Although this town is called Sisophon, it is most commonly known by its province’s name, Banteay Meanchey, receiving both names indistinctly, even in the traffic signals. This capital city is in a strategic place, as N5 to Battambang, N6 to Siem Reap and the road to Thailand’s border in Poipet meet there. Despite this, it is small and not very visited by tourists, what gives it a nice charm, with a population who still offers a similar behaviour to local and foreign people and a handy size. For this reason, we decide to buy the many things that we need to continue and we spend a whole morning in the market. We buy in a relax way, as we haven’t had the chance a long time ago, without the handicap of spending one hour bargaining every item in our list to avoid being too cheated, what a pleasure to buy this way! When the night comes, everybody in the town disappears as if a strict curfew is on. After going through an empty snack bars walk, we have the same feeling as when walking on a beach city in the winter time… it seems half dead. Every evening, we reach a small square where you can find a bit of life. It is given by a street stand with all the bugs of the region salt-peppered au gout and a Khmer restaurant where we had some crunchy noodles that could have been awarded with two Michelin stars. We like Srei Sisophon a lot, very recommendable for a relaxing stop in the way.

Date: Feb 20-24 Skills: ISL - LSE, ON WHEELS, the route

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