Okay, this may be a super late and random post, but I was looking through all my travel photos and I realllly want to share this photo blog about the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! A year ago my journey began in Ho Chi Min City. From this Vietnamese crazy vibrant capital, we traveled all the way down to an island called Phu Qoc. After spending a week on the island we decided to continue our travels to Cambodia.
After all the relaxation on the Cambodian islands, we found ourselves in the busy streets of the capital. The contrast was so overwhelming that we decided to stay for 3 days. The first day we visited the killing fields and the S-21 prison. It was not a feel-good trip I can tell you. No, not at all. We were devastated, to say the least, and we left without any words after our visit. I just couldn’t understand that I didn’t learn anything about this subject in school. Cambodia went through dark periods under Pol Pot’s Kmer Rouge regime. During this four-year reign of terror between 1975 and 1979, around 2.5 million Cambodians were murdered, died from torture or starvation. Be prepared to have your heart ripped out when you are visiting this place. It didn’t really feel good to walk around as a tourist because at this symbol of genocide a lot of tourist buses are popping up. You really don’t want to walk around and take photos of everything you come across.
Besides the horrible scenes of the killing fields and the S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, there isn’t much to do in the capital of Phom Penh.
Monument at the Killing Fields. There are approximately 500 killing fields found throughout Cambodia.
The Royal Palace in Phom Penh
Time for some lighter stuff to explore; The royal palace of the king. It’s totally worth it to go inside and explore the area. For about 10 dollars you can hire a guide and the entree costs the same. Combine this trip with a visit to the Russian market too! P.s. There is a dress code for visiting the palace. Man and woman should cover their knees and shoulder.
The best way to go from A to B is by tuk tuk. 🙂 It’s the most pleasant ride. A little bit bumpy but super fun to look around. Negotiate about a good price beforehand to avoid any arguments and you are good to go. The drivers know all the touristy places, so if you name temple or something they certainly know where to find it. Name an address and they will give you a blank stare. A trip that is about 5 minutes is around 2.50 dollars. Across town will cost you 3 dollar. The best thing you can do is hire a tuk tuk for 8 hours straight for 15 dollars. He’s happy and you are happy.
The royal Palace was owned by former king Norodom Sihanouk. This royal family moved to their new beautiful residence in 1866. A little more than 100 years later, this same palace became a prison. The king and his family were held prisoners by the horrible Khmer Rouge.
Beautiful Kmer architecture.
My travel buddy Nynke taking the perfect shot.
Having a moment here with my homie Buddha.
The city itself didn’t impress me much, but what I did like about the city is that it was super easy to find some Indian food. 😉 Find a way to plan to do some sightseeing and don’t forget to travel up north to Battambang for some fun bamboo train riding.
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