Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville

Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville – February 2015

The first time we visited Cambodia was actually the year before when we stopped in Sihanoukville on a cruise ship and it was paradise, so I said I would definitely come back for another visit.  We really could not visit Cambodia without first stopping in Phonm Penh.

Firstly I must say how extremely friendly Cambodian people are, so gentle and kind and welcoming.  We stayed in a lovely small boutique hotel – Hotel H.  Our very friendly staff who looked after us there.

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It was a shock to learn from one of the taxi drivers that many of the young Cambodians do not know the history of this tortured country or else as he put it don’t believe it.  Its hard to fathom that almost 3 million people were killed during 1975 – 1979.

We made the most of our two days here visiting palaces and museums and the famous “killing fields” – Choeung Ek.  Visiting here was extremely sobering and I could not bring myself to take photos.  It was so thought provoking and sad.  It really is a must if you ever visit Phnom Penh.

That evening we went on a relaxing sunset cruise along the Tonle Sap River – there is a strong contrast between rich and poor along the river.

 

Unfortunately Phonm Penh is a very dirty city and the people don’t really seem to care about dropping litter as they walk and eat.  We took a tour of the Royal Palace.  Before Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia had a royal family.

 

The snaps below are just some of around the city.

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