Gallery: The sombre reality of the Khmer Rouge, S-21 and The Killing Fields in Phnom Penh…

The barbed walls of S-21 detention centre, or Toul Sleng.

The barbed walls of S-21 detention centre, or Toul Sleng.20-Dec-2009 07:34, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGIT, 4.0, 38.0mm, ISO 400

Our sprint through Cambodia continued with our second and final stop, Phnom Penh. The praises of this country have been sung to us by many travellers but the main attractions of the country’s capital are rather more sombre and concern the genocidal years of the Khmer Rouge regime when almost a quarter of the country’s population was killed. To better understand the atrocities that occurred, we were to visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, better known as S21, and Choeung Ek – the famous Killing Fields. How did this sinister regime come to power? Why did the world’s leading nations allow it to continue, and even hold a seat on the UN for a further ten years after it was deposed? This particular post is not very cheerful, but it was an education for us and hopefully of interest to you.

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Gallery: What? A Wat? In Angkor! Angkor Wat?!

Lynette and I in front of the famous towers of the Bayon Temple.

Lynette and I in front of the famous towers of the Bayon Temple.17-Dec-2009 04:41, Panasonic DMC-TZ6, 4.5, 4.1mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

We’d arrived back in Roof View Place, Bangkok, after our whistle stop tour of North Thailand to happily find our Vietnam and China visas nestled inside our waiting Passports, the ink still slightly damp. Excitingly, our next stop was the ruins of Angkor; more than one thousand temples spread over 3,000 square kilometres including the largest religious temple in the world, Angkor Wat itself. Interestingly, we’d decided to devote just a day to these magnificent ruins, and that to make life extra difficult we’d cycle the entire thing. Was this an exercise in sheer madness? Would the ancient ruins live up to their impossible fame? Would we even be allowed to cross the border? Continue reading Gallery: What? A Wat? In Angkor! Angkor Wat?!…