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phnom penh, kampot, sihanoukville, Koh Rong

Phnom penh is another nice town to walk around. there are a lot of temples and museums, but all of them were built recently because of Pol Pott's regime ripping them down. I can't believe he won britain's got talent.

I went to see the killing fields, where thousands of innocent prisoners were killed and thrown into mass graves. I went to see S-21, where the prisoners were tortured and forced to confess to crimes they didnt commit, before being taken away to the killing fields. I met one of 11 people who survived s-21, few of whom are still alive today.

Cambodia has a lot of beggars, and a lot of people who are obviously affected by agent orange. There are a lot of children on the streets at night trying to sell bracelets, flowers, fireworks... anything to pay their way through school (or, their father's whisky problem).

After phnom penh, myself, Justin, and two guys called Jono and Daniel went on to Kampot. We kept bumping into daniel all the way down through vietnam, so eventually we decided to just travel together. We met Jono at the guesthouse in phnom penh and decided to talk him outof volunteering with a charity, like he was supposed to be doing, and come travelling with us.

After all the partying in Phnom penh, kampot was just what we needed. We stayed at Bodhi villa, which is right on the river. Some of the rooms even float on the river! Not much to see or do in Kampot, its more of a lifestyle city. So we movedon after a couple of nights to Sihanoukville!

Sihanoukville (A.K.A. Sinville) is another messy party town on the beach. Again, we got sucked into the party lifestyle and stayed there for about a week. We went on a couple of booze cruises, and chilled on the beaches. When we needed to recover, there is a "cinema" called top cat where you can rent out a room and watch films, play computer games, and generally just chill. Its a cool place, and we became regulars!

After a while, we all went over to Koh Rong island to dive. Justin did his open water and advanced, me and daniel did our advanced, and Jono did some fun-dives. The diving wasn't spectacular - I saw some cool fish but the visibility was so poor you spent most of the time watching out so you didn't lose your group! The highlight was the night dive. The area has phosphorescent plankton, meaning that when we turned off our torches and waved our hands around, all you could see was clouds of sparks, which looked like under water electricity, it was beautiful!

What was the highlight of Koh rong was the island itself. It was an untouched paradise. The town the boat left from was just a tiny fishing village. On the last day,me and justin trekked across the mountain, to the other side. We lost the track on the way there, and got lost in the jungle for about half an hour, but we knew that if we kept trekking downhill we would eventually hit the beach. it was worth all the sweat, blood, and drinking water. It was a 7km stretch of white sand, emerald green water, and lush forest on the land-side. There was no development along the beach except a small set of bungalows at the near end. There weren't even foot prints on the beach! unfortunately we couldn't stay long, we had togo back to catch our boat. Getting lost again on the way back meant we got there just as it was about to leave, so we headed back to sinville.

Posted by joe_leviente 02:22 Archived in Cambodia

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