I arrived in Phenom Phen, Cambodia yesterday - I had been traveling with an Australian Couple for the day and we decided to try our luck on finding a guesthouse near the lake, so we got a TUK TUK and headed over, the location was really nice - it was a little alley filled with bars, cafes, guesthouse etc...but it was a fair way out of town and it would have meant having to get a tuk tuk/moto to get around everywhere which soon adds up - the guesthouse we found seemed nice enough, it had a reallyice communial area where there was a tv/dvd player, pool table etc.... it had a really nice atmosphere but i knew i could only stay one night - my room was reasonable enough for the price, 3$ for a double bed wth a fan, i had to share the toilet and shower with everyone else but that was ok.
This morning i got up early and left to find another guesthouse, i had met a group of 4 Isish guys a couple of days before who given me the name of th guesthouse that they were going to be staying at when they got here and that we should meet up for a drink so i headed over to that guesthouse and booked myself in for the night - The lads are due to arrive some time this evening.
After i was all booked in, i took a tuk tuk to see the S-21 Museum, which is the Toung Sang (i think that is spelt wrong) prison that over 20, 000 cambodian were sent to - i can only explain it as being similar to the nazi concentration camps - of all the 20, 000 that were sent there - there were only 7 survivors! shocking. The whole place was pretty errie, but not as bad as i expected, i didnt have a guide though so i expect it would have been a lot worse if i had had someone telling me exactly what used to go on in each room.
Next i went to the killing fields, where the prisoners were sent to to be killed, this was also not as bad as expected, it was pretty grim seeing the massive tower of skulls that they had dug up and walking around looking in to the pits where they used to pile the bodies in, but the worse bit was seeing a piece of bone, or clothing peeping out from the ground - creepy!
Wheni got back to the hotel i decided to try and make my way to the palace and to the national museum, now, my map reading skills are horrific so i was already unsure of where i was after 5 minutes so i copped out and got on a motorbike - i walked around the museum and it was ok - museumey! i then decided that i was too hot to go to the palace so i started to walk back! I Walked down one street and came across the Seeing Hands Massage Parlour which is a place i had read about in my guide book, massages done by blind people, so as i hadnt had a massage since Laos, i decided to try that out - it was lovely! the girl massaging me was really sweet, she kept calling me sister, 'That ok sister? turn over sister'. When she was massaging my head, she poked me in the eye - understandable i thought! she couldnt stop apologising! bless her, then she ,ade my crack back a lot and couldnt stop laughing (i was laughing too so it was ok!) she was really lovely, i just wanted to hug her!
You will be glad to know that i managed to find my way back to the guesthouse without any troubles! i was so proud of myself!
Tomorrow i think i am going to get the bus down to the beach town of Sihanouk Ville, I am looking forward to lazing on the beach and doing nothing for a week or so! Audrey and Steph the french girls emailed me to say that they were going down there on the 13th so hopefull i will get to meet up with them!
Anyway - thats all from me at the moment, im parched and need to get myself a drink!