Contiki Asian Adventure Day 12-14

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!
 

43 comments

  1. The can of Nescafe brought back memories as I lived off those things when I went travelling, soo good!
    It is really sad about the snake :( totally disagree with it too!

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  2. I think it was okay that you took there 2 pictures ... love the complete selection you show here!
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
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  3. These pictures are so lovely !

    Sara,
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  4. Such beautiful photos! I agree with you on the animal cruelty, too. It reminds me of when I went to Morocco and saw monkeys with chains tied around their necks, sedated snakes and dozens of tortoises in tiny baskets. Such a shame.

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  5. Your whole contiki asia experience really makes me want to go travelling there myself!

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    JOSEPHINE T.

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  6. This looks incredible, I seriously want to do this!

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  7. Even more beautiful photos. I can imagine that it was such a sad experience to see the killing fields, however I bet it was eyeopening too.

    Jess x
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  8. Amazing. The genocide is definitely something I will take time to read about. That sounds absolutely horrific. Thank you for sharing.
    manicpixiegirl

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  9. Ahh it all looks amazing! I'm travelling around SE Asia for a few months next year and your posts are making me super excited! Hope you're having an amazing time. Sophie x

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  10. Amazing photos. This trip is definitely on my to-do list! x

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  11. I loved Angkor Wat too! So incredible! (For anyone who might be interested, I blogged about my trip there here: http://www.stephstyle.com/2013/08/24/cambodia-chiang-mai/)
    Glad you're having a good time! Steph x

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  12. I was just talking about the khmer rouge with a friend over the weekend. It certainly is mind boggling, tragic, and interesting to say the least. It must have brought a wave of emotion to be in the midst of where history was made, I am sure I would break down in tears. I really need to travel outside the states! xx

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  13. Stunning photos! Looks like you had an amazing experience!

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  14. Amazing photos! So jealous of your trip!
    Jodie | La Lune Song

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  15. Great photos. It looks like you had a really good time there :)

    Have a lovely day!



    *Yingcbeauty*

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  16. I'm loving following your journey. It all sounds so interesting and so different from being in the UK

    Emma at www.collagemepretty.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Amazing!

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  18. Amazing photographs! :D

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  19. I am learning so much from your travel posts. Watching the sunrise from Angkor Wat must have been such an amazing experience!

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  20. Oh I'm getting so excited for my Southeast Asia trip now! Angkor Wat looks absolutely incredible in your photos.

    Definitely going to try and seek out that Friends restaurant.

    Emma - http://keepcalmgotokorea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Absolutely beautiful photos! I cannot wait to do my contiki now!!!

    Baby Rebel

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  22. gah i wish i were there !

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  23. Great photos! I wish I could go there right now. x
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  24. These photos are absolutely stunning! It makes me want to go back to Cambodia so badly.

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  25. Cambodia was my favourite destination when I did SE Asia last year. I'm pretty sure I saw the same girl with the snake as well, I really didn't enjoy the floating markets though, I felt like they were just out to get your money at every opportunity and it made me pretty uncomfortable.
    Have absolutely loved reading about your trip - makes me want to go back!

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  26. Hi Lily what malaria tablets did you decide and how were the side effects? Would love to know as i start my backpacking trip in two months. Thanks so much , Lucy x

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  27. beautiful pictures!

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  28. Beautiful photos! Enjoy your adventure!
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    Miri
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  29. These photos are beautiful. I've really enjoyed these posts and it's so interesting to read more about the history and background of the places you've visited, so thank you much for writing about them so well! I also don't feel like it is appropriate to photograph these places. I've visited a Nazi labour camp in the past and was really shocked to see tourists taking pictures at every corner and not just of the camp, but of themselves as well.

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  30. These posts are really interesting! Hope to visit there one day :)
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    Chelsea Street

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  31. I've enjoyed reading these posts so much! They have definitely reconfirmed my dreams of travelling Asia! And if I end up doing it solo to consider these tour groups! Sounds like the most amazing experience.

    DarlingSophie

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  32. Have a few questions :) How much money did you take with you and how much did you spend when you were there?

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  33. Pol Pot's regime was truly horrific. I can completely understand feeling so disgusted by it. Though, learning about it on the spot must have been an incredibly moving experience and possibly the best way to be thoroughly educated about such a subject. It's reasons like this that make travel so incredibly important.

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  34. This really makes me want a kick up the bum and to go travelling! Can't wait for your video
    Lauren x
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  35. Absolutely beautiful photographs and a very lovely blog post too. I went to Cambodia at the start of the year (I did some posts about it too - my photos are here if you're interested - http://laurablesblog.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/cambodia-1-siem-reap-week-1.html - nothing as beautiful as yours though!) The Killing Fields were very sad but I found the experience more hopeful and touching than the S21 prison we went to (I think a lot of it was about how they were presented as well). I don't think your photographs were inappropriate at all - the experience is about remembering those who are lost and that is what the bracelets recommend :) Hope you enjoyed Cambodia - one of my favourite places and I plan to go back there soon!

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  36. I want to do this so much now, my plan now is to save up to do this before Uni. I assume flights to and from England are not included in the deals? X

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  37. So amazing! Hope you had a lovely time x
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  38. Zaman sekarang banyak orang berburu vimax asli untuk mendapakan kwalitas yang memuaskan

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