Our first proper day in Phnom Penh was spent exploring (for hours, of course in the midday 32 degree sun) - we finally managed to get our step count up after lots of days spent relaxing in Koh Chang and yesterday travelling.
After a terrible free breakfast, we had a wander and found some cool boutique shops in the more expensive district, Nat got excited and bought a few souvenirs (not that our bags have any room or weight left).
We checked out of our cockroach hotel and into a posh one - this time the Marriott (again with Vinces hotel points - thanks Vince!). No diamond status/free food/cocktails though sadly.
Hungry for lunch after check in, we were hoping for our first taste of Cambodian food, however unfortunately it took us 60 minutes of walking around in the midday sun to eventually come across somewhere selling local food that wasn’t only eels, frogs and intestines.
After lunch we tried to relax with our hotel roof top pool, but sadly they are building a new hotel next door, so an hour was enough...
We put our meditation skills into practice and carried out 45 minutes of ‘free’ meditation (sitting on a cushion trying to be still) in a nearby Wat (temple) before dinner. There were no chairs for Chris so he didn’t do his best.
We planned ahead for dinner after lunchtimes disaster and ate at a lovely restaurant with lots of vegetarian options - Chris had his first amok dish (like Cambodia curry) and Nat some lovely lemongrass flavoured tofu. Also If you don’t like/finish your meal they reheat it and give it to the homeless.
Got yet another tuktuk to the night market which was terrible, mainly weird clothes. So after Chris’s pint of sugar cane juice and Nat’s icecream we walked along the river and stumbled across a massage place. Sadly not the blind massage we were hoping for as they were closed.
Nat is not very impressed with Cambodian massages - pretty sure they had never received any sort of training on how to massage as no structure to the massage! Let’s hope the next one is better...