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Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Asia, Cambodia

How to Celebrate a birthday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

How to Celebrate a birthday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – and NOT drink.

When your best friends birthday occurs during her vacation to South East Asia, and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – do not take her to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields! That is a depressing day, nevermind a depressing Birthday! So what DID we do to celebrate her birthday?

My best friends name is Jeannie. She is pictures in the photo above. She came to South East Asia in May/June 2010 for 31 days.

The first thing we did we sleep in. With any typically travel itinerary, we were up for sunrise to pack as much as possible in during her visit. But her birthday – We slept in. Good Start. Then we headed to a bakery that I had heard about. It specialized in cupcakes. I figured birthday means cake – and cupcakes are bite size deliciousness. So we headed there and bought her 6 birthday cupcakes!

We than continued to wander around Phnom Penh and enter all shiny buildings made of gold or of a pretty colour.  We visited the Royal Palace, which is pictured above, as well as the National Museum of Cambodia.

When we were walking along the pier, we encountered people selling little birds. Jeannie bought a birdie and set it free. Caging animals is never right. One is free. (Atleast, we hoped they did not chase it down after we left and re-caged it! haha) One good deed for the day complete!

Another exciting thing to do on a birthday in South East Asia – introduce your friend to exotic fruits which do not exist at home. This is rambutan. If you are going to South East Asia – this is the happiest fruit you will ever encounter! Bright pink with green stems everywhere, white centre with a pit. Rambutan tastes like a mix between rhubarb and grapes. Simply put; AMAZING. Best fruit ever. Atleast in my mind.

All and all – a birthday well spent. We did not drink profusely nor visit the depressing (although interesting) Choeung Ek Killing Fields nor the Genocide Museum. We wandered aimlessly for the day, ate cupcakes, set a bird free, and ate delicious exotic fruits.