Wat Botum Park and temple
North of the park is the Royal Palace, which is open to the public and I'll visit tomorrow.
Across the street from the palace, between the palace and the Tonlé Sap River, is Royal Palace Park, where it seems everyone is hanging out enjoying the day.
Royal Palace Park
The Tonlé Sap River, meaning "large, fresh-water river," flows from Tonlé Sap Lake to the Mekong River, passing through the center of Phnom Penh and making a beautiful waterfront esplanade of parks and paths to enjoy and wander through.
Tonlé Sap River
A little further up the river, the Phnom Penh Night Market is setting up to provide food, entertainment, and shopping as the sun sets.
Night market setting up
Many dining options, central seating on the mats
Across the boulevard from the night market, with its offerings of fresh-cooked food, the Old Market is doing a good business of selling produce, meat, and fish for the do-it-yourself dining crowd.
Ferries crossing, dodging the river traffic
Esplanade fills with small vendors
And, the Royal Palace Park and Wat Botum Park fill with people hanging out with family and friends.
Hanging out in the park
I end my first walk through Phnom Penh and look forward to some serious exploring to come in the next days.