Taking the bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh was an interesting experience. We had several near accidents when cows suddenly ran into the road, and the traffic definitely feels a lot more unsafe than in Thailand.
The traffic was also the first thing that struck me about Phnom Penh. It was almost at a standstill everywhere, and there was an incredible amount of people on scooters. It was much more chaotic than in Bangkok, where you can walk on the pavement and cross the road in relative safety on the zebra crossings. In Phnom Penh there either was no pavement, or it was blocked by cars, so you have to walk in the road. If you want to cross the road you simply walk slowly out into the middle of the traffic, and hope that everyone slows down enough to drive around you. If Mike wasn’t there I wouldn’t have been able to cross the road once! Overall it was quite difficult to simply walk around and explore the city, which was a shame.
The Killing Fields & S21
On our first full day we rented a tuk-tuk with another girl from our hostel, and drove to The Killing Fields and the genocide museum at S21 to learn more about the genocide and what Cambodia went through during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. It was as expected horrifying and deeply shocking and upsetting, and put all of us in a pretty dark mood.
We had originally planned on staying two days in Phnom Penh, but decided to shorten our stay and book tickets on a bus down to the coast for the following morning. We also checked into a nice hotel to celebrate our two year anniversary.