[Day 8] Exploring the Calmer Part of Phnom Penh!

[Day 8] Exploring the Calmer Part of Phnom Penh!

The sleep tradition continues to this day too, as we woke up at 1 PM, feeling a bit sleep-deprived.

Our plan for today was to check out the National Museum which is very close to our guesthouse, and Wat Phnom, the place where Phnom Penh came to be, the only hill in the city.

After snatching some awesome Pad Thai at the street food stall, we continued on to the national museum. Once you come inside, you will see a huge red building with ancient markings and statues. Really beautiful architecture.

The delicious Pad Thai!

The delicious Pad Thai!

Why not shave on the street?

Why not shave on the street?

The traffic is slowly getting crowdy in early afternoon in Phnom Penh.

The traffic is slowly getting crowdy in early afternoon in Phnom Penh.

Streets in Phnom Penh usually have distinctive vibes. It is really enjoyable to just sit back, relax, and observe!

Streets in Phnom Penh usually have distinctive vibes. It is really enjoyable to just sit back, relax, and observe!

The entrance fee to the National Museum is 10$ with an optional 5$ fee for an audio guide. I would say, take the audio guide too, because I didn’t take it, and most of the things were without captions. The museum is full of ancient statues and carvings. Inside the museum, there is also the largest hand weaved scarf in the world! Anyway, I wouldn’t say that this museum is worth 10$ if you go in without the audio guide.

An elephant guards the entrance to the National Museum.

An elephant guards the entrance to the National Museum.

The architecture and the features of the National Museum are simply awesome!

The architecture and the features of the National Museum are simply awesome!

The intricately designed roof of National Museum.

The intricately designed roof of National Museum.

Who is a better Buddha?

Who is a better Buddha?

The garden area of the National Museum radiates with a zen vibe.

The garden area of the National Museum radiates with a zen vibe.

After exploring the National Museum, we rode out to the Wat Phnom. It is located in the northern part of Phnom Penh, on the hill that is circled by a big roundabout. The entrance fee for foreigners is 1$, but it is totally worth it. This place is really chill, a huge park in the middle of the city, and a nice little relaxing hike.

The entrance to Wat Phnom.

The entrance to Wat Phnom.

The sumptuous golden statue in the middle of the park.

The sumptuous golden statue in the middle of the park.

An intricately designed Khmer carving.

An intricately designed Khmer carving.

On top of the hill, there is a pagoda and a huge white stupa. Of course, out of respect for Buddhist customs, you need to take off your shoes before entering the pagoda. Inside the dimly-lit pagoda, there are a lot of offerings to the Buddha statue and the scent of burning sticks is really relaxing. It makes you stop for a while and just enjoy the moment.

Inside the Wat Phnom pagoda. You have to show respect by taking off your shoes or flip flops and enjoy the zen vibe coupled with the magnificent scent of burning sticks.

Inside the Wat Phnom pagoda. You have to show respect by taking off your shoes or flip flops and enjoy the zen vibe coupled with the magnificent scent of burning sticks.

A golden Buddha statue dominating the pagoda interior.

A golden Buddha statue dominating the pagoda interior.

A small shrine reserved for offerings.

A small shrine reserved for offerings.

The main stupa of Wat Phnom.

The main stupa of Wat Phnom.

After enjoying the zen atmosphere of Wat Phnom, it was time for some dinner. We found a place to get a snack before going back to the hotel.

After doing a bit of work, it was time for another slice of dinner. We decided that we check out the nearby roadside market. In the end, I lost the crew and cruised around the neighborhood. I found a nice street food place with some killer Num Pang! (baguette sandwiches).

Eventually, we met up at the same place and had an awesome dinner.
After the regular dinner, we went to the Happy Pizza place to eat ‘happy’ dinner and drink some fresh beer.

Tomorrow, we will check out the S-21 and the infamous Killing Fields, to circle out our visit to Phnom Penh.

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David G

A curious individual seeking inspiration on a daily basis. Observer who enjoys spending time with people of different backgrounds and expanding his horizons. Getting in the flow whenever he travels or discovers a new place holding knowledge. Connected to nature on a deeper level.

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