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Flight of the Gibbon zipline experience near Siem Reap

By on 7th September 2015

While most people come to Siem Reap specifically to visit the Temples of Angkor, it is worth spending a couple of extra days around the town of Siem Reap as well. We found a couple of really cool activities that we can recommend you to do while in town: ziplining and going to the circus! 🙂 After our day discovering Angkor we signed up for a day of fun at the ‘Flight of the Gibbon‘ zipline experience. The Flight of the Gibbon is well known amongst travellers in Asia. The company has a presence in a few popular South East Asian cities. Currently they run ziplining days in Chiang Mai in Thailand, In Bangkok and in Pattaya in Thailand and of course in Seam Reap in Cambodia.

 

The Flight of the Gibbon experience

While in Chiang Mai we were considering doing the Flight of the Gibbon there, however our few days there had already filled up with activities, so we decided there and then that we will sign up for this in Siem Reap. Another reason was of course that the zipline course in Seam Reap is located inside Angkor Park, the same location as the amazing temples in the middle of the jungle! This for us just added to the experience.

When we arrived in Siem Reap we asked our kind hosts to book us a day here and they very kindly did this for us. This is a very popular activity to do in the area, so it’s worth booking ahead online. If you want to do this as a last minute plan, you will have to book on the phone. Of course by now we never quite knew where we will be on which days on our travels, so even though we knew for a long time that we will want to do this we still didn’t book it until the last minute.

The Flight of the Gibbon experience currently costs $109. The day itself actually only costs $89, but because the course is located within Angkor Park, this means that an additional $20 has to be paid for the daily park entry pass. If you bought a 3-day pass or a weekly pass originally and you want to make this a part of your visit to Angkor, then of course you only have to pay $89.

By South East Asian standards and prices, the $109 still seems like a lot of money for a few hours of fun. However when you arrive to the site you immediately understand where the money goes. The Flight of the Gibbon is the Top rated ziplining and canopy experience in South East Asia and they achieved this by having stringent safety standards and an amazing group of guides who take groups around the treetops safely every day. They are also the only company that got the green light for operating within amongst the majestic temples In Angkor Archaeological Park.

Our day started at 8am, when we got a pickup by a shuttle service. In total there was 8 of us in the group, so the shuttle collected everyone from around Siem Reap. Once we were all aboard our driver proceeded to the entrance of the park where we received our new daily park passes. It then took another 20 minutes to get to the site of the zipline course.

We received our safety gear, our harnesses, helmets, were strapped in and we were ready to go. We got our safety talk and signed a form of consent to confirm that we understood the dangers of what we were about to undertake. Our group had 2 young guys as our guides (or ‘Sky Rangers’ as per their official titles), who started off by demonstrating on a low zip near the ground how to fly across, how to land, how to always keep on of the two safety harnesses attached to the cable when moving along and how to never ever touch the cable while flying (!!!) as this can result in the loss of a few fingers :-S

By now I was getting really nervous, so was keen to get going and get the first flight out of the way.

There are in total 10 ziplines and 4 hanging bridges on this course. It takes a total of 3 hours to go around it all. The construction is amazing! There are 21 platforms hugging the gigantic trees, none of which are secured to the trees by bolts, etc. only by tension – just tight wiring! The longest wire is 300 metres long and 60 metres high. While this isn’t the longest by far you can do nowadays, what with mile long wires now in existence, still, the experience of flying amongst the jungle, in one of the most amazing archaeological park in the whole world is hard to beat.

Anyway, I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Once we finished the course we were lowered down the treetops on our safety cables. We made our way back from the last platform to the office area by walking through the jungle paths.Our sky rangers stopped our group every now and then to point out certain plants and trees and tell us a little bit about them. They were really excellent guides, their English was fantastic and it was clear they absolutely loved their job! We did also spot some gibbons in the trees, which was an added bonus! 🙂

When we finished with ziplining our group was taken to a lovely restaurant for a spot of lunch where we chatted about our experiences flying above the treetops and got to know each other a bit more. Afterwards all of us were returned to our respective accommodations in Siem Reap.

