Travel Memory: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Travelling from Vietnam to Cambodia via the Mekong River was such a highlight.  We caught a speed boat and sped off from Chau Doc towards Cambodia.   It felt like we were in a James Bond movie…speeding off down a river on a speed boat.  We had to wait at the border for a while.  We sat in the sun and waited for our passports to be given back to us.

Cambodia Mekong
At the Cambodian Border. Cool sandals, ae!

After a while we were on our way and arrived at Phnom Penh.  We had to go up a hugh ramp from the boat.  It was very steep and with my 2 suitcases (yes, I went on a bit of a spending spree in Vietnam) it was tricky trying to get up to the top.  It kept feeling like I was going to start rolling back into the water!

We went for lunch at a place where Orphans are taught to cool.  I cannot remember the name of the place – but I remember it had the most delicious lunch.  I’m sure if you googled it you’d be able to find it.

We went to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.  Another beautiful building.  It was too hot to stand around for too long.

Royal Palace, Cambodia Royal Palace Cambodia Cambodia Phnom Penh Travel Signs White Pagoda Cambodia

We also visited the National Museum which was very informative.

The next day, we visited Tuol Sleng Prison.  A very sad place.   I don’t like to talk about it because it is so disgusting how people treat other people in such terrible ways.   It made me cry looking at the photos of all the people who were killed either at the prison or the Killing Fields.

Killing Fields

A place within easy reach from Phnom Penh was the Killing Fields.  This was another place that made me cry.

It is important to know the history of a country but it is still sad and heavy feeling.

After going to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison we decided to go and do some shopping.  Get our minds off the terrible things that took place in Cambodia.

We went to Russian Market.  I then took a Tok Tok back to the accommodation.

I ended up going out again to get some food.  Took a Tok Tok to Star Mart.

When I got back to the Tok Tok there were some street kids hanging around. They were begging for food so I gave them some.  Imagine my surprise when they jumped onto the back of the Tok Tok when we took off and kept trying to get more food from me.

Phnom Penh is a must see.

I always try to write down the weird, funny, strange things that happen to me on Holiday.  In Phnom Penh I had one of the staff at the hotel ask me for my email address.  He was very sad to see me go when I was leaving to go to Siem Reap.

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