Saturday, March 4, 2017

Cambodia : Part 15 - Day 5 Morning : Street 240 and Street Food

22.01.2017 - Today, we fly back to Malaysia. Our flight was in the evening. Hence, we have time to explore in the morning. Because our hostel room in Mad Monkey did not have a window, we woke up late. When I looked at my watch, it was 9am! WHAT! So, we hurriedly got ready and left the hostel. 

I have a place in mind - Street 240. It was very near and we thought of taking the tuk-tuk but we were overcharged for USD3. I told the drivers that it was near (1.5km), and they bargained to USD1.50. Still no. It is suppose to cost USD1 but obviously, no drivers are going to drive us for USD1. So, we walked to Street 240. We relied on Google Map.

As we were walking towards Street 240, we saw so many street food from the locals! Initially, I had a place to go to on Street 240 - Artillery Cafe. But when I saw it was a Western cafe with the usual meals - oats, sandwiches, salad, toasts and the USD price, we decided to go back to the street food.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cambodia : Part 14 - Day 4 Morning : Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Russian Market

21.01.2017 - After Choeung Ek Killing Fields, we were on our way to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The Musuem is closer to town. I also realised, in Phnom Penh, the tuk-tuk drivers are covered as in the shade is longer, whereas in Siem Reap, the tuk-tuk drivers are not covered. I did not know what to expect from this place when I reached here. I have not researched much on the interior of the place. I thought it was a museum with lots of write-ups. Yes, it has a lot of write-ups and also includes photographs and skulls of the victims, and the actual torture mechanism.  

Entrance fees is USD6 /RM27 which includes the audio too.

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Khmer: សារមន្ទីរឧក្រិដ្ឋកម្មប្រល័យពូជសាសន៍ទួលស្លែង) is a museum in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, chronicling the Cambodian genocide. The site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Tuol Sleng (Khmer [tuəl slaeŋ]) means "Hill of the Poisonous Trees" or "Strychnine Hill". Tuol Sleng was one of at least 150 execution centers in the country, and about 20,000 prisoners were killed there. Source from Wikipedia.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cambodia : Part 13 - Day 4 Morning : Choeung Ek Killing Fields

21.01.2017 - After breakfast, we walked back to the hostel and was looking for any packages that will bring us to Choeung Ek Killing Field and S21 Prison. There were many tuk-tuks available waiting in front of our hostel. Some of them belonged to the hostel as they had the hostel's logo on their tuk-tuk. I saw a package opposite our hostel, but unfortunately, the door was locked. It was only 8am. 

Then, a tuk-tuk driver from the hostel approached us. He mentioned that the package only allows to visit for an hour per place whereas he will let us in for 2 hours and he will wait for us. He was charging us USD8 for 2 persons for the journey. I thought it was a good deal, until after at the end of the visit. He was not happy he waited so long because we spent more than 4 hours in both places and he did not want to drop us at the Russian Market. I told him that 4 hours were inclusive of the driving to the places as the journey to Killing Field took us 30 minutes to and another 30 minutes to S21 Prison. I was annoyed at how he cheated us which made me complained to the receptionist of the hostel. The receptionist agreed that 4 hours was not enough. One spends about 5 hours. She said she will tell the driver off. I hope that happens. 

That dishonest man.