With both the ancient city of Angkor and the modernized capital of Phnom Penh, Cambodia is a magical country where you can find both strength and softness. This time, just travel around Phnom Penh from its splendid temples to the thrilling shooting range together with me, Bing bing. I will show you the rich culture of the dazzling capital.
Appreciating the Traditional Architecture
Buddhism has had a tremendous impact on the development of Cambodia’s ancient culture. At the first stop of the journey, I have visited the tiny yet beautiful Wat Phnom which is located on the only hill in Phnom Penh. Entering the temple from the staircase on the east, I was attracted by the statue of Naga, the sacred patron deity of Cambodia with exquisite craftsmanship at the entrance. Walking up stairs, a gorgeously decorated gilded roof and the symmetrical pattern of the temple convey the aesthetics of the amazing traditional architecture.
It is said that Wat Phnom was originated from a woman named Madame Penh. According to the local legend, one day she saw a tree on flowing river, inside the treethere were 4 statues of the Buddha. Hence she constructed a small shrine on anartificial hill to protect the sacred statues. Eventually this became a sacred site andsanctuary where people would make blessings and pray.
除了佛教文化外，柬埔寨的傳統藝術文化同樣精彩。還記得小時候在電視上看過柬埔寨宮廷舞蹈，舞蹈員曼妙的舞姿猶如一幅幅美麗的圖畫，至今仍難以忘懷。是次能到此地遊歷，當然要到金邊國家博物館旁的Experience Cambodian Living Arts，參加舞蹈工作坊，親身體會一下這種藝術遺產。
Experiencing the Dance of Cambodian Apsaras
Besides the prevalence of Buddhism, Cambodia is also a place with abundant traditional art and culture. I still remember the graceful Cambodian court dance that I watched on TV when I was small, hence I chose to experience this artistic heritage by joining Experience Cambodian Living Arts’s dancing workshop next to the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.
Besides learning the basic steps of the classic dances and folk dances in Cambodia, you can also learn the meanings behind various dances in the workshop.As one of the most important cultural and spiritual symbols of the Khmer Nation, the Apsara dance was listed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2003. It emphasizes the hand movements with more than a thousand gestures. When I put on the traditional dance costume, and learned to dance with Cambodian music, it was like fulfilling my apsara dream.
感受過金邊歷史及藝術文化後，是時候動起來，激活體內的腎上腺素。實彈射擊近年在旅客心目中越見歡迎，在世界各地可玩實彈射擊的靶場縱使不少，但金邊的室外射擊場卻讓我覺得最為刺激，因在這裡您所得到的絕不僅是一柄手槍，在這個“軍火庫”中，您可隨便選擇AK47及M16步槍、K57、RPD、PKM機關槍等槍械，甚至乎連RPG II和RPG 7火箭筒也可嘗試！要一嘗當藍波或勞拉的感覺，又怎可錯過？
Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range
After sightseeing the historical and cultural attractions, it is time to get the adrenaline pumping at the outdoor shooting range. As shooting has become more and more popular among tourists, there are lots of shooting ranges around the world. But I think the outdoor shooting range in Phnom Penh is the most exciting, as it offers not only a pistol, but also other firearms such as AK47 and M16 assault rifled, K57, RPD, PKM machine guns and so on. You may even try out RPG II and RPG 7 rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Such a great chance to act like movie protagonists Rambo or Lara!
Stepping into the shooting range, you will be shocked by the firearms and hundreds of bullets on the table. A professional instructor will instruct you at all times and therefore you do not need to worry about safety issues. Even a girl who has never touched firearms like me can easily enjoy the feeling of being a sharpshooter here due to the recoil and smell of the gunpowder in the air! If you want to pursue the ultimate excitement, the RPG rocket-propelled grenade launcher which creates a big explosion will be the first choice. There is really an illusion of being on the battlefield if the frozen Angkor beer was not given to me after the shooting.
Fun Fishing at Four Arms Bay
As the Four Arms Bay may not be well-known to the world, it is the confluence of the Upper and Lower Mekong River, Tonle Sap River and the Bassac River. Moreover, it is one of the largest water systems in Southeast Asia which looks like four arms holding together from the air. The rivers are naturally rich in species, and the delicious local catfish all come from this region.
Favoring in eating and challenges, I prefer walking to the vicinity of the Phnom Penh pier and go fishing on the river rather than solely pick one restaurant for the delicacy. After boarding, the boatman drove to the corner of the Bassac River and Mekong River, took out the fishing rod, and a wrestling competition with the catfish just began. I was on the boat for only a few hours before catching several catfish and even a rare sand go by. On the way back,the boatman would cook the fish on the boat directly, hence I could taste the grilled fish while viewing the beautiful sunset.
