just love the hard ways.
We then managed to get ourselves here in Sundance Inn and Saloon at Street 172. Again, king size bed! Awesome. Check out the room! This guest house is situated just behind Wat Ounalom. Quiet street compared to the one near to Sisowath Quay. Hubby choice and it worth the money. The highlight of this small guest house is that the desktop is connected via the LCD TV and we don’t have to quarrel around who need to use the Ipad first. I got the whole screen all by myself. We reached the guest house just on time to refresh ourselves and to settle all our responsibilities.
We couldn’t wait any longer. We catch our late lunch at one of the restaurant nearby – Halal Restaurant (St 130, near to Indo Chine Hotel). It open daily from 6.30am to 10.00pm. Experienced the local Khmer food, Amok Fish. It taste slightly the same with what we have here in Malaysia, gulai lemak.
With itinerary and maps in hand, we continue the day by walking all the way to Wat Phnom. Wat Phnom is a man-made hill found in 1372 which the city name Phnom Penh derived from. By paying USD 1, you could climb up where there’s a temple up at the hill. Ritual and praying ceremony are still conducted here. You can see the whole of Phnom Penh city from here as well.
Just after we came down, it rains! We managed to run in that drizzling moment to the nearby shop. We saw KFC and we quickly ran in. Its HALAL since the owner are from Malaysia. They even go for a HALAL certification locally. Still full but just to catch the times, we bought some light snacks and drinks. Lepak-lepak, browsing through all the pictures taken in Siem Reap via our camera, studying the Phnom Penh map and etc. Suddenly, a couple just behind us say hi and ask whether we’re from Malaysia. And here, we meet up with new friends from Singapore, Abg Mas and Kak Suri. Basically, they have a restaurant here in Phnom Penh. They gave us some tips while we are here. We promised them that we definitely gonna be at their restaurant and fit sometimes into our itineraries before we depart to Malaysia. Till now, we still contact with both of them via phone. Our last conversation with them is they are now in Siem Reap spending their times there before they go back to Singapore for good.
Ok! Rains stopped. We quickly walked across the street heading to the jetty. It’s time to experience the Mekong River Cruise. It cost us USD 5 per pax. The best time for this river cruise is around 5.30pm where you can experience the sunset with the view of the Sisowath Quay. The whole cruise took us about 1 hour in overall. You can see a lots of local couple on the same cruise as well. As mentioned by Abg Mas and Kak Suri, local kalau bercinta, memang kaw-kaw punya. Siap boleh terjun jambatan kalau kecewa.
It’s already dark when we complete the cruise. We just decided to stroll down the Sisowath Quay area. Bought some stuff for breakfast, snacks and drinks for the next 2 days and we stumbled across a night market. As mentioned by local, the night market is only open on Saturday and Sunday. We’re very much lucky on that day. Nothing much there but you can see how local just sat on a mat while having their dinner from all the nearby stalls. How cool is that? We didn’t buy anything here since it’s more cheaper to get in souvenirs stuff in Central and Russian Market. Walked down to our guest house and there go our 1st day here in Phnom Penh.
Gonna continue with the Phnom Penh on Day 2! Such a powerful experience.
Zara AB & FF
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