To visit the Angkor temple sites I booked a room in a hostel in Siem Reap together with Paul (a German backpacker). Siem Reap is packed with hostels, bars and restaurants so we had no problem finding places to have some drinks in the evenings.
Next morning, we hired a tuktuk-driver for a day and left Siemp Reap early to be at the Angkor Wat temple before sunrise. This spectacular temple is the most famous of the Angkor sites. The rest of the day we explored some sites on a distance from the main area. We strolled and climbed the sites while our tuktuk-driver was waiting for us (sleeping most of the time).
The next day we rented some bikes to go to the main area with the famous temples like Bayon (with 216 gargantuan faces on it) and Ta Prohm (known from the movie Lara Croft tombraider). After two days of seeing temples we decided not the use the last day of our 3 days entrance pass. We went for some more drinks in Siem Reap instead!
The pictures of the Vietnam war were still on my mind when I was confronted by more tragedies in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. The Tuol Sleng museum showed me some of the horrific deeds of the Khmer rouge. This former high school was turned into a prison in 1975 by Pol Pot and almost everyone held here was later executed on the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
After visiting these Killing Fields I was a little bit in shock by the stories and pictures. When the tuktuk-driver asked me if I would like to shoot animals on a shooting range, I was flabbergasted and certainly not in the mood for these kind of things. Fortunately I saw nice things in Phnom Penh as well; the Royal Palace was beautiful and the people in the streets were really friendly.