contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia


The next morning we awoke bright and early to head to Cambodia to the capital city Phenom Penh. This was the part of the trip I was most looking forward to because it’s something I’ve always been interested in. It’s something I’ve read quite a bit about but nothing really prepared me for actually being there. Like yesterday it was one of the most upsetting and sobering things I’ve done.

contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia

It didn’t feel right taking pictures at the Killing Fields and I did find it an incredibly upsetting experience. I hope no one thinks I’m terribly inappropriate for the two that I did take. I just wanted to illustrate it somehow. Nothing can prepare you for seeing mass graves of 60-100 people with bones poking out of the soil, teeth littered everywhere and clothing coming up from under the soil. The wrist bands are left on the posts around the mass graves as a sign of respect from people who pass by and the signage is from the Stupor that was erected to honour the dead.

A little bit about the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge regime. In few years they were in power over 2 million people were killed all over Cambodia for being “city dwellers”, educated people and even people with glasses were murdered purely because Pol Pot felt there shouldn’t be a hierarchy of people. It was social engineering at it’s absolute worst. People were either told to kill other Cambodians and be part of the regime or die. Children associated with families were also murdered to stop “revenge” attacks when they grey up. it was absolutely barbaric. People were taken to mass haves and basically had their heads smashed in with hoes, sticks and poles. And what might be surprising is that happened during the 70’s. The absolutely barbaric method of execution absolutely mind boggling. Even compared to the mass genocide of the Jews during Hitler’s regime. Although as if any method of killing another person can be considered “better” than another.

I highly recommend reading about this as it’s very interesting and absolutely mind blowing at the same time. The few high members of the Khmer Rouge that are still alive are still not being punished for their crimes against humanity and Pol Pot died just a few years after being under house arrest.

That night we went to this amazing restaurant called Friends - they take street kids off and train 'em up in various industries This was one of my favourite meals of the whole trip and I wholeheartedly recommend seeking it out of you're ever in Phenom Penh.

contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia

The following day we took a flight to Siem Reap and went on a private boat ride around Tonle Sap lake. It's South East Asia's biggest fresh water lake. We stopped off to visit fresh water towns that had been built up on the area. We stopped off at a "Crocodile Farm" which was basically a whole in the ground with a ridiculous amount of crocodiles in. Which were obviously kept their to entertain tourists not for another other purpose as the people drove all the Croc's out the lake as it was dangerous for the children. I also saw a little girl with a snake that had had it's mouth sewn shut so it wouldn't bite her and another draping a clearly dead snake around tourists necks for photos. It was disgusting. I'm so against animal cruelty and I know it's so different over there but I found it very upsetting. I just think its gross tourists would pose with animals like that.

contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodiacontiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia
contiki asian adventure cambodia


The final day consisted of doing one of my bucket list items - see the sunrise at Ankor Wat. Ankor Wat is a world heritage site.  It's absolutely jaw droppingly beautiful and so worth having to get up at a ridiculous time to catch the sunrise. It's a mind blowing experience and one of the most stunning views I've ever seen. Even the photos dont do it justice. Ankor Wat was an old Hindu temple which was converted to Buddhism build in the 12th Century. It has tons of tall towers and amazing views!

So that was it that was my tour of SE Asia. I had the best time and I honestly cant thank Contiki enough for approaching me to go on this trip. My two weeks flew by quicker than I'd ever imagined and I honestly was so happy to have done it. I stepped out my comfort zone completely and had one of the best experiences of my whole life. I want to do a video on my Contiki experience in a Q&A style so if you have any questions leave them in the comments or tweet me @llymlrs!