Trip Start Jan 15, 2012
36Trip End Jul 04, 2012
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It's also amazing how happy and relaxed the atmosphere is here seeing as you would expect the city to be clouded by it's awful history. Yet somehow there is an acceptance of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot influence and I was told that the history is kept recent and exposed to ensure that it never happens to the people of Cambodia again. I visited the Genocide Museum first (as my Khmer history is shocking) which was definitely an experience. The museum is set within the school that was turned into torture chambers of those who were captured and eventually killed. Nothing has been changed, however there are photos and write ups of the things that had happened there
So next stop was to the Killing Fields where the people from the torture rooms were taken to be killed. I wasn't really sure what to expect but we drove about 30 minutes out of town and I was totally in awe of this place. The fields weren't fields as you'd imagine them from home...the site was surprisingly small and ran around the outside of a lake. There was a pagoda in the middle which was to pay respect to the people that had died. Even though the place was packed with tourists, there was no sound at all. It wasn't a creepy silence though, it was really nice. So I definitely learnt my fair share about Cambodian history during my stay!
The other amazing stop in Pnomh Penh was to the the Russian Market which was full of the best stuff ever and it was super cheap...needless to say I bought a bag and a massive oil painting of Buddha...just incase my bag wasn't heavy enough!
So Phnom Penh is super chilled, super lovely and one of the nicest places I've been so f