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DAY 2

2:00  Sleep off those beers before hopping in a tuk-tuk for more sightseeing. Don’t forget to grab the free bottles of water Jim offers before you leave, as they’ll come in handy. Swing by the Lotus Blanc Restaurant (Stung Mean Chey), an NGO-run training establishment for hundreds of poor students, where the delicious £3 mango salad provides a pick-me-up.

14:00  Now make your way to the glimmering spires of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda (between Street 240 and 184, admission about £4). This peaceful complex shows off some stunning examples of Khmer architecture, so enjoy wandering the landscaped gardens at leisure. Keep an eye out for the medieval Buddhist artwork surrounding the palace interior –  one particular painting stretches out nearly half a kilometre.

18:00  It’s been a busy one, hasn’t it? Slow things down with a trip to NGO-run Romdeng Restaurant (Street 74, #174). If you’re feeling adventurous, try the £2 fried tarantulas. If not, try the rather gentler pumpkin curry wrapped in a banana leaf for £3.50.

21:00  A refreshing drink is on the cards, so dive into a rip-roaring slice of modern Cambodia, the Heart of Darkness (Street 51, #26) to quench that thirst. Undoubtedly the most popular club in town, you can expect a crowd that’s up for a party.

02:00  Swig down the last drops of your Angkor beer and smile – you’ve just nailed Phnom Penh.

 

A return flight from London Gatwick to Phnom Penh, via Seoul, starts at £675 with  koreanair.com


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