1. We enjoyed a variety
of eating places in Phnom Penh. Our Angkor International Hotel featured
good breakfasts and we also ate a few light meals in their sidewalk patio
restaurant. In this photo, Tony our musician friend from England, joined
us while his wife, Lola, tried out the local hair dressing shop.
2. For our final night in the
city, Beam led us to FRIENDS: A Training Restaurant for Marginalized
3. The concept of Cambodia's
first Rest Area was sparked in 2004 when the founder built a rest-stop
along Prey Pros River for his wife when traveling to and from Phnom Penh
and Siem Reap.
Soon, many travellers started
to stop by and asked to use the restroom. Hence, Prey Pros Rest Area
established. The idea to add a restaurant that offered hearty Khmer food
made from fresh and locally farmed produce, a one-stop convenience shop,
clean restrooms and eco-friendly guesthouses by the water also came to
fruition. Due to customer demand, the convenience shop that started off
with just one ice chest full of canned beverages expanded to include a
fresh fruit stand, snacks, hand-made wood sculptures, fashion accessories
and locally made souvenirs. With mostly word-of mouth and little conventional
marketing, Prey Pros Rest Area began its organic growth to today.
Based on the same concept, Batheay
Rest Area was built in 2009 in a fertile patch of land along the National
Road 6 between the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. Being just 50 km north
of Phnom Penh, this area is renowned for its tasty knifefish and exotic
deep-fried tarantulas and crickets. Like Prey Pros Rest Area, Batheay Rest
Area also has a restaurant that offers Khmer Cuisine in a pastoral setting,
convenience shop, clean restrooms, and charming guesthouses on the river.
All the developments here were achieved with minimal impact to the natural