Arun-suer-sdey! Over some Khmer breakfast, take your first informal language lesson. While you’ll just cover the basics, making an effort to learn the local language is a great gesture of respect to the local people.
Spend today exploring the ancient city of Phnom Penh. Your first destination is Tuol Sleng (S-21), a former school that was used as a prison and has since been converted into a museum to educate visitors about the country’s genocide. You will also visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where students can walk through the quiet and peaceful fields that were setting of mass killings and burials during the genocide. While solemn, these sites are important landmarks of Cambodia’s past and allow students to put contemporary Cambodia into historical perspective.
In the afternoon, tour the Royal Palace where the King currently resides. Continue the exploration by heading to Olympic Stadium, located in the heart of Phnom Penh. This local stadium is where Cambodians gather before and after work to exercise and meet up with friends. Relax on the steps taking in the sights and sounds, and even participate in some aerobics!