I was in Phnom Penh last July for a business visit and that is my first trip. I having no idea about the city but everyone tell me that the city is under rapid development and full of business opportunity.
Once touched down from the airport, to my surprise, my customer is arranged a tuk-tuk (so called company car) to pick me up. I’m so excited at the first place. Later, after more than 5 hour on the tuk-tuk, I start to regret. The traffic is a mess, the air is polluted (by dust & rubbish) and I not dare to think how many mask & lotion I need to apply after my skin exposed to all these.
Despite of the un-cleaned air, overall the rest is OK. Cambodian are very friendly and you could easily see smiling face of everyone here. The weather is not good during my visit and that’why the photo look a little bit dull.
At the left, it is very Khmer feel’s Independent Monument, being a large structure very reminiscent of the Angkor Wat temples. It is situated in the middle of a busy Phnom Penh roundabout.
The surrounded building at the Independent Monument.
I went to Central Market as well. You will be astonish with their interior design. It is a large market constructed in 1937, in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Initial design and layouts are from French architect, Louis Chauchon.
The aerial view, photo taken from the Phnom Penh tourist website.
You will get everything you want from the market, from jewelry and dresses, to raw meat and vegetables.
The city view from my hotel.
Overall, the streets are still made of dirt, and cars and motorbikes raced around you in all directions as you gained on an ox cart. People swarmed the streets. The buildings were a bit run down from years of neglect. It it just like 10 years ago Ho Chi Minh city.