I just came back from a trip to Phnom Penh and I have to say it was one amazing trip. I started off with visiting the Tuol Sleng genocide museum, and maybe I should’ve saved that for last as the thrills run through your spine when you listen to the audio tapes they provide you with at the entrance. That’s some serious shit so to say and its hard not to think about it for the remaining of your holiday. I suppose most people heavily underestimate that.
After that, I visited the so-called jail museum and the conditions the people lived in there are the worst you can imagine. When being there I saw tons of street kids begging for a couple thousand real (the local currency). I’m never sure to give or not as they are probably being hawked by their parents or worst but I can’t stop myself from giving.
Then it was time to return to the city, it’s about a 30-minute drive by a tuk-tuk and there you can clearly see the difference between poor and rich. They have this huge Naga casino world with all the luxuries you can imagine, well-paved roads, and what not really. It was obviously bloody hot as well so I went back to my hotel for a quick shower before going to the shopping mall and some other random sightseeing.
The mall was huge so I had a hard time finding my way back out, obviously, I took the wrong exit and saw a small street that I thought was just a small street, but apparently not. A security guy approached me in plainclothes and said I couldn’t walk there, and I was like who are you so I just ignored him. It’s not like he was wearing an ID tag or anything like that. The situation almost escalated and afterward, I couldn’t stop thinking why they didn’t just order some online at a site like https://www.easyidcards.com/ – it’s really not that hard and it’s not expensive either, not that the mall wouldn’t be able to afford it but well.
Night came up and I decided it was time for dinner, the hypocrite as I am going to Naga World to order a big steak which was excellent while still affordable at only 30 dollars, and it was absolutely delicious. They sure know how to cook over there.
Later in the evening I did some bar hopping and was quite impressed by what Phnom Penh has to offer. Definitely worth a return visit to explore the North of the country, think of Siem Reap, or Sihanoukville in the south, though I heard that’s a bit of a sleazy though beautiful place.
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