Sunday, July 19, 2009

Phnom Penh: Top 5 with the Vibe

This is my last day in Phnom Penh before heading south to the beaches. In some cities a number of elements come together to create the Vibe. They are places where soon after arrival you feel perfectly comfortable. Places where you want to sit back or stroll around and stay for awhile. I wasn't sure what to expect from Phnom Penh, but I bused in a week ago from Siem Reap and began to feel the Vibe.

1. Monkeys around Wat Phnom
These guys hang out in the trees and grass surrounding Wat Phnom, a Buddhist temple on a hill.

2. Pajamas on the street
A common scene when you're out and about in Phnom is the bright pajamas worn by women and children. Comfy cotton in fiery colors, often with cartoon characters dotting them, a strong contrast to the all-black models that were required when the Khmer Rouge was in power in the late '70s. Nothing says laidback comfort like a pair of cotton PJs.

3. Courtyard gardens at the National Museum of Cambodia

4. Architecture, Psah Thmei (Central Market)
The overarching theme in Phnom architecture is French colonial. But examples of other styles such as this 1930's art-deco market can also be found in the city.

5. A true center, Wat Phnom and park
The circular park below Wat Phnom is the soul of the city. People gather here to talk, recreate, relax and escape the sun.


Mambinki said...

Did you get yourself a pair of cotton pjs to stroll around in?

Devi said...

None of the ready-made PJs fit me. I'm Amazon woman compared to the average heights/sizes here.