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S-21 and Choeung Ek

Two of the more harrowing sites to experience in Cambodia – the former S-21 (Security Prison 21) site, now known as Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, the most well known “killing fields” site.

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is situated within the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The museum is very basic, but maintains a chilling reminder to Cambodia’s dark past.  The buildings are still lined with barbed wire, originally installed to prevent escapes, and suicides from higher floors.  Guides are available at the museum, but after listing to one speak for a short time, I was glad I didn’t invest in one, as his detailed explanation of events from within the walls of S-21 were difficult to stomach.

Choeung Ek is a short ride out of Phnom Penh and is the permanent resting site for many of the former S-21 prisoners.  Although there are not a lot of physically heart wrenching sights to see, it still brings upon a very sombre feeling when walking around the grounds.

 

Angkor Temples, Siem Reap

While in Siem Reap, there is one must do thing on any itinerary, and this is it.  This place really has to be visited to be appreciated as none of the pictures shown below do justice to place.  The sheer number of temples, not to mention the size of the temples themselves, and the blocks used to build them is awe-inspiring.

A trip out to Angkor can be arranged by literally anybody in Siem Reap, and tickets are purchased on the way out to the temples at the Angkor Conservation Area.

Angkor Wat is probably the most well known of the temples, but Angkor Thom for me was definitely the spectacle.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

I came into Cambodia via Thailand (O’Smach) and made my way directly down to Siem Reap.

On the second day I met up with a couple of guys from Perth I’d met while in Laos.  I hadn’t originally planned much partying, but the buckets were so cheap, and pub street so close, that it just happened.  Beers were only 50 cents, and buckets were going at a steal as well, which added to the ease of it all.

Apart from the partying, there were some nice sights in Siem Reap, and I would really like to explore the place further.  Walking along the river was nice and relaxing, although a fairly warm experience during the early afternoon.  I got a few pics of the locals who were happy to pose.