Phnom Penh

Trip Start Apr 11, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Travelling to a country on Firday 13th were guns still get fired in the street didn't really strike me as a bright move on our part, you could say we were a little nervous.
The fact that there was a sign outside a coffee shop asking that weapons be left at the door brought it home.

Fortunately the day went without hickup, the border crossing was a pain in the arse and the bus didn't have much leg room but we got here in one piece and have avoided being shot for the time being at least!

Today confidence was being restord we had a great day visiting the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda which got its name due to the silver tiled floor (each tile weighing 1kg) of which there are 5000!!! and i dont think its the kind that will make your skin turn green. We spent far too much in the market but got some really good bargains (you know you've done well when you get back and the locals enquire as to how you got things so cheaply).

We also got to the Killing Fields & Museum. Very sad to see all the skulls excavated from the mass graves (some holding upto 450 people) and clothes & bones still half burried in the ground from the Khmer rule. It has a very somber feel to it.
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