When signing up for this fun day, you get the following included in your $109:

  • 10 ziplines crossing over the jungle canopy
  • 4 hanging bridges spanning hundreds of metres
  • A 50 metre rappel descent
  • 21 platform stations – 2 hours on the course
  • Education about wildlife, flowers and fauna along the course
  • Two sky ranger guides for every group of up to 9
  • Detailed safety briefing & personal equipment fitting
  • State of the art safety equipment
  • Cambodian meal with bottled water included
  • R/T shuttle from anywhere in Siem Reap and surrounds
  • A chance to see gibbons into the jungle eco-system
  • Zero-impact Electric shuttle to course once inside the Park

For more information, please visit the Flight of the Gibbon website: https://www.treetopasia.com/cambodia-holiday/angkor

 

Phare, The Cambodian Circus

In the evening we went out for a nice dinner in Siem Reap. There are lots of nice restaurants in town and the Cambodians are beautifully gracious hosts. The food was gorgeous too. We then went to see a circus production called Phare, The Cambodian Circus. If you are in Siem Reap I urge you to go see this group of talented young people, they are fantastic! I had never seen a circus quite like this one. What I loved about this most is how the Cambodian culture was incorporated in an otherwise really modern production. The show included traditional circus elements, but it was mixed with theatre, contemporary dance and gymnastics all framed by a story. The actors spoke in Cambodian, but two big screens hanging from the ceiling showed subtitles in English, French, German and Chinese.

Admirably the circus school has made its mission to ‘provide gainful employment to Cambodian youth from difficult social and economic backgrounds’ and to ‘contribute to the rebirth of Cambodian modern art’.

The show itself was about an hour long, and it was one of the most fun thing we saw during our travels in Asia 🙂 The show we saw was called Eclipse (there are 8 different stories played on rotation) and tickets cost $20/person. Find out more about this circus here: http://www.pharecambodiancircus.org/circus/

Apparently the troop will be touring Europe soon, which would be fantastic, I would love to see them again and see them succeed away from home, internationally!

 

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The temples of Angkor

By on 25th August 2015

Are you ready for this, it is going to be a long post!!! But it is of an amazing subject and there will also be many many photographs, so hang in there and keep reading! 🙂

A few days ago Lonely Planet revealed its Ultimate Travel List based on the votes of travel professionals. They have also released a new book based on this list, called ‘Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places on the Planet – Ranked’. I fully intend to get this book, sound great, will be a great addition to my coffee table once we get home.

 

 

Anyway, the reason I mention this is because the number one place on this list (and I understand this was voted number 1 by a landslide) was the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

The rest of the Top 10 shaped up like this:

  1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
  2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  3. Machu Picchu, Peru
  4. Great Wall of China, China
  5. Taj Mahal, India
  6. Grand Canyon National Park, USA
  7. Colosseum, Italy
  8. Iguazu Falls, Brazil – Argentina
  9. Alhambra, Spain
  10. Aya Sofya, Turkey

And click on this link to see more of the list.

As you can see The Temples of Angkor are in pretty good company, but what made this temple complex in the jungles of Cambodia snatch the top spot?

Well let me tell you, it is pretty darn amazing. I feel so privileged to have seen this place, to have experienced it, walked around and soaked up the atmosphere, the sights, the smells, the heat, the dust, and the mighty creations of man and nature all in one place – it was all just out of this world.

To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Of course I knew what Angkor Wat was, but I deliberately tried not to read too much about it or look at many photographs before our visit, so that when we finally arrived there I would not be disappointed or that I will still have the element of surprise. The only things I read upon was how to organize for tours, or what was the best way to see the place.

 

Getting to Siem Reap

The Temples of Angkor are located near the town of Siem Reap in Cambodia. Siem Reap has an international airport, so it is actually pretty easy to get to. In fact it is only a 6 hour flight from Bali, or a 2 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore and a mere 1 hour flight from Bangkok. Really, there is no excuse not to go if you are in South East Asia. We travelled to Siem Reap from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on a cross-country coach service. The trip takes about 6 hours, we chose a company called Mekong Express to take us there. The coach left from Phnom Penh at 12.30 in the afternoon and arrived in Siem Reap at 7 pm. The coach had one scheduled stop halfway, which was really welcomed as the aircon on the bus was rubbish… The journey was luckily event-less; there was wifi on-board and both Adam and I had a double-seat all to ourselves that we could spread out on. The road between these two major cities isn’t great (although as I understand it has already improved a lot compared to what it was like before). The coach cost us $13 each. You can also fly from Phnom Penh, it takes about 45 minutes and costs $100 per person. For us it was a no-brainer to save that money and at the same time get to see some of the Cambodian countryside.

