Cambodian Capital...Phnom Penh

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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Trip End Jul 22, 2008


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Number 9 Sister Guesthouse

Flag of Cambodia  , Phnom Penh,
Thursday, April 24, 2008

The capital was quite bustling, dirty, very hot, dusty so i only stuck around for 2 days. There is alittle travelers ghetto if you'd like to call it which is quaint...it's a few narrow streets, by the lake, some of the guesthouses and restaurants are lakeside - modest wooden buildings on stilts in the water. Camboida is a very poor country, the worst in SE Asia and i suspect to witness more of the poverty as i make my way out of the city. This country has been through a hard time (which i didn't really know a lot aboot) with the Khmer Rouge Genocide 1975 - 1979 where they killed thousands and thousand of innocent people, mostly educated and skilled. So the one day i went to the Tuol Sleung Prison Genocide Museum and Choeng Ek Killing Fields where all the dreadfullness took place...torture, killing, slavery, starvation, you get the idea. So needless to say it was depressing, mind boggling and surreal all at the same time. No matter how many war concentration camps, or genocide prisons i go to... i will never get my ahead around how people do this and why it's always sooo tragic!! The sad thing is that there are many countries that have experienced such devastating killings and continues to...

On the brighter side..i went to see the lovely Grand Palace as well... but stupid me, i wasn't appropriately dressed (forget to cover my shoulders) so it looked really nice on the outside. You win some, you lose some. I'm sure it was just like any other palace..haha.

At night i had company for a few beers as a Dutch guy from my mekong tour we grabbed a tuk-tuk together and stayed at the same place. It's funny how things work out...in Saigon i was just starting to feel a wee bit lonely, so i was like...i hadn't had any company in a good week and then had that mini-tour, certainly had some entertainment and some nice simple converstation...yet still have my own time. So it's been a happy medium with just enough to keep me amused...next to the coast!
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