Saturday, 11 September 2010

P/s: Blog full of photos!

Third day of Phnom Penh. Slept in a little bit today because we were not on a schedule. We wanted to go check out another temple called Wat Phnom which is apparently used for all formal ceremonies. We paid another 2USD to take us. We were surprised when we got there and to think that we were actually going to give this place a miss! It was once of the nicer temples that we have been too. It was surrounded by a well shaded park so the place wasn't as hot as other temples.


As the sign says, prepare to pay USD1 per person. Only thing is, not sure how they are going to differenciate you. LOL! I mean, okay la.. WE looked quite tourisy but what if we kinda dressed like them next time? Haha..


Staircase to the temple


We found an elephant. According to our driver, it's about USD20 PER RIDE! That's a freakin' rip off so we had to take photos from a far... too scared that they would even make us pay cause were taking photos up front. 


Hekekkekee... enough said. :P


Another photos of bf with the lion. 


Inside the main temple. There was HEAPS of statues!!




Saw this huge ass clock at the bottom of the temple. Bf there pretending to look at his watch.. :P 


Random monuments within the park. 


Opposite the temple, there was square that had only this statue right in the middle. We tried to find signs on what this place was or the person up there is but there weren't any. 



Us doing stupid shots. How can you not when there just soo much open space! Hehe.. :D

Anyway, after that, we wanted to find this massage place where apparently all the masseuse were blind. We checked the map and it was apparently like just around the corner. In the end, when we asked someone, they told us it was near the riverside which was about 15 walk away? Where exactly? We didn't know. We were completely lost already cause the map showed us someplace different. So we ended up walking the WHOLE riverside. I don't even remember how long it took us! It was just so hot and all I was concentrating on was "keep walking... keep walking! The faster we get to our destination, the better!" Haha! After walking the riverside for a bit and couldn't find the place, we gave up and decided to just go straight for lunch and check out this place where everyone keeps telling us to go. It was called the FCC.


Their menu. It kinda looked like it was printed on recycled paper and looked like a little boy had just scrunched up the menu and they passed it back to us... :P


View from where we were sitting.


There was nice cool breeze! Can you tell can you tell?! Both our hairs were blown to the back!


View from 1 more floor up


We ordered a Carbonara and also a Lamb pizza. Lamb pizza was quite interesting. Not your typical pizza where all you kinda taste is the cheese. 

After lunch, we headed to this other temple which was 5 minutes away. We asked a waiter once what that place was called and he told us it was the Silver Pagoda which we knew was part of the Royal Palace. We went to check it out only to realise that, that place couldn't be the Silver Pagoda. It was just another temple called Wat Tulao or something like that. :P 





We didn't stay long here. Just walked in.. took a coupla photos and went on our way. We wanted to head up the royal palace and also the Silver Pagoda despite everyone telling us that we might not be dressed correctly. On our way there, we saw that the roads were barricaded, then some tuk tuk driver came up to us saying that the Palace was closed today! I was so freakin' disappointed when he told me that! How could we come to a country and not visit the Royal Palace ESPECIALLY if the place is open to tourist. He then tried to persuade us to take us to all these other tourist spots which we went before so we didn't go in the end. We decided to just walk outside the Palace and to take photos of whatever we can. But we still saw ALOT of tourist people around. We then decided to ask one the guards and sure enough, the palace wasn't closed! WTF! Stupid tuk tuk driver tried to con us so that we would follow him around!

Anyways, so we went in. What we were wearing was fine. Slippers are okay too for your info. It cost us USD12.50 for both of us to get in though! It's USD3 for the palace, another USD2 for the Silver Pagoda and then apparently if you're bringing in a camera it costs another USD2! So I went in and snapped all the photos I could!


This was taken from the outside.


They had a freakin' mini garden which you had to walk through just to get to the actual grounds!


Us with the royal palace behind us. 


If he gets the lion statues.. I get the snakes! LOL! too bad I only started mine on the 3rd day of the trip. Haha!


Restricted area behind us. Probs where royalty were actually living. 



Thought this was fantastic! They had a model of what Angkor Wat looks like nearer the exit of the Royal Palace! The model was so intricate and detailed - it was amazing!

It started to rain as we were halfway through walking so didn't get to see as much as we could I thought. We then walked home in the rain because it was only about a 10 minute walk and we refused to pay the tuk tuk driver any money considering that we were already wet!

P/s: Gahh!! if you guys want to see more photos.. check out my facebook! They've already been uploaded! LOL! Was actually getting quite lazy to upload the photos here! Haha! :P

And for dinner, we decided to try some Khmer food! Would have been better if there were more people so that we could try other stuff but oh wells. We went this place called the Sugar Palm and we ordered the Fish Amok (apparently Cambodian's unique curry - left) and a Pomelo Salad. Fish Amok kinda tasted like Otak Otak and the Pomelo salad.. well.. don't think u can go very wrong there. It was quite yummy.. Pomelo was quite sweet and they had tiny bits of prawn and also salted fish I think in it. BF ordered a Vodka Espresso which I thought tasted nasty!


Comments (2)

On September 12, 2010 at 12:52 PM , dogbone said...

So tell me, what does elephant ass taste like? :D

 
On September 12, 2010 at 7:28 PM , Li Yen Lim said...

hhaa.. just lovely.. :D

 

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