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2014 MARCH CAMBODIA - LAZY DAYS IN THE CAPITAL, PHNOM PENH.

This is a little, big city that we enjoyed at a slow leisurely pace.

SATURDAY 8TH MARCH 2014 (DAY 189)

Bugger, these cheap hotel rooms, the building noise from across the street that was not supposed to start until 8am, started well before 7am and I woke with a bad headache.

Looked at the buffet breakfast on offer at our hotel for US$5 and decided it was not such a good deal. There was a cafe just next door called Feel Good Cafe that looked ok and the smell of the coffee was enough to win me. Turns our the food was amazing!!! It may have cost us the same as the buffet would have, but it was much better. And the staff were very smiley and friendly. We lingered here in the lovely atmosphere and free wifi.
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Dragging ourselves away, we again walked up to the water front to see what it was like in the day time. Yes a lot of work had been done to beautify the area and it was pleasant strolling along.
We went looking for information on a bicycle tour around the outskirts of town, but at US$39 we decided it was too expensive.

Time to go back to the hotel and take advantage of the roof top pool as it was as usual a hot and muggy day. On the way back we stopped off at a dentist and Lyn stopped to get her teeth cleaned. Very cheap here, even cheaper than Thailand at US$10 for a scale and polish. I wanted to have the same but due to still having a bit of a headache that was the last thing I wanted to do today. I would go tomorrow.

The pool was lovely, water refreshing and we spent a little time up on the roof having a dip and a sun bake.
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Later in the afternoon we had a walk up a couple of blocks to the central market.
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Home made cocktails on the roof with the bottle of Malibu, some pineapple juice and coconut milk. Pina Colada's ala Lyn were enjoyed as we watched the sun set.
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We found a much nicer place for dinner tonight that served pork loin wrapped in bacon with mash potato, not exactly Cambodian cuisine, but nice for a change.
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Out and about around town and central market:
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SUNDAY 9TH MARCH 2014 (DAY 190)

Breakfast again at Feel Good Cafe, again a great breakfast to start the day. Staff happy and welcomed us back.
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Robyn is feeling sick today and has stayed in while Lyn, Dolly and I go for a walk to the nearby shopping mall for a look around. Nothing fantastic, but it killed a few hours.

Rest of the day we lazed by the pool, we are getting spoilt with hotel with pools, hard not to have now.

For lunch Lyn and I bought some little quails from a street stall that was roasting them on the road side. We bought a baguette from the bakery and found a bar to sit and eat them. Dolly braved a baguette with jam. They were happy for us to do this as long as we had a drink, so it was washed down with a cocktail.
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Later in the evening we walked to the night market which ended up being a bit of a fizzer, so we stopped and had a beer while watching the street traffic go past.

Simple dinner of ham roll.

Out and about:

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MONDAY 10TH MARCH 2014 (DAY 191)

Yes, again, breakfast at Feel Good Cafe, did not disappoint.

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After breakfast Robyn headed off to the museum (the rest of us had visited it last time we were in Phnom Penh). Lyn and Dolly went off looking for an ATM that supposedly had no fees to withdraw from. All the atm's we have used so far charge US$5 every time you make a withdrawal and will only let us take out US$500 at a time. They did find the bank but atm was not functioning.

As for me, I went off to the dentist for that clean I was going to get the other day. 2 hours later I left the dentist office and had paid a total of US$50 for a scale and polish and 2 minor and 2 major fillings. Hadn't been to a dentist in a very long time accept for last year when I had the emergency fix up in Morocco.

We all met up again at the hotel and went for a swim to cool off. Had a baguette with ham for lunch.

Sunset cocktails on the roof, we finished off the bottle of Malibu with Lyn's Pina Coladas again.
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Then a short stroll up the street to have the best foot massage ever, then a very enjoyable dinner.
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We seem to be enjoying the city life and are managing to fill the days.

Posted by Cindy Bruin 10:46 Archived in Cambodia

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Amazing photos Cindy. Sounds like you had a nice relaxing time, even if you did all get a little sick. Hope you are all over it now. Getting caught up!! :)

by Mandy Young

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