Today is the third day of the Khmer New Year and the capital of Phnom Penh is still quiet.

My husband and I went out yesterday as our pantry needed to be re-stocked. Most of the shops are still closed – quite expected – so we had to drive downtown to find an open grocery.  And we actually enjoyed the quiet drive downtown with only very few people and vehicles in sight.

  While in the Cambodian countryside, the people are having huge celebrations and merry-makings during this three-day holiday, the streets in Phnom Penh are empty, if not eerie, and devoid of any traffic.

empty Russian boulevard
One lane at the Russian Boulevard, heading to the direction of Pochentong airport. Empty. I was so tempted to drive.

empty kampuchea krom
Here is the northern part of Mao Tse Tung Boulevard, several metres off the Russian Boulevard-Mao Tse Tung intersection. One can see the through the long road.

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  1. what a great experience it must be!

    • Yes, the celebrations in the countryside are fun!

  2. Why didn’t you drive? Next time just do it.

    • I’m too chicken to do it, hahaha.

  3. i had fun time driving. hahaha. no one was around to freak me out. sigh. now were back to normal.

    • I know! It would’ve been perfect coz the street is practicality empty. But I got cold feet, hehehehe. So there.

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