Free tickets for a holiday. Who would say no?! I wouldn’t, of course hahaha. OMG, I was so happy back then. It was a long time ago when I had no idea of what kind of traveler I wanted to be. I was just a follower. A traveler who loved comfort (which costs money more for sure). So, I just followed the trip to Phnom Penh in Cambodia without any real expectations. (J)
My knowledge about Phnom Penh was very limited. I hoped to find out more there and witness the history itself in person. I read about Tuol Sleng Museum, the Killing Field, and the Russian Market (Tuol Tom Poung Market). But I was really curious about the Russian Market in Phnom Penh? Why?! *-)
As the plane landing at Pochentong Airport (now Phnom Penh International Airport), the light rain dropped. Aww…don’t give me rain now God please, I pledged. After finished with the immigration control and got my bag, I jumped on a taxi and drove to my hotel.
My hotel was located to Mekong River which was huge! After the check in done, it was evening time so I decided to take a stroll along the Mekong River. I loved the after-rain-vibe. I still do. It brought the freshness and new hope. Like the rain was to wash away all the problems 🙂
Night fell and I was hungry. I told myself that I should try the local food. Why not? Who knows that I might love it? I was about to find out.I entered a Khmer restaurant that was quite busy that night.
i don’t really remember the taste of the food in that Khmer restaurant but I remember that it wasn’t my favorite food. I don’t like fish. 😥 I called it a night rather early. Tired from the flight earlier that day, I decided to go to bed early. Better save energy for tomorrow 🙂
After having had the breakfast the next day, I went visiting the Royal Palace. The was kinda sunny, good boy! I promised myself to make the most of that day. Who knows the rain might come back again, right? I didn’t wanna miss a thing!
The Royal Palace was regal. There were some other buildings there. The architecture was Khmer with the European touch.
Surprisingly, there was also a building named Napoleon III Pavilion. So much French taste there. Maybe it was because France colonized Cambodia in the past. Maybe…
Having had enough tour at the Royal Palace, I was starving. It wasn’t a small palace, eh. I really needed food, oh my God! So without wasting anymore time, I was looking for a cafe. This time, I wanted to eat the western food. I just wanted to be safe that I didn’t wanna order the food that I didn’t like. Ok fixed!
The rain started to fall again. Oh no! I gotta go to Tuol Sleng museum. Since there was nothing I could do, I just watched the falling rain. I love rain, actually. So why couldn’t I just make the most of it?
I finally decided to go through the light rain as time passed by. Tuol Sleng museum was originally a school that was turned into a prison by Pol Pot in 1975. People called it S-21. the vibe was unpleasant. Sad and gloomy. There was even a man with a face full of scars, the victim of Pol Pot regime. Poor guy. 😦
I didn’t wanna stay for longer there. I have had enough of sadness so I decided to continue my tour to Cheoung Ek Genocidal Center. I expected to have a better vibe but it was the same actually. A better thing here was that I could breath better as it was an open area.
There was a monument where the skulls of the killing victims placed in tall racks. There was also a glass box filled with the clothes of the deceases. I took a little pray for them. May they rest in peace. 🙂
The rain has stopped. I returned to Phnom Penh and apparently that I still had more time to visit a nearby place downtown before the night fell. Too bad the rain was coming back again. *sigh
You know what, it didn’t stop me to go to National Museum of Cambodia. It was a cool building actually with a maroonish color. The collection was the art of Khmer. I liked it there. It gave turned my mood to a better one.
I took a deep breath and walked away from the museum. Where to now?, I asked myself. I just followed where my feet took me to and I ended up at the Freedom Monument of Cambodia. Omg, I didnt know why but out of the blue I felt just so happy. Maybe because the name of the monument, Freedom Monument. Happy. ^_^