We arrived into Phnom Penh by high speed boat from Chau Doc. It was a miserable journey I think mostly due to tiredness after our long, but awesome, day in the Mekong with Mr Vu and his family.
As usual, our first port of call was to find our hotel, check-in and eat and then of course have early nights; which were very much welcomed by all of us.
The next morning we rang Mr Seven, our tuktuk driver who took us to our hotel the previous day and left us with his phone number. Mr Seven was a great driver and extremely nice guy; if anyone is looking for a tuktuk driver I still have Mr Seven’s number if you would like it!
Mr Seven took us the Choeung Ek Killing Fields where he waited while we toured the grounds listening to the audio guide.
Prior to heading to Cambodia Matt & I talked about whether this was something we wanted to do with the girls and in the end we decided it was important, however we were unsure of whether or not we would allow Eden listen to the audio guide.
When we purchased our tickets and they were handing out the guides Eden really wanted to get one also; we took her aside and explained that what she was going to hear would probably be very sad and at times horrendous.
In the end we allowed her to listen to the guide, one of us would listen ahead and if we felt that it was something we really didn’t want her to hear we would skip that part on her guide. Between each chapter we would stop and ask her if she had any questions; she had 3 questions that entire day…
- What is a burial?
- What does Angkor mean?
- Was Pol Pot nice? – this last question she asked many many times.
What we were hearing on the audio guide was heartbreaking but also what we were seeing. 35 years since these particular mass graves were excavated and bones, teeth and clothing are still resurfacing; it is incredibly sad.
Mr Seven then drove us to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum which was once a high school until Pol Pot turned it into a Security Prison (S-21). By this point the girls were tired and Matt & I were pretty drained by all that we had seen & heard that morning.
We stopped at Friends the restaurant for lunch and a delicious chili margarita which I first heard about from Kassie when she visited last year.
Mr Seven had left as at this point since we were within walking distance to Wat Ounalum which was next on our list as well as our hotel.
As we started walking the streets the Cambodia rainy season started! We got absolutely drenched but it felt great; even Eden enjoyed it!
That evening, after our naps, we headed to check out one last temple; Wat Phnom and as we rode the tuktuk back to the hotel we got to witness a gorgeous sunset.
My only big regret about our time in Phnom Penh is our lack of street art sightings as i know there are some great pieces/areas floating about the city.
Our time in Phnom Penh was short but we were ready to move on….to Battambang!
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