I arrived in Cambodia by boat up the mekong. When we got there I was so hot and tired that I just checked in to the nearest guesthouse, which I regretted in the morning when I was woken by rush hour traffic at 5:30 am!!! Phnom Penh was actually quite quite because most people go home for the New Year, which Cambodians and Thais celebrate for 3 days!
I decided to go on a sightseeing tour of the city with some people I met on the Mekong trip. We saw the killing fields, still with piles of bones and old clothing lying everywhere. After that we were taken to the S-21 prison camp which was a converted school where the Khmer Rouge tortured prisoners before taking them to the killing fields to be killed. It was really shocking! The Khmer Rouge took photos of everyone who was ever there, there were rooms full of photos of babies, right through to pensioners! Only 3 people survived when the Vietnamese liberated the city.
In the afternoon, we went to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. It was really beautiful. And after that we went to the national museum, I was really bored because 1 of the girls on the trip is going to study archeology at uni, so she took about 2 hrs to go round this quite small museum where I thought everything looked the same!
We then went to Wat Phnom, which must have been whee everyone in Phnom Penh was for the new year, we all got covered in talc, which is apparently what the Cambodian tradition is, that and water balloons!
I left Phnom Penh the next morning to Sihanoukville, a beach resort.