-Continuation from the Ho Chi Minh post–
As soon as the bus arrived at the Cambodia immigration border, I instantly felt the huge shift of vibes. Cambodia sort of gives me different feels than Vietnam. Well, both are completely different lands albeit the similarities in their people. You might want to check out the history of both countries because conflicts happened between them in the past. Moving on, tarred roads do exist in Cambodia, but most of them are filled with potholes here and there. The housing areas are pretty much scattered and disorganized. And I think it wasn’t a fair first impression of Cambodia since we were only at the countryside. The capital, Phnom Penh is 170 kilometres away from Bovet, the bordering city. I don’t want to expect anything, actually.
After getting our passports stamped, our bus stopped by a restaurant for lunch. It’s a Vietnamese restaurant so as expected, we found them selling phos, banh mi and other Vietnamese dishes. My sister and I didn’t really know what to do because the bus was locked so we opted to take our seats on a bench inside the restaurant. Which means some time to observe the environment there.
The bus driver and his conductor didn’t spend much time munching on their lunch. We spent around 20 minutes at the stop and after everyone got on the bus, our journey to the capital continued. As usual, I slept. Hahaha. It was definitely a bumpy ride but along the journey, we captured a few sceneries of the locals. So yeah.
our first tuk tuk ride. kind driver we got :”)
After 3 hours, finally we arrived! As we got nearer to our destination, the view got better and better. There are more tall buildings and streets filled with tuktuks, cars and motorbikes. We stayed at Onederz Hostel which is just in front of the Tonle Sap river and that was the best decision I’ve ever made, seriously. The staffs are veryyy welcoming and hands down, Asian hospitality is the best of all! I still remember their names – Sukkim and …… The hostel felt so much like home because everyone needs to take off their shoes before entering and the interior is neat and clean. We stayed at the womens’ dormitories and got ourselves the view of Tonle Sap river :DDD
view from the inside of the hostel
view from our room 😀
And that was how I met my Vietnamese friend, Xinh! More on her later.
Basically, Cambodia’s currency is in US Dollars and also Riels which made us struggled on limiting our budgets there. Obviously, we couldn’t escape from converting USD to MYR everytime buying stuff here. Tips 1: Refrain from converting during travel. Another tips would be Cambodians traditional souvenirs/bags/textiles are wayyyy more beautiful than Vietnam’s idk why…. So now you know where to splurge your money on the next trip to Vietnam/Cambodia. Their silks are soooo tempting to buy but me got no money so byebye silk :”””””(((
chilling around the palace in the afternoon #hotlikehell
The main plan in Phnom Penh is just to chill around the city and not to go so far out of the city. Our budgets were limited and transportations are expensive. Tuktuks can cost around 5-10 USD if you don’t negotiate well and Grab isn’t available there. Sheesh. At times, we went jalan2 by tuktuks and at times, we walked on foot. Geez, walking on foot is healthy but once you got lost, it would be annoying. I remember there was a time where we wanted to have dinner at a halal restaurant which is 3 blocks south from our hostel. We standby some maps for directions but somehow we got lost for 40 minutes ahhahahahaahaa. In the end, it turns out that we were at the right street and after asking the locals around the street, we heard this,
“Halal restaurant? Close! Close!” he giggled while pointing at the next shop. But then I saw on the internet that the restaurant is open until 11:30 pm?? Haih, shouldn’t rely much on Google. No wonder the street was pretty dark at that time. After that, we walked on empty stomachs and headed to the halal restaurant behind our hostel. We’ve eaten there the day before so we thought of trying other halal restaurant. But then, program got cancelled so it was time to head 3 blocks north again :”””””))))
At 10:30 pm, we finally had our dinner in MK Halal restaurant – see on the map how farrrr we walked! Thankfully, the meals were great 😉 And nearby the restaurant, there’s a night market where they sell clothes, accessories and food. We managed to get our tastebuds on the coconut ice-cream and ate it while enjoying the night breeze along the river. Sat on a bench and just enjoyed the last night in Phnom Penh :)) how laidback it was <<333
where we lepak-ed at night
on the next day, we were supposed to board our flight home but……something occurred. Something common but also unexpectedly interesting.
tbc on next post!!