Thoughts on Cambodia, Phnom Penh

I instantly adored Phnom Penh when I arrived, it was perfectly chaotic. Everything around was buzzing with life and it gave off the presence of a traditional yet up and coming city.

After Cambodia’s intense recent history it is blatant still that as a whole the country has much progress still to be made. But my gosh what they have accomplished in only a few decades is beyond admirable. One of my most favourite features of Cambodia has got to be the citizen’s attitude. They are so welcoming and bubbly, you feel like you are in great company instantly and their ability to comprehend humour despite the language barrier is wonderful. The people are definitely family centred as seen by the way everyone shares everything especially food. Generosity comes in bucketfuls.

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The buildings are an enormous mix of modern to minimal. Overall though the atmosphere created is very enjoyable and the excitement of never knowing what the next scenic view will be fascinates me into silence on every car ride as I watch out for every detail.

A massive bonus in Cambodia is just how cheap the food and drinks are. When you can have a fully fledged meal of generous proportions and godly flavours for under £5 you know you’re in a great place. Also delicious soothies made with real fruit are under £1 and I must admit I have a small addiction to them because they are just devine.

The temples, killing fields, Grand Palace and night and day markets are all hugely popular and worthwhile tourist attractions. For added entertainment you may wish to attend a traditional dance show if possible. They are very intriguing and so delicate with their hand movements.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though…literally, when it rains it pours. But also TukTuk drivers and other street sellers will bother you continuously. Tourists stand out like a sore thumb and social belied suggests we are all rich therefore you will be asked for TukTuk rides a good 20 times down a busy street. Also because they presume wealth comes with all travellers the prices are usually steeper than they need to be. So remember to barter for TukTuks and sales at a market, 8 out of 10 times you can cut a deal and save money.

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