What to visit in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, in 3 days?

After a three-week itinerary in Vietnam, we reach the fourth country of our tour of Southeast Asia, I named: Cambodia! We begin the discovery of this country by Phom Penh, its capital. Ideal to take the pulse of this place deeply marked by its past. We took advantage of these three days in Phnom Penh to learn more about Cambodia’s history and culture. On the program, a visit to the S-21 museum, witness to the horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge and the Royal Palace, a little taste of what we will discover later, the famous temples of Angkor. Not to mention a small detour to the market to taste the local specialties. If you are looking for what to do in Phnom Penh in 3 days, this is where it goes;).

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)

For some, traveling is like seeing landscapes and taking pictures in front of monuments. Sometimes you have to invest a little more. It’s trying to understand the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime that we decided to visit the S-21 museum. A trying but necessary visit. A former high school, Tuol Sleng (or S-21) was one of the most secret prisons in a network of more than 200 Khmer Rouge prisons across the country. Today transformed into a museum, S-21 makes it possible to not forget trying to explain the madness of the Pol Pot regime. As soon as we enter, we are struck by the silence that reigns in this place where the violence of torture still reverberates. In 1975, the Khmer Rouge enter Phom Penh. First welcomed as a hero by the people, the regime imposed by their leader Pol Pot, will sow death and be responsible for one of the greatest genocides of the last century.

To better understand, I advise you to opt for the audio guide. Your visit will take you into the torture rooms left as they are to measure the madness of the executioners. The frame of a bed on which the prisoners were attached and a case of ammunition to make needs. In the courtyard, a wooden structure formerly used in gymnastics classes now serves to torture prisoners by hanging them by the arms. Between 12,000 and 20,000 men, women and children, both Cambodian and foreign, lost their lives. Their crime? Be suspected of conspiracy. Under Pol Pot’s command, simply wearing glasses makes you an enemy of the regime. Upon its discovery in 1979 by the Vietnamese army, the last prisoners have been emptied of their blood by their torturers who have fled. Their graves, white and nameless, were installed in the garden. Only 12 people survived the horror S-21.

If you have a good heart, you can continue your history course by going to Killing Fiels, a few kilometers from the city center. Fields of execution as there were several in the country during the three years of terror Pol Pot. We chose to save ourselves this visit.

Price : 5 US$ without audio guide and 8 US$ with. We took one for two and we were able to use both thanks to the headphones we had in the bag.

Museum Genocide Torture Coin S21

The Royal Palace

One of the most visited places in Phnom Penh is the Royal Palace. Like the one in Bangkok, it houses the royal family. The whole site is home to several beautiful buildings including the throne room or the famous silver pagoda which contains the Emerald Buddha. It is a richly decorated pavilion paved with more than 5,000 silver tiles. Inside, you will also find beautiful statues of Buddhas encrusted with precious stones. As usual go early preferably to avoid crowds of tourists (Chinese) but especially the overwhelming sun from 10 in the morning.

Price :$ 10. It’s a bit expensive, it’s true but the visit is nice!

Silver Pagoda Royal Palace Phnom Penh

Wat Ounalom temple

This temple attracts the eye from the seaside with its pretty shapes and bright colors. You will not find anything special or tourist, but you will not pay anything. Just for that, it’s worth taking a look. The sunset on Wat Ounalom, one of the most important of the city, from the seaside promenade is quite nice too.

Price : Free

Wat Ounalom

The Phar Reatrey Night Market

True to our habits, we avoided restaurants to discover Khmer culinary specialties directly in the night market. And we were not disappointed! Subtle mixtures of spices, fish or curry, you’ll find what you’re after. And to savor your dish, sit on the floor, like locals. The experience is pleasant, trust me

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Visit Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand with my 10 must-sees

During our stay in the north of Thailand we went through the very active Chiang Mai. Thailand’s second largest city after Bangkok, Chiang Mai will offer you everything you can expect from a big city including some activities of its own. I recommend 10 activities to do in Chiang Mai to make your trip a success.  

Strolling at the Sunday Night Walking Market  

As its name suggests, it takes place only on Sunday nights in the city center and extends for several kilometers. The advantage of this market? There is everything! and has countless booths! From the inescapable street food to clothes, shoes and many other souvenir ideas.  

sunday night walking market

Spend a day at the Elephant Nature Park  

What a joy to go to meet these extraordinary animals! Elephant Nature Park has a large number of projects to discover the daily life of these mammals. Surely you will not regret it. My complete experience is to be found here.  

elephants park chiang mai

Treat yourself to a Thai massage at the Chiang Mai Women’s Prison

Forget any prejudices immediately! To experience a real Thai massage, the Chiang Mai Women’s Prison is, without a doubt, the best place in the city. Through a reintegration program, women have the opportunity to learn the ancestral art of Thai massage during the last 6 months of their sentence. Reintegration support recognized throughout Chiang Mai.  

Thai massage price

Visit the Silver Temple  

The Silver Temple, or Wat Sri Suphan, its real name, is far from being attacked by tourists and yet it is worth a look! Its facade, entirely in silver, is full of details. Note, all the same, women are not allowed to enter. Why? Well, according to Lanna beliefs, women, because of their menstruation, could defile the temple… On the other hand, you will surely hear about the Doi   Suthep. Be aware that this temple is outside the city and you will need to take a taxi or a Songthaew   to get there. However, these taxis must leave full for the price to be advantageous. Find out more about your hotel!  

silver temple

Take a Thai cooking class  

Want to learn how to make a green curry or the best dessert : glutinous rice with mango? It is very easy to find a cooking class that meets your expectations in Chiang Mai. Personally, we opted for The Lot Of Thai. And we feasted. I tell you more quickly!  

To eat a Khao Soi  

You thought all of Thailand was crazy about Thai curry and pad? Yes but not only! Like France, each region has its own culinary specialties. Here it is Khao Soi, a coconut milk and curry soup with crunchy noodles! If you too are a vegetarian, do not worry – you, tofu options are common in Chiang Mai!  

Chat with a monk  

If you have the opportunity do it. Several temples in the city, such as Wat Chedi   Luang or the Silver Temple, offer the opportunity to meet a monk during a Monk Chat session. The opportunity to ask him the questions that tease you about his way of life. In addition, it’s free!  

Listen to live music at Ploen Ruedee Night Market  

A nice discovery that this international food court that allows groups in the region to perform every night of the week except Sunday! You will find Thai food of course but also burgers, falafels or pizzas. Not very local but delicious!  

food court night market

Visit the White Temple of Chiang Rai  

Located a few kilometers north, I advise you to go to Chiang Rai for a day including visiting the famous White Temple. One of my favorite temples among all those visited in Thailand.  

white temple chiang rai

Buy souvenirs at Night Bazaar and Anusarn Night Market  

If you want to spoil your loved ones with some souvenirs from Thailand, you will find your happiness at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Stands of scarves, soaps or handmade bracelets do not miss! If you’re hungry, the Anusarn Night Market and its huge food court are here for you!  

night bazaar chiang mai

And you, what are your inevitable in Chiang Mai?  

 

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13 Safe Destinations for Traveling and Single Girls

Today we are going to talk to you about the most successful destinations so that you can go alone without having to worry about your safety. Do you want to discover them? Read and share because many traveling girls will be interested in the information!

1. Thailand: If you love seeing Asian temples, you should go to the Royal Palace in Bangkok. If you like hiking, your best choice will be the Doi Inthanon National Park, there are also local tribes from which you can learn new customs and see their outfits. If you love to go shopping, then your best choice will be the Chatuchak market, where you can buy unique and very beautiful crafts. Read about more sites in Thailand

2. Canada: it is undoubtedly a continuous adventure. Hire a boat trip to see whales, taking it from Vancouver. You can get close to Niagara Falls and take the most beautiful photos. Do not miss out on architectural tourism as well, as you contemplate works of art such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, if you have time, plan a summer trip by road through Banff National Park. Read more about Banff

3. Iceland: Shocking landscapes and within your reach the best options to take care of you. It will be a pleasure to go, for example, to the hot springs of Myvatn, its warm waters are special to end allergies or itching. If you love hiking, go to the waterfalls of Skogafoss, to enjoy them is an experience. You can dive as well as stop to take photographs in Glacier Lake, where there are ice chips and icebergs scattered throughout the area. Read more about Iceland

4. New Zealand: it ‘s all a fairy tale. In fact, it has some of the most unusual places in the world. Swimming in Blue Pool Track will be one of the most wonderful experiences you have ever lived in your life, with turquoise waters and lakes that fall in love. Take a tour of the beach of Koekohe, where there are spherical rocks very striking. Great for pictures. Guided hiking trails in Westland National Park will transport you to an amazing ice maze. Read more about New Zealand.

5. Holland: If you love history, go to the Anne Frank house, walk through the botanical garden of Keukenhof, it will be a delight for your senses for its lakes with floating flowers, also if you like art you should not leave the opportunity to go to the museum of Rembrandt.

6. Scandinavia: Walking through Helsinki will reveal a great architectural wealth for its museums and its old fortress. There are many sports that we can practice near the lakes, among them, hiking, camping, cycling or skiing. If you are an urbanite, then your best choice will be Copenhagen. Going to the opera and the theater will be a delicacy.

7. Costa Rica: The observation of nature and relaxation in paradisiacal beaches will be possible in the Manuel Antonio National Park. If you love surfing, then do not think about it and go to the town of Puerto Viejo. In Tortuguero, you will see the spawning of sea turtles. An unforgettable experience.

8. Ireland: If you love landscapes full of mystery and melancholy but in which you feel freedom, your perfect visit will be to the Cliffs of Moher, although if you are a “book-eater” then your favorite place will be the Chester Beatty Library. Walking through the gardens of Blarney Castle will be a positive and romantic experience.

9. Bali: If you like sports such as surfing or diving, then do not miss Sanur beach. Legian is one of the most romantic beaches, where you can also practice surfing in the surf areas. If you want to see its most original temples, then go to Ubud Monkey Forest.

10. Singapore: Do not leave aside the Universal Studios amusement park, you can also hire a night safari at the zoo, as well as explore the Asian temples such as the Sri Mariamman. If you like birds, you can see many different species in the Jurong Bird Park.

11. South Korea: You can go hiking in Seoraksan, as well as visit the classical temples such as Haedong Yonggungsa. If you love shopping you can buy fabrics, jewelry and crafts at the Myeong-dong market.

12. Austria: one of the most beautiful places to enjoy classic architecture, visiting areas such as the Belvedere Palace, the Hofburg Imperial Palace or the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. Read about more sites in Austria

13. Bhutan: If you want to go hiking, one of the places that will surprise you will be the Taktshang mountain, being advisable to go with a guide. Going to the monasteries will be one of the most interesting activities to talk with monks and better understand Buddhism. Do not miss the Dechen Phodrang Monastery. Read more about Tiger Elnido

 

 

 

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