I found a few things interesting while doing the tours of these places. As I went through the displays of photos and skulls at Tuol Sleng, I started finding the displays a bit monotonous after about an hour’s time; as if I had had enough. I am sure many other visitors would have felt the same; especially in hot Cambodian afternoons. But how long did it take for the actual prisoners to get bored and feel that they had had enough? When did they start missing the aircon, the electric fans, and other comforts of normal life? Was I trivializing their trauma with my snap-happy visit or is it the way that it’s meant to be?
And surprisingly, while there were countless Japanese and Korean tourists at the