As I entered Cambodia from Vietnam, I passed through a neutral zone to exchange currency. I turned in my millions of Vietnamese Dong for US dollars and some Cambodian Riep. Despite having lost a lot of sleep in the days before, I arrived at Phnom Penh, the capital city, with a lot of energy and anticipation for a new chapter of exploring. My first stop was the central market, which looked like an Art Deco landmark. There was a central dome with arches surrounded by innumerable stalls of every type. The flower shops were fragrant. The jewelry stores were bountiful. There were tons of clothing options. In the alleyways I saw antiques as well as people working on various artworks and crafts. I decided to shop for some gifts, including a bracelet and a scarf. I was able to haggle successfully. After the market, I stopped by the old French train station and reflected on the Buddha’s teachings at the golden Sakyamuni Stupa, which previously housed one of the Buddha’s relics (the relics were moved to the ancestral city of Oudong, ~40km north of Phnom Penh). I enjoyed a beautiful sunset and then visited the temple Wat Phnom and the Daun (Grandma) Penh statue. Daun Penh was a legendary figure in the founding of the city. Apparently, she discovered a log floating down the river that contained statues of the Buddha and of Vishnu. I found this combination of Buddhism and Hinduism fascinating. I learned a great deal of history about the city, its origins, and King Sisowath. As the night unfolded, I found myself in the Independence Square, walking among the locals. The Independence Monument was built in 1958 to commemorate Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953. Then, I continued to stroll down the waterfront by the Royal Palace where the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers joined. I witnessed people praying for the spirit of the city. All in all, it was a great day! At least I got some sleep that night. I hope you enjoyed this video. Thanks for watching. Check out more of my trips.