Phomn Phen is a small capital city which has heaps of character. It has loads of colonial French architecture and people from all walks of life. There are streets lined with beautiful, giant houses as well as half dressed street children trying to sell you books and covered in filth.
Contrast seems to be a key theme in Asia.
a Khmer scarf which comes in handy for everything!
Corruption is quite common so anyone can basically get away with anything. This also means that as a tourist you aren’t really better off than anyone else.
I felt eerie in Siem Reap walking around after dark, but this eeriness has taken a whole new level in Phomn Phen. Even being 2 of us we are still reluctant to stay out past 9pm. During the day though is a whole other story.
My most favorite thing to do in Cambodia is to get in a tuk tuk (which is pulled by a moto so you get the whole carriage to yourself) and chill out while the city passes you by. It feels like royalty and a ride across the city costs less than $3. I’ve spent about a week here which has allowed me to explore and experience the city thoroughly at a relaxed pace, something which I don’t get to do very often. I find the vibe when you stay in a place doing nothing is very different which is why I prefer to live abroad rathar than just take vacations.
The heat is unbearable which is a main reason why I would never be able to live here, but Cambodians have left a very favorable impression on me. I keep getting mistaken for a Khmer, perhaps its the darker skin and Asian features. I smile nicely and feel flattered. The one thing that does irk me about this country is the language. It has got to be one of the most annoying tones I’ve heard! A lot of different pitches, and the females all tend to have a mousy voice. Even if I lived here, I don’t think I could get used to it.