Jared and I have had a wonderful time in Cambodia. We’ve loved working with the children at Bykota House, and taking time to explore this big city.
To better understand Cambodia’s history, we took a day to visit the killing fields and S21. If you want to read about that post, click here.
In Cambodia, motorbikes pulling a small carriage are called tuk-tuks, and they are the main form of transportation in Phnom Penh. It’s quite fun to have an open-carriage ride everywhere you go. If you are a little more adventurous, you can also take taxi-motorbikes. Jared and I did this several times. The taxi-motorbikes are men on motorbikes giving rides to others. They have no problem fitting themselves and two passengers on their little bike!
Phnom Penh is definitely a diverse city. You have the nice, well-kept areas that are absulutely beautiful, and you have the back streets that are covered with trash.
But regardless, all of the major sight-seeing areas are well kept and beautiful.
One very popular area in Phnom Pehn is known as the River Side. The walkway lining the Mekong River is dotted with flags from countries around the world. Also, on the weekends, there is a night-market. We went to the night market with some friends and learned that they have a large food-stand area in the back with very tasty food. The Royal Palace is located near the river side, and it’s quite a sight to see. It’s been the home of the Kings of Cambodia since the late 1800’s (except during the Khmer Rouge reign). Markets, markets, markets. There are lots of great markets in Phnom Pehn. Russian was closest to us, we went there the most. You can find anything from fresh produce to souvenirs.
Located near the Russian market is a fabulous coffee shop called Jars of Clay. This is a must-visit stop during your stay in Phnom Penh.
Take a few seconds to read their story and you’ll understand why I fell in love with this place.
Not only do they have a great mission, but everything we’ve ordered there has been great. Also, for you french-press fans, they sell it by the pot and bring the whole press to your table.
All in all, we had a great time sight-seeing in Phnom Pehn, but nothing could compare with our time spent volunteering with International Orphan Aid.