The Killing Fields
Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
110Trip End Aug 31, 2007
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Arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday. Phnom Penh means "Hill of Penh" and is named after the largest hit in Phnom Penh that stands at a massive 27m! It's pretty flat here.
The hill is surrounded by monkeys. One of them decided that he didn't like me taking a photo of his friend so decided to have a go at me. I'd like to say that I handled the attack calmly but when I saw the fangs and claws I jumped about eight feet. I looked like that woman from the Tom and Jerry cartoons. It gave some Chinese tourists a laugh.
I considered reasserting my authority on the animal kingdom but instead I used the lack of rabies shot and cut across the grass.
Apart from usual Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, et la the other big tourist sights are the S-21 museum where 20,000 Cambodians and a few Westerners were tortured to death. Only seven people survived this converted school. And the "Killing Fields" which are located about 13km south. It's always seemed strange to me that places like this become attractions, but there's the saying about those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. I've decided to put a few photos up here rather than talking about it. There's no way I can write down what happened here and convey it properly. Some of the photos could upset a few people so beware.