Monday, 13 February 2012

Phnom Penh

As we arrived in the evening we found that many guest houses were fully booked and hotels were way out of our price range. We ended up finding two rooms available at 'Long Lin House' and paid $7 each for a double room with a fan and a private bathroom. Josh, Luke, Aaron and Josh shared a large room with 3 beds and a shared bathroom for $16 between them.

Our room was the last double available and had a large window looking directly into the kitchen. The room itself was small, smelt damp/mouldy, the bathroom smelt of urine and it was grimy, although the bed linen appeared clean.

Our room

We asked to move to a different room the following day as the smell was pretty bad and the kitchen noise was a bit annoying. The owner said we could move the next day as people were due to check out, however they didn't and the owner then said we could keep our room for $6 a night instead, which we agreed to.

We spent two days here, one at the Killing Fields and the Genocide Museum and the other visiting the Russian Market. To get to the market we hired a tuk tuk there and back for $5 between Ian and I. The market has many stalls selling knock off designer goods, tourist gifts and food. It was nice to look around and on the outskirts there are a few factory outlet shops selling many high street designs from Armani Exchange to Gap and Forever21.

Gifts for sale inside the Russian Market

On our last evening here we had a walk along the riverside, watched the locals working out to techno music and playing football and then proceeded to a rooftop bar called Le Moon. Here we drank a cocktail and watched the sunset. Notice how i only said 'a' cocktail; these were $4.50 each, making them more expensive than our room!

Below are some photos we took during the evening

 People exercising at the riverside

 The view from Le Moon

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