What do you do when you have naively thought you could visit 3 countries in a month and a half? You decide to skip the beaches and head off to the places that are historically rich. So after a week in Siem Reap, we jumped on our first asian night bus (there were many to come...) down to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
This city is at first nothing special compare to other big asian cities, except for the insane motorbikes traffic, but it is what happened there late seventees that makes it a place not to be missed. I feel really ashamed in saying that I didn't know much about Pol Pot and The Khmer Rouge, who took the city in 1975 and installed their bloody madness regime under which thousands of Cambodians were tortured and/or killed. You can visit the prisons and the killing fields were all this barbary happened, very emotional and powerful.
Unfortunately, we only spent 3 days there before heading to Laos with a stop in Kratie (where you can spot the famous Irrawaddy, type of dolphins that live in the Mekong River), that was the end of our very short but yet very intense exploration of Cambodia. I forgot to say a few words about the Cambodians who we thought were very friendly people, full of life and brightness.