First steps in Phnom Penh

The least developed country we have been in, Cambodia, managed to provide us with the most professional bus ride. Yes, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh might be the two main cities in Cambodia, but the road was pure dirt at times. On the other hand, it was this bus that gave out timely information as to breaks and arrival – in English. The only one that had tags on our luggage and in general the best service we have had.

Siem Reap was reasonably sleepy and mellow, suitable for the low season its enjoying. Phnom Penh, on the other hand is crazy. Bikes are coming from every which way, followed by smells of unknown origin. Its messy, dirty, wild and wonderful.

Tired from our bus ride, we went safe for dinner at a small restaurant next to our guesthouse and the food didnt disappoint. Which is good, when one is paying $4 a meal. Yikes. Mr.Blab’s lok lak was accompanied by a tangy peppery sauce, my Khmer style curry had me mmming and ahming probably too many times and the girls finally got their pizza fix, served on a wooden board for full effect. The Dod? He is loving “white rice” at the moment, so we generously allowed him to indulge – 50c.

Then with the corner of my eye, I see an elephant on the street in front of us, walking on the loaded with motorcycles pavement as though there is no one there. Try it, its a wonderful dinner entertainment. It sure sparked our spirits up.

A bit of a walk in the dark riverfront where small boats with lights can be seen on the Mekong and watching Little B line dance with the locals and before we knew it, the day was gone.

Aaah, traveling is great…