Our first day in Phnom Penh started with the Killing Fields and ended at a Church service. On our second day we started it with Rain Rock’s free buffet breakfast!
I ate everything on the buffet table except for those with pork. Hehe. Dad told us to fill ourselves up as we need energy for another long trip in the afternoon. The first task on our itinerary that day was to book a ticket going to Siem Reap in the afternoon, and we found one that is scheduled to leave at 2:00pm. I was able to contact another good friend of my dad, in the last minute and he helped us booked the cheapest hotel we could stay in by the time we reach Siem Reap.
Jake drove us around the city, since we have a limited time to tour we opted to take pictures in monuments, parks and in The Royal Palace as well.
No cars could pass by near the Palace gates and so we had to walk under the drenching heat of the sun. My brother brought his handy-dandy umbrella and we all walked under it. It was a majestic! The next place Jake brought us after the Palace is the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. It used to be a school that was used by Pol Pot as a place of interrogation and torture. His very own secret prison. All those who entered are either killed or maimed for life. In it are preserved beds used for prisoners, torture devices, photos of mothers with their children and men before and on their death. It was a horrifying scene to look at.
Right after our Tuol Sleng tour, we headed back to our hotel to check out and eat lunch before boarding the bus going to Siem Reap.
It was a long and rough road going to Siem Reap. We arrived there around 8:00pm and waited for Sir Gomer, my dad’s friend to fetch us by the bus stop. We were awfully tired as it was so hot in the bus and only cooled down by night time. Thankfully, Sir Gomer (despite a last minute text from me) was able to reserve two rooms for us to stay in Siem Reap. In my opinion, Siem Reap is warmer than Phnom Penh’s. Nevertheless, the hotel we checked-in, The Banyan Leaf Hotel gave us a comfortable stay! From free breakfast to the free use of the swimming pool and computers were a big help and relief for our family while being soaked Cambodia’s heat.
We recharged ourselves for that night in preparation of another exciting adventure in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Our family would like to say thank you to Pastor Rolda for fetching us in the bus stop at Phnom Penh, booking our hotels in advance and for the yummy food we ate. My brother loved the chicken wings! To Jake, for touring us all over the city, his tuktuk was like our taxi that time. Also, to Pastor Mike and the church for the dinner and wonderful message from His Word. Lastly, to Sir Gomer, for booking us a hotel that is cheap yet comfy in Siem Reap. It is really a blessing to have friends in all corners of the world who can guide and help you. Stay tune for my blogpost about our trip to a World Heritage site, the Angkor Wat!
Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!