Postcards from Cambodia

Cambodia: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Kampot – Kep

It may seem kind of ridiculous posting now. I took my trip to Cambodia in January and its already July. Where has the time gone? I’m starting a job very soon and moving soon to start a new phase of my life but I can’t help but reminisce, as memories are far more valuable upon returning to familiarity.

Travelling doesn’t always go to plan and I can safely say the trip to Cambodia was challenging. It was somewhere I’d always wanted to tick off my map. Lured by Siem Reap, the reality was I was disappointed with it being such a tourist town. I also got the worst case of food poisoning I have ever experienced, taking tablets for a 5 hour bus to reach Kampot, I then stayed at the hotel heading to the bathroom, even after a drink of water. This lasted a few days. It was bad, despite Kampot being a lovely place (as far as what I saw – it seemed so)

I started to feel better and planned to go to Koh Rong. But…the idyllic island had an outbreak of some illness, so having recovered from food poisoning, we decided to play it safe and go to Kep. A nearby small town famous for crab – quieter, beautiful sunsets, amazing seafood and lovely people it was without doubt my favourite part of this trip. It just goes to show that what you expect isn’t always what you get. From ‘gap yah’ trousers to ruins, and finding out more about it’s recent history, in hindsight Cambodia was challenging but certainly well worth a visit. It was a memorable and incredible experience and amok – the national dish is delish.

 

Advertisements

47. S21

Cambodia: S21, Phnom Penh

In 2 weeks we’ve seen the temples of Siem Reap, sampled Kampot pepper and watched an amazing Kep sunset. Whilst it’s been easy to get swept up in the holiday, Phnom Penn was perhaps the most memorable experience and left us with a disturbing insight into life under the Khmer Rouge.

Tuol Sleng, otherwise known as S21 was a prison run during the revolution. Those who entered were interrogated, tortured and many were then took to The Killing Fields. A mere 7 people survived. The place is now a museum where you can learn more about what happened here, but eerily these rooms have been left mostly untouched. This image is from outside of Block A. Inside,  bed frames and shackles remain.

It was a sobering experience and so hard to believe such tragic events happened not so long ago.