Towards the end of December (read: Christmastime) I was able to follow my host family on holiday to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Cambodia reminded me a lot of Vietnam, but still had a beautiful culture that was interesting to experience. Strangely, we ate a lot of really delicious Malaysian food as it is difficult to find Halal restaurants that serve Cambodian food.
As seems to be the case in many Asian countries, the people were incredibly friendly.Admittedly, it was humorous watching them try to figure out the relationship between me and my clearly Malay host family. But what else is new?
The shopping there was excellent, a great blend of classy upscale knock-off designer stores and traditional markets. Did my fair share of spending, of course.
Anyways, it would be a bit tedious to read a day-by-day account of the holiday, so here are some photos for you to enjoy. I highly recommend you all put Cambodia on your to-visit list, it is a truly amazing place.
|The National Monument of Cambodia|
|Cambodian flags in a beautiful sky|
|Next few pictures are from a former prisoner holding facility. It was eerie being there, as if the souls of those who had been killed still stayed in the place. Strange how we don't learn about things like this in our history classes...|
|Shackles they would chain the prisoners to|
|Map of Cambodia made out of skulls. Haunting.|
|Hungry birds. There were about 6 or so young children who tried to sell us corn kernels to feed them and were relentless. Even after we bought them, they wouldn't stop swarming us.|
|Gorgeous architecture. Even the roofs of schools were elaborately decorated.|
|Me and the host fam. Cuties|
|View from the water cruise. An island almost completely comprised of buildings like this.|
|KLCC from the sky. Good to be home|