after staying in a homestay and more time in Saigon, its off to phnom penh
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arrived after 5 hours on the bus to a very hot cambodian capital. there really is nothing here, the streets are filthy! pottererd around and had drinks that afternoon then the next day had a harrowing day of seeing the killing fields, where people's bones and clothes still come throught the pathways and the government who were all part of the khmer rouge regime are still trying to cover it up. went to the s-21 torture camp, the national museum and the grand palace; the home of the 53 gay ballet dancer king. what a contrast! harrowing stuff though and really does make you wonder what we were doing to help (nothing).
the next day got a speedboat across the tonle sap lake for 7 hours (sitting on deck getting very hot and blown about!) to siem reap. tiny town but home to angkor wat, which we went to see sunrise at the next morning. an amazing place! 290 temples set in forest land, with truly spectacular carvings (the home of tomb raider). a great day had by all despite the 40 degree heat and 90% humidity!
went to the landmine museum run by a man that diffuses 1000s of landmines on his own with no equipment for nothing and fosters 11 handicapped land mine victim children. there are 6million landmines still in cambodia so none of the land can be farmed, everything, even vegetables are imported.
gave blood at the hospital for children with dengue fever then cried in the eveing at the little begger children, it is such a sad place here, the people really do have nothing. its really 3rd world yet right next to thailand which is so rich in comparison. the next day sat in a back of a jeep on a dirt track for 5 hours to the thai border (cambodia doesnt have any proper roads). 6 hours bus ride after that and we made it to bangkok!