Phnom Penh: A low city skyline with old French colonial hints here and there with smoggy hobbly roads. Compared to Siem Reap this capital city feels less cozy and chilled out but more bustling and workaholic. While we visited the many roads were under construction giving also a dusty cloud texas dessert feel. The shopping highlights are actually mainly lowlights, there are a few small cute shops but I’d focus the shopping activities in a different city if you get the chance, like for instance Bangkok! But this city is a must visit especially for the famous Killing Fields found just a few km from the city center. I would recommend to hop through this city with a max 2 day time frame.
Tea House: Pull back out of all the fuss and relax in this chilled out hotel. With a great pool too cool off in and comfy lounge area this is perfect for a relaxed stay while discovering the city. Their food is also nice which will tempt you to stay at the pool side for an afternoon.
The rooms are modern styled with great showers, tv and mini fridges (yumsters). The only annoying thing about this hotel was that outside they had their own tuc tuc drivers but they were really pushy. Even compared to the extreme guys found in Bangkok, they were on fire! However the location is great, easily walk over to a busy night are with bars and restaurants or grab a tuc tuc from on of the enthusiastic guys.
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Vego Salad Bar: For a quick healthy lunch break head on over to this place. Choose your favorite toppings, dressings and greens. The place is nice and cool and offers a refreshing escape from the busy warm streets. You can also order yummy sandwiches or bagels if you want a fuller bite.
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Kaviar: Located close to our hotel Tea House, it was a joy to slip on over to this place. However, if you’re located further away I would still advise to scoot on over. We tasted some beautiful dishes and some hummus that leaves your mouth watering. It is expensive though, even for western standards yet the service and taste is amazing thus worth your while.
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The Lost Room: Ok ok we read it was difficult to find on Tripadvisor and it really was. Honestly we had the route completely planned out with the useful app Maps.Me (that works perfectly offline) however we ended up dwelling through the streets and lost while looking for The Lost Room: ironic. When we finally found the restaurant it was packed and we realized that due to traveling we’ve completely forgotten what it is to make a reservation as everything we did was spur of the moment. Thankfully they had a table over and with much attention to detail explained their unique menu with Australian fusion tastes. We ended up eating with another Dutch couple who also forgot to make a reservation so they joined our table. The vibe is really relaxed and cozy and worth the search quest.
The 240 by Maads: Located in the luxury and high end area of Phnom Penh you’ll find an amazing sweet coffee and lunch hotspot with an amazing hipster store attached to it. The houses and villas located on this street are really impressive and offer thus a great scenic walk after having lunched here. Trendy lunch menu’s with champagne as a refreshing addition make the experience here comfortable.
Or crash at one of their ‘grass grown’ tables and enjoy a smoothie or fluffy cappuccino. If you’re looking for nice souvenirs or gifts you simply walk next door into their shop and take a look at the trendy candles, bags, notebooks etc.
Killings Fields: Perhaps THE reason to go to Phnom Penh is because of the Killing Fields which is located just a few km from the city. A story of dense tragic history that will leave you flabbergasted of the world we live in. Take a tuc tuc here and learn the dark past of Cambodia.
Absolutely take an audio tour while walking through the area and listen to the horrors that took place here. Aside of all the confronting things you hear the visuals will haunt your dreams.
Especially the pieces of ragged bloody clothing that submerge during heavy rainfalls on the grass fields. However each area of the Killings Fields will leave you in shock like for instance a huge tree onto which baby’s would be beaten to death.
It’s just unbelievable what kinds of chilling events took place in this field however this unfortunately isn’t the only one. A saddening touristic highlight yet one that is a must. I would recommend to plan an easy going evening afterwards just to let everything sink in.
That’s all folks, next stop: Saigon Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
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