The Independence monument was next on our list. A massive lotus shaped stupa in the center of a bustling rotary, the monument was daunting and a bit overwhelming to glance at. We took pictures with our cyclo drivers who were eager to get in the shots.
We rode along the beautiful river front, cooled by the breeze, a nice break from the oppressive humid 90 degree weather. Our next destination was a visit to the bridge where 351 people died in a stampede during a popular Cambodian water festival. A newly built bridge eerily contrasted the nearby remains of the bridge where the incident occurred. This was just one of the many examples of the mixture of old and new in the city of Phnom Penh.
We ended our day of site seeing with a sunset cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong River. Boat houses and fisherman boats lined the banks of the river. Sitting with our feet dangling above the water at the bow of the boat, the magnificent sunset was a perfect ending to our day in Phnom Penh.
For dinner, we ate at Khmer Surin where Rohan ordered mackeral fish paste with fresh vegetables. The waiter warned Rohan of the pungency, but he not ready to back off. It ended up not being too bad.
That's all for now!