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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)
Last time i was in Phnom Penh was a whistle stop tour, but this time i decided to spend a little longer and booked a guesthouse by the peaceful, if not touristy, Boeng Kak Lake. Our first day was predominantly taken up organising a Laos visa, although we did have time to visit Wat Phnom and the Independence Monument, both located within city roundabouts. We spent the night time in hammocks by the lake, sipping 50 cent (25p) beers.
The following day we took a day trip around the most important sites in the area. First stop was the S21 Concentration Camp/Tuol Sleng Museum, used by the Khmer Rouge to exterminate all intellects and anybody who could be deemed as a challenge to Khmer power.
In the afternoon we briefly stopped at the Russian Market before heading to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
The following day we spent lounging around the lake and the city doing pretty much nothing, except from survive the blistering heat! The following day we took another day trip, this time going out to some Angkor ruins at Tonle Bati. There was a nice temple and lake to walk around and we only bumped into 2 other Westerners, which made for a decent day out. We spent our last night doing the same as the previous 4, sitting on the lake, enjoying the breeze, playing pool and chilling in the hammocks. It turned out a much more relaxed time than i had spent last time and i was glad to have spent a few extra days soaking up the flavour of the city.