Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Caitlin Jean Russell

The bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh was painless, taking 7 hours exactly with two half hour stops. Our hotel, Hotel Zing, is located two streets along from the bus terminus and opposite the city’s central market. Costing £15 per night, it’s immaculate and undoubtedly the best shower I’ve had in Asia – combined with the location we definitely pulled it out the bag with this one.

We visited the city’s Central Market on our first morning,which is deceivingly huge. Food stalls envelop the main building; selling everything from fresh produce to meat and fish. You could get lost spending hours wandering through it; stretching out in four separate directions. Along one limb are flowers, another there are clothes, and the central hub hosts a huge jewellery centre. There’s something for everything, and to watch local people conversing and haggling was fascinating.

After some lunch, we rented a tuk…

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