The bus to Phenom Pehn was long, but there was so so much to see/so many exotic roadside fruits to eat. Also at one point I fell asleep and woke up while our bus was being ferried across the river?!
Phenom Pehn itself was intense at first - but once we settled in, it was incredible. We seemed to meet the nicest people the whole time - and did a LOT of dancing. The visit to the Killing Fields and S21 (Khmer Rouge's prison) was obviously harrowing...and just hard to swallow.
But that same night we went to a show at an abandoned French colonial mansion that featured, Kong Nay, the 'Cambodian Ray Charles'. Years after avoiding incarceration in the 1970s, he's still got it. I don't know that much about it, but there's a sort of cultural renaissance happening in the capitol in which people are picking up where they left off before the coup - so there's a lot of 1960s inspired fashion, rock, film, etc. It was really awesome to witness/take part in, and was one of the reasons that the dancing was so great. We loved it.