After our lunch, we proceeded back to the hotel to pickup our tour guide which was arranged for our afternoon’s outing. She was one of the freelance tour guides in town that could be engaged directly for small group outings like ours. Our destination that afternoon was to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial site which was located about 15 minutes drive from the city. What we didn’t realize was that, we would hit the start of the traffic jam when a lot of the workers finish their work. What was suppose to be a 15 minutes drive ended up being a 45 minutes instead thanks to the increasing number of cars and motorcycles on the road.
(Entrance to Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial)
(Memorial Stupa at the Killing Fields)
(Skulls at the Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial Stupa)
(Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial Site)
(The tree used as the execution site for young children and human remains at the tree)
(The loadspeaker tree where they blasted music to drown the death cries of the Killing Fields victims)
(Burial pits - Top Left: Women and children, Top Right: Headless Khmer Rouge soldiers, Bottom: Families)
(Bones and clothing remains seen around the Killing Fields)
(Infomation and historical material at the pavilion near the memorial stupa)
The combination of both traffic flow caught us unawares and left us stranded in the road back from Choeung Ek. The journey that would normally take 15 minutes ended up being nearly 3 hours with most of it stuck motionless in a two lane road that had at least 6 lanes of road vehicles. It was quite lucky that we were in a relatively comfortable van with air conditioning as I would dread being stuck the traffic jam that we were in without either of them. Since it was already dark when we got thorough the traffic sprawl, we decide to postpone our Tuol Sleng prison visit to the following day and have our dinner at the hotel instead. After the full day of activities and the frustrating traffic jam, we were all more than ready to call it a day.