The National Palace Museum of Cambodia

The National Palace Museum is a short walk from The Grand Palace just off Sithowath Quay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The terracotta roofed museum is fashioned in a traditional Cambodian design and was built between 1917 and 1920. I particularly enjoyed spending time between exhibits in the garden courtyard of the complex. I was a bit surprised by the lack of security in the museum. Most of the displays were set out in the open. There weren’t any visible alarm Continue Reading →

The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A monument situated on the palace grounds. Just a short walk from the lively river-side promenade of Sisowath Quay in the heart of Phnom Penh stands the lovely Royal Palace, or Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk as the Khmers know it. The palace was built in 1866 and has been occupied by the kings of Cambodia ever since. The Palace was not occupied during the period of time when the Khmer Rouge reigned terror over the country. As a palace Continue Reading →

A Boy Named Jack

We found him on the dirty streets of Phnom Penh, just off of Sisowath Quay. He was dressed in rags and sucking on discarded satay sticks from the gutter. He crouched, like a small animal, mournful brown eyes gazing hungrily as we passed by. He raised his fingers to his mouth, never uttering a word. He stood up and silently fell in line behind us, a small, wraith-like figure in the folds of the dark sky. As we entered a Continue Reading →

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect when traveling in Cambodia

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect. —Paul Theroux Every day has been an adventure in Cambodia.  From border runs to bus scams, from marvelous ruins to dirt poor villages, we’ve seen it all and we’ve only been here a few days.  I can’t possibly write about everything in just one post.  I’m just going to try and write about the things that are affecting me the most right now. At the moment, I’m still trying to make some sense out Continue Reading →