3 Days at Cambodia – Day 1: to Phnom Penh

(It has been a while since I write the last post about Yomiuri Land, Tokyo and upload some pics in Serenity topic. I turned back to the daily life busy working for budget for a next trip. And when I have some days-off at Tet holiday (Lunar New Year), I chose Cambodia a new destination).

From Ho Chi Minh City, I went 70km to border gates Moc Bai (in Vietnam side) and Bavet (in Cambodia side). Just right after leaving Bavet, you can easily see a lot of casinos there alongside the road. Some people say it isn’t good getting in so I bypassed it and went straight away to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

After taking a snap at hotel, I went to the Royal Palace, an areas with many buildings to serve the King and royal family. It still looked new even started building at 1866.

Cam_04This tree is called Sala in Vietnamese (or you can search for Shorea robusta in wiki). A kind of tree imported from India. In Buddhism, they believe it’s a holy tree besides Bodhi tree. At Cambodia, you can find many of this tree at pagoda or sacred places. I feel it a bit weird but when Google it, it’s quite beautiful while blossoming.

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A giant, mushroom-like tree in the King’s garden

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Chanchhaya Pavilion – Click for a more beautiful view 😛

In the picture is Chanchhaya Pavilion, it’s the place for the King to have party and for Royal Dancers. This building is constructed at 1913 – 14.

Besides that, in the area there are also 8 other buildings for different purpose. The Throne Hall for meetings. Hor Samran Phirun, the house for resting and waiting. Hor Samrith Phimean, currently served as a museum for Royal costumes, weapons, tools, … Napoleon III Pavilion is an only Europe style construction in this area; initially for use of Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon III, in 1869. Phochani Pavilion originally is a dance theater. There is also a Royal Office placed at Damnak Chan building. Khemarin Palace is for resident purpose. Villa Kantha Bopha with western style for foreign guest.

At this area, there is also a flagstaff. If the flag is raised mean that the King is currently here at the Palace.

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The King’s shirts are displayed in the museum within the area. Here officers and staffs have different color shirts to wear each day.

And it can be remember by an ancient poem:

Red is for Sunday,
Orange truly looks like a beautiful moon,
Purple is reserved for Tuesday,
Wednesday is the green of the lieb plant
Thursday is the yellowish green of the leaves of a banana palm
Happy Friday is blue and must be tidy,
Saturday is the color of ripe pring (a type of plum) according to the ages

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the King’s weapon, it’s used in the past war. A symbol for the Royal’s power in the past and a treasure now.


These are places of worship called ‘Silver Pagoda’ which is next to the Royal Palace. In Cambodian culture, Sala tree and elephant are important. As Sala connects them with Buddha and elephants are their friends in traditional stories, you can see Cambodian respects with those.

Leaving the traditional and cultural of Cambodian behind, I started the afternoon by having a city tour then visit one of the biggest casino at Phnom Penh, Naga World. At Cambodia, you can find many symbol of Naga (a giant snake; in legend, Naga is a king who absorb the water to make the land Cambodia.) around the country. Because it’s unable to take pictures in the game area, I just have some pics about the decoration and I think it’s nice 😀 haha

Enjoy guys! 😀

Next post, Cambodia – To Siem Reap , Khmer Food! is coming soon!

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Khoi Nguyen
Khoi founded The Broad Life to save his memories of places that he has been visited. And he wants to share his memories with everyone to inspire people go exploring the world.

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