Cambodia

  
CambodiaA country that suffered more in its dark history than most other places on earth. The Cambodian (auto-)genocide at the hands of the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot between 1975 and 1979 was one of the very worst crimes against humanity ever. And that was on top of years of suffering previously – from post-colonial chaos (Cambodia used to be part of French Indochine, together with Laos and Vietnam), civil war, and from being dragged into the Vietnam War (although a neutral country it was massively carpet-bombed by the USA, one aspect that helped the Khmer Rouge get strong enough to eventually seize power).
 
The country still hasn't recovered, although it is now making progress in the slow and painful process of coming to terms with its past. And tourism is helping a bit with this too. Ancient cultural sites may draw the biggest crowds (Angkor Wat in particular), but a couple of (really quite extremely) dark tourism sites, especially those in the capital Phnom Penh, are also popular with foreign visitors. Others are way off the beaten track:
 
- Tuol Sleng – S-21 prison memorial museum, Phnom Penh

- The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, near Phnom Penh

- Landmine Museum, near Siem Reap  

- Pol Pot's cremation site in Anlong Veng & Ta Mok’s house

- Preah Vihear
  
 
 
  • Cambodia 01Cambodia 01
  • Cambodia 02 - Angkor WatCambodia 02 - Angkor Wat
  • Cambodia 03 - temple dancers for touristsCambodia 03 - temple dancers for tourists
  • Cambodia 04 - relics from more permissive daysCambodia 04 - relics from more permissive days
  • Cambodia 05 - Angkor WatCambodia 05 - Angkor Wat
  • Cambodia 06 - angry stone-masonryCambodia 06 - angry stone-masonry
  • Cambodia 07 - Angkor Thom BayonCambodia 07 - Angkor Thom Bayon
  • Cambodia 08 - Banteay SreyCambodia 08 - Banteay Srey
  • Cambodia 09 - Ta ProhmCambodia 09 - Ta Prohm
  • Cambodia 10 - Ta Prohm, THE famous imageCambodia 10 - Ta Prohm, THE famous image
  • Cambodia 11 - Beng MealeaCambodia 11 - Beng Mealea
  • Cambodia 12 - inside Beng MealeaCambodia 12 - inside Beng Mealea
  • Cambodia 13 - Koh KerCambodia 13 - Koh Ker
  • Cambodia 14 - Koh Ker Prasat ThomCambodia 14 - Koh Ker Prasat Thom
  • Cambodia 15 - Sampor Prei KukCambodia 15 - Sampor Prei Kuk
  • Cambodia 16 - country lifeCambodia 16 - country life
  • Cambodia 17 - landmine warning signs by the roadsideCambodia 17 - landmine warning signs by the roadside
  • Cambodia 18 - Japanese mine detecting jeepCambodia 18 - Japanese mine detecting jeep
  • Cambodia 19 - mines cleared, cow is at peaceCambodia 19 - mines cleared, cow is at peace
  • Cambodia 20 - Phnom PenhCambodia 20 - Phnom Penh
  • Cambodia 21 - Phnom Penh independence monumentCambodia 21 - Phnom Penh independence monument
  • Cambodia 22 - Phnom Penh Royal PalaceCambodia 22 - Phnom Penh Royal Palace
  • Cambodia 23 - Phnom Penh Royal PalaceCambodia 23 - Phnom Penh Royal Palace
  • Cambodia 24 - icky food at Phnom Penh MarketCambodia 24 - icky food at Phnom Penh Market
  • Cambodia 25 - tarantulas make a Cambodian snack tooCambodia 25 - tarantulas make a Cambodian snack too
  • Cambodia 26 - Phnom Penh FCCCambodia 26 - Phnom Penh FCC
  • Cambodia 27 - Phnom Penh waterfrontCambodia 27 - Phnom Penh waterfront
  • Cambodia 28 - Phnom Penh street scene with elephantCambodia 28 - Phnom Penh street scene with elephant
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