On Tuesday 27th May Matt, Ian and I took time to explore a bit of Phnom Penh. The city was busy and had a certain “eau de toilet” about it, but nonetheless had a good buzz. We relaxed in our lovely, cheap guesthouse, watching films whilst reclining in our hammocks.
The following day we were up early and went to a shooting range. Matt and I shot AK-47s, which was an adrenalin feulled thrill. Our driver informed us that 2 weeks before hand, an American tourist had been using a handgun, and used the final bullet in his magazine to commit suicide...dodgy!
We went from the shooting range to the killing fields. I found these very moving indeed. The sites where the Khmer Rouge executed millions of innocent Kampucheans (Cambodians) in the 1970’s. Some of their bones and many of their skulls were on display, as well as some clothes. This was a difficult sight to fully appreciate and take in.
The next day we relaxed before visiting the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum on the 30th May. These were all good to see and the architecture of the Palace was unforgettable.
The 31st May was Ian’s birthday, and naturally we spent it on a 5 hour bus to Siem Reap Angkor (North-Western Cambodia). Once we had settled in here, we had to celebrate the little guy turning 19, the only way we could...
The 1st June was a day of rest, sleep and general inactivity. Monday 2nd June was spent visiting the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom temples. These are what the region is famous for. They were both very scenic, impressive and HUGE! They lived up to every expectation, and we rounded off an excellent day with another night out that confirmed Siem Reap to be a good party town.
After arranging our passage back to Bangkok, we had another long travel day on 4th June. We arrived in Bangkok just in time to fall asleep at the same guesthouse that we had stayed at a month before, on Khaosan Road.
The 5th and 6th of June were spent sorting ourselves out for the flight to Beijing on the 7th, and buying some final souvenirs for Southeast Asia.