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    Phnom Penh: Wat Phnom

    Staying near Sisowath Quay, we were pretty close to Wat Phnom, the tallest religious structure in the Phnom Penh. Ottie and I met up with his friends, Ant, Ross, Dar, and Chris, and walked over there after dinner one night (although Dar and Chris chose to stay at the bottom of the hill when we got there). I guess temple-visiting is more of a daytime excursion, as we were the only ones at there. But oh man, Wat Phnom at night was eerie, but beautiful: I loved the detail on the small shrines dotting the perimeter. We made friends with the kittens in residence. There were so many of them! This…

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    Phnom Penh: Choeung Ek Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    The nationwide genocide by the ruling Khmer Rouge in the late 1970’s is still fresh in the annals of Cambodia. Ottie and I visited a couple of memorial sites while we were in Phnom Penh. Choeung Ek Killing Fields The Killing Fields was the site of a mass grave, where prisoners of S21 would be transported to for execution. The site also used to be a Chinese cemetary, so we’d see a few burial mounds that weren’t part of the mass graves. Ottie and I shared an audio guide, since Ottie happened to have his earphones with him. I ended up with the headphones that came with it, although I’d…

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    Phnom Penh: Queen Wood Hotel

    I’m finally beginning to post the photos I took during my trip to Cambodia and Thailand in January! Ottie and I went budget this time round – we brought three laptop backpacks for an eight day trip (although the third laptop bag was really due to Ottie’s insistence on bringing his laptop that was never actually used). Our itinerary was to fly from Singapore to the city of Phnom Penh where we’d stay for two days, then take a seven hour ferry from Sisowath Quay to Siem Reap where we’d meet up with his friends who had coinciding travel itineraries for the next four days, and finally to walk across…