Review: Now my favorite Vietnam. h 7 Two days in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Previous part is part 6 From Vietnam to Cambodia via the Mekong Delta
In Cambodia we had planned to stay for two days, as we wanted to return to Ho Chi Minh city and stay there for a couple of days before flying home. Arriving late in the evening and accommodation in hotel of Phnom Penhin which we are forcibly brought to the van, we went down the street to look for something else. Then we learned by the map, we were in the city centre (near Royal Palace), but first met us the hotel we had to pass a lot. Somehow in a strange way the hotels in the evening we did not come across, but then walking the same streets we found a bunch of places to stay.
Anyway, we are on the way, I got the Indochine 2 hotel. The price for the reception was offered at $ 16 per room with Breakfast. After seeing the room, we agreed, because it forces to look for another hotel already was not simple. In principle, the hotel and room is not bad. Bright clean hallways, clean room with a TV, air conditioning, refrigerator and shower. But the room we had, apparently, even smaller than a single cell in local prisons, and without a window. It was the smallest room I've ever seen. We stayed there only for two nights and only to sleep in so that was all arranged, but a little later regretted that he did not stay in the hotel, in which we brought originally, there the room was huge and with a window. The Breakfast was simple: scrambled eggs, coffee, tea and a sandwich.
Immediately, it is not clear where it came from power, we went a little familiar with the surroundings. The Royal Palace from the hotel 10 minutes on foot.
Around is full of cafes and restaurants. Near the Palace I found these delights:
Especially interesting was the fried frogs (bottom left), but we try not to take the risk.
To eat something more substantial, tried several cafes and restaurants. I would not say that Phnom Penh I was struck by the low prices. All in dollars, and apparently rounded. Although the astronomical prices too, not to call, yet practically it is the centre of the country. In the end, we humbly ate for $ 12 in a pretty nice place
The next day, after Breakfast in the hotel, we went to get acquainted with the sights, intending to visit the Royal Palace. On the way went to some shopping, and was surprised that all the prices are also in us dollars only. A small can of Pepsi is $ 2. Sandwich – $ 1. In General, as we later realized, its own currency, they have not in the course. We never for two days, local currency and exchange. In some places we were given the change in Riel, but for spending it was not much and we take them as Souvenirs brought home. The change is usually given in full dollars, and the change in the percentage counted in the Riehl.
Went to the local grocery market, which was quite near our hotel. In principle, the most common Asian market, like Thailand and Vietnam, but found it interesting "live goods", or half-dead. Many instances of this living product, without heads and skins fun have jumped on the pallet:
And in General the atmosphere in the streets was not much different from the streets in the same Vietnam or Thailand, unless the traffic is less. But the cars here on the roads such that it is time our corporations envy. One other cooler.
But met and such is the instance, Recalling the close friendship of our countries in the past, and now between our countries even there are no direct flights.
Still loved the promenade along the river. Along it are hotels, restaurants, cafes. In the evenings it is very pleasant to walk around.
Hotels here are more expensive the closer they are to the promenade and to the Royal Palace.
I wanted to go to the Royal Palace, but on the way to the Palace we caught the taxi driver and began to stick with a proposal to explore the city. He assured us that the Royal Palace this morning is not working and will open only after 12 (so that, or he lied to us, we never found out). Incidentally, he could speak English. We still wanted to visit the "killing Fields", and given the complete lack of public transport joined with him in hard but fun bargaining, and stopped at 8 dollars for directions to the fields and back, and then another, to drive a few places in the city. Don't be surprised such a low price because we traveled not by car, but on this wonderful unit:
To the fields we were driving quite a long time, across town, and then another 20 kilometers probably. He carefully drove us to the entrance to the field, carefully kept from us children of beggars and patiently waited for us to walk up through the fields.
The entrance to the field was worth $ 2 a head. Not to say that this tour was sverkhnovaya, somehow still modest in the fields, a few exhibits, but to visit in Phnom Penh and not visit the fields are not.
On the way back we planned on stopping at the "Russian market", which is so called since the days of close friendship between our peoples, but now it's just a cheap flea market, drive to the independence monument, and then an indoor market. But changed his mind and asked him to throw near the independence monument to the future path to walk and see some sights of Phnom Penh.
Honestly, the photo of the monument had to download from the Internet, because its pictures were very bad.
The evening on the quay managed to make interesting photos:
After the lightning got caught in a downpour. But he drove us to one of the local cafe where we finally tried the frogs.
