Ever since we got back to Sydney, the two things I remember the most about our trip to Phnom Penh are the Killing Fields and the elephant at Wat Phnom and how sad/angry I felt when I saw its condition, standing there all day in the heat waiting for someone to ride it. Its place is not in a park in the middle of a city. It should be in a sanctuary amongst leafy trees with its own kind. You know, like the ones you watch on tv of them in Africa. Grrr… it makes me soo mad thinking about it! So no pictures of Wat Phnom except for the monkeys there.. hmph!
But today, I realised that all countries have their good and bad bits. And I remembered the other ‘nice’ things that we did too. Like visiting the Royal Palace an hour before closing time, finding my favourite sugar cane drink at the Russian Market, getting a corn on the cob from a street vendor and shopping in the boutique shops along the same street as our hotel.
We had a fantastic stay at The 240 hotel. It was smack bang in the middle of the city and so close to everything! We even walked to the Royal Palace from here! Our room had breakfast included and wow, we didn’t know we were going to get an organic healthy breakfast. It was a feast and the perfect start to the day.
Where to Eat
Comme A La Maison
Read about our meal here.
Things to Do
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
The Killing Fields and the Genocide Museum tugged at my heartstrings. The atrocities and the inhumane experience that was inflicted on those poor people. I realised now how different it is when you read about it or see it on tv compared to actually seeing it in person. It’s a different feeling entirely. It feels more real when you’re there walking around seeing it with your own eyes, imagining what went on.