Four days in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. I wandered around the Riverside district and visited the infamous Killing Fields that memorialized thousands who died at the site during the reign of the Khmer Rouge.

Itinerary Rundown

  • Champasak Province, Laos
  • Pakse to Kratie
Day 1Phnom Penh
  • Kratie to Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh Hostel Search
  • Riverside Area Walk
Day 2Phnom Penh
  • Killing Fields (Choeung Ek Genocidal Center) Tour
Day 3Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh Riverside Walking tour
Day 4Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh
  • Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh via Bavet – Moc Bai Border Crossing
  • Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam
  • Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand
  • Indochina

Trip Date — September 2012

Day 1

Kratie to Phnom Penh

  • Walk from hostel to shared taxi (a shared shuttle van, basically) terminal
  • Eat at terminal sidestreet stall
    • Ginger pork with rice – 4,000 riel
  • Ride shared taxi from Kratie to Chlong – US$4
    • The ride was supposedly only $3 but I paid extra to have the front seat all to myself.
    • Stopover at gas station
      • Meat bun – 2,000 riel
      • Bottled water – 1,000 riel
    • Drop off at Chlong town center
  • Walk around Chlong town center
  • Ride shared taxi from Chlong to Kampong Cham – $5
    • Drop off at Kampong Cham city center (near the long bridge)
  • Walk around Kampong Cham city center
  • Ride shared taxi from Kampong Cham to Phnom Penh – $5

  • Ride motodop (single motorcycle) from shared taxi drop off point in Phnom Penh to the riverside area (near the Royal Palace).
    • Drop off at 19 Happy House (hostel)

Phnom Penh hostel search

  • Check-in at 19 Happy House (#151 19th St., Phnom Pehn)
    • Mixed dorm bed – $4 per night
  • Eat at 19 Happy House
    • Shrimp Amok – $4
      • Probably the most delicious Amok, I had ever tasted.
  • Eat
    • Pork curry with rice – 5,000 riel

Day 2

  • Eat at a Chinese restaurant
    • Pork ribs with rice – 5,000 riel
    • Iced coffee – 2,000 riel
  • Walk around the riverside area

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (The Killing Fields)

  • While walking along the streets of Phnom Penh, tuktuk drivers pestered us constantly. One guy offered to take us to the Killing Fields and a shooting range for $12 for the whole tuktuk.
  • Ride tuktuk to Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (The Killing Fields) and then a shooting range.
  • Tour at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (The Killing Fields) – $5
    • Includes audio guide
  • Checked out a shooting range for curiosity’s sake. Didn’t actually have the intention to fire any guns or BAZOOKAS!
  • Eat at minimart
    • Fried pork steak with rice – $2
    • Angkor beer – $0.80
  • Eat at market stall
    • Chicken noodle soup – 5,000 riel

Day 3

Phnom Penh riverside walking tour

  • Cambodia Royal Palace
  • National Museum tour
  • Whole body (oil) massage – $7

Day 4

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

  • Buy Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) bus ticket  at 19 Happy House – $10

  • 11:17am – Free pick-up from hostel
  • 12:00am – Departure from Phnom Penh
  • Around  6:00pm – Arrival at Ho Chi Minh bus drop off point