Phnom Penh Cambodia.

First stop in Cambodia was the capital Phnom Penh. I was here 6 years ago but was already surprised by how it had changed, many more bars,cafes and restaurants. Some friends who had visited told me how every second car seemed to be a Lexus, i remembered seeing older cars, tuk-tuks and motor bikes. The place is now filled with modern cars, Lexus seems the fashion, a lot of Range Rovers, loads of other big off road prestige vehicles. Saw my first Lamborghini drive past whilst having breakfast one day, i can only think that corruption must be rife here for things to have changed so quickly.

The place still has a nice feel about it with many cafes and bars along the riverside. I had already seen the Royal Palace and museum last time so didn’t visit again, the other thing to do is visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum more commonly known as School21. This is where Pol Pot carried out his torturing of the Cambodian people, shame to think he used a primary school to do all of this. The killing fields are another ‘tourist attraction’ but saw that last time too so gave that a miss. The only thing to do was to indulge myself in the cafe lifestyle.

Views from a roof top bar looking out over the Mekong river –

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Phnom Penh on the banks of the Tonle Sap river
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Phnom Penh on the banks of the Tonle Sap river

Part of the Royal Palace complex, they like their roofs with lots of pointy things –

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Part of Royal Palace complex

National Museum –

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National Museum Phnom Penh

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