Phnom Penh, no longer a troubled capital, Cambodia

Morning breaks up early in Phnom Penh, so does the river.

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Royal palace sees more locals than tourists, and there is no entrance fee.

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Doves enjoying breakfast of grains thrown by tourists.

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River side is always vibrant and also relaxed.

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This is how Cambodians keep their capital and shoes clean. No dog shit allowed.

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Another example of a cookie cutter house of Indochina.

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K-West hotel by the river front is a Phnom Penh icon.

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A 20mins walk from 136 Street takes you to the covered Central market looking similar to Saigon’s Ben-Thanh market.

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Cyclos taking a group tourist for a morning round-up.

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Independent monument with the national flag of Cambodia. I believe that freedom grows on people’s blood who tries to achieve it.

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Just don’t know about this man in the Pagoda, supposed to be a national hero?

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One US dollar buys 4100 Cambodian Riel, so the price of 1 litre of petrol costs 3150 Riel or 0.75 US cents.

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I am at the Sorya bus company’s depot to book a ticket to Siem Reap.

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Taking 10 AM bus for 29,000 Riel.

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This ticket is for foreigner charging 29,000 Riel, while locals pay 25,000 Riel for the same seat/bus/destination. One dollar more for a foreigner.

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This bus is loaded up with cargoes,and a motor bike is one of them.

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The bus breaks up its journey at the half way point.

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At Siem Reap, I check in the Neth Socheata hotel (2 star hotel advertised on Agoda for $28) for a mere $15. Room is perfect and cozy.

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Siem Reap’s Pub street is packing up when I am out for a quick eat. See you in the morning.

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