Our next stop after HCMC was Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia, our journey was good, the two guys next to us on the coach were from the Stow how weird so they made the journey more enjoyable, strange boarder crossing then the road turned to dusty tracks, now we knew we were in Cambodia!! We stayed in a nice hotel on the river front and made plans for a few tourist trips to The Kings Royal Palace which was nice but not as good as the Thai Royal Palace, The National Museum, The Killing Fields and S21 Prison.
The Killing Fields were very sad. Its where the Khmer Rouge ragime took many innocent people to be executed. The place looked normal, just a dusty area with a few trees and shrubs, then we realised that the huge holes in the ground were mass graves. If you looked on the floor you could still see clothes and fragments of bone still embedded into the ground in which we was walking on. In the middle of this area the Cambodians had built a monument which housed all the bones, mainly skulls that had been dug up from the ground. Just thousands of skulls stacked over 17 floors. Sean and I was going to go to another shooting range after but we didnt feel like doing it after seeing what we had seen. After the Killing Fields we went to the S21 prison which showed all the small rooms that the prisoners were kept in and torchered, before going to the fields. It was a sad day but really interesting too, can't believe all this happened just 30 odd years ago! That night Sean had a happy pizza (marijuana pizza), it's legal to eat drugs, have happy shakes here but not smoke them so cant argue with that. We have had a few people ask us if we want to buy stuff (every night)! After reading some of the books that I have bought here about people being locked up in Thai prisons I definately wont be trying any drugs not that I do anyway!
Phnom Penh has lots of street kids and familys sleeping rough. Apparently after dark you need to be careful but we felt quite safe. We also visited a crazy busy market that sold watches, cloths and jewellery. Sean bought a fake Tag watch which he thinks is real he he. I would have bought some clothes but the people in Cambodia as well as Thailand and Vietnam are tiny and their waists are about the size of my thigh so I will maybe wait till I get to Australia before I buy any cloths boo hoo.
Lots of love to everyone at home
Jen and Sean XX