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Cambodia Day 4 (Phnom Penh) : Killing field (Choeung Ek) + Sunset tour on ATV

5D4N Cambodia Feb 2014 : Phnom Penh

continue from Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)

Booked a tour for Killing Field + sunset on ATV and the free pick up from our hotel at 4pm.

Killing Fields of Cheung Ek is situated 15 kilometers south-west of Phnom Penh. Although it was only around 20-40 minutes drive depending on the traffic, we did not expect to journey was this unbearable. Not only it was very dusty due to many construction along the roadside, the road was extremely bumpy. All of us brought a mask from Singapore but we did not bring it out that evening.....we dipped tissue with water to cover our noses and double protected our faces with our tee shirts.

Ok lah.. I should thank god that it was not a wet weather..

Finally we reached Killing Field of Choeung Ek. We bought the entrance tickets + audio sets (US$5 each). Please buy audio set. You can listen as you walk around the area. 

A commemorative stupa filled with more than 5,000 skulls of the victims at the Killing Field of Choeung Ek.

This tree is weird...

There are audio numbers where you could fast forward or repeat the audio while you walk.

 In order to save ammunition, the executions were often carried out using poison, spades or sharpened leaves blades like this.

Before 1975, this was a Chinese cemetery until the head of this Khmer Rouge regime - Pol Pot who described as the "Hilter of Cambodia" took over for the wrong purpose.

There are many holes on the ground. These are graves. Mass graves where the victims were buried in dead or alive. They were transported from S-21 prison.

The bones and teeth fragment that were exhumed can still be seen on the ground after the flood and raining.

Some of the cambodian kids. They asked me to take photo of them.

The ribbon bands are the blessings of the people.

Children and infants of adult victims were killed by having their heads bashed against the trunks of Chankiri trees (as above). This was to stop them growing up and taking revenge for their parents' deaths.

This place is less overwhelming than in Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) perhaps due to more sunlight. Underneath this peaceful place, it actually masked the horrors that unfolded here less than three decades ago.

We then proceeded to our last activity in Cambodia.

A before shot with cleaner shoes and sunglasses.

Then we embarked on a bumpy ride again and I was the last in the line again. Why I always the last one? Frankly speaking, I did not really enjoy the whole ride as I was looking out for people crossing the road and holes on the road instead of enjoying the view of the country roads, passing paddies, bridges and pagodas. I guess this is more stressful than horse riding.

 ...and I dropped my lens cover while riding.. =(

but this sunset made it up~

This finally concluded our stay in Cambodia. I would say this trip made me realise how fortunate we are now. My friend read from somewhere that if this killing spree did not happen, Cambodia might be more advanced than Singapore. 

Killing field and sunset tour on ATV
Price: US$30 (inclusive of the Killing Field entrance fee + audio set)

Cambodia Day 4 (Phnom Penh) : Royal Palace + Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)

5D4N Cambodia Feb 2014 : Phnom Penh. I realised Cambodia focus greatly on their services line which boosts their tourism sector. Tourists can plan their itinerary and book tuktuk services online before the trip. Convenient! Fast! Good attitude! Helpful! Comes with reasonable prices! *thumbs up* #neighbourcountrypleaselearnok. We booked our driver for around 6 hours today for 3 places: Royal Palace, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) and Russian Market including our dessert break at Toto cafe. He quoted us U$15. Royal Palace

Cambodia Day 2 (Siem Reap) : Happy Ranch Horse Riding + Red Piano restaurant

5D4N Cambodia Feb 2014 : Siem Reap

Second part of Valentine day was spent with 白马王子!

I almost fainted when she initially suggested to go horse riding 5.30 in the morning.. It was a straight NO answer from me. Either she wants to watch sunrise while riding the horse (I highly doubt so) or she wants to see me fall off from the horse..

Anyway.. We booked our horse riding in the late afternoon 4pm for 2hour countryside trail ride just nice to watch the sunset ^.^ They provide tuktuk services from your hotel but there is no free lunch in this world. U$3 to U$5 each way depending on the distance. They quoted us U$10 both ways but we decided to take Sam tuktuk services as their price was lower (U$7 both way).

I was sharing with my friends earlier that I was hoping to ride a white horse just like the one in Cinderella then she totally crashed my dream by saying I might look like Tang San Zhang from Journey to the West. 

This horse quite cool.

Our horses were getting ready~

Coincidentally, I got what I wanted! 
From left to right: Oli, Diamond, Cisco and Barney 

There was one assistant assigned to each of us to take care of us during the whole ride. My assistant was a little boy who only around 15 years old.

Each horse has their own personality:
Barney likes to be the second in the lead with the tour guide and his horse in front. He is a follower, not a leader.
Cisco is a very lazy horse. No matter how hard my bf kicks or click his tongue to make the horse trots, he got nothing.
Diamond is a cool and calm horse. His eyes only himself and himself. He is not easily distracted by other horses or human being around him.
Oli is a greedy pig. He only moves his butt when there is food. My assistant has to feed him with nearby grass or fruits to lure him to walk.. probably that was why I was arranged to be the last, afraid to prolong the ride from 2 hours to 3 hours.

This horse tour takes us on a journey to unreachable places by tuktuk or walking, eg. local countryside villages, scenic rice fields and tourist-free temple ruins. This is a good way to experience the real Khmer lifestyle and see the places where the locals stay. Some of the Cambodia children were so used of seeing tourists on horses that they do high five with us when passing them.

Our tour guide was sharing stories during the whole ride but he was so far away from me that I could barely hear his voice.

My Oli~

We stopped for 20min at an open field before we return back to the ranch. 

Back to the ranch.

The Happy Ranch
Address: Group 4, Svay Dangkum, Siem Riep Angkor, Kingdom of Cambodia
2hour countryside trail ride for U$46

We then proceeded to the famous Red Piano for dinner. We made reservation online thinking it will be crowded but it was quite alright. The waitress's attitude was a little unfriendly when I told her we have made reservation online. Either she could not find our online reservation or she could not understand my english or she was having bad hair day. I chose to believe it was the first reason.

This restaurant was famous because of Angelina Jolie went there for filming for Tomb Raider.

It totally tarnished the good reputation of the restaurant for the waiting time and the food quality.

Tomb Raider Cocktail...... it looked like the lime juice in the background but only tasted more fizzy...

The Red Piano
Address: No 341, 50 m Northwest of the Old Market, Svay Dangkom, Mondul I, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Opening hours: 7am to 12.30mn
Email: [email protected] 

We returned to our hotel and went for leg massage again opposite our hotel. This time, the shop blacked out again twice during the massage and the masseuses still continued to massage us like nothing happened...

Angkor literally 
"Darkness Capital City".

Cambodia Day 1 (Siem Reap) : Angkor Wat Putt + Old Market/Pub Street

5D4N in Cambodia Feb 2014 : Siem Reap

The best period to tour Cambodia is December to February when the weather is more cool and dry (low humidity and infrequent rain). Though this period can be dry and dusty, google says it is by far the most comfortable and perfect for touring the city. Ok lah.. I would rather dry and dusty than wet and muddy.

We have made all the transport arrangement online before the trip. We hired Sam Tuk Tuk services as our main transport in Siem Reap. Just nice he also stationed at Angkor Pearl Hotel which we were staying as well!

Our 2 nights stay in SR. The room was quite spacious!


After settling down our luggages in the hotel, we headed to our first destination in SR - Angkor Wat Putt. 

Angkor Wat Putt is 14 hole miniature golf course where players can play around the 9 accurate replicas of the world famous Angkor Temples including Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon, Banteay Srei, Preah Vihear and the Terrace of the Elephants.

Initially, I thought it was so lame to go play miniature golf in Cambodia but it was actually a good idea to see all the miniature replicas of the temples before we see the real big ones the next day.

It was a cooling late afternoon ^.^

FREE beer or drink for every hole in 1 try! Our motivation! lol #verycheapskate

Hole #1! It looked easy enough....

...but we did many attempts before the bloody ball finally went into the hole..

We were laughing at each other for being so dumb at miniature golf lol

Hole #3 - Elephant Terrace

Nice sunlight angle 

Hole #4 looks boring..

We slowly gotten the hang of it

Wow hole #5 looked very challenging!

Hole #6

Hole #7 - Banteay Srei

Hole #8

Hole #9. One try into the hole! Well done LCF! #ithinksheisjustluckyonly haha #soreloser

Hole #10

Hole #11. Bf also one hit into the hole! This one confirmed by luck one lol

Hole #12. Then he also one try into the hole... wth.. 

Hole #13. If only he could continue his winning momentum lol

Hole #14. The last one!

Why all the temples looked the same one? 

Yays we have 3 free drinks! We took large mineral water so we no need to buy. #Smart

Angkor Wat Putt
Address: 7 Makara Road
Opening hours: 7.30 am to 10pm daily

Then we headed straight to Old Market/Pub Street for our dinner and massage! Not all cambodians knows english well enough so better to communicate with your driver well beforehand.

Walk walk around the market before settling down for dinner...

We were already eyeing which massage place we wanted to relax after dinner~

Particularly love this kind of paintings..

Shopping time at night market!

Angkor night market is the first the original night market in Siem Reap and it opens in the mid afternoon until midnight. It harbors more than 200 thatch roofed shops. 

Typically, all the stores are selling pretty much the same stuff - silk, scarves, clothings, handicrafts, art, souvenirs and etc. 

Love these prints but too expensive.. 

Then we settled down for dinner near this Island Bar which strongly recommended by the handmade silk store owner.

No pic for food due to poor lighting and hence blurish.. Cocktails are cheapppp! 

We walked back to pub street after dinner and we saw alot of stalls selling fried insects. I could not imagine putting them in my mouth ~.~

Fried tarantula ~.~"" snake?

After seeing tarantula and snake, this crickets looked mehh... lol

Pub street is the most happening street in Siem Reap after the sun goes down where it is also known as Siem Reap's party hub.

The curbside seating fills, the bars crank up the mucis and the street is blocked to motor traffic. Most of the drinking venues stay open until at least midnight and some until near dawn.

This concluded our first day in Cambodia..

Came back to hotel and saw this. Thank You Angkor Pearl Hotel for wishing us Valentine Day in advance!

Angkor Night Market
Opening hours: 4pm till midnight

Pub Street
Opening hours: 5pm till midnight

Photo credits to LCF