Today- Thursday 22nd March we had a free morning before getting the local bus to Phnom Penh. It would take use 6 hours to get there. The public bus wasn't too bad, we had air con, comfy seats, a lunch box and free water. They also played English movies on the tv. We got to the hotel which was called La Voile Rouge and it was right on the river front. We went straight out for dinner that night.
The next day we got picked up at 8am by a tour guide who was going to take us to S21 and the Killing Fields, about 20 minutes away from where we were staying. S21 was an old school that was converted into a prison during Pol Pot's reign between 1975 and 1979. During this time he ordered the execution of 700,000 innocent Cambodians including children. I won't go into too much detail as its quite horrific. Later in the morning we went to the Killing Fields where you literally had to walk over bones.
We all met up for lunch then some of us went to the Central Market. It was quite a walk in 40 degree heat. The market was huge and we had a lot of fun bartering with the locals. In the evening we went to Phnom Penh's famous bar FCC for happy hour then we went to the Friend restaurant which is run by local teachers and students. The Cambodian curry was really good.
On Saturday 24th March we had a 4 hour bus journey to Sihanoukville. Compared to the rest of Cambodia this place was very English. A lot of bars run by Westerners and the majority of food on the menus was Western food. Our hotel was about a 3 minute walk to the beach and had a really nice swimming pool. That night we went to one of the bars for dinner which was packed and the Arsenal v Tottenham game was on. Scott ordered a 3 litre jug of Angkor beer for $10 with a free t shirt. You get a free t shirt nearly everywhere. The beer was huge it came in a tank with its own dispenser tap. I left Scott and went with the girls down to the beach to watch some live music. Scott came to find me later and fell asleep on the beach.
The second day in Sihanoukville we just chilled out and in the evening we went down to the beach for a BBQ.
Prices in Cambodia are really cheap compared to other places we have travelled. A pint of beer is 50c, average meal is $3-4 and laundry is $2.
We are soon heading across the border to Vietnam. One thing I know about Vietnam is that Facebook is blocked.