Phnom Penh - Day 2
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Now this is about as heavy a day of sight-seeing as I think I'm ever likely to do. The evening before I had booked in a day tour that would go to both the Killing Fields and S-21 concentration camp in the morning, then various palaces/museums/etc in the arvo. Suffice to say whatever was seen in the arvo just slipped by since once you've spent the morning looking at the war atrocities of Pol Pot, you're not thinking about a whole lot more.
The killing fields is quite surreal, and as you drive out there you can't help but think back to the thousands of people who had to walk that stretch of road 30 years ago knowing what was ahead of them. They have a 15 storey monument at the entrance to the fields, each storey with a layer of skulls from people exhumed form the mass graves.
So as if that wasn't enough we then went to Tuol Slong museum (better known as S-21 concentration camp) where people were held and tortured before going to the Killing Fields. The most stupid thing is that they were asked questions all day to try to uncover a hidden plot which didn't exist. Again some of the methods of torture used were just ghastly to say the least. When you first get there and see all these boards of photographs, taken of the prisoners on their arrival, staring out from the cells and your heart sinks even lower
The rest of the tour kicked on and as I mentioned, was pretty much a blur. I was happy to grab some drinks at the end of that with some Irish girls that I'd been crossing over with down the east coast. I highly recommend everyone to have a beer from the roof bar of the FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) when in Phnom Penh. It costs a bit more, but just have the one to appreciate the view then head somewhere cheaper.