|At the airport..I immediately felt the trip to be promising|
|with other tourists, busy taking pictures :)|
Going out with our baggage, we saw our name on a placard held by our tuktuk driver. So off we went to our hotel for the night, a 10 minute ride to the town. We decided to stay at a hotel nearer to the airport then transfer in the morning at our accommodating hotel for the next 2 days, it's a little resort hotel 15-20 minutes off town. We wanted a quiet place, save the generic hotels for the business trips.
Our first look at the street, even on circles and rotundas, architecture is present, also the hotels and establishments are richly carved with elephants, temples and the like.
The whole town seemed to be an attraction itself!
We had a good night sleep at Dyna Boutique Hotel and woke up the next day
refreshed and ready to take on Cambodia!
|a carved wood mural at the hotel's lobby|
|Veasna,our tuktuk driver for the day.|
|kids on bike|
tuktuk, bike and motorcycle are primary means of transport
|our first stop, the Old Market|
Hubby and me :)
Remember to wear modest and comfortable clothes and footwear
if you wanted to go for some serious
shopping or visit the temples.
The old market got a lot to offer from silk scarf to paintings, wooden carvings, spices,
you can even eat at a restaurant lined along the street and watch the day unfold.
Going there isn't hard, just say Old Market and your tuktuk will take you there.
Cambodian Riel (KHR) is the country's currency but note that USD
are widely accepted and it makes everything easy too!
Haggling in Old Market (or any market in our experience)
*Haggle to 50% but also, if you feel kind enough, give extra to make both party happy.
Hubby: How much is this painting?
Vendor: 60 dollars.
Hubby: Last price?
Vendor: 40 dollars only.
Hubby: No too much. 30 dollars.
Vendor: No, 40 dollars. I no profit if I give lower.
Hubby: I can give you 33 dollars only. I'll look around first (preparing to walk away).
Vendor: Okay, okay. 33 dollars.
This works every time.
Remember to be polite while doing this and it's an extra to give a genuine smile.