We’re still in the 2nd days of Siem Reap. Too much to tell you guys about. Just right after our exploration at the Angkor Archeological Park, we then decided to stop at the Old Market. As for us, a visit to the local market will definitely taught you the lifestyle of Siem Reap people’s. We first bumped up with the sellers selling food outside of the market compound. Inside, you can see a lots of spices which had been nicely packed, fresh meats, fresh vegetables, clothes, jewelleries and others. Oh not to forget, souvenirs to bring back home. Basically, you can get cheap souvenirs here in Old Market (Phsar Chas) as in the biggest indoor market in Siem Reap. We managed to convince the seller to sell us 10 fridge magnets for USD 3. We took 40 numbers! Besides, we also managed to secure 2 kramas for the price of USD 1. As for the t-shirt, we managed to bought quite a numbers of shirts at the Angkor Night Market. We went to the same shop as my sis on her previous trip earlier. If you are asking us where is more preferable, we would say that there’s a few items which are found to be much cheaper than in Angkor Night Market but there are certain items are found to be expensive here. The only tips is to bargain as much as you can! You can get a copy of various ‘imitation’ Lonely Planet here with the price as cheap as USD 3 – 7.
There’s other alternative of market available here in Siem Reap which is Phsar Leu (Saler Market), New Market and Night Market (slightly smaller than Old Market) and Central Market.
After a few hours there, we then headed to D’ Wau Restaurant to have our quick-lunch. Even though we knew that it’s very expensive, we still wanted to try the food there. At least! We ordered white rice with side dishes of Lok Lak Beef, omelette and chicken sour soup. After having our last sip of the soup and paying all the bill, we definitely found that its cheaper and the food taste better in Haji Musa Muslim Restaurant. So, we definitely not gonna miss Nasir invitation to try “Daging Naik Bukit” tonight.
During our lunch session, we did discussed with Nasir that we need to buy the bus ticket to Phnom Penh for tomorrow. As advised by Nasir, it’s better to get there by VIP minivan which is much more faster. Approximately 3.5 – 4 hours rather than bus which will take us around 5 – 6 hours. Oh my! Furthermore, bus ticket will cost you USD 8 and minivan USD 10. So, minivan it is! Just near to the restaurant, Nasir helped us to purchase the tickets. We took the earliest one on schedule since we gonna have another half day extra in Phnom Penh later.
We still have a few hours to go and we then decided just to ask Nasir to bring us around the town. Pusing-pusing untuk habiskan masa. We went to Siem Reap museum but just to take a photo of the building since the admission fees are way too expensive. We’ve read all the comments given by Malaysian and even foreigner tourists from the forums and blog that it doesn’t worth the money paying for the admission fees. We even stop at the McDermott Gallery. An awesome photo collection of Angkor! To all photographers, this is the place. There are 2 galleries which is situated just next to Angkor FCC and at Pub Street. The one in pub street is much bigger than in Angkor FCC. Everything is all about Siem Reap and Angkor taken in black and white. He’s been staying in Siem Reap for the past 14 years to capture all this ancient histories.
We then headed back to our guest house just to catch some short nap before the ‘Beatocello’ show in Jayavarman VII Hospital. Dr Beat Richner often introduced himself as ‘Beatocello’ as his stage name. The concert normally held every Saturday at 7.15pm. He will play Bach on the cello and speaks about the activites of his four children’s hospitals. Nasir’s picked us up at the guest house and we then headed directly to Haji Musa place just to catch some early dinner before the show. Before reaching the place, we stopped over at Nasir’s and Salim’s places to say hi to their family members (their in-laws, wife and kids). Anak-anak dia tak takut orang. They even asked us to play with them. How cute are they! I miss them a lots!
While we were there, we chit-chat with Haji Musa for a few hours. Explaining and sharing with us on his new project, a school somewhere at the Cambodia border. He even asked his daughter, Laily and son to entertain us while he were busy welcoming a group of guest from Singapore! We talked and shared ideas with his daughter talking about her teaching plan at Tonle Sap. She’s basically a part-time English teacher and she’s just 17! At the age of 17, what are you guys really think on giving back to the community? Nah! Nothing right? She is such an ambitious teenage girl! She already got all her future plan on her hand.
We got carried away talking about her future plan, about our travelling plan, what we do for living, about Khmer’s people, Muslim in Cambodia and others. And the biggest part is that, we missed the ‘Beatocello’ show! We almost forgot about our initial plan! We never regret for not showing up at the ‘Beatocello’ since we got the chance to meet up new people’s, making new friends and such. Besides, we spent a few hours up to 9pm chit chatting with our new friends from Bandung, Bayu Bharuna”s and friends. There goes our night!
Lucky us, Haji Musa’s cooked for us!
Now you see,
And now you don’t.
After that short coffee session with our new friends, we then moved up to Angkor Night Market to do some final shopping before heading to Phnom Penh early tomorrow morning. FF got himself a free bicycle ride and he went for riding all over the town meanwhile, myself stranded in the room packing all the stuff for tomorrow.
Gonna continue with the Phnom Penh trip!
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma