Killing Fields & Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh

*WARNING: This post is intended for a mature audience. The following content may be upsetting.

Place: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Hostel: One Stop

Favorite Memory: Killing Fields Tour

Not So Fun Fact: More than 1 million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979.

Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

We headed off to The Killing Fields with our new friend David (from the Bay Area) to learn about the massacre that took place after the Cambodian Civil War. There are several killing fields all throughout Cambodia. You can read more about The Killing Fields history HERE

The Memorial is a tower full of skulls found in the burial sites


Victims between the ages of 20-40
The Killing Tree was used for beating children to death. They would smash their skulls against the tree. 


Bones and clothing continue to wash up after heavy rain


Speakers were hung from this tree that played music and sounds of tractors so that victims screams and cries could not be heard



S-21 Prison

After The Killing Fields we headed to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21).

The prison was a former high school, which was used as a Security Prison by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 until its fall in 1979. You can read more history about the S-21 Prison HERE

Used to torture people. They hung people upside down and dunked them into bins full of urine and dirty water

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Jin & Mexican Food

We met Jin our first night while we were at a restaurant eating. He saw us looking at a map of the city and discussing what we should do, so he invited us over to his table to give us some tips. He is from Washington DC and was in Phnom Penh on business for the U.S. Government. The next night he took us out to a Mexican restaurant he sweared was the best in Southeast Asia. I admit it was the best I’ve tried in Asia so far, but there is nothing like good old Cali Mexican food!

Mexican with Jin
Mexican with Jin

Bowling & Movie Theater at the Mall

I was very surprised to find a huge mall in Cambodia. It had everything a normal mall in the states would have. They had name brand stores with prices that were just as expensive as in America. It was obvious this mall was built for the rich. There are a lot of wealthy people in Phnom Pehn. You can see Range Rovers and Mercedes driving around the city.

Bowling at the mall was $6, which is pricey for Cambodia.

We saw the movie “Ant Man” in 3D in the mall for $6. They offered 2d, 3d, 4d and VIP Movies. 4d movies have chairs that move and smells tailored to the movie. Vip included food, alcoholic drink, large leather chair and VIP lounge! Unfortunately the movie we saw didn’t have the 4d or VIP option.  

Random Pictures

Kids riding home from school
Veggie transportation on a motorcycle
Don’t know what he’s transporting

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Night Market
Night Market
View of the river from our hostel dorm room
View of the river from our hostel dorm room
Exercise class in the park
Good time with David!
Good times with David!
New friends
New friends


Playing a game in the park
Playing a game in the park. They kick this little plastic thing back and forth.
Most streets have no stop signs or signal lights. Intersections are pretty crazy, but I've never seen an accident
Most streets have no stop signs or signal lights. Intersections are pretty crazy, but I’ve never seen an accident
The King
Cool classic car
Cool classic car
Eating at Bonchon made me want to go to Korea!
Eating at Bonchon made me want to go to Korea!

The Food Market

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