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Made in Phnom Penh

I never quite planned to make a video from such a short trip. Totally unexpected! What turned out to be random video snippets amidst a stash of photos, somehow decided to piece themselves together in my head and form the second installment of the #madein Travel Series I have finally, FINALLY decided to embark on.

Made in Phnom Penh takes us through the bustling capital city of Cambodia (sometimes referred to as the “Pearl of Asia”), along the Mekong river and out into the grim killing fields that played an unfortunate role to genocide that wiped out some three million people during the late 1970s.

Phnom Penh is home to approximately two million residents of fifteen million across Cambodia, and is a perfect example of French architectural influence in Indochina with quite a few French colonial buildings still standing today – Psah Thom Thmey, more commonly known as “Central Market” is one such building still in full functionality.

During my four day stay in the capital, I ventured through winding alleys and rustic street markets, visited stunning palaces and attractions, paid tribute at sombre memorials and tried much of the local delicacy (including scrumptious tarantulas and fried ants). I played witness to the stark contrast between the wealthy and the impoverished, met characters of all sorts, bathed in the city’s history and had the opportunity to indulge in a city that felt truly Asian.

Just saying guys, Angkor Wat isn’t the only gem of the Kingdom. Visit Phnom Penh! (:

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