The next day we already had to go back to Vietnam, in Ho Chi Minh city. Previously, we had to go to the indoor market and walk the streets one last time. To market on foot, too, was at hand. Actually as it turned out, the city is not so big, everything is close.
Indoor market met our expectations: there are all prices in dollars, too. There we bought some Souvenirs, but is very heavily traded (2-3 times lowered the price), so-called original price was unreasonably high.
Bus tickets we purchased the previous day. Tickets purchased we're just on the street a young man working in the tourist kiosk. It was just a kiosk in the roll-out of the box, not the office.
To be honest, we were a bit worried that we will come to send, and there's just no one, neither the kiosk nor the seller. Well, we'll have to pay for tickets again in the bus. But everything went fine. He offered us two choices of ticket – Vietnam bus company and Cambodian. Cambodian course was cheaper and we bought two tickets for $ 11.
Tickets suggested a Shuttle from the hotel to the place of departure of the bus, but given that our hotel was not far, we reached the kiosk themselves. There we were put in a minibus which took us and a few tourists, which we were in hotels, the town's bus station.
There we boarded the bus and departed.
The Shuttle bus was great: with toilet, air-conditioning, gave free water and paper towels. Along the way we crossed the Mekong river on the ferry did stop for a bite to eat. Custom crossed without problems, again received in the passport strain on 15-day visa-free stay in Vietnam.
In the evening the bus brought us to the tourist district of Ho Chi Minh city, on the street of Pham Ngu Lao. And we went to my hotel, where we waited for a left Luggage and booked a room.
Continued: part 8 the Last days in Saigon. The Tunnels Of The Heap...
About hotels in Vietnam have made such a conclusion that the service from stardom does not. 3*, 5* - all service is on top, everywhere You are friendly and will fulfill any request. And the number of stars indicates only the location(proximity) to the beach and the size of the garden.
Not to mention, about favorite Vietnamese fish sauce. Its worth a try despite the smell. But to visit the places where the sauce is produced, would not recommend, is a very specific smell. What I saw on the street, in the sun there are large barrels of fish, and fermented:).
Dalat highly recommend to visit. 1 every 2 years there is carried out a festival of colors, is very well maintained, green and cozy town. ...
We were in Saigon just 2 short days, and then flew to Phu Quoc island - already had bought tickets. When I flew out of Saigon, the only thing I was sorry that we stayed so little! Gave myself a promise that next time we will spend in this beautiful city at least a week! So I want to advise those who are planning a trip to Vietnam and will buy tickets on their own - take on Saigon more time, it's worth it! ...
Glad you liked Saigon, I really like it too. But I would be careful with recommendations about "least a week". Still, not everyone will like spending time in a noisy bustling city instead of the beach. Two full days for most of them will be enough, and those who love other people, large cities can linger a little longer. ...
About a week - I wrote that we would like there is so much to be. :) And of course, to each his own! But there are so many museums and the city itself is so interesting that walk-not to deregulate. Next we go to Vietnam no less than 3 weeks. You have a good photo, immediately reminded of our journey.
Jane_M, we too were at the factory where they make fish sauce. Yes, the smell of it is still the same! But it is possible to buy in addition to sauce a lot of good and very tasty sun-dried local fish. It's in Fukuoka. And, by the way, Fukuoka is prohibited to take out this sauce. ...
Nifiga . Why? ...
He googled and found that the earlier airlines in Fukuoka was used ATR72 aircraft, where the Luggage area combined with a passenger. And when the bottles crashed, the cabin echoing the "mouthwatering aroma" best Fukuoka fish sauce . And then it was forbidden to export. Actually, I always pour the sauce in plastic bottles, when being taken home. So safer and easier without glasses. ...
I didn't know about the true reasons for the ban! :) Now I know!
And we are from Vietnam brought a local ground coffee and bought them special cups with lids and filters for brewing.
Here, too, by the way, advice to those who are going to Vietnam and thinks that you can bring out there simply amazing coffee! I'm not a fan and not a coffee-drinker, but the Vietnamese coffee will never give up. :) ...
Yes, Vietnamese coffee is one of the best in the world, IMHO. ...
Uhh posomtrel photo, already longing attacked! ...
I have a holiday to Vietnam is only the most positive memories and emotions. Oh, the beautiful beach of Nha Trang, we were here in June, rested perfectly. For travelers chose the hotel Den Long Do Hotel, the conditions are excellent, the service is good. Of the trip brought a bunch of Souvenirs and delicacies, in particular, found the shop "Alco House", where he bought the local bottling alcohol in bottles that you can carry in the airport. Loved the nature and the hospitality of the locals, sightseeing and culture. ...