Many apologies for the delay in updating the blog, in truth this has been down to a number of factors, being busy, having a lack of internet and just general laziness so I apologise. But for a treat for you today I have three blogs for you to read.
I will start off with Phnom Penh, as you already know getting the bus to Phnom Penh didn't go as smoothly as we expected, nearly missing the bus in favour of a night out in Saigon. Some of me still wonders what would have happened if we had stayed in Saigon. But anyway we got the bus, and we were pretty drunk, I was that drunk I ended up sleeping on the floor of the bus in my water proof trousers and a wet towel. The buis also took a lot longer than expected due to immense trafic congestion, but when we arrived we may have found one of the best guest houses we have stayed in to date. Yes there is many floors, it's cleaniliness is not A1, but the staff are phenomanal. The owner Alex really makes you feel welcome, does anything to help you and is a real funny guy. The only downside to him is that he is a bit of a drug dealer, he is a big fan of marajuana, and one of his many catchphrases is 'smoke weed everyday'. For the benefit of my parents I can assure you that I have not touched a single drug, so don't worry before you start too :)
Our first full day in Phnom Penh saw us go to the S41 Prison museum, this was a bit grim and detailed how the Khmer Rouge treated their prisoners in there era of dominace between 1975 and 1979. They used all sorts of torture methods and just basically wanted to wipe out the country. We went from here to the Royal Palace, which I was pretty disapointined with, it was basically like a rubbish version of the palace that we already went to see in Bangkok. From here we went to the national musuem which I was also disapointed with as it didn't offer enough explanation on things.
That night we decided to explore Phnom Penh and check out the night life, we didn't find much apart from big piules of rubbish, rats and prostitute bars. Again for the sake of my parents I am not wasting any money on prostitutes. As we couldn't find anything we decided to head back to 19 Happy Guesthouse our place of residence and have a few cheeky beers there.
The next day I got to fire my first ever gun, firing 25 bullets from an AK47. This was good fun and I was suprisingly good getting 25 bullets out of 25 on target. After this almost ironically we went to the killing fields, this is a grim plce, but the information they give you via the audio tour is brilliant. The killing fields is where the Khmer Rouge regime took people to be slaughtered, there was one pretty horrific place which we saw where they used to kill women and children, some less then 6 months old. the children they would simply pick up and smash against a big tree, it was a pretty emotional exerience and the tower full of skulls summed the place up. That night we got talking to a Scottish lad called Ian and an American guy called Robert we hit a club with them called Platoon, which was pretty decent night out, despite having my genitals felt numerous times buy a mixture of prostitutes and lady boys.
The next two days can be summed up pretty easily, lazyness. We chilled out at the guesthouse drank beers, played pool for beers and dollars with the staff. We also bumped into Sarah and Holli again and had another night out with them and also got round to booking our bus to our next destination too lae so we had to stop another day and o the same drink beers, play pool etc etc. Eventually we did get our bus booked though and we headed off to Kam Pot.