THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Friday, 31 January 2014

Phnom Penh: Day 1

Remember I managed to grab one of AA’s RM0 seats for my trip to HCMC in 2011? (Of course I still had to pay for the airport and whatever other taxes.) Well, I continue to wait for such offers to come and grab them whenever I can. I do need a break from time to time from work, be it income-generating or voluntary work.

So yes, I managed to grab another one last year, this time to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the trip was just recently from 20th to 23rd January 2014.

I will let the pictures tell most of the story…

We arrived Phnom Penh airport in the morning, and a tuk tuk driver was already waiting outside the airport for us. I had already earlier arranged with the owner of our accommodation to arrange for a tuk tuk to transport us direct to the guesthouse, so we didn’t have to worry about getting lost.

We arrived the guesthouse before 9am…

Since it was still too early for us to check in, we just left our luggage at the guesthouse and off we went on foot to nearby attractions. First up was the National Museum…

…followed by a visit to Wat Phnom…

Lunch was at the nearest halal restaurant to our guesthouse, ie Malaysia Restaurant.

We then checked in to our guesthouse, freshened up, performed our prayers, and then out we went again, this time for a pre-arranged cycling tour of the villages around Silk Islands. We had to board the ferry first to get across the river.

Then we started cycling…

The half way stop was a place where we were shown the process involved in silk weaving.

Before cycling back to the pier, we visited a nearby temple.

We boarded the ferry just in time for sunset. So the cycling package was sort of inclusive of a sunset cruise…

For dinner, we decided to try out D’Nyonya Restaurant.

That ended day 1 in Phnom Penh.

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