17.08.2010 - 19.08.2010
We arrived in Phnom Penh after a 6 hrs bus journey from Siem Reap which was fine. We travelled with Mekong Express after much deliberation and it seemed to be the one recommended by most travellers. It was alright, but the A/C on the coach could have worked better, we spent most of the time roasting!
Upon arrival we were mobbed by tuk tuk drivers, managed to find one to take us to Golden St. It's a bit further away from the river front but it's a nice street with enough restaurants and bars around to keep you happy for a few days. We stayed at New Golden Bridge Hotel, nice, clean and basic - however Cal was not a fan of the bed!
First night we went to the riverfront and had a few beers and some western food - we were starving and needed to be filled up! We turned onto st 138 (i think) as the bars were mentioned in the guide book. We went into a bar I thought was busy, but turned out to be all local girls, one of which was making some rude gestures towards Cal! We drank up and escaped back to the hotel quickly!
Our only full day, we decided to head to the National Museum and the Royal Palace/Silver Pagoda. We found the info in the museum about Angkor really interesting, it was good to see images of how the temples appeared when surrounded by a city. The Palace was alot more understated that Bangkok's...and I liked it that way.
We only spent a short time in Phnom Penh, it was more of a stop off on the way to Saigon. Neither of us loved it, it was just OK. I'm sure if we'd spent more time there however our opinions would have changed.