Featured Pub Street
Most places of Phnom Penh are quiet at night, however, the colorful nightlife hidden in alleys can be found as long as you pay attention to it. Bassac Lane, commonly known as foreigners’ pub street, embraces many small bars with different styles on both sides. On the weekend, European and American tourists gather in these bars and even dance on the street. During holidays, the whole street will be closed and all the bars host parties together for people to freely revel with cocktail and cool music.
Top Chinese Cuisine – Fortune Palace
To taste the best Chinese cuisine in Phnom Penh, Fortune Palace located in NagaWorld will be the best choice for you. Fortune Palace won the World Luxury Restaurant Awards from 2016 to 2018 with its amazing delicacies made with the top ingredients. The well-fried foie gras with Cambodia’s famous black pepper sauce has the beautiful look of the French style and uses Chinese cooking techniques to create an endless aftertaste.
金界酒店內的Bistro Romano意大利餐廳自2016 年起，連續三年榮獲世界奢華餐廳大獎。這間追求輕鬆時尚的餐廳，一邊牆上掛滿了威尼斯面具，一邊則放滿富文藝復興色彩的油畫，配合半開放式廚房，感覺舒適開揚。食物方面，除傳統的意大利麵及薄餅外，必吃的是莫扎里拉水牛奶酪。大廚先把水牛奶酪制作成“ 包子”狀，再從外圍上一片薄蓮的火腿，綴以番茄和橘子混和的酸甜醬，清新搭配沁人心脾。
Gentle Style – Bistro Romano
The Italian restaurant Bistro Romano in NagaWorld has won the World Luxury Restaurant Awards for three years since 2016. Featuring a semi-open kitchen, this stylish restaurant displays Venetian masks on one side of its wall and Renaissance oil paintings on the other. It serves guests with traditional pasta, pizza and the must-eat Mozzarella buffalo cheese. The buffalo cheese was first made into a “bun” shape, wrapped by a slice of ham and finally added with fresh tomato and orange sauce, providing a fresh taste.
貴為真正的世界級娛樂之城，金界酒店匯聚了來自世界各地的傑出表演藝人，如歌手、舞者、音樂家、魔術師的街頭表演者，在酒店內不同的舞台傾力演出。誠然，要感受氣勢磅礡的現場表演及聲影效果，不得不提金界二期的NABA歌劇院。它是柬埔寨首家3D影像影射歌劇院，富麗堂皇的劇院共設2,000座位，定期邀請來自世界各地的藝人演出。令人熱血沸騰及震撼人心的表演，配以美侖美奐的3D影像投射技術，讓人目不暇給。而全新劇目“ LOVE ”亦於二月二日至三月三日期間，逢星期四至星期日進行精彩演出，扣人心弦的視覺震撼絕對值得期待。
The Magnificent NABA Theatre
With the fame of the real world-class entertainment complex, NagaWorld brings together outstanding performers around the world from singers,dancers, musicians to street magicians to perform on different stages in the integrated resort. Speaking of the magnificent live performances, I would recommend the NABA Theatre in Naga 2. As a sophisticated 2,000-seater theatre with 3D video mapping technology, the theatre is the first of its kind in Cambodia. It regularly invites artists from all over the world to offer inspiring performances with beautiful 3D image projection technology. There will be a show called “LOVE” starting from 2 February to 3 March, every Thursday to Sunday. Its visual impact is definitely worth waiting for.
Exclusive VIP Suite
NagaWorld is currently the largest five-star hotel in Cambodia in the country with 1,658 stylish rooms and suites with Khmer elements. Combining luxury entertainment and taste, the exclusive rooms are only available to VIP guests. The only presidential suite in the hotel which contains separate living room, KTV room, massage room and other facilities showcases the view of Mekong River with its floor-to-ceiling windows. With a private terrace that can accommodate dozens of people, it is the perfect place for small parties. The top-level suites feature a jacuzzi, so you will be able to relieve stresses and rejuvenate your body and mind.
Live Bands Mania
While mentioning the most fashionable pastimes in Phnom Penh, the Darlin Darlin Music Lounge in the hotel definitely attracts a lot of young people every night. Live bands in the lounge perform western pop songs and different themed parties are held regularly, which enable you to enjoy a distinct nightlife here!
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