Cambodia Chameleon: Road Trip to Kean Svay Kroe
Spending the weekend at a local resort.
When our friends told us that they were going to take us to a local resort to enjoy the weekend, my first impression was that we needed to bring swim wear, extra shirts to change and there’s going to be lots of food.
Well one out of those three impressions was correct.
The road trip as it turns out was to Kandal province, located about 40 minutes away from Phnom Penh City. We drove out to National Road (Highway) No. 1, crossed the Preah Monivong Bridge and turned left into the of Kean Svay Kray Pagoda which is just 300 meters from the resort. We didn’t go to the Pagoda but went straight to where the food stalls were.
Ahhh so this was the resort.
The food stalls were under a roofed area, shielding us from the hot sun and rain. There were two long rows on our left and right with many types of food to choose from, some grilled, some raw and some cooked. The first thing I saw when I walked in was an old lady frying crickets in a large pan and I recalled eating a piece of this during the recent company trip to Phuket. Sellers sat on white tiled counters grilling their food and displaying it for us in weaved baskets. You can see all types of meat here such as chicken, beef, seafood ,frogs (yes frogs!), turtles EXCEPT pork. That was a plus for both of us yet definitely. After walking around one round, we bought a few types of meat, grilled corn and fruits that came with assam. The prices here are affordable too as they quoted us with Khmer price instead of foreigner price.
Near the river was a row of floating huts with sitting areas where we could enjoy the food that we got from the stalls. There were also boats selling fruits, food (they cooked from the boat on the spot) and giving out rides to the customers for a small fee. We also saw locals chilling on the hammocks after having a big feast. This is a local culture which can be seen on the weekends, where they just relax and play cards with their friends until sunset.
By the way, you need to ask the locals what are the meats they’re selling because we almost ate a frog stuffed with pork belly. I was wondering why the chicken looked so small until I poked the inside and asked what it was. Thank goodness for divine intervention! A woman with her son rowed our way and we ordered a fried corn dish with chillies, vegetables and sesame oil which tasted so good. We watched the river and the green plants or vegetation float downwards to the Mekong river and at times it blocked the boats from rowing so they had to push it to make a path.
It was incredibly nice of our friends to take us there to experience the local culture and we really felt like one when we spent the day at Kean Svay Krao. Before we left, we bought lychee fruits from an elderly woman, a whole basket of them for USD$4. It was sweet too. You could also get fresh vegetables or fruits and enjoy them at home for the rest of the weekend.
Mode of transportation : Tuk Tuk but it’s best to negotiate the price first. It could be around USD5-10 to and fro.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.