12.09.2011 - 15.09.2011
crossing into Cambodia was very straight forward, the company that we booked through taking care of our visas and the fact that there were only 7 of us on the big coach! We were bombarded by tuk tuk drivers on arrival as we struggled with the map. The streets are all numbered its a pity its not in a logical order! We took a tuk tuk on our 2nd day to see the royal palace (the kings a bachelor but was unable to see us) and the silver pagoda (which gets its name from the silver tiles that make up its floor) which houses some impressive budda statues- diamonds everywhere! Surprising the security around it is q small padlock and a man asleep in he corner! Also took in the tuol sleng museum, a horrible place depicting the awful torture the pop pot led Khmer rouge inflicted on their victims. Some of he photos are so grotesque its hard to look. We had the opportunity to meet one of the former prisoners, kept alive only for his skills in repairing typewriters for the Khmer rouge. List of the prisoners here were executed at choeung elk killing fields which was our next stop. It's hard not to draw comparisons between it and awschwitz although the killings here seemed more brutal. The Russian andcentral markets.provided the shopping fix, the Russian winning the vote for best of. The city is quieter than I expected for cambodias capital with the Nightlife not as happening as previous stops. The city is also a lot more expensive in comparison to other cities in south east Asia, so I was looking forward to.better things from our next stop Siem reap.