Time seems to pass slowly in Cambodia, the streets and its people are calmer, quieter and more accommodating than other parts of Asia.
The best way to take in this relaxed atmosphere is to go for a sunset cruise along the Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers.
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We decided to take this tour the day we arrived, the perfect way to relax and unwind after an early morning flight.
Watching the beautiful Phnom Penh skyline bask in a late afternoon glow.
Nearby villages, fishing boats and families living on boats lazily sailing along the river.
A lovely first glimpse of this beautiful country!
We then headed to Chinese House for dinner, an incredibly cool Pan-Asian restaurant with the most amazing interiors! Incorporating a cocktail lounge, an outdoor terrace and a restaurant, I’d stop by just to have a look at the decor if nothing else!
Another restaurant I’d highly recommend is Malis, serving authentic Cambodian cuisine. Fresh seafood and the most delicious curries, topped off with great service.
Fun and games aside, there is another side to Cambodia which I haven’t had the chance to write about yet. Mainly because I wasn’t sure how to. For those of you who aren’t aware (I actually had no idea myself!), Cambodia has an incredibly painful and turbulent past. One that began around the 1970s and ended in the late 1990s in the form of the brutal Khmer Rouge. Led by the infamous dictator and politician, Pol Pot, the communist regime was responsible for mass genocide across the country! I visited the Genocide Museum (Tuol Sleng) and the Killing Fields (Choeung Ek), both of which left me completely astounded. The Genocide Musuem was once a school but later converted into one of Pol Pol’s secret torture prisons while the Killing Fields were one of the sites where mass killings of these innocent prisoners took place. Although deeply upsetting, I cannot recommend visiting both these places enough along with listening to the incredibly well made and informative audio guides. I was amazed at the recency of these events and how oblivious most of the world has been due to the secrecy of Pol Pot’s operations.
Stay tuned for the next stop on my trip, Siem Reap.
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