I’m in the city of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. My family came to visit friends (of my wife) who are former classmates who now live here for ministry reasons.
It’s a more rustic but beautiful country where the people are “nice” (Note: I’m actually looking for words to more accurately describe the heart of Cambodian & S.E. Asian people). Perhaps another post will touch upon this). The weather here is warm, high 20s C. or 80s F. As soon as we stepped off the plane into the airport, we could feel the humid air. This is normal so air conditioning A/C is a must here. As westerners, we cannot
survive or sleep without A/C. It’s early mid- to late-March now and it’s definitely hot already but I hear it gets hotter and more humid in July. As September rolls around, it becomes super humid with monsoon season in South East and East Asia. My wife is from Taiwan and she recommends coming around December or Christmastime when the temperature is around high teens or 20 C or 70 F.
Ex-pats living here seem to be a common sight in this area where we are living. Our friends recommended us to stay in this area near the Russian market called the Tuol Tom Poung area near 163 Street.
The first place we were brought to eat at after arriving in Phnom Penh is the local eatery Jars of Clay. I highly recommend it for good local food (and some western stuff too) but with western style service. Yes, the lovely server speaks English and there are most of their customers seem are westerners (98%). There are some western style coffee shops like a Starbucks close by but it’s very pricey even by western standards. And of course, there are many other places that you can explore all over the city.
There are many places we’ve yet to see so there are more posts to come.