In Phnom Penh we visited the Killing Fields. The cruelty and brutality of how whole families were extinct by the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 70s is unimaginable. When walking through the fields I spotted a snake feeding on a gecko. Being in the middle of mass graves and actually seeing a gecko fight for his life was quite … macabre to say the least.
After our short one day stay in Phnom Penh we headed further north to Battambang to ride one of the famous bamboo trains. These wooden structures were going faster than we expected. It was quite bumpy but a lot of fun… You have to get off and on the train several times to disassemble it if another train (with more people on it) is heading the other way. Definitely an experience!
We took a short break in the afternoon to taste some Cambodian wine (the only winery in whole Cambodia is located in Battambang). After a little sip you know why it’s the only one… The so called wine rather tasted like vinegar. Bad vinegar.
Our next stop was a temple before we continued to the so called Killing Caves. We climbed down one of them and after pointing the flash light to the ground we were quite shocked as there were still bones and shreds of clothes of the victims lying around.
At the bottom of the hill where the caves are located a spectacle of nature takes place every evening. 15 to 20 million(!) bats leave their sleeping place after sunset. An endless stream of these tiny creatures is coming out of a cave’s entry which isn’t bigger than a car. This stream continues for one and a half hour until the very last bat has left the cave.