A Few Words on Entertainment in Phnom Penh

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Why try to be funny when others can do it for you?In that vein, we'd like to share some advice from Khmer Guides on entertainment and relaxation in Phnom Penh. This is a direct quote.Relaxing Places: There are many foreiners night clubs along the riverfront and all the visitors can relax with snooker and romantic song with beautiful girls. Moreover, all the … [Read more...]

Musical Chairs, Rambo and Karaoke

Having traveled by boat to Cambodia, we took a pass on the popular - and long - boat trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and opted for the cheap bus instead. We figured we could make better use of the extra $4 per person.When we booked our tickets, the agent from the bus company whipped out tickets and checked us off on a seat manifest that was virtually empty. It … [Read more...]

A Mosque, a Lake and an Amazing Sunset

Chinese New Year Celebrations - Phnom Penh

When our tuk-tuk first dropped us off near Boeng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh, it looked like a standard backpacker ghetto - cheap restaurants, internet cafes, guest houses, tattoo parlors, and travel agencies selling discounted bus tickets. We wondered why we had even bothered. But we persisted in a search for a perfect sunset promised by our guide book. … [Read more...]

Phnom Penh: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum - Phnom Penh

In contrast to its sunshine and smiles, Cambodia's recent history under the control of the Khmer Rouge is nothing short of horrific.Tuol Sleng, originally a high school in downtown Phnom Penh, was transformed into Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge between 1975-1979. It's estimated that close to 20,000 people were imprisoned here; only seven are known … [Read more...]

Phnom Penh – First Impressions

Side Street Chaos - Phnom Penh

During out first night in Phnom Penh, two bank guards shared their dinner with us after we showed curiosity in what they were eating. They invited us to take a few bites, told us the name of the dish in Khmer, and indicated how much we should pay for the dish to avoid being ripped off. Not quite what we were expected from a city from which we heard reports of "dark … [Read more...]