InterContinental Phnom Penh
Travel Blogs from Phnom Penh
October 24, 2009
Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh (B/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, start your tour with visits to the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi and the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha …
... nearly decapitated myself on a tree and carried on straight into the hedge. Fortunately this trip passed without any collisions (although Kathryn did her best to try and run down a monk who crossed the road in front of her!) and then it was on to the killing fields.
Now, not to say all of you are as ignorant as me, but if there are any of you who, like me, when the Cambodian killing fields have been mentioned, just shake your head and say "yes, they must be ...
... killed almost 3 million people. Cambodia only had about 9 million people in the entire country. The Pol Pot Regime was finally removed when the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1979.
Now onto the sites. We hired a tuk-tuk for the day and were first taken to one of many killing fields in Cambodia. The site had a headset you used to listen to stories and history as you walked around. It was all very upsetting to here the stories and actually see the body pits ...
... and most of them were believed to have been raped before they were killed. Next to this mass grave, is a large tree which was used to kill the babies and children by swinging them by their ankles and smashing their heads against the tree. It was just unbelievable as we were surrounded by the sunken holes in the ground which were the old mass graves. In many places it is still possible to see fragments of human bone and bits of cloth as you walk around the area as the rain still ...
... based on the wounds on their faces. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a few tears as I took in photo after photo of these innocent people. I don’t know how anyone visiting this place could not. Walking through the remainder of the classrooms with the tiny cells still intact was just as haunting as it was hard not to keep thinking this happened only 34 years ago. And then to think I was only 10 years old at the time, ignorant of this ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
The staff has been so friendly and very accommodating. The rooms at very nice and the pool is amazing.
We made a new friend already from the Chicago area. Austin was in the same flight from Seoul and checked in at the same time. We started chatting with him in the club lounge over breakfast. He is here in on business for the week selling pipes and fittings.
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