Throwback: Backpacking to Vietnam-Cambodia Pt. 02
If you have not read Part one yet, Read it here!
Then we finally arrived in Phnom Penh. It was a week-long sacred holiday when we arrived that’s why the streets were quiet, no traffic… and most shops were closed. Haha! It’s okay though, at least it felt like we had the city to ourselves.
Good thing their central market was open. And again, always visit a central market!
Forgot the name of the restaurant (how informative, right?!) and we ordered a “make-your-own” salad bowl but you only have to fill it once so we filled it to the brim!
Along the streets of Phnom Penh is where I had my first sip of freshly squeezed sugarcane juice!
Then before heading back to our hotel, we had to experience this restaurant (again I did not get the name because I was so smart!) with a train of all the ingredients you can have for your hotpot, an unlimited sushi bar, and ice cream corner!
Strolling after dinner along the Pavilion of the Royal Palace 🙂
and the Riverfront Park.
We went back super early in the morning to feed the birds as recommended by our cousin slash tourist guide. 🙂 They say that not a lot of visitors know about this “thing” therefore we were only the tourists during that morning!
We left Phnom Penh the next day to head down to another province, Kampong Thom where our aunt together with her husband & eldest daughter is managing a charity hospital, school, orphanage and a church. They are missionaries in Cambodia for a long while now and visiting their place was another experience to reckon with. The photo below is the hospital taken while it was still under construction. By this time it’s already functioning. Their eldest son, who happen to be working in Phnom Penh that time was the one who was with us the whole time in Vietnam until we parted in Phnom Penh going to Kampong Thom.
These kids were some of the orphans that they take care of. Each of them have really heartbreaking and moving stories before they were in the orphanage and it is just amazing how these kids still can express genuine smiles on their faces.
Hey there, Puggey!
Walking aorund with the kids who were actually engaging with us even as strangers.
I guess you can tell now that I had a good time taking portraits of them. 🙂
Another treat from when we went to Kampong Thom was a good relaxing stay in Boeung Samrith Resort. We were there again as if we had the whole place to ourselves. I do not know if it is because of the holiday, or maybe it wasn’t visited much by tourists. The place was so serene! Seriously, we were the only ones staying there… I think!
After our wonderful stay at the resort, my sister, her fiance (now husband), and their friend were booked to leave Kampong Thom earlier to head to Siem Reap. The next night, the family with some of the staff in the orphanage treated us to an authentic Cambodian dish experience which I had a hard time appreciating at first. I had to keep my guts from panicking, seriously! In the end, it was a good experience after all. Better tried than never!
After the next couple of days, it was our turn to head to Siem Reap! Temples & Night Market, here we come!