What? Melissa isn’t finished posting pictures from her trip? Nope, I’m not, but I promise to be by the end of this year…er…week. Same thing?
So after our time in Siem Reap, Jeanette and I hopped an early bus to Phnom Penh, where we immediately boarded a minibus to the beach. Total travel time: 10 hours. Eeesh!
n route to Phnom Penh, we stopped at a Cambodian rest stop (ie. squat toilets and market stalls). When we wouldn't buy fruit from the kids, they'd put tarantulas on us. No joke.
Sunset in Sihanoukville
The dirt road leading down to our guesthouse and the beach. Of course, monsoon season turned the road into a treacherous, rocky slope. Highlight: sitting sidesaddle on a moto going down that thing.
After a few days at the beach, we headed back to the capital, Phnom Penh for a couple days of sightseeing before Jeanette left for Scotland.
Independence Monument in Phnom Penh
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, formerly S-21, Pol Pot's infamous torture prison.
Barbed wire to prevent escape.
Rows of cells at Tuol Sleng.
No smiles allowed.
Stupa at Choung Ek. Inside the stupa are 9,000 skulls recovered from the Killing Fields after the fall of the Khmer Rouge.
Bone fragment on the path at the Choung Ek Killing Fields
"Mass grave of 166 victims without heads"
Lots to think about after our day at S-21 and Choung Ek.
The next day took on a much different tone. To celebrate the end of the rainy season, tens of thousands of Cambodians flock to Phnom Penh to watch boat races on the Mekong River. We schvitzed our way through the hot afternoon…
enjoying the boat races…
watching kids play in the water…
and walking around the royal palace grounds…