Cambodia, Phnom Penh

From Chiang Mai we took an overnight bus to Bangkok and then another bus to the border. Despite the driver’s insistence on selling us an overpriced visa before reaching the border, we passed without a problem and caught a bus on the other side into Phnom Penh. The pictures below are quite varied and are not solely from Phnom Penh but also the various activities we did outside of the city. It’s a wonderful place, much more interesting than Bangkok!

This is the gate at the Poipet border from Thailand to Cambodia. Kingdom of Cambodia!

Monks fill the streets in the early morning looking for food handouts, and you see them fairly regularly the rest of the day speeding along on the back of motorbikes.

We visited the Killing Fields outside Phnom Penh. If you can't read the sign, it says "Killing tree against which executioners beat children". There are still some clothes at the base and teeth along the root.

The Killing Fields outside of Phnom Penh are a solemn reminder of the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge in the 70's. You can still see the victims' clothes and teeth along the ground.

Cells at the S21 prison, where the Khmer Rouge processed suspected traitors, tortured some, and sent all to their death in the Killing Fields.

A roadside gas station selling leaded gasoline.

I don't recall the name of this village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, but we came here to attend the opening of a local schoolhouse partly funded by Operation Groundswell and run by the Save Children in Asia Organization (SCAO).

One of the shyer children at the SCAO school opening.

Two monks stroll along a walking only street next to the palace in Phnom Penh.

The King's Palace in Phnom Penh. I had the great fortune to meet a group of local working photographers here who showed me a bit around the city.

Ladyboy shows are a very popular source of entertainment here, where crossdressers perform lip-synched songs for the audience.

A sun bear at the Free the Bears Foundation. Sun bears are at risk due to bear paw soup and bile farming.

Tiny Toones is an organization that brings in undereducated local kids to teach them English, sex education, drugs awareness, and break dancing.


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