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For the first 2 days we hung around Phnom Penh....

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Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia with a dash of french architectural buildings....

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Corner of Street 113 & St 350, Phnom Penh
After shopping at Russian Market I reachedTuol Sleng Genocide Museum in the afternoon and that afternoon I would never ever forget.The moment you enter you will not feel like a museum, that's because it was formerly a high school, but later was converted into a prison and interrogation centre by the Khmer Rouge communist regime.Make sure to take an audio tour to understand the history of the place.This is the place where an estimated 20,000 people were imprisoned and tortured. It also serves as a memorial to those who died. Prior to this visit, I had very little knowledge about this dark side of the history of Cambodia. I have heard a little bit about the Khmer regime, but they did not make much of an impact on me NOT until I visited this place.Walking inside the Genocide Museum, I saw many paintings on the wall showing victims being tortured. Most of them were awful depictions of the horror and suffering that the victims had to endure. Prisoners were routinely beaten and tortured with electric shocks, hot metal instruments and also hanging. Some of other methods they used were sleep deprivation, starvation, suffocation with plastic bags and heads under water.The cruelty was beyond my understanding! How could any human being do this to another fellow human being? I was so shocked and depressed looking at that. Besides, most of the prisoners were ordinary Cambodians, not criminals and they were tortured simply to extract confessions to crimes they did not commit!The paintings alone had already left a deep impact on me. But as we toured the building, checking out the torture cells, looking at thousands of photos of the victims and reading their stories, I suddenly felt down, very down.Being the first time visitor, you might find place and history very much depressing and traumatic.
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Roluos Village, Sangkat Cheung Aek, Phnom Penh


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Whenever I travel to a new place, I like to steep myself deep in their culture, of which food is an extremely integral part. Cambodia was no different, especially since I had heard great things about the food here. So, it seemed but natural to enrol for a cooking class while I was in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Khmer food includes a lot of fish, fish sauce (which I fund a bit too strong fro my liking), chicken and pork. They also feast on many insects, which we were not adventurous enough to try.After referring to trip advisor about various cooking schools, we chose Veasna's Cooking class (Veasnainthekitchen.com) as we could customise the menu and have a private class for ourselves. Veasna came at 8:30 am to our Hotel on Sisowath Quay and off we were to shop for our ingredients.Just after a few minutes' walk, we reached the market where every fish, meat and vegetable imaginable were being sold. The sights were very fascinating; women filleting fish with the same skill of a starred chef, milk being extracted from coconuts with specialised equipment, mounds of the famous kampot pepper filling the sir with their aroma, fresh lemongrass and kafir lime leaves made into a ready-to-use paste and new vegetables that I had never encountered amongst others. WE spent a goof 45 minutes walking around and buying produce for our meal. On our way to the cooking class, we picked up a huge tender coconut inside which we were to cook fish amok - Cambodia's most popular dish (and my favourite).

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Best time to visit Phnom Penh is from December to February
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