We booked our accommodation in Siem Reap through Booking.com. We stayed at the Schein Guesthouse, which is a B&B led by a German/Cambodian couple. I thoroughly recommend staying here if you are on a budget but still want a nice place to stay. The hosts were so helpful and friendly, we had a great time here and they really helped us with planning out our stay in Siem Reap.

Firstly they sent us a tuk-tuk to the coach station to pick us up free of charge, which was great as it was already dark and the coach station is on the outskirts of the city. Then at their reception they have a list of tours that can be done straight from their guesthouse to the Angkor Archaeological Park and depending on how long you have in the area they can advise on which tour is the best to take. This was incredibly useful for us, and I hope most other guesthouses would do it the same way. We decided to spend one full day discovering the temples and then leave another day for doing something else in Siem Reap. We only had two full days here as we had already booked our flights onward to Bali.

 

Getting around Angkor Archaeological Park

Our host at the guesthouse then showed us the best way to see the temples in a day and arranged a tuk-tuk for us with a 4.45am start the following day. One of the most memorable experiences you can have in Angkor is seeing the sunrise over its most iconic temple, Angkor Wat. Our tour was to take us to Angkor Wat just in time for the sunrise at half past 5. The tuk-tuk ride from central Siem Reap to the entrance of Angkor Archaeological Park took about 10 minutes. Here you have to queue up to pay, get your photograph taken and receive a photo-pass which serves as your ticket to the park. A daily ticket costs $20, a three-day ticket costs $40 and a weekly ticket costs $60. Once you have your ticket you can get back on your tuk-tuk and proceed into the park.

Some visitors rent bicycles to tour Angkor, some attempt it on foot, some go as part of a mini-bus tour. But most will hire their own tuk-tuk driver and pay them for their time, which is what we did, and I personally think this is the best way of exploring Angkor. The local guys have amazing knowledge and they know the park like the back of their hands. Our driver didn’t speak much English but he had a map of the park and we could just point at each temple we wanted to visit. I would not have attempted getting around the site on foot – this is an archaeological park stretching over some 400 square kilometres – it is VAST!! It is mainly jungle and there are around a thousand temples, shrines and tombs scattered all across it.

 

Itineraries and must-see temples in Angkor

I found a fantastic website for planning your trip to Angkor, you can find it here.

There are two main things to consider when seeing the temples of Angkor: how much time you have, and how interested you are. And by interest I mean that if you are not a history or theology or archaeology buff, you might find trekking from ancient temple to temple in the 40 degree Cambodian heat a little bit wearing. So if you only have one day (like we did) or if you are only interested in the most iconic temples of the park, here is a shortlist of must-see sites – visiting these will fit very nicely into a day:

  1. Angkor Wat – visit the most iconic temple early in the morning and watch the sunrise
  2. Angkor Thom – the old capital city of the Angkor empire
    1. Bayon – the temple of giant stone faces
    2. Baphuon – temple mountain with an enormous reclining Buddha
  3. Ta Phrom – the jungle temple

This is the itinerary that is suggested a lot of the time to tourists, however visiting the sites in this order will also mean you are moving with the crowds of tourists who are all following this itinerary or are taken along this route by their guides.

If I can give you just one tip, it would be to turn this list upside down: visit Ta Phrom first thing in the morning, then move unto Angkor Thom and finally visit Angkor Wat towards late afternoon with the view to catch the sunset.

Here are a few photographs and some snippets of information on the must-see temples:

 

Angkor Wat:

Most people will come here for the morning to watch the sunrise, but I would advise you to go against the mold and visit this iconic Hindu temple in late afternoon. And why? My photographs below will show you exactly why I say this. First of all, if you are after a solitary sunrise experience, this isn’t it. It’s like when you look at photographs of Angkor Wat on Pinterest and you get the feeling that this is an undiscovered place of epic proportion; where you can come to reflect on things, as the sun slowly makes its way up the sky. And instead this is what you will experience:

 

 

Not exactly the solitary experience many of us were after. But to be fair, having so many other visitors there at sunrise also added something positive to the experience: the collective anticipation, knowing we were all there for the same reason, and everyone enjoying the moment together as the first sun-rays appeared behind the towers of Angkor Wat.

Another reason why I would suggest you to go here later in the afternoon is to get prettier photographs. I can honestly say the light, as amazing it is at sunrise and early morning, is not fantastic to take photos in. Once the sun has made its way up higher in the sky it is actually very difficult to photograph the temple from the front, a lot of the detail is lost. I am quite disappointed to say I don’t have one photograph of the front of this magnificent temple that I actually like. Of course there are loads to look at on the internet, but we all want our own, don’t we…?! 🙂

 

 

Of course missing the temple at sunrise would be a great shame, so perhaps you can start here for the sunrise and also return here for late afternoon / sunset. That way you might just get the best of both worlds. If you go for sunrise, prepare yourself, it gets super hot by  7 am. Just like in any other South-East Asian country, you have to dress modestly and ideally wear long trousers or skirt and a top with sleeves. You should also wear something that is easy to move in and climb huge steps. A lot of huge steps.

One thing to be aware of when you visit Angkor Wat (and quite a few of the other temples as well, but mainly Angkor Wat): there are a LOT of vendors and hawkers and it can be a bit difficult to shake them off. Don’t get annoyed, just learn to kindly say no. There were also many school aged children there trying to sell us postcards, fridge magnets, etc, and as difficult it is, please don’t buy from them out of compassion. Buying from them will just encourage their parents to  keep sending them out to beg / sell. This is the advice amongst travellers anyway, so there, I’ve passed it on… 😉

 

 

 

Angkor Thom:

This is a walled, moated, ancient city that acted as the last capital of the Angkor Empire. Within the walls there are some amazing structures, palaces and temples. You can enter the city via 4 gates, most visitors enter through the South Gate coming from the direction of Angkor Wat, and this is what we did as well.

 

 

You should allow at least 2-3 hours to visit this magnificent old city, there is so much to see! But the most popular site in the whole of Angkor Thom is undoubtedly the temple of Bayon. In fact this temple is the 2nd most visited and loved temple in the whole of the Angkor Park. It is most famous for its dozens of giant stone Buddha faces, all of them carved with a smile that radiates happiness, calm, peace and a sense of fulfillment.

 

 

The other major attraction within the walls of Angkor Thom is the Baphuon, which is a tall mountain-temple. A lot of stairs to climb! This temple recently underwent a restoration project with the help of UNESCO and is now in pretty good condition. I especially loved the HUGE reclining Buddha which was built into the back wall of the temple in the 16th century; see if you can spot it in my last photograph!

 

 

From photography point of view it is best not to come here at sunrise or sunset as the temple is surrounded by jungle and so there isn’t much light to illuminate the glorious stone faces (although according to Lonely Planet the Bayon is pretty magical as it emerges from the morning mist). The light is better in the morning for Baphuon, so a mid-morning visit should be ideal, after visiting Angkor Wat or Ta Prohm first. There is no question about it though, it will be incredibly busy! Especially the Bayon. And make sure you are dressed appropriately. There was a tourist who got turned away at the Baphuon when we were visiting for exposing her shoulders.

Some other interesting things we found while walking around Angkor Thom:

 

 

Ta Prohm:

I have to say Ta Prohm was by far my favourite temple out of all the ones we visited in Angkor. The only thing that perhaps took away from our experience of this incredible place was the crowds. And the heat. I know I already mentioned both these factors, but I cannot stress how important they both are when planning your itinerary here. We got to Ta Prohm at around 1pm, after having walked around for the past 7 hours in increasing heat and by the time we got to Ta Prohm the crowd were ridiculous, we could only move around the temple inch by inch which further increased our intolerance of the 40 degree heat. If you want a more pleasant visit here, come early in the morning and have the temple to yourself when everyone else is watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat!! 🙂

Unfortunately I ran out of memory card just as we got to this temple, so I had to make do with going back and deleting older photos to make space for new ones…  🙁 So not many photos I’m afraid. Make sure you are armed with memory cards and camera batteries when you visit Angkor!

This is the temple that was featured in Tomb Raider and Angelina Jolie filmed here on location. The locals are incredibly proud of this and only refer to this temple now as the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ or ‘The Angelina Temple’. The temple was pretty much left in the condition that it was found in the 18th century by French explorers as it was so atmospheric as trees of the jungle were taking over the man-made structures. If you are visiting Angkor, you simply cannot miss this temple!

 

 

Just amazing.

So these