Blue River Hotel
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We started off by visiting S21, an old school taken over by Khemer rouge and turned into a prison ...
... shut down in China housing 300 bears in tiny cages, but has now been converted in to a sanctuary with plenty of land.
The Asiatic bears are subjected to life imprisonment in tiny cages, no bigger than themselves with a second corset-type-cage around their stomach. This helps the workers at the illegal farms to locate the gall bladder and extract bile, used in Chinese medicine. The frequency of extraction depends on the individual bear and the rate of production. ...
... So, the usual 30 minute drive took an hour and a half with the only high (low) light being the overturning of a moto scooter which was pulling a cart with a cement mixer on the back. Unfortunately it blocked our way and just added another little while to our already long journey!
Visiting the Killing Fields is an experience that no words can can really describe. The enormity of Pol Pot's actions, the pain and heartache that he inflicted directly or indirectly ...
... working as spys, just so they wouldn't have to stand any more tourture, but they would then be killed. The prison showed you the living conditions, how they were tortured and the story of what happened and how it was stopped. We then went to the killing fields, which was the place they took the prisoners to die, and where they buried hundreds of people in a small pit all together. The audio tour took us around the ...
... up in the first place, of struggling
to achieve every minor victory such as eating something that didn't
turn you poo into green slime and corruption so endemic to society
that every step you took was fraught with danger.
A day of nothing happening
was like a laptop without internet access, beer without a hangover, a
woman that didn't cause you trouble, a bike that didn't cause you
trouble, a business that didn't cause you trouble or a job that...
well, you get ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBlue River Hotel Phnom Penh
Had better food, better views and cleaner stays for less, but it's spacious and grand, and the staff are great. It's further outside the city than we had hoped, but the tuktuk rides are entertaining at every turn. Extra cost amount to about 5 USD each way, up to 20/day if you want to go back midday and out in the evening. Look for better deals around the river walk, where food and drink options are a-plenty. All the extra services - sauna/steam rm were closed, but the pool was small but nice setting.
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