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Phnom Penh

27th May

sunny 36 °C

Left Sihanokville for Phnom Penh, knackered on the bus as usual due to a lack of sleep.

Seems to be quite polluted here, as it was in Siem Reap. First hotel we checked out was pretty grubby and they wanted 12 dollars a night, so we kept walking. Came to the Dara Reang Sey hotel, where the guy who welcomed us in wanted 17 dollars a night. J mainly with me chipping in managed to get him down to 13 dollars. The rooms are pretty nice, too.

Found a couple of decent bars, one in particular where we have had some fun on a couple of occasions with the gorgeous bar staff in there. Quite drunk on the 28th as the proclaimed last drink by both of us actually lasted for about 5 drinks, inclding one with a Swedish gy called Eric, who insisted we visit northern Laos despite never having been there himself!

Visited a shooting range which was real fun, although both I and J were shite and couldn't hit either coconut with 25 bullets each! J had a go on automatic setting too. Then went to the notorious killing fields were so many innocent people died between 1975-79. It was a very interesting but sombre experience that almost had me in tears a couple of times.

Next day we visited Tuol Sleng or s-21, where people were held & tortured before being taken to the killing fields. Originally a school, this place was turned into an unimagineable place of horror as Khmer Rouge used the former classrooms and various weaponary to keep captive, beat and kill thousands of innocent people. Again I was almost in tears looking at the mugshots containing sad faces staring back at me, their hopes and future gone. It was quite eerie to think that we were in rooms that only a little over 30 years ago were used for such evil purposes.

Posted by mm1 19:42 Archived in Cambodia

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