Scrapbook: Indochina Peninsula Wanderer

Phnom Penh

And so we arrived in Cambodia! We went to our first hotel in Phnom Penh to meet our new Group which consists of 14 people and a mixture between boys and girls. Those of us who had already arrived decided to go on a walk around the city. I couldn't believe how unbelievable all the buildings and monuments - the architecture is so intricate with such beautiful detail. Truly impressive and like nothing else I had seen before.

That evening we spent at a great local restaurant and then moved onto a sky bar for some cocktails, and to get to know each other better. Such a fun evening!

The next day we went on a tour around the city on tuk tuks, stopping off at the major monuments including the Royal Palace which we spent a while looking around. Like the day before I couldn't believe how beautiful all the buildings were! This city is so magnificent and I would definitely recommend visiting here.

In the afternoon we went to visit the killing fields and the prison where people were held before they were taken to be killed. During Pol Pot's time in power he managed to kill over a quarter of the population and it was devastating to hear all about it and to see the places where the massacres took place. We each got a headset detailing what went on at the killing fields so we could walk around at our own pace and truly understand the extent of the brutality. It was a very depressing day but very interesting and informative.

That evening we went for dinner at a local family's house which was a good way to uplift our moods. They cooked us an amazing feast of Cambodian food and we danced with the children to Cambodian and Western music. It was such fun to spend time with locals and see the Cambodia culture first hand.

Next stop - Siem Reap!