As the first stop of our trip, Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, did not impress us particularly. After coming out of the very small airport, the sweltering air inevitably brought us some irritability.
After a short rest, we arrived at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh in the afternoon. The palace opened at two o’clock in the afternoon and we arrived at the palace gate an hour early. By this time, many tourists were waiting outside. An hour later, we joined other tourists in buying tickets to enter. It was too hot, inside the palace there is no shady place, and everywhere are the same yellow buildings. We wandered around and got some body tired, and came out in a hurry.
After coming out of the palace and loitering in a nearby square for a while, we took a cruise on the Mekong River and waited quietly for the dusk to arrive. As the cruise slowly moved forward, the sunset sank little by little, and the river breeze kept blowing, eventually dispelling some of the heat. We were in the middle of the Mekong River, on the left is a slum formed by small huts on the bank of the river, and on the right are tall buildings and beautiful villa areas. Poverty and wealth, backwardness and development, only one river apart.
The main means of transport here are tuk-tuks, i.e. three-wheeled motorcycles. Many tuk-tuk drivers, see tourists will wave and say, “tutu?” The price is not very cheap, basically starting at $2. Because the city is so small, it is usually ten minutes to reach your destination.
This is the market we passed by from the airport to the hotel.
Phnom Penh Central Market.
Is this a kindergarten or a primary school?
In the museum, we saw a beautiful French little girl.
That evening we came to the night market by the river for dinner.
Everyone sat directly on the ground.
There are stalls selling coconuts everywhere, usually $1 a coconut, very cheap.
Night view of Phnom Penh.