Day 3 involved a lot of sitre seeing in Phnom Penh. This started at around 9am with a trip to the S21 Prison which is an old school turned prison during conflicts in tyhe 1970's where 20,000 were killed within the prison.
After that, we moved on to the killing fields, which is where a lot of the prisoners were taken to be killed, a further 20,000. This was mainly by torture such as cutting off the head with palm tree bark while still alive. Here was saw the memorial which contained 9000 skulls of victims in a tower.
We made our way back to the hotel to grab some lunch over the road before getting a TukTuk with a guy known to Chris (tour leader) as 'Big Black' as he was around everytime Chris has done the tour, he even has his mobile number. He took us to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda; unfortunately the Palace was closed. However the Silver Pagoda looked great and was a nice place to visit. We got photos taken wearing golden crowns and some masks here too.
Once we left there, we met the canadians at a bar called the FCC which over looked the Mekong river. We stayed there for two hours before heading off to eat. The place we ate at is a charitible restaurant which employs people from the streets and trains them to work and cook and offer them housing and food in return. Here I had some honey and garlic, pork and beef meatballs which were great; they tasted almost like BBQ Ribs.
We were also told by others in the group that the night before they had tried fried Tarantula at a restaurant (Me and Andy missed this as we were on the bus to Phnom Penh still), they said the bodies were ok but the legs were a bit tough and tasteless.
After eating we got Big Black to take us back to the hotel where we went to bed for an early start the next day.
We were up at 6, had pop tarts for breakfast and met downstairs by 7am to get a bus to Siem Reap.
Along the way we stopped off twice, the 2nd stop being just a small bar for food, but the first was a small market where they sold the cooked Tarantula and Crickets, they also let us hold live tarantulas which most of us did with the one or two exceptions for those who don't like spiders.
We arrived in Siem Reap at 1pm which seems a rteally nice town after the first look around. We had lunch in a small bar which sold kangaroo and goat, but we were just having a small lunch as we were going to be eating again at 7pm, so we didn't try them today. There is a Night Market here which is aimed at the tourist and isn't as busy or as hassle-mad as the day markets. At these markets you can pay $3 to have your feet in a tank of 'doctor fish' which eat all the dead skin off your feet (As seen on the One Show not so long ago), this is for a 20 minute session.
Going to go out and eat now, and get an early night as we leave at 4am to go to Angkor Wat for sunrise.