Monday, 4 April 2011

Phnom Pehn

We decided to head for the capital, Phnom Pehn, so we booked a VIP bus and set off, only 6 hours to get there.  We arrived late afternoon and spent about an hour walking around until we found a decent place to stay.  The next day we were up and out early, after breakfast we walked to the S21 prison.  The prison is actually an old school that the Khmer Rouge took over and used as a prison where people were tortured and murdered.  Its a really eerie, creepy place and its hard to believe it all happened only thirty odd years ago.

In the afternoon we got a tuk tuk to the killing fields.  Here over 20 thousand Cambodians were killed including women and children.  The fields are full of ditches which where mass graves and in the centre stands a glass monument full of skulls and clothing.  More bones and clothes are still being revealed after the rain.  At the killing fields we also got to watch a short film about what happened it was pretty gruesome.

It was a long day and were back on a bus in the morning so we got an early night.  The next morning we got a bit of a lie in before departing for Sihaoukville. 

1 comment:

  1. It's good to be aware of past atrocities to do whatever is in your power to prevent it happening in the future
    All part of the journey