27.06.2007 - 29.06.2007 30 °C
Cambodia is completely differnt to Vietnam. The people are so nice and friendly and I straight away felt that I can trust them, not like in Vietnam. Really weird, it only seems to be the Vietnamese that are so strange.
On the bus journey from Saigon to Phnom Penh I met a German guy, Fabian, who lives in London too and 2 Irish guys from Dublin, Neil and Sean. By the time the bus arrived in Cambodia people were bombarding us with offers for tuc tucs, hotels, taxis, motorbikes, everything. I have never seen anything like it... incredible. It was like animals being released from a cage. Incredible... Each of us had at least 5-10 people talking to you. the 4 of us ended up staying in the same hotel and I shared a room with Fabian for $5! Great news, as it seems really cheap here which helps a lot, especially after seeing my account today :-( Really have to stick to a daily budget now, this is getting ridiculous.
We had a really funny evening. We started having a few drinks in our hotel, the Green Lakeside View which had a really nice terrace overlooking the river. We then went to another bar where we were playing games with the girls working there and then went to a club. One of the Irish girls brought back a Cambodian girl which turned out to be deaf-mute! Great! and Fabian was nice enough to take home a girl too, so I felt I couldn't go back to my room. As we had 3 beds in our room, Neil stayed with us too, as his room was busy, so we ended up with 4 people in our room. Quite funny, especially the next morning. One of those situation where you just had to be there.
Anyway, we met a tuc tuc driver in the evening and had arranged a pick up time for the next day. Of course we were a bit late due to our hangovers but eventually we managed.
We went to the S21 museum which is a former prison where the Khmer Rouge imprisoned and tortured people. So horrible what happened there. It's unbelievable. It was like walking through a concentration camp. Shockingly similar....
Pol Pot managed to kill 2 million people within 4 years only! That was a fourth of the entire population. They were murdered for living in a city, for being intellectuals, for wearing glasses, speaking a second language etc....
After that we went to the Killing Fields, which was also shocking. They have 126 mass graves here. Really horrible. You can still see a whole tower stackedup with skulls and clothes etc. Dreadful! As horrible as it was, it was also very interesting to see it and unfortunately it is part of their quite recent history.
In the evening we needed a few drinks after that experience. I was planning to have an early night, like Fabian but when I found out that they cancelled my boat up to Siam Reap I thought I might as well go out again. We ended up in the same club with a really big group of people that we met in our hotel and had another great night.