We had a short stay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I wasn’t really liking it there; something just didn’t feel quite right. I don’t really have any concrete reason for that feeling, but I just didn’t feel as safe there and the part of town we were staying in was more strewn with garbage than anything we had experienced in Vietnam. Of course, I could have just been missing Vietnam too! I’m sure we could have discovered much more given enough days. Even in our short time, however, we did manage to fit in a couple of adventures…
Without telling the kids too much, we had lunch at a place that specialized in Cambodian cuisine… tarantulas and red tree ant soup. The kids were game to try the deep fried tarantula appetizer, but what none of us expected was the waitress asking if we wanted to see the live ones too. She brought them out on a plate that was covered with a small bowl and set them down on the table. She then removed the bowl and there sat two huge tarantulas. We really could not tell if they were alive or dead. She then picked on up and put it in Ray’s hands and I immediately vacated the area and crossed to the opposite side of the table. Ray did pretty well until one started making its way up his arm. He finally had to let her know he’s had enough. No one else could be talked into holding them.
A few minutes later we were presented with three of their deep-fried cousins. The legs were crispy and tasted much like overcooked french fries. Ray and Ty (the only two who were adventurous enough to eat the abdomen) didn’t care so much for the chewy contents. Go figure. Ty surprised us by choosing the red tree ant soup for lunch. We all tried a bite and agreed it was pretty good. Ty hit a little roadblock when when he found a large ant in his spoon, but that eventually went down the hatch too.
On our final night in Phnom Penh, we attended the Plae Pakaa dance show. Several traditional dances were presented along with an explanation of the history of the dance in English. I didn’t include a lot of pictures here, but I suspect that Ty will include some video in an upcoming Vlog.
Our first tuk tuk ride in Asia.
Stopped along the water after finding out the the palace was closed for the king’s lunch. Happened to catch this moment between Ray and Ty that I loved.
Another good moment captured BEFORE the tarantulas arrived.
Ty and RJ eating the creepy crawlers…