Makcik kat airport: ala bukan ade ape pon kat phnom penh tu. Ni makcik pegi phnom penh sebab nak transit aje. Lepas tu naik bas 6 jam ke Ho Chi Minh. Sana lagi best. Makcik ni meniaga kat komplek PKNS Shah Alam. (Kalau aku sampai ke Phnom Penh dan terjumpa gerai jual petai kat depan airport, then tak masuk Phnom Penh, terus pegi tempat lain, patutkah aku cakap: ala takde apa pon kat Phnom Penh tu, gerai jual petai je yang ade..)
Jaja: Pegi ke Phnom Penh, bawak baju selai je cukup. Masa nak keluar shopping, breakfast sampai kenyang lepas tu pegi la shopping satu hari suntuk. Kat sana banyak baju budak2 branded.
Perjalanan dengan kapal terbang mengambil masa 1 jam 50 minit dari Terminal LCC. Kami tiba di Phnom Penh jam 4.50 petang waktu Malaysia. Waktu Kemboja 3.45 petang. Cuaca mendung dan suhu sederhana ala-ala suhu bilik. Petugas hotel telah sedia menanti kami di Lapangan Terbang. Kami dibawa dengan van ke Hotel Puncak. Perjalanan ke Hotel mengambil masa 20 minit.
Semasa hendak keluar dari lapangan terbang kelihatan sekumpulan orang Melayu Cham sedang menanti sanak-saudara. Pakaian mereka ala-ala fesyen orang kampung di Malaysia tahun 60-an. Mereka kelihatan amat daif.
Amy had booked rooms for us before we depart to Phnom Penh. Room rates for a super deluxe room is USD 25/night inclusive breakfast for two.
This hotel is owned by Malaysian. Previously named Galaxy Hotel before the name changed to Puncak Hotel. Owned by Tan Sri Rozali of Puncak Niaga but later sold to a businessman from Kedah – Dato’ Aziz.
We received a warm welcome from the Hotel Manager, En. Jushah (Call him En. Shah). An “Ipoh mali” who has settled down here in Phnom Penh for almost 9 years. Those who want to make a reservation can contact him firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 855-23-213205
Probably this is 2 star hotel with average facilities. In my opinion, the facilities are fairly enough to serve all your needs from halal foods, clean toilet, water heater, free internet and satellite TV. Interesting here, the satellite Tv also aired RTM1.
Dining in at the hotel is good. Dishes priced around 2-3 dollar per servings. You can have variety of Malay and Khmer menus. I can say that Khmer cuisine is tastier than Thais. Suitable for “tekak melayu”.
Shoppers here prefer USD rather than Cambodian Currency : Riel. There are three major market where people mostly tourists shop here:
1. The Russian market – a cramped market similar to the late Kedai Kayu at Bukit Kayu Hitam, Malaysia. Here you can get branded kids apparel at extremely low price. Brandname such as Children Palace, OshKosh, Baby GAP…all are genuine things over here. They came from factory rejects and customer returns from overseas. There are also mens apparel like Polo, Abercombie & Fitch, Camel, Calvin Klein, Columbian Pants, Adidas, Nike…etc. For those who like tailor made clothes (jackets, shirts, pants, dress, robe, skirts, blouse…etc)they can get the service from a number of tailors here in Russian market. Clothes will be ready the very next day. For a blouse or shirt the tailoring charge is at USD4 per piece. Other items: DVDs, antiques, porcelain, fabrics…etc
2. Olympic Market – here is like barang-barang pasar malam. Those who like branded goods are not advisable to come here.
3. Central Market – this market is more or less like Russian market but it has many shops selling jewellery and precious stones like emerald, topaz…etc. There are also crafts, clothes, antiques..etc.
Ok. that’s all for the moment. Will continue in part 2.