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Siem Reap Day 2: Center Market (Phsar Kandal) & Red Piano


So we are ahem on Day 2 of my Siem Reap trip.

Here’s Day 1 if you missed it.
Siem Reap Day 1: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant & Artisans d’Angkor (Part 1)
Siem Reap Day 1: Angkor Temples – Preah Khan & South Gate & North Gate of Angkor Thom (Part 2)

I wasn’t feeling well the night before. On day 2 the nausea feeling is still present. I feel like puking all the time. Day 2 is the day I plan to watch sunrise at Angkor Wat but I had to cancel it. More pity is my tuk-tuk driver who waited for me at 4am. Of course I called lobby to cancel the ride so that he doesn’t have to wait for me. I’m not upset for not going to Angkor Wat for the sunrise because I had my sunrise view on the flight here which is outrageously stunning though the only thing missing is the Angkor Wat silhouette. Haha

We had breakfast at the hotel at 8am and then went back to sleep. Kekeke We only went out again at 10am+ to check out the Center Market (known as Phsar Kandal to the locals).

Center Market Phsar Kandal @ Siem Reap, Cambodia
These are the only photos I managed to take because although I still have some ‘puking feeling’, the shopping at least take my mind off the matter for awhile. There were not many tourist. Maybe it’s still early morning. Managed to grab 2 sling bags @ US$4. But I gotta tell you 1 thing. Most of the stalls sell basically the same goods. So after awhile you kinda lose interest.

After the short shopping therapy, we went to Angkor Market (supermarket) to top up our drinking water, some bread & pads! Then it’s back to hotel. I’m still on my medication but not feeling any better. Plus of all days my period came. Hahaha We figured it’s better to rest today… so no ‘Indiana Jones adventure’ today if you know what I mean.

We hang out a little while at the hotel’s lobby, chit-chatting with the staff there. It was fun. Most important of all we learned an important Cambodian custom which in turn will benefit our shopping later on. Will divulge in the next post. Hehe

Our lunch is bread & fruits in our room. More rest. After taking my medicine, my nausea was getting from bad to worse. Finally I puked. Know what I vomited out? My antibiotics. At last I knew what was causing the nausea. I stopped taking all my medicine immediately.

Red Piano @ Siem Reap, Cambodia
Had to get my butt out of the hotel in the evening for some food. I choose to have our dinner at Red Piano just because the tuk-tuk driver stopped right in front of the restaurant.

Red Piano @ Siem Reap, Cambodia
Plus I wanted to see what’s so great at Red Piano (used to be the hang out place for Angelina Jolie when she filmed Tomb’s Raider at Angkor Archaeological Park.

Chicken Breast & Pork Fillet Set @ Red Piano, Siem Reap, Cambodia
We ordered pork fillet set (left) and chicken breast set.
I had a bowl of rice which is complimentary.
Total dinner + sprite @ US$10.50

Red Piano @ Siem Reap, Cambodia
It was the worst dinner ever! I’m not sure whether it’s the food or because my stomach was churning so badly but my counterpart is not enjoying her food either. Half-way through I had to run to the toilet for diarrhea business. Felt a little better after that but still have problem finishing the food. So we end up ‘tapau’ some of it.

Pub Street @ Siem Reap, Cambodia
Restaurant along Pub Street. I really love the atmosphere & architecture. Old + new.

At night we had 1 hour soothing foot massage @ US$6/person. A nice way to end my horrible day.

That’s all for day 2. Bizarre right?

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23 Comments

  • Reply tekkaus April 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Your photos quality is too high…hard to load. :p

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Tekkaus, really? hmm no problem for me.

  • Reply annant April 5, 2010 at 2:06 am

    not feeling good still mum oily stuffs? zanhai!
    your pichas load perfectly on my bloggie btw 🙂 and they are beautiful shots!
    more purleeese 😀

  • Reply J2Kfm April 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Pity about your meal at Red Piano. One glance and I thought the pork and chicken looked mighty delicious themselves!

  • Reply Dawn April 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    oh man, that was too bad you had a stomach flu on your trip. really spoiled it, right? and also love the colors on your pictures….just lovely.

  • Reply fufu April 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    foot massage?? i will never dare to enjoy it >< oh no…

  • Reply foongpc April 6, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Excuse me, but the sunrise without Angkor Wat silhouette is NOT the same as a sunrise with it! Haha! : )

  • Reply foongpc April 6, 2010 at 2:19 am

    If I am your travel companion, I’m sorry I will have to go see the sunrise without you. Can’t waste the service of that tuk tuk driver, can we? : )

  • Reply foongpc April 6, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Why I have this impression that the food here is kinda lousy? Gosh! I must be prepared for this and don’t expect any nice food if not sure cannot survive! LOL!

    And why you keep getting stomach problems and diarrhea? Is it that bad? I must bring along my probiotics! I have sensitive stomach!

  • Reply foongpc April 6, 2010 at 2:30 am

    So you don’t recommend The Red Piano for our meals? I think not after reading this! Whether Angelina Jolie was there or not – maybe I’ll just take a shot of the restaurant and leave! LOL!

    Hey how can you stop your course of antibiotics halfway? So you stop taking it after you vomitted? But I heard you can’t stop a course of antibiotics or else the bacteria in your body will mutate to become stronger and less resistant to the antibiotics.

  • Reply foongpc April 6, 2010 at 2:41 am

    So basically nothing much to shop around here? Quick! Quick! Tell us about the important Cambodian custom! : )

  • Reply foongpc April 6, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Foot massage? That’s nice! I prefer body massage though : )

  • Reply beng April 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    poor start to a great holiday.. took ages to load the pics though.its my lousy celcom broadband.. still loading yr pics

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 7, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Annant, ya la hor. I should have order rice & side dish. More is coming!

    J2Kfm, haha perhaps they were? Many ang mohs there.

    Dawn, yeah 1 day doing nothing but it was really nice and worth it chatting with the hotel staffs. Thank you for the compliment.

    Fufu, why no foot massage for you? Nice what. Hehe

    Foongpc, of course it’s not the same sunrise but then I saw too many Angkor Wat sunrise photos in www liao. So I’m not that disappointed.

    I’m sure you will go ahead with the sunrise.

    I think it’s the water problem. So choose a reputable restaurant. And since your stomach is quite sensitive, go for canned/bottled drinks.

    Just go have a look at Red Piano. Maybe I ordered the wrong choice of food.

    The antibiotics was the cause of my vomiting. Therefore I stop. After that no problem any more. As for the diarrhea I got in day 2… still dunno why. Haha

    I prefer foot massage as I don’t have to strip my clothes! Haha

    Bengbeng, yes I believe it’s the slow internet connection. 🙂

  • Reply jam April 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    If Foong wants to miss the sunrise, I will go myself, hehe!

  • Reply jam April 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    The Pub Street looks clean and trendy. Ya, I like the architecture. Looks like I will frequent this place when I am there.

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Jam, hahaha
    I think you will most likely hang out around Pub Street come lunch/dinner.

  • Reply Cecil Lee April 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Either good or bad, female travelers face this issue of period on travel somehow or rather especially when you are backpacking for more then 3 weeks. You’ll be lucky to have it come before or after. More lucky to be a man in this case… 🙂

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Cecil Lee, I’m okay with the period thing. Just don’t give me sickness during travelling. 😛

  • Reply jam April 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    To Cecil, period or not, you got to travel if you have the passion to do so.

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 13, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Jam, hehe betui betui.

  • Reply lechua April 23, 2010 at 12:04 am

    oh dear… a pity u had a stomach bug.. ahh u got to see red piano.. only saw it from outside 🙂

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Lechua, I hanged out on the ground floor. Nothing special actually except for some nice decor. Went up stairs for the loo but didn’t look around.

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