We stopped in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, just to make our visa for Vietnam, but in the end we loved the city. Cambodia is definitely amazing for its people. Even with all its tragic history of genocide not long ago (1979) the people are smiling and friendly and don’t seem to show many scars of the tragedy of their country. Once there we couldn’t miss The Killing Fields (execution fields) and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 prison used for torture) to learn more about the crazy history of the country during the harsh regime of the Khmer Rouge, still on trial today. It is shocking and impressing, but definitely the best way to learn a little more about the history of the world.
From there we went to the border with Vietnam and crossed the Mekong River by boat to the town of Chau Doc, where we had over 6 hours by bus to Ho Chi Minh City. There we spent three nights at the home of friends we met in Java, Indonesia (Kirsten and Marcus), with a super view over the city. We were lucky enough to go with them at a party with food and drinks fro free and we had a super fun night. We did a motorcycle ride through the city, which is certainly an experience to be made in the crazy traffic of bikes. We also visited the museum about the Vietnam War and the Cu Chi Tunnels to learn about this simple people who resisted till the end of the war even without a lot of money and weapons, using only very clever ideas to defend and attack the U.S. Army. Very cool!
Now we go towards the north.
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