(I have drafted this for ages already and thought to make some edits just to keep my sanity from all the nasty work stuff that’s hounding me for the past weeks).
Off to the real thing. You can actually go to these places in one day because they are pretty much close to each other. And again, have the convenience of hiring a tuktuk for the day (rate is $15 last April). Not only will you experience their culture, it will also save you money since cab day rate is double. 😉
Phsar Thom Thmei, more popularly known as Central Market, was built in 1937 under the French rule. The market is open from 7AM to 5PM and houses a variety of dry and wet stalls selling food, flowers, shirts, luggage, knickknacks, gold, silver, antiques and exotic food.
But the best thing about Central Market is that they the friendliest merchants EVER (well at least the stalls we went to). You would want to buy everything from their stalls just because they are so pleasant. They will even offer you a seat while they get new stocks for you and bag your purchases.
This wat is set on a hill and boasts of having the largest clock in Cambodia; and loitering monkeys is a common sight too. Check the next photo below this one ok? Don’t get confused. 😉
It houses antique pieces dating from the 4th century. Entrance Fee is just $3 and an extra dollar if you like to take photos. It’s open from 8:00AM-11:30, 2:00-5:30PM.
Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
This complex reminded me of Bangkok’s Grand Palace; it’s much smaller, though. It’s open from 8:00AM-11:00, 2:00-5:00PM. Entrance fee is $3 for both the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda; as these are just adjacent to each other.
Wear long pants/skirt and shirts with sleeves just to be hassle-free. You will be refused to enter the premises even if you have a shawl with you but you’re wearing tank top underneath.
Where to Eat
They serve a fusion of dishes so you can’t go wrong here. They decorated their walls with dedications from their clients hailing from different parts of the world and dined in their humble resto.
Tonle Bassac Buffet Restaurant
Their buffet costs $12 and there are a lot of dishes to choose from but I’m a bit disappointed because they have very limited selection for their dessert. Poor sweet-tooth me.