It's evening time in the capital of Cambodia and we're sat in our room. The good news is that the bags arrived with us on our flight!!!!!! Miracle of miracles! We were delayed at Singapore as some bags had to be offloaded due to some passengers not flying; I happened to glance out if my window before we knew this and saw both our rucksacks on the tarmac, so naturally I kept watching to check they got reloaded. So all's well that ends well.
We got to Phnom Penh around midday local time and cleared the airport super fast, very efficient. We grabbed a tuk tuk to the city and after rejecting 4 hotels settled on staying two
nights at Dara Raeng Sey, $25 US a night including breakfast, wifi and aircon. It'll do us OK, good location near the river and very friendly staff.
We grabbed a late lunch at the hotel restaurant and witnessed our first downpour; the rain was bouncing! The road filled so fast with water that it poured over the kerb onto the pavement. All the diners seated outside moved inside, where the rain still splattered us. It was magnificent to watch! And a local who was eating there gave us some lychees with shaved coconut to try, delicious, and told us the Khmer words for chilli and garlic!
It eventually eased and so we wandered to the central market, then slowly made our way back. We tried to find a hospital that we'd passed in the tuk tuk requesting blood donors, but despite asking a few locals we couldn't find it again and the rain was returning so we'll look for it another time.
We had a couple of draft cold local beers at a place on the riverfront, Angkor beer. 75 US cents a glass! And that's pretty much all we've done, so a relaxing start to Cambodia. Hoping to go to the killing fields tomorrow and move on to Siem Reap the following day, but will see how things pan out.