18.03.2016 - 20.03.2016 32 °C
Day 32 - 18 March 2016
Returning to Phnom Penh
Feeling a little tired after the St Patrick's day festivities, we had a lazy morning having breakfast and getting our bags organised for the return trip to PP before we got on the bus at 130pm.
We went with Mekong Express this time as Giant Ibis were booked out but it was just as comfortable as the previous journey there.
We arrived in Phnom Penh just before 7pm and took a tuk tuk to our hotel, right after booking our next leg of the journey to Ho Chi Minh.
We checked into our hotel, that was owned by another french guy, surprise surprise, and we found a nice restaurant across from the hotel for dinner. The street that we were staying on was alot busier than the street where the V hotel was on our previous visit, as this was closer to the capitals major tourist sights.
We had a bit of craic with the waiter trying to teach him some irish words as we were waiting for our food and his pronunciations were pretty spot on.
Day 33 - 19 March 2016
Sightseeing in Phnom Penh
We headed off in the direction of Wat Phnom, a temple in PP city centre but ended backtracking almost back to our hotel to find a place for breakfast as there were very few places around.
There was a big clock located right below the temple set in the grass which was pretty cool, although it was 20 minutes slow.
We took a wander into the temple and around the grounds, spotting a few monkeys.
After indulging in yet another sugar cane juice, we took a tuk tuk to the Royal Palace, where the king of Cambodia resides but unfortunately it was closed until the afternoon.
We visited the National museum that had lots of artefacts found at Angkor and other historical sites around Cambodia. The french are currently very instrumental in carrying out archaeological digs in Cambodia and Japan are busy repairing the old temples and ruins.
After a siesta, which we are big fans of, we headed out for lunch and continued on to see the Cambodia/Vietnam friendship or Independence monument, which was built by Vietnamese government after Cambodian gained its independence from the french in the 1950s.
There was also a huge statue of the former king of Cambodia, King Norodm Sihanouk.
We found another nice restaurant next to the hotel on our street and then headed to the night market in PP which includes live music.
And so ended our short but memorable stay in Cambodia.