Day 2 – History, Siem Reap & Tarantulas!!!

Today was a packed full day! We began with a bakery breakfast and then a tuk tuk ride out to the Killing Fields just outside of Phnom Penh. The killing fields is a memorial to those thousands of people who died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the area. It is a very eye opening experience to learn about the recent history and actually see where it all happened. The volunteers were humbled and the mood was a little quieter on the way home, everyone considering what they had learned today.

Once we got back to the hotel it was time for doing the last bit of repacking and onto the bus towards Siem Reap. It was around a 7 hour bus ride but we had some pretty interesting and exciting rest stops…not to mention the bus games of two truths and a lie as well as riddles galore! Our main stop was in a small bus bustling little town with some unique snacks…what you may ask? Why tarantulas of course!! Both edible and live! Please see photos below for evidence.

In the evening we got into Siem Reap and headed out straight away for some yummy dinner. The bustling city had new things to see around every corner and after dinner we discovered some night markets and massages! But it had been a long day and we headed back to the hotel for some rest in preparation for the big day tomorrow heading out to the elephant sanctuary!

Good night and a good tomorrow!

~ Jess

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