Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cambodia 20 - 23 Jan 2011

Phnom Penh International Airport, about 7 km from city centre. Taxi ride from Asia Hotel costs USD9. Pick up is free though, complimentary from the hotel.
Counter 1 and 2 is for Phnom Penh - Kuala Lumpur, while Counter 3 and 4 is for Phnom Penh - Bangkok  
Independence Monument commemorating the departure of the French in 1953
A structure in the middle of the round about at Sihanouk Blvd
The short suspension bridge where more than 300 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a stampede at an annual water festival on 22 November 2010
NagaWorld, the only casino in the city
Independence Monument at night

Rings and stones sold at Central Market or Psar Thmei

Russian Market or Psar Toul Tom Poung, a bit away from tourists spots. Costs USD2 by tuk-tuk from hotel

Shop rows in front of Russian Market
Independence Monument from a different angle
At the junction of Kampuchea Krom and Monivong Blvd
View from inside a tuk-tuk. Rental for one whole day costs USD20-30 depending on bargaining skills

Shops in Russian Market, selling different kinds of Cambodian products. Silk shirt costs USD7-15, round neck t-shirts cost USD3-5
The Royal Palace, which houses the two magnificent pagodas in the Palace Compounds, the Silver Pagoda and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Sisowath Quay also known as Riverside, an attractive boulevard running along the banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap (tonle means river)

A bridge and a wat (temple) along Norodom Blvd en route to Wat Phnom 

Wat Phnom (Hill Temple) 
Elephant ride at Wat Phnom
A common scene in Phnom Penh

Central Market (Psar Thmei)

Maybank Cambodia along Street 114
Public Bank HQ along Street 114
A view of Royal Palace from Sisowath Quay 
The National Museum of Cambodia
A tuk-tuk, Cambodian vehicle consisting of a motorcycle with a cabin for the passengers hitched to the back. A short journey costs USD2
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, also known as S-21 Prison, a school converted into Cambodia's most important prison in 1975
Independence Monument
Foreigners paying fees to enter Wat Phnom
A free duty shop at Phnom Penh International Airport

A single room at Asia Hotel costs USD23 per day without breakfast, USD25 including. Room is provided with free wifi.
View from 4th floor of Asia Hotel. These are shop apartments.
KFC Monivong Blvd branch at the ground floor of Asia hotel. It is owned by KFC Malaysia hence it has Halal certification. A snack plate consisting of 2 pieces of chicken, rice and a few slices of cucumber and tomato costs USD2.80 a meal. I had the same meal 6 times in 4 days!
At the junction in front of the hotel
A shop selling Buddha antiques in Central Market