From 13-2-2005 until 23-2-2005 we have visited Cambodia. We started in Phnomh Penh.
The first three nights we stayed in a luxury hotel, part of the package. We felt real VIP's when a taxi picked us up from the airport.
The hotel was on walking distance from the Tonle Sap river. In the background the Mekong river can be seen
The Tonle Sap river is busy with traffic all the time
The Tonle Sap river is a natural point of attraction for the town. There is always something interesting to see. In the evening the promenade becomes crowded with sellers and strollers.
Tourist boats, waiting for passengers
The promenade in front of the Royal Palace
At then end of the afternoon it becomes more busy
Just sit down somewhere along the promenade and enjoy what you see. The only problem is that all the time beggars are asking you for money. This is really a very, very poor country.
Nice decorative clocks in front of the Royal Palace
Everywhere you will see the yellow and orange of the monks robes.
Time for a rest. But we are still careful with the local drinks
Near a small shrine old ladies sell flowers and joss sticks
As do mothers with children...
The fruits look very attractive
A man with a bird cage. He is waiting for people who will 'buy' the birds and then give them back their freedom.
Free again! But for how long?
As the sun sets and the temperature becomes more agreable, more and more people arrive, for a chat or a drink.
In the light of the setting sun the colours become even more beautiful
The river pavillion of the Royal Palace
A young seller counting the profits of the day
A well deserved rest after a long day
Trishaws are a popular means of transport
The Royal Palace in the light of the setting sun
We are now quite far from the hotel. Hundreds of moto drivers offer their back seats (for a fee of course), the normal way of transport here, but we decide to walk back.
On the way back we see many food stalls. But we decide to be careful on this first day
Gambling is a favourite pastime.
Finally back, with sore feet....