Phnom Pehn, the capital of Cambodia

united_kingdomPhnom Pehn is the capital of Cambodia, a quite filthy and creepy city in my opinion, in which I did not feel safe, mainly because all of the bad stories I’ve heard about stealing, especially on the riverfront. Basically, I’ve never felt more paranoid in any other city I’ve ever visited in this world. 2 nights in Phnom Pehn were more than enough for visiting the city and see the most important parts (The Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields).

This is a tuk-tuk ride in Phnom Pehn:

Things to do and see in Phnom Pehn

  • The Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fieldsthe most important and interesting thing to see, Phnom Pehn is worth visiting just for this!
  • The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda (The Royal Palace is the residence of King Sihamoni. The Silver Pagoda has this name because its floor is covered in more than 5000 silver tiles (you can see them only next to the entrance, because the rest of the floor is covered by carpet).
  • The riverfront – kind of smells like urine as you walk there. I’ve seen European older men with young Asian girls and men staring at me from head to toes. There is also an aerobic session every evening – this was actually nice to see).
  • Wat Phnom – is built on the only hill in Phnom Pehn. Legend says that Madame Pehn discovered the pagoda built on this hill in 1373, in which there were 4 statues of Buddha.
  • Psar Thmei (the Central Market) – an art-deco building with a huge dome and good ventilation inside. They sell everything from jewelery to food and clothes.

As I said in the beginning, Phnom Pehn is a dusty and dirty city. I didn’t like it too much. The contempt grew even more when I saw the huge contrast between the Royal Palace (imposing, golden, big, fancy) and the rest of the city.

Interesting fact: there are no crossings for pedestrians and the drivers don’t really care that you are in the middle of the street trying to cross (so different than Belgium!)

The following photos are showing only the nice parts of the city in the most touristic areas, where we felt more safe to have the cameras around our necks.


romania_flag(Phnom Pehn e capitala Cambodgiei, un oras murdar si infiorator dupa pararea mea, in care nu m-am simtit in siguranta, mai ales datorita furturilor despre care am citit ca se intampla acolo, mai ales pe faleza. Practic, nu m-am simtit asa paranoica in niciun alt oras pe care l-am vizitat pana acum. Doua nopti in Phnom Pehn au fost mai mult decat suficiente sa vad orasul si sa vizitez esentialul – Muzeul Tuol Sleng si Campurile de Ucidere de la Choeung Ek).

De vazut in Phnom Pehn:

  • Muzeul Tuol Sleng si Campurile de Ucidere de la Choeung Ek
  • Palatul Regal si Pagoda de Argint – Regele Sihamoni locuieste in Palatul Regal, iar Pagoda de Argint – se numeste asa pentru ca are podeaua acoperita cu peste 5000 de bucati de argint, ce se pot vedea langa intrare, restul fiind acoperite cu covor.
  • Faleza – miros de urina te invaluie pe tot parcursul falezei; am vazut barbati europeni trecuti de prima tinerete (daca nu si de a doua) de mana cu tinere asiatice; alti barbati ma scanau din cap pana in picioare (brr); Ce mi-a placut a fost sesiunea de aerobic, ce are loc in fiecare seara (o sa vedeti in poze).
  • Templul Phnom – construit pe singurul deal din oras, a fost denumit dupa Doamna Phnom care a descoperit in acest loc o pagoda cu patru statui ale lui Buda.
  • Piata centrala – cladire art-deco cu un dom imens si aerisire foarte buna. Aici gasesti orice de la bijuterii pana la haine si mancare.

Cum am spus la inceput, Phnom Pehn e un oras plin de praf si murdar. Nu mi-a placut in mod deosebit, iar dispretul a crescut si mai mult cand am vazut marele contrast intre Palatul Regal (impunator, auriu, mare, ingrijit) si restul orasului.

O chestie intersanta: in Cambodia nu sunt treceri de pietoni. Ca sa traversezi trebuie sa o faci sperand ca nu vei fi calcat; soferilor putin le pasa ca tu esti in mijlocul strazii si vrei sa traversezi. Atat de diferit de Belgia!

Pozele urmatoare vor arata partile frumoase ale orasului Phnom Pehn din zonele turistice unde ne-am simtit mai in siguranta cu aparatele foto, dar tot eram cu ochii in patru.)

On the riverfront / Pe faleza.

On the riverfront / Pe faleza.

Bikes and motorbikes in Phnom Pehn

Bikes and motorbikes in Phnom Pehn

The riverfront / in fata Palatului Regal

The riverfront / in fata Palatului Regal

Aerobic session every evening on the riverfront in Phnom Pehn/ Aerobic in fiecare seara pe faleza

Aerobic session every evening on the riverfront in Phnom Pehn/ Aerobic in fiecare seara pe faleza

The courtyard of the Royal Palace / In curtea Palatului Regal

The courtyard of the Royal Palace / In curtea Palatului Regal

The courtyard of the Royal Palace

The courtyard of the Royal Palace

Idem

Idem

Architecture in Phnom Pehn

Architecture in Phnom Pehn

Royal Palace - view from the riverfront

Royal Palace – view from the riverfront

Take your shoes off when entering a Buddhist temple/ Trebuie sa te descalti la intrarea in templele budiste

Take your shoes off when entering a Buddhist temple/ Trebuie sa te descalti la intrarea in templele budiste

The Silver Pagoda

The Silver Pagoda

A nice view of Phnom Pehn

A nice view of Phnom Pehn

Entrance at Wat Phnom with Naga snake/ Scarile spre templul Phnom, cu sarpele Naga7 capete

Entrance at Wat Phnom with Naga snake/ Scarile spre templul Phnom, cu sarpele Naga7 capete

Buddha statue with money / Statuia lui Buda cu bani drept ofranda

Buddha statue with money / Statuia lui Buda cu bani drept ofranda

Man brought gifts to Wat Phnom / Barbatul acesta a adus cadou templului Phnom

Man brought gifts to Wat Phnom / Barbatul acesta a adus cadou templului Phnom

Wat Phnom/ Altarul templului Phnom

Wat Phnom/ Altarul templului Phnom

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

Psar Thmei - the central market with a huge dome / Piata centrala cu o cupola uriasa

Psar Thmei – the central market with a huge dome / Piata centrala cu o cupola uriasa

Central market

Central market

The dome at Psar Thmei / Piata centrala si domul urias. Aici gasesti bijuterii si multe alte produse.

The dome at Psar Thmei / Piata centrala si domul urias. Aici gasesti bijuterii si multe alte produse.

Jewelry and little Buddha  souvenirs at Psar Thmei

Jewelry and little Buddha souvenirs at Psar Thmei

A family on motorbike / O familie pe scuter

A family on motorbike / O familie pe scuter

A flower for your patience to stay till the end/ O floare pentru ca ai avut rabdare pana la sfarsit :)

A flower for your patience to stay till the end/ O floare pentru ca ai avut rabdare pana la sfarsit🙂

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