It's a Holiday In Cambodia
Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
In 1997 Cambodia asked the world for help to raise the 43 million US dollars needed to put the heads of the Rouge to trial. Now it's been almost 30 years since around 2 million Cambodias were killed and the people responsible still haven't been convicted - many of them now heads of Cambodia. Cambodia finally has the money needed being able to raise only 1.5 million itself. The Vietnamese finally came to the rescue and what they found was atrocious. Rooms filled with 14 corpses of people who had been tortured - their bodies still tied up and rotting.
After S21 we rode out to the Killing Fields which is the area of pits which the excecuted bodies were buried in
Cambodia has such a sad history and the people are truly poor. There's amputees everywhere - the result of land mines placed there by many countries including it's own. There's children, dirty, scruffy and pathetic looking out begging. The children born today are the 1st ever to not see war and turmoil in it's long history of occupations and power struggles by surrounding countries.
That afternoon we walked to the massive Central Market and down to the Riverfront for sunset. The whole day we were covered in dirt and wiping it out of our eyes. Cambodia is really dusty!!!
We eventually found our way to the first place we wanted to go, but didn't make it - the backpacker area of the Lakefront. James (our English friend) was here too and we happily relaxed on the deck of his guesthouse overlooking the lake. We went for an all you can eat curry buffet for $2 US and met another English couple who were great and we saw a lot of after that.
The next day we watched some monks do their daily Alms where they go around and basically beg for food. It was quite late in the day for them to be doing this, but great for us to watch. Ben went to the US Embassy today to get more pages in his passport! We found ATMs that all dispensed US dollars which is great!!! We also moved to a guesthouse on the lake so we could relax instead of stay in the city where we had been.