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Travel Blogs from Phnom Penh
After immersing ourselves in early Cambodian history, we decided to head to the capital of Phnom Pehn to learn about some more recent events – the Cambodian genocide of 1975 – 1979.
Like with all the other genocides we have learned about in the last few months (Rwandan, Armenian, Namibian) the Cambodian one is as hard to …
We are having a mini-break in Phnom Penh for a couple of days.
Travelled down with a Japanese couple we needed to buy supplies for their shop.
The road was pretty rough between Pursat and Kampong Chhnang, nice big pot holes appear after rainy season - they fill them up each year but then the potholes come back.
Makes for an interesting …
... tour which included stories by those who survived the Khmer rouge plus a chilling account by an executioner about some of the techniques used to kill innocent, defenceless prisoners. Victims brought here were killed relatively soon after arrival and only towards the end when executioners couldn't keep up with demand were victims held overnight. To mask victims screams the guards used to play traditional music on a loud speaker.We walked past; a mass grave of 450 victims; a ...
... on bones still on the surface of the paths, hearing about the awful 'killing tree' to the tower of skulls to walk around, it was frightening that this happened and possibly still happens in some country's. Then the prison. We first saw the 'VIP' cells. When this prison was found the prisoners brutal bodies were still there & now have a graphic photo of there death in the 'VIP' cell. They also preserved ...
... ended up in her bar and I have only a vague
recollection of her. Still, the next morning I woke up without my
phone. It was a basic waterproof thing which had been damaged several
times and was only barely holding together. I retraced my steps in
the hope of retrieving my phone and found the bar and Saiem. It
quickly became apparent that I had lost my phone somewhere else and
she had no idea what the hell I was talking about. Even then, she was