Phnom Penh Travel Blog› entry 11 of 13 › view all entries
March 24th, 2008 – by: puffin007
After a fairly shabby meal, I turned in to watch the big match up between the Geckos and the Mosquitos & Friends - live in our room. Unfortunately the Geckos only turned up with 5 and were easily outgunned by the Mossies - they ran for the hills leaving myself and Lachlan to get eaten alive.
Next morning we head into Cambodia via a speed-boat. I chose a spot with the luggage which was actually really comfortable. They made us unload everything at the border just so they could use a new x-ray machine (which probably wasn't even switched on) and obviously we had to cough up the obligatory 1$ bribe to get our Visa, but we were soon on our way.
Phon Phenmh is way bigger than I expected - actually pretty nice. Went on a cyclo tour to get a feel for the place. These guys are really fit - I mean it's 42C and I'm sweating like a dog just sitting in the passenger seat. We round the night off by going to a place called Phong Yang - a Korean restaurant which is totally bizarre. Waitresses doubling up as a singers and then a karaoke free for all.
Next day is a bit more sombre as we take in the S-21 Genocide museum and then visit the Killing Fields - both these are quite harrowing - especially the Killing Fields where it looks so serene and peaceful yet at the same time bits of bone and rags of clothing protrude from the ground as a reminder that you are walking across mass graves..
After that we take a tour of the Royal Palace and SIlver Pagoda - which is confusing as hell - given it's only the floor that is silver and mostly covered by rugs. Final stop is Wat Phonm for sunset. A pretty full-on day given it's 42C
Tomorrow we head for Siem Reap which I'm really excited about...
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