Another day, another story from my big trip! We were nine days in Cambodia and during these days spent most of our time in Siem reap to visit the Angkor Wat temples. However after this visit we crossed the Tonlé sap lake to reach the capital of Cambodia Phnom Penh. An overcrowded city with motorbikes, tuktuks and trucks everywhere; and furthermore a whole lot of dust blowing in the city.
This city is still under full development and the people here are constantly approaching you to make a bargain. It was quite exhausting but understandable because these people are struggling to ear money and are just doing whatever they can to provide money for their families.
In Phnom Penh we visited the killing fields of Choeung Ek and the security 21 prison of Tuol Sleng. These two museums are a reminder of what happened in Cambodia during the late seventies under the red Khmer regime of Pol pot. It was one of the largest genocides of the 20th century and was pure horror; I still can’t believe how something like this could have happened in the developed world we live in. Although this aren’t excursions you’ll feel happy about afterwards I am glad I did them just to understand how this happened and I believe it is important for people to know this to prevent it from happening again. I didn’t take any pictures in these places, it just wasn’t appropriate but I do recommend taking the audio guide when visiting the killing fields, the stories are very moving (there even is one in Dutch for my Belgium readers).
The day after we had to shake off the things we saw the day before so we went to the big market of Phnom Penh, visited the royal palace and finally finished with a stroll along the riverside. A beautiful sunset and a cocktail made us ready to pack our bags again to return to Thailand with our next destination Koh Phangan.
P.S. Please watch the reality show of Norwegian bloggers going to work in a Cambodian textile factory near Phnom Penh. This social experiment, named ‘Sweatshop Deadly Fashion’, aimed to expose the horrible conditions and to highlight the fashion industry’s major hypocrisy. Throughout the series, the three bloggers are visibly shocked at the working conditions and appalled at how the workers are being treated. More info in the link below!
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