Asia | South East Asia | Cambodia | South West Cambodia | Phnom Penh – Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Rocks!!! What a happening place! It is very similar to Maputo, with a bit more garbage.
It was a fantastic trip down from Siem Reap by speed boat on the Tonle Sap Lake. The journey took about 5 hrs – but there was loads of space (very rare) to walk around, you could sit outside and watch the countryside. Arrived and went straight to a guest house that had been recommended – The Walkabout, run by an Australian. Great place, didn’t move from the bar – I was the only female falang (foreigner) in the place. Loads of dodgy expats, old ex USA soldiers, sex tourists and young Cambodian & Vietnamese girls, I’m sure you can picture it!!!! Was treated in a royal fashion and had a ball hearing loads of tales…
Next morning decided to move to a place on the Boeng Kak Lake, Number 10 – very chilled, loads of other backpackers lying in hammocks on the deck over the water. They also serve great food – Western, Thai and Cambodian. Have been there since. The night life in this place is great, loads to do. Everyone smokes huge amounts of ganja in the open, in bars, clubs etc!! I can’t get over how relaxed this place is! Khmer New Year was crazy – loads of street water fights, you couldn’t move without getting soaked. Huge Fun!!
Monday 17 April was the 25th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge. There was a talk and exhibition of photographs at the FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club). Very interesting as Al Rockoff was one of the speakers – he was the American photographer who was featured in the movie ‘The Killing Fields’. The photos were all his – taken on the 17th – gory stuff!
Have visited Toul Sleng Museum – the school that Poi Pot used as a prison – where thousands of Cambodians were tortured and killed. They are not sure how many people were killed, but it is between 1 and 2 million! Also went to the Killing Fields where there were mass burials. A huge monument has been built – filled with thousands of human skulls!!!! It is impossible to imagine how gruesome things must have been.
Tomorrow I’m off to Saigon. I’m sad to leave here as I’ve met some great people and had a fantastic time.