Phnom Penh, Cambodia 29th Jan - 1st Feb
Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
100Trip End Apr 02, 2014
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Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, it's never resting hustle and bustle makes it hard to believe that this entire city was evacuated under the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This is one of the poorest countries in the world however the people are the warmest and friendliest we have met so far.
We spent a lot of time here learning and understanding the culture – so this blog post might be a bit full on, just warning you now.
Things we did
We spent a couple of days exploring the streets of the city, there is lots of dust and dirt around and many people wear masks over their faces for protection from it
Killing Fields & Genocide Museum
We got a tuk-tuk for the day and drove out to visit the historic sites to learn more about the Cambodian history;
Quick Summary: In 1975, Phnom Penh fell under the control of the Khmer Rouge, a communist group lead by Pol Pot. They forced the residents into the countryside into labour camps & over almost four years an estimated number of two million (30% of the population) died by starvation, torture or execution. These events drove Cambodia back to the stone age.
When you arrive at the Killing Fields we were given a recorded guide to listen to while walking through the fields
After a few hours of soaking in all the information we drove onto the genocide museum. This was the place the civilians were taken before they were transported to the killing fields. It was an old school that had been converted into a prison. Some were held there for a day, some for longer if they were to be interrogated or tortured. There were some pretty graphic images on the walls for visitors to view – room set ups, bodies found, torture methods.
It was a pretty full on day and a lot to take in, although we were very glad we went as it was educational and it makes you appreciate the country even more and what it’s been through so recently.
Anyone that is interested in reading into this any further:
- Books – When Broken Glass Floats & First They Killed My Father
· Films – The Killing Fields & S21, The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
King Norodom Sihanouk - Funeral
The former King of Cambodia who served for six decades died in October 12
Food & Drink
We didn’t eat any street food as the water is not clean enough here to risk it!
Favourite Local Dish: Chicken Amok (creamy chicken curry in a banana leaf)
New Tastes: Khmer Amok Chicken & Khmer Noodle Soup
International McDonalds Meal: No McDonalds
Local Beer: Ankhor & Cambodian
Emerald Morakat Hotel - For Cambodia this was luxury at $20 a night
Water: $0.50 for 1.5 litres
Alcohol: 0.75c for a Beer, $2 for a cocktail
Transport: $20 for a day out on the tuk-tuk
Massage: $6 for an hour
Average Daily Spend per person: $40
Transport there for both of us: $230
Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $510