Battambang is only 300 kilometers from Phnom Pen so why did it take 7 hours to travel the distance. First the bus drove to several bus stations in Battambang. It took an hour to get out of the city. the city is only 100,000 people. We also stopped for a comfort break every hour. Everyone get off the bus to eat and use the bathroom and then the next hour the process is repeated.
We easily found a hotel in central Phnom Pen. It is only a few minutes away from the water front. We visited the Royal Palace and National Museum. But mostly,we enjoyed walking around the city. I visited here 11 years ago and it has changed for the better. It is much safer and more enjoyable other than the increased traffic. Now cars and motos abound. Also, the restaurant scene has increased. The water front strip is all restaurants. So life gets better.
Phnom Penh is situated on the Mekong. As it is the capital it is the economic and political hub of the country. We visited the Royal Palace. A must see is also the Genocide museum and Choeung Ek Memorial.
Our favorite and most fun restaurant was one of the series of restaurants behind the Wat just off 172 street. The entire street barbecues “small cows”. We called it cow street. The menu lists different parts of cow. We enjoyed our “barbecued cow meat” with pitchers of beer. Also available is internal parts of cow including intestines and other organs!