Arrived on the local bus from Battambang in to Phnom Penh in one piece, we will be visiting the city in 2 parts. Our first visit we reflected mainly on the Khmer Rouge regime's crimes at various monuments.
Not the happiest couple of days, but it had to be done in order for us to understand the atrocities that the Khmer Rouge committed in the 1970s. We hired a tuk tuk for the day which took us first to The Killing Fields and finishing at S 21 (Tuol Sleng Prison).
There's a lot more we want to do here so after lazing about on the southern beaches of Cambodia we will be back!
We arrived back in Phnom Penh and stayed in the same area but a much friendlier place which turned out did some very good food!
We arrived early afternoon so by the time we had eaten and unpacked we headed for the Olympic Stadium, we had been told it is very interesting after 5pm, we walked the 3 or 4 kilometres and were amazed as it came into view, neither of us were sure of what to expect but it was huge, not too modern but still impressive, there was a football match happening on the main pitch, we watched for a while and the standard was terrible! Like two high school teams doing battle! After becoming frustrated at the standard we walked the grounds, there was something for everyone, there were numerous volleyball, tennis and basketball courts - all full with Cambodians having a go! There was boules and numerous other football matches going on aswell - it seemed like half the city had descended upon the stadium to play some sport, and interestingly there was no charge at all! I wonder if our government would ever set anything like this up.....
The next day we were up a bit late so after a late breakfast and after a short walk along the riverfront we explored the royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the grounds of the royal palace were beautiful and made up for the factthe Royal Palace was well hidden, the silver pagoda was interesting although much of the silver tiled floor was covered.
We woke on what was to be our final full day in Phnom Penh and Cambodia. First we visited Wat Onalum the home of Buddishm in Cambodia, a huge complex which houses many of the monks in Phnom Penh, we even chatted to a monk for a long period, I think he wanted to improve his already good grasp of English and it was a great chance for me and D to learn more about Buddishm! While I have no desire to convert and go into monk-hood I do find the religion very Interesting.
That evening we ate at a good cause restaurant called friends a good cause which provide orphans or street kids with jobs and training, great food and service at a very reasonable price, so that was it, we have Absolutely loved Cambodia but are both ready for a new country. Bring on Vietnam!!!