phnom penh

Phnom Penh Travel Blog

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crossed the border already

we arrived at phnom penh at around 3pm from our 7hour road trip from ho chi minh to phnom penh. we took the Mai Linh bus for 200,000VND which includes a free bottle of water for the entire bus ride. the 7 hour was quite a relief for me as i just slept thru the entire trip. i remember just waking up for stop overs, border crossing and looking at the window and asking my vietnamese seatmate "are we there yet?" to which he will politely asnwer "three hours more" or "two more hours" or whatever time it is.

when we arrived, we checked in at billabong hotel, as to where our friend made a reservation for us. on our first day we just tried the pool, ate early dinner, took a bath and walked around phnom penh to look for a tuktuk driver who will tour us the following day and to search for nice bars to grab a drink.

welcome to cambodia
we ended up at chow bar and restaurant, drank beer and ate spring rolls again. while we were laughing and talking in a loud and rapid tagalog, a photographer from phnom penh post ask us if he could take a picture of the four of us for their local newspaper. we agreed and the monday after, before we left for siem reap, there we saw our pictures at the phnom penh post. haha.

the following day, we asked our tuktuk driver, sarath, to take us to the killing fields or the Choeung Ek Execution Area, 30 mins away from our hotel. it is the largest of the many execution areas during the Khmer Rouge. its quite a vast area but considering that there are thousands of people who died there, you'll suddenly feel cramped inside. its big but i bet everything is within hearing distance.

inside the mai linh bus
i could not imagine myself being there waiting to be killed the following day while hearing other people screaming in pain and begging to spare their love ones' life. i myself would not wait for the following day.

the next we went to is the Toul Sleng Musuem. its a 4-building complex, a previous secondary school that was converted into prison during the Khmer Rouge. there are 14 graveyards there and those are the last 14 victims before the Khmer Rouge ended and are to be used as evidences for the remaining proponents of the Khmer Rouge to undergo trial after lots of efforts from the cambodian goverment and funding from UN, cambodia and other countries as well..

its feels ironic that these two places mark phnom penh and are considered to be "tourist attractions" when all Kampucheans want is to forget those years when 1/4 of their population was pained to death.

toilet, cambodian style
you'd bet that each of them has at least one loved one who've died during those years. our tuktuk driver cannot even talked about it or maybe he just does not understand. there are a lot of places and experiences that will touch you but a few of them can move you, and these two did. we cannot even talked to each other on our way to lunch. we cannot even smile for pictures while we were at those places.

after, we looked for frizz restaurant, where we plan to eat for lunch. it was fantastic. i never thought i could eat again after the musuem visits but the look of the food just made me drool.

our afternoon itinerary includes passing by royal palace. in front is a park where you could feed and play with the pigoens flying and resting at the park. atfter was trip to the russian market and then we went back to the hotel to pack our bags for our next stop which is siem reap. =)
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crossed the border already
crossed the border already
welcome to cambodia
welcome to cambodia
inside the mai linh bus
inside the mai linh bus
toilet, cambodian style
toilet, cambodian style
mai linh green buss
mai linh green buss
sitha at billabong hotel
sitha at billabong hotel
at chow restaurant
at chow restaurant
drinking at billabong hotel
drinking at billabong hotel
tiger beer
tiger beer
chow bar
chow bar
tower of skulls at the killing fie…
tower of skulls at the killing fi…
Toul Sleng Musuem
Toul Sleng Musuem
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
with Sarath, our tuktuk driver
with Sarath, our tuktuk driver
the phnom penh post
the phnom penh post
Phnom Penh Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
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Phnom Penh
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