9th – 11th May 2016
Whilst in Vietnam we had both read some really bad things about Cambodia and we were seriously considering cutting it out and spending more time in Vietnam – thank god we didn’t! We arrived in Phnom Penh around 3pm and got a tuk tuk to our hostel – Mad Monkey (best hostel chain in Cambodia).
That evening we went out to find somewhere to eat, there are so many western chains like KFC, Burger King and Dominos, but eventually we found a little local restaurant where I had a Khmer curry which was delicious.
The next morning we had arranged for our tuk tuk driver from the day before to pick us up and take us to the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Prision Museum (S21) for about $8. When we arrived at the Killing Fields we paid $6 for a ticket which included an audio guide. It was so interesting but incredibly sad to learn about the fairly recent genocide of nearly 3 million people (out of 8 million) carried out by the Khmer Rouge Regime led by Pol Pot. It’s hard to believe that somthing this horrific occurred only 40 years ago. Whilst walking around the killing fields you can still see pieces of bone and cloth coming up through the soil. There are just no words to describe the atrocities that took place here it is truly heartbreaking.
After the killing fields we visited the Tuol Sleng Prision (former high school).The prison was in use from 1975-1979 and around 20,000 people were killed with only 7 survivors. Walking around you can see the pictures of every single prisoner – some of them only children along with blood stained tiles in the cells. You can only imagine the things that went on there and how scared the people must have been.