A major attraction for
tourists and locals is the park-lined riverbank area along the Tonle Sap
The ride along the congested
riverside was somewhat chaotic. Families were all out along the river,
playing games, eating, playing with the kids, eating bugs and other delicacies
from the street vendors. We loved seeing all the activity on the river
bank park. People were happy and obviously enjoying themselves -- there
were even exercise and Taichi groups going through their routines.
The locals were also interested in seeing us on our cyclos as they were
snapping pictures like crazy.
It had been a long day of travel
and sightseeing and we were looking forward to the evening meal at a riverside
restaurant. Our Cyclo drivers dropped us off for a short stroll on the
riverside walkway. Two items from the sidewalk vendors were especially
inviting to Sue-On: fresh lotus nuts still in their pods, and tiny snails
steaming over a banana leaf. However, Beam said NO . . . bad for
Beam led us to Veiyo Tonle
Restaurant that supported orphaned children in the city ("We Feed
You. You Feed Them" . . . "It Tastes Better Than It Looks"). We tried
a couple Khmer specialties: Beef Loc Lac and Chicken in Tamarind. They
both tasted great other than the quality of the beef. But then, we are
SO spoiled being from the prairies of Canada. They were being creative
with our plates of rice: all shaped with something like a cookie cutter:
star, arrow head, rabbit, etc. We also had grilled fish coated with salt
and stuffed with lemongrass, lime leaves, etc. Our total bill came to US$14.00.
The last treat of the day was
ICE CREAM! There was a shop close by that Beam recommended, and yup . .
. many delicious flavours -- especially the durian and coconut. Bed time
was fairly early as we had a full day planned for tomorrow: a trip to the
Killing Fields and the Genocide Museum. I promised to be an emotional experience.