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October 30th 2013
Published: March 17th 2014
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Ship's Entertainment evening docked in Phnom Penh overnight.
Our launch took us into a market town this morning, where we took a walking tour of the busy busy market. There were all sorts of fish, fish, and more fish. 90% of the Cambodian diet is fish and rice. There were dried fish of all sizes, live fish and shellfish, frogs, snakes, some slithering across the street after escaping their cages. Live chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, songbirds. Fermenting fish sauce, fertilized duck eggs, pho in every way shape and form. Our guide showed us a rice store with over 100 types of rice in bags. Each cook knows what type of rice she needs, and you can tell by the color and size of the grain how the rice will smell or taste. it was an amazing lesson this walk through the market. Not much to buy here, buy certainly a great cultural experience. Back to the ship for lunch, and air conditioning! Lunch was always exceptional on board, I almost liked it more than dinner. A plethora of composed salads on the buffet, my Green Papaya Salad was there every day, sometimes with shrimp, sometimes shredded chicken, always delicious. The soups, some cold some hot, some fruit based, some
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Everything under the sun, fresh and dried fish, shrimp, peanuts.
cream, made the buffet the best part. I hardly ever ordered off the menu at lunch, though we could. A nice beer to accompany made nap time pleasant. I opted out of the afternoon excursion and finished my book by the pool. It was a great day to enjoy on the ship. When we docked in Phnom Penh, it was nice to be able to walk around the area nearby the port. It was a safe area, and our guide took us on a walking tour through the lovely French Colonial part of town. Tonight we had Aspara dancers, children from the area, come onboard and perform, some audience participation occurred and was quite fun!

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Rice balls, dried fish, fish cake, lunch plate to go.

Ferry across Tonle Sap Lake, fisherman or private boat and lotus plants floating.
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Lovely French Colonial Phnom Penh, capital city, docking area in the center of the diplomatic center of the town. Very busy traffic area.

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