Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, was our second and last stop in this country. We took a 6-hour bus ride to get here from Siem Reap and saw the ‘real’ Cambodia through the window. No tourists, very rural, basic housing, skinny cows, and many holes on the highway, if you can call it a highway – basically a dirt road. Interesting to see.
The city itself was nice and Ben and I enjoyed exploring it on foot, even though we’ve had many, many offers to get a ride by tuk-tuk drivers. The riverfront area is quite lovely to walk along as there is a path with benches, river on one side and the bustling city on the other. We took a sunset cruise along the river one evening and got to see the even poorer ‘other’ side of the river and locals living on their boats.
A major tourist ‘attraction’ in Phnom Penh is the Killing Fields Museum and the actual Killing Fields just outside of the city where more than a million people were brutally executed by the Khmer Rouge (Pol Pot’s regime) in the 1970’s. This was certainly one of the saddest experiences on our trip and so I will post a separate blog post with photos from these places.