On the 34th day of the trip we visit villages and markets, but our destination is actually SKOUN, the district capital of Cheung Prey District, in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia. This busy market town has grown up around the intersection of National Highway 6 and National Highway 7. Skuon is around 49 kilometres west of the provincial capital at Kampong Cham city and 75 kilometres (47 mi) north of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Skuon is sometimes known in the local language as “Spiderville”, it is famous with international visitors to Cambodia for its fried spiders. Filippo eats a couple of tarantulas as big as a hand… And he loved them!!
After this delicious lunch it’s time to go to the National Museum of Cambodia, the largest museum of cultural history and is the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum. The museum houses is one of the world’s largest collections of Khmer art, including sculptural, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. The Museum’s collection includes over 14,000 items, from prehistoric times to periods before, during, and after the Khmer Empire, which at its height stretched from Thailand, across present-day Cambodia, to southern Vietnam. During Khmer Rouge regime of 1975-79—devastated all aspects of Cambodian life including the cultural realm. The Museum, along with the rest of Phnom Penh, was evacuated and abandoned. The Museum, closed between 1975 and 1979, and was found in disrepair, its roof rotten and home to a vast colony of bats, the garden overgrown, and the collection in disarray, many objects damaged or stolen. The Museum was quickly tidied up and reopened to the public on April 13, 1979. However, many of the Museum’s employees had lost their lives during the Khmer Rouge regime. On our way back we see the Mekong river, the same we used to see when we were in Thailand, at the beginnig of our adventure. We don’t remember where we went after our trip on the boat so we better check our route on the visirun tablet.