Phnom Pehn

After 5 wonderful weeks in Laos we were quite happy to be visiting a real city again. Phnom Pehn is our kind of city. Being of reasonably size it still is easy to get around by foot or remork. Boasting a great mix of authentic Khmer foodstalls and new expat orientated restaurants we enjoyed the food too.

A city that has river running through it always deserves some extra credit in our book. Although it must be said that the riverside is packed with touristy bars and eateries making it far less appealing than we imagine it could be. We avoided the crowded Russian market but heard it's worth a visit.

Since we were at the start of our Cambodia adventure we took it slow and visited one or maximum two sites a day. The National Museum is great place to escape the midday heat and it displays a beautiful collection of Khmer sculptures. The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda are a great stop, especially to take a closer look at those silver tiles in the pagoda.

To understand the pain that Cambodia has been through it is essential you make a visit to both The Tuol Sleng Museum and The killing Fields. Both these sites made a lasting impression on us. This isn't a fun thing to do, it's so hard to understand that human beings can be so cruel, but it makes you understand the trauma of the Cambodian people better.

All in all we quite enjoyed the country's capital. It's a great place to dive into the delicious Khmer cusuine and enjoy some late-night drinks. If it's culture your looking for there are plenty of great options.