Sokha Club Hotel
Travel Blogs from Phnom Penh
We arrived in Phnom Penh Cambodia after a 6 hour bus trip through incredibly dry and scrubby country, and we hit a cow on the way. He got up and walked away and the bus headlight was fixed with masking tape! Our new guide is Phalkun, a Cambodian who lives in Siem Reap.
It is swelteringly hot here but what a surprise when we got here to …
... the ground. Whilst walking down the corridors of this high school that Pol Pot transformed into a hell, with their checked tile floors and cream walls, it's not hard to imagine the site's simple origins as the Tuol Svay Prey high school. However delving into any former classroom shatters and eliminates the illusion of normalcy. A single iron rusty bed and a disturbing gruesome black and white photo are all that adorn the u thinkable horrors that happened here. In 1975 Pol Pot's ...
... we called 'the outside world'. We did find some nice food though and the notorious Khmer Rouge S-21 prison complex offered a menacing atmosphere that added even more frightful relevance to the history we have learned since coming to Cambodia. We managed our various jobs though, visiting the Vietnamese and Aussie embassies, shopping at the famous Russian market and arranging a week of teaching in a sleepy rural town called Andoung Teuk - which we would leave ...
... and we wandered around the base. It costs a dollar to walk up the steps and see the temple but we felt we have seen enough Wats this holiday to miss one! A guard offered us a dollar for two of us instead of each so we know for sure it's not going to the temple! A drizzle started so we sat under the giant band stand for a while and watched the world go buy. On the walk back to our hotel we stopped for a look in a supermarket and Ally got some funny looks at the checkout when ...
... 48 hours shut down schools, hospitals, nearly the whole city. Then the bloodshed started. First targets were the educated, doctors, teachers, people wearing glasses, spoke a foreign language, monks and nuns weren't spared either. Out of the 300 or so Killing Fields, this one, Choeung Ek was the biggest. At first truck loads of 60-70 people would be brought here every couple weeks. By the end that number rose to 300 per truck, daily! The people ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center