When you think of malls in Asia, you usually think of the glamorous sort found in places like Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore: big hulks with shiny surfaces and endless shops, where you can get high quality goods at cheap prices. Then there are the malls of Cambodia. Battambang’s mall, like those in Phnom Penh, is pretty abysmal, with 1.5 floors completely empty, and the saddest video game arcade known to mankind populated by those Cambodians who probably have never seen anything better. Emanuel and I went for the absurdity, and it’s what we found. We also had a nice little rooftop adventure which was completely legal because there were no signs or barriers keeping us out of or away from the roof.
In what is probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in Cambodia, here we have a backpack that advertises using a Creative Commons license, while featuring Coca Cola products. Oh the irony (or maybe: stupidity!):
A toy store seller had this unique item. Neither doughnuts nor clay should ever be called “crispy”:
Analyze this image, which looks like a boy about to molest a girl, and tell me what you think. Khmer translation is welcome!
Five seconds after the following pic was taken, a security guard (maybe the only one in the whole building) came up and laughed, saying “children only,” at which point I had an existential crisis, of course.
Delayed timer selfie on the top floor (completely empty) of the BTB mall:
The Battambang Water Supply in the distance:
In the mall’s parking lot we spotted a lovely gem, a book shop and Korea foods hybrid store:
The nearby Leu Market, which we didn’t enter, because it looked small and empty:
Bonus: a GIF I made of Emanuel leaving the mall: