After a long lunch, our driver was back and we were off to the other side of town to see Phnom Sampeau with its temples and killing cave.
We got there, gave our $2 to the tourist police and then met our lovely moto drivers who took us up the hill (Phnom) to the temples explaining their history
Then on to the Killing Caves. Something used during Pol Pot’s time. People were taken to a skylight at the top of the cave, interrogated further, beaten and pushed through the hole down into the cave below. We walked down the steps into the cave, it was pretty dark and shadowy, fairly spooky. They’ve cleared the bodies away now and most have been placed in a stupa, but a few bones and skulls remain in a box along with a piece of skin.
After this we went to the top of the hill to see another temple and admire the views.
Then it was all the way back down to see the bat cave – amazing!
All the bats come put as night falls, it lasts for ages, they stream out. While watching this some people from my dorm in Phnom Penh came to say hello – such a small world!
Then it was time for Rhiannan and I to leave as we had a date with the circus. It’s part of an arts program for children, do singing and dancing as well as acrobatics. We were lucky enough to be there to see some final year students rehearsing for their graduation show. It’s in a big top with seating, but it was packed so we grabbed a bit of floor down the front with all the children. They took a liking to Rhiannan and had no fears huddling up to her!
The performance was amazing! Even though it was a rehearsal, apart from a few bits going wrong, which they covered with great humour, you’d never have known.
Sadly then it was time to head back. Rhiannan and I were quite sad our day had come to an end with our driver, he was so lovely, after the performance we met his sister and some of his students – as well as driving a tuk tuk he also teaches English at a school along with traditional dancing.
As we’d for into the circus for free and that wasn’t part of our original $12 we decided to give him $20 – he looked so happy!
We said our goodbyes and headed to the bar to catch up on everyone elses day.