Phnom Penh Itinerary:
7:00am Breakfast/Check Out/Store Luggage/Hire Remork Driver
7:30am Remork to Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
9:30am Remork to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
11:00am Walk to Grab Lunch at Russian Market
1:00pm Walk to Hotel to Meet Fishing Tour Guide
2:00pm Fishing Tour
8:30pm Walk to Pick Up Luggage and Take Tuk Tuk to Bus Station
10:30pm Overnight Bus to Siem Reap
Probably our busiest day yet! We woke early to pack up, check out, and eat breakfast in time to meet with Lee, our tuk tuk driver from yesterday with whom we arranged to drive us around today.
The first part of our day was quite sad and sobering with visits to both the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sueng Genocide Museum to honor the memory of those who died from the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge between 1975-1979. I am heartbroken for and inspired by these people, who have accomplished miracles to regain their cultural identity and regrow their population.
After such haunting exhibits, we needed a break, so stopped by the Russian Market to purchase a few souvenirs and peruse their version of AutoZone.
Next, Lee dropped us back at our hotel and since we had limited time for lunch, we headed across the street to eat at the posh (but not recommended) Hotel Camboniana before meeting with our fishing tour guide, who took us out on his fishing boat for a delightful, relaxing, but hot 4 hours to hunt for catfish. And… Reuben caught one! Our guide even barbecued our fish with rice for a delicious sunset dinner cruise on our way back to the dock.
Once we returned to shore, we had just enough time to make it to the National Museum for a traditional dance performance by Cambodian Living Arts, a group that has been working diligently for the last 15 years to teach the lost art of Cambodian dance to the young people since 90% of Cambodian artists were killed by the Khmer Rouge. The show was energetic and expertly organized!
Afterwards, we returned to our hotel to pick up our luggage before heading to the bus terminal to catch an overnight bus to Siem Reap, where I am carefully swyping this text as we bump along… What a day! Thanks again to all of you who follow along and celebrate with us!