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Phnom Penh – Killing fields

Phnom Penh – Killing fields

IMG_0810Hired a motorbike and made the 12km journey to Phnom Pehn’s most famous attraction, the killing fields, or Cheung Ek, as the village is known.

They give you an audio guide when you arrive, which takes you around 22 sites.

It’s made by a survivor of the regime, who was imprisoned on the camp and witnessed many of the atrocities first hand.

Without the guide, it’s just a dusty, bumpy field, with a few sheds.


Pol Pot

Like all good dictators, Pol Pot had his fair share of little phrases, or mantras to inspire his followers.

“Better to risk killing an innocent, than risk an enemy living.”

“To destroy you is no loss, to preserve you is no gain.”

Wandering the fields gave you a taste how this was inspired, followed by the reality of fear and shock, if you dared to cross the regime.

It’s difficult to see where the lines where drawn between innocence and guilt, keeping the populace in a state of general fear and confusion.

Something which Pol Pot seems to have achieved fairly well, and Cambodia still seems to be recovering from

Baby smashing tree
“In order to kill the plant, we must destroy it’s roots entirely.”

This tree is where they smashed the heads of babies. (Men and women were kept separately, only babies were left with their mothers).


17,000 Civilians were killed here to ensure the rise and stability of the dictatorship. 8,000 of the bodies remain on site.

In 1979, the Pol Pot government collapsed after the Cambodia-Vietnam war, and Pol Pot fled to the border of Thailand. Spending the remains of his life under house arrest.



The stupa in the center of the complex has 17 floors to commemorate the victims.

Phnom Penh girlie bars

Phnom Penh girlie bars


Have arrived and had a look round.

There have been a few things to sort out, such as unloading the unwanted items from my luggage. Sorting Credit cards and phones out, and getting my haircut.

Yesterday was the first day I really did any touristy things.

Girlie bars

There are so many of these in Phnom Pehn. Yesterday was a national holiday, and many of them were very quite.

An ideal time to look around.

I’m not really into girlie bars, I find them a little gratuitous and disingenuous, and generally, difficult places to relax.

Shanghai Bar

One of the better ones is Shanghai Bar. It’s got 3 floors. Of course you are approached by ladies straight away, you can buy them a drink if you want to chat with them.

It seems the women in here made me feel more relaxed. I told them I was a tourist, rather than a sex-tourist. It was just a chat with a drink, but obviously the offer of more, if you wanted to do that.

The other bars I went to were more hardcore. Probably the most being the Walkabout. The fact the bar-woman tried to short change me for drinks and other stuff gave it a more business-like feel.

After some wandering round, I had some sushi and decided to try out the,

Pontoon club.

This is just of the strip near to the heart of darkness, which is probably THE most famous bar/pub/club in the whole of Phnom Pehn.

There were various nationalities in various states or repair wandering round. Bit’s and pieces going on here and there.

Good music, fairly modern.

Felt like a different vibe entirely, cosy and fun

Not needed

I ended up not using any of the girlie phrases included in my previous post.

But that’s there just for reference, in case you ever need to use it.

Khmer phrases to get you laid – and other stuff

Khmer phrases to get you laid – and other stuff

Khmer GirlGeneral Complimentary Vocabulary & Pleasantries

This section of vocabulary is good for coming, going, and making a good impressions.  When you speak Khmer with Cambodian bar girls, as with anyone, being nice goes a long way, so it pays to make the effort.

Beautiful: Sa-aht

Nice Girl: Srei La-oh

Smile: Sau-it

Hair (on the head): Saw

Hello: Soo-ah Sa-Die

Goodbye: Knee Howie

See You Next Time: Joop K-nea Pail Kra-wee

Thank You: Ah-keun

I Would Like A Beer Please: K-n-yome Soom Sra Bee-ah

Would You Like A Drink?: Jong Puk Avai-avai?

Speak Khmer With Cambodian Bar Girls When Playing Pool

It seems as though almost every bar in Phnom Penh has a pool table.  Even if you are not a fan of 8 ball, you’ll no doubt find yourself in a pool game with a girl at some point if you are here long enough.  It always makes it a bit more interesting to make a few comments to your female pool opponent when you play.  You may even understand some of what she is saying to you; a super bonus if your girl of choice does not speak a lick of English.

Win: Che-nay-ah

I/You Win: K-n-yome/Neck Che-nay-ah

Loose: Jeun

I/You Loose: K-n-yome/Neck Jeun

The Ball Went In The Pocket: Bawl Cho Low

The Ball Will Go In That Pocket: Bawl Cho Low Aie New (point at the pocket)

I/You Go First: K-n-yome/Neck Tao Tee Moo-ee

Two Shots For Me/You: Pee Dong K-n-yome/Neck

Very Good!: La-oh Na!

Lucky: Samnang

Unlucky: Ot Samnang

I/You Play Small Balls: K-n-yome/Neck Tow-it

I/You Play Big Balls: K-n-yome/Neck Tom

Speak Khmer With Cambodian Bar Girls About Sexual Stuff

Choi: Sex (vulgar, also an expletive)

Choi Kneah: Sex together

Twer Knea: Have sex (literally, do together)

Would you like to go have sex?: Jong T-wer K-nea?

Would you like to go to my house now?: Jong Tao P-teh K-n-yome?

Da: Breasts

Koo-ah: Bum (someone’s behind)

Hair: Saw

Kiss: Taup

Yam Yam: Blow job

Cum: Gin Took

Eat (swallow): Nam

Naked: Srat

Kon-dui: Vagina

Kon-daw: Penis

Negotiation and Numbers

If you plan to take a girl out of a hostess bar on a barfine, it is well advised to talk money in advance.  Prices, and expectations vary wildly and you could wind up in a sticky situation at the end of the evening if you and your lady have different ideas about how much she should be paid.  Be sure to speak Khmer with Cambodian bar girls to make sure they understand.

How Much (Money)?: Poon-man?

I Like You/Her But…: K-n-yome Jol-jut Neck/Koh-at Boon-tie…

That Is Expensive: T-lai Na

I Will Give (Pay)…: K-n-yome Ah-wee… (add number here)

Sorry, I’ll Leave (the negotiation) Now: Soom Tooh, K-n-yome Tao (walk away)

No Problem: Ot Pan-yah-ha

Let’s Go Together: Tao Jee-moo-ee K-neah

Khmer Backwards Slang

If you find rhyming cockney slang confusing and generally annoying, then brace yourself for this wacky Khmer variant.  Cambodian people believe that it is incredibly clever, and amusing, to re-arrange the syllables of common phrases.    Accordingly, when a foreigner does it, it is all the more entertaining.  It is highly recommended to use this slang when you try to speak with Cambodian bar girls as it may likely result in confusion at first, then rolls of giggles once they figure out what you are saying.  They really don’t expect it (with good reason).  The bold is the backwards slang, the translation is the forwards words, and the brackets are the English meaning.

Sai-sa-bok: Suk-sa-buy (hello greeting)

Cha-pee-noi: Choi Pee Neck (sex with two people)

Chea Knoi: Choi Knea (sex together)

Hopefully the vocabulary, phrases and slang provided in this article will make your evening venture more fun and eventful.  Commit everything to memory, or print out the article and take it along.