Still in the city of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
I am in a semi-big city again. I figure it would be a good time to try my luck again at finding yoga pants for my upcoming yoga retreat. I wander around town by foot trying to use maps.me and using up my precious data for google maps to find a place to shop. I end up at a high end mall in the basement of a casino where I STILL CANNOT FIND YOGA PANTS. But the place is air conditioned and a nice place to use the bathroom. I give up on the yoga pants. Maybe some place in Bali should have some I can buy??
*Trigger Warning : Genocide
I won’t go into a history lesson but if you aren’t familiar with the Khmer Rouge and the 1970s please google it. It wasn’t widely discussed in my school. I am just familiar with it because as an adult I am a curious reader and read the book First They Killed My Father. From the book I was curious to learn more so I watched history programs and read things on the internet.
Basically during the late 1970’s the Communist Party of Kampuchea government under the direction of Pol Pot systematically killed close to 2 million people. Many were killed in what is called “The killing fields” (there is a famous movie by the same name which I also saw a long time ago). As a visitor you can visit the killing fields and I heard it is very emotional. I chose not to visit because I did not feel comfortable going there. I did however visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former jail where many prisoners were held, questioned and tortured.
I took audio tour with very detailed stories. It was sad and very painful to listen to.
The final rooms of the tour contain pictures of those detained and tortured in the facility (I took no photos of these).
I think the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is an important visit in Phnom Penh not to glamorize the location but for us as humans to understand what horrors can happen if tyrannical governments are left unchecked. The 1970’s were not too long ago in the grand scheme of time.
Cambodia River Cruise
To lighten up the end of my trip I booked a sunset river cruise along the area where the Mekong meets the Tonle Sap River.
It is a nice a peaceful way to end my trip to Cambodia. There is of course so much I didn’t see so I hope some day to return.
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Browsing the internet I stumbled on your blog and it brought back so many memories. I visited Tuel Sleng as well and I wrote a blogpost about it and was so hard to get the words out of my pen. Thanks for also sharing this dark side of Cambodia with your readers, not an easy one to visit on a trip but absolutely a must when trying to understand where the country comes from! Marcella