27 Tuesday Aug 2013

Sunrise Tacos Phnom Penh

This month is the official opening of Sunrise Tacos in Phnom Penh.  Situated in the best neighborhood Boeung Keng Kang 1, this restaurant reintroduces Mexican cuisines to our local diners.  It is not easy to find a Mexican restaurant in Phnom Penh, let alone one in proximity of the city center.

The restaurant’s interior is a hit’n miss.  A few pieces of furnitures were somewhat hispanic influences, but the ceiling lights are somewhat eclectic from various inspirations maybe it wasn’t meant to be there.  The rustic walls and floors were meant to be unfinished and artsy, but it was hard to pin-point whether this rustic looks really fit the theme of the restaurant.  Maybe this is just my personal opinion.

Sunrise Tacos offers a variety of commonly known Mexican cuisines such as taco, quesadilla, burrito, margarita and more.  Not included in the menu is an endless set of self-serving salsa (that you serve yourself).

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For starters, we had ordered the bottomless chips and salsa.  The chips were somewhat oily and had a fairly burned oil taste.  It did not compliment well with the delicious salsa.  Giving us tortilla chips would have been a better choice.   As for the main course, we had ordered three beef tacos, one beef burritos, one chicken quesadilla and their strawberry margaritas.  For an extra 50 cents, we received a small plate of sour cream.  It’d been better to include this in the set, instead of us asking for it.  The self serving salsa came handy, thus it was a great addition to our meal.  Only Corona beer is available.  Other mexican beers are not yet available.  The price was also a bit pricy for mexican foods, even if most of ingredients are to be imported.

Overall, we give this restaurant a 3 stars.   You should check this restaurant yourself and be the judge of it.

26 Monday Aug 2013

Arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport

Ever feel overwhelmed when you arrive at the airport?  Worrying about how you will get your 3G/wifi once you’re in Cambodia, how you will get connected to your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp or Line.

Phnom Penh International Airport is relatively small in size.  Most of the arrivals do not have the connect with a gate. A transfer bus is normally used to pick up passengers from the runway.

Once the passengers enter the terminal wing, VISA upon arrival is available for foreigners. For Cambodian citizens carrying e-passports, they can easily use the e-scanner machine for processing.

Immediately after the immigration clearance, there are only two baggage claim conveyer belts. Finding your luggages should not too difficult. After the baggage claim and customs clearance, you will exit the complex, passing through customs control to an outside corridor. Along this walkway, plenty of mobile operators will offer pre-paid sim card with minutes and/or wifi/3G. Some of the more reliable mobile operators are Cellcard, Smart and Metfone.

Also available along this walkway is the taxi and remork (tuk-tuk) service providers. A transfer from the airport to Phnom Penh city should cost approximately $7 to $10 with the taxi or remork.

www.cellcard.com.kh
www.metfone.com.kh/‎
www.smart.com.kh/‎

Map of the Phnom Penh International Airport is shown here.

map of airport PP