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Cambodia 🇰🇭

October 2023

I spent 10 days in Cambodia, and around 4 days travelling doing 6-8 hour bus journeys as getting around Cambodia is not that well set up. But so worth it, could be the most important trip I've ever done.

Angkor Wat
50 Temples spread over 400sq km. I never knew it was so enormous or that each temple was so enormous. The largest temple complex in the world built some 900 years ago. I was expecting a day trip - no I managed to do just 15 temples over 4 days. Spectacular, above all my expectations. Would love to have spent more time here. 🛕

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Siem Reap
Floating village on Tonle Sap Lake where 3,000 people live on top of the water. Beautiful boat rides. Crocodile farm with restaurant and eating a spider! 🕷 😬

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Phnom Peng
Some dark tourism (warning; disturbing photos), wasn't sure about posting this but actually I didn't know the horrors that went on here. As my history teacher used to have on the wall "those that forget history are condemned to repeat it". I visited the s-21 Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh first. One of 20,000+ sites where up to 3 million people (including children and babies so that there was no option for revenge) were tortured, murdered then slung into mass graves not that long ago, in the late 70s. 25% of the Cambodian population murdered by their own country trying to force a regime no thanks to secret US bombings and China funding that probably paved the way for this to happen. The really weird part of this was looking at the skulls in the museum and bits of bone being washed up at the graves and thinking these people could actually still be alive today, some of them would be younger than my parents. What poor souls. Really makes you wonder about humanity, we can surely do better. A day that I think has changed me a little bit.

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Posted by Stereomanic 13:43 Archived in Cambodia

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