My first four days trip to Cambodia was a pretty exciting one. It was 2009 a short flight from Bangkok to Phnom Penh by Air Asia. Landed safely and immigration was smooth at Phnom Penh Int’l Airport. Flagged down a tuk-tuk to my hotel. I was not looking for luxury so just stayed in Flamingos Hotel for few nights (on Street 172) before heading towards Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by bus.

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Street view of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh is a laid back city once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, for many people it could be boring unless you know what to look for and where. It was a little rough city but things are improving, though roads remain run-down and dusty, traffic chaotic, and periodic electricity issue.

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Street view of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The nicest and most pleasant place in the city is the riverfront area, where many many restaurants and bars are located. There are few places targeting tourist which are also nice and places to be in the evening. I really liked the restaurant and bar scene. Only thing I did not do is try food from one of those roadside makeshift restaurants.

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Street view of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I hired a tuk-tuk for the day, the driver was very friendly and speaks English, he gave me a city tour and took me all the places on my list. I was hooked so hired him for the next two days. 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I had to apply for Vietnam visa and got it on the same day, much easier than New York City consulate. Four days went by so fast and time for me to get on to the bus heading towards HCMC, Vietnam.

If you can handle dust, noise, reckless driving then it’s a city worthwhile destination.  

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Street view of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Have you been to Phnom Penh, here are Dizzy Traveler’s pictures that will tell the story.


 

Hasan Mahmud

Traveler, Blogger, and Travel Photographer!

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