Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In the morning Ryan and I leave Phnom Penh for Siem Reap. It’s been a great city to visit. When we arrived in the city Ryan and I took a walk to familiarize ourselves with the area. We noticed there weren’t many tourist out on the streets with us and wondered where everyone was. As it turned out, they were on the streets with us, just hidden in tuk-tuks that flew by us. We had been so used to walking to all the tourist attractions in Vietnam that we thought we would do the same here. Things are a bit too spread out to do that. Don’t get me wrong… we have done our fair share of walking, but we also opted for a tuk-tuk when we could negotiate for a $1 fare. We met a very sweet tuk-tuk driver who we hired for our second day to take us to the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. Ryan and I spent over four hours reading every word in the Tuol Sleng Museum. It was incredibly emotional. The pictures of the victims were heartbreaking, especially the ones of young children. Before our trip we watched a documentary called S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine but it didn’t prepare us for how we would feel once inside. After a draining time at the genocide museum and the Killing Fields our tuk-tuk fulfilled a few of my strange requests and took us a few miles out of the city. Our day ended on a much happier note with me and Ryan playing with several children from a village.

Ryan and I spent our last day in the city shopping in the markets, visiting the Royal Palace and eating some amazing street food. As a side note, we’ve always done quite well eating from the streets. I think we both prefer it over any restaurant recommended.

It’s been hot in Cambodia and Ryan’s beard was getting a bit itchy. For a $1.25 he sat on the side of the road and got a hair cut and a good shaving.

Jessica Rayborn Photography - Hey Jay!!! Yeah the street food has been amazing! Basically whenever we see someone grilling right up on the street we stop and eat. Hasn’t done us wrong yet!

Jay - Loved me some street food. Awesome pics!

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