25 hours in phnom penh by M Sy
Generally speaking, this place is laid back. Vast land with a rich history. Years of torture and injustice presented before me. THis part was draining. I got so drawn with the details and the victims that I have developed a strong emotion towards the members of the khmer rouge. What they did to these cambodians is beyond brutal. It is not only inhumane but also straight evil.
Even if this city capital looked like a small town from where I’m from, I’m still glad that the wars are over and the cambodians are somewhat free from those brutality and immorality.
Passing by the market and the tourist attractions, I noticed that cambodians are so barter-driven. Every local seemed to be selling something or asking for something—young and old alike. One thing notable though is, they managed to learn conversational English not because of social status regain. Rather, for survival. The daily demands and expenses is already a struggle for them to meet. The locals I encountered were all the same assertive amidst the language barrier and cheerful (well at least at first encounter). I met a few brilliant people who i think, if given the proper training can be successful in life. I’m not saying that I know them well but the potential is so evident. This time, it’s not all about skills but also character.
Nonetheless, I can’t miss that one rotten apple among the good ones. How can I forget the negligent tuktuk driver who hurriedly piled up our things without thinking, multi-tasking—driving and talking on the phone, and yes, irresponsibly dropped by bag which caused a damage to my DSLR. It was a pain to see the cracks but what else can I do? I did not encounter him to ruin my trip. I just moved forward and later thought of what to do with my camera.
PLACES TO VISIT:
1. killing fields
2. genocide museum
4. Lemongrass restaurant
5. royal palace
6. Buddhist monastery
7. Wat Phnom
8. Mekong river
9. Sisowath quay
RECOMMENDEDDAYS: 2 (at least) *there are many restaurants to visit :)about 1 year ago