Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
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I'd arranged to get picked up by the tuk tuk driver who'd taken me to the hotel the next morning.
First stop on the day's travels was Choeung Ek (The killing field outside Phnom Penh). I think the photos from both here and Tol Sleng (S21 Prison), which was the next stop, say it all. The rooms at Tol Sleng contains numerous exhibits and a vast amount of information about this period in Cambodia's history. One of the displays shows that there were numerous places all over the country where this happened, and that Choeung Ek where from memory about 17,000 people were killed is by no means the largest of these. It seems hard to believe that this happened only 30 years ago and that the west did nothing to stop it and actually opposed Vietnam's defeat of the Pol Pot regime.
After this I got dropped at the markets for a look around and arranged to meet the tuk tuk back at the hotel at 2pm - the temple and pagoda shut in the middle of the day and only reopen then.
In the afternoon I got taken to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photographs inside either of these buildings. I'm not sure whether this is for security or other reasons but there is one hell of a lot of bullion contained inside these - especially the pagoda where there are hundreds, if not thousands, of gold and silver buddas.
After getting dropped back at the hotel I walked back down to the multi storey modern shopping centre located next to the markets. I'd said that I'd try to get some new XBox 360 games for a friend and found a shop that sold these - each floor seemed to sell a different range of goods and this one had DVD's, Ipod thingys and electical goods. The new Halo one that he wanted cost $6US - because it had 2 disks - I got another three from the list he'd given me for $3 each as these were only single disks.
As I was leaving on the early bus to Ho Chi Minh in the morning I decided to eat in at the hotel restaurant. Decided to be game and ordered a Kmher dish - beef in green curry - very hot but really nice.