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clarawara’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 13 Dec 2005

Location: Phnom Phen, Cambodia

MapToday was a more enjoyable day, manly because half of it was spent at
a water park! Myself and the Aussie girl I met on the bus hired 2 bike
riders for the day and decided to visit the water park, cos it was too
hot and then the other sites in Phnom Phen.
The guys took us to the Grand Palace (no photos as it was too much
like Bangkok) and the Silver Pagoda contained inside. The Pagoda was
disappointing as the name comes from the fact that the floor is
covered with 5000 silver tiles each weighing 1 kilo but unfortunately
they are covered buy rugs so it's not so impressive. It is also known
for its 90kg solid gold Buddha created in 1907 and an Emerald Buddha
made of baccarat crystal. Of course you were not allowed to take
photos in there so I couldn't

After the Palace our drivers suggested that we go for some cheap food
and beer which we of course agreed to. However, after about 20 mins of
driving north out of the city we started to panic! Thankfully, they
took us to a fantastic local restaurant which was set on stills on the
Sap river. The food was great and the beer cheap althoug, never play
drinking games with Cambodians! We were asked to and said yes, and
then a chickens head was placed in a box, the box shaken and if the
beak pointed at you then you had to drink. Personally, I drank because
I was freaked out but you probably won't believe that!
For my last ngiht in Cambodia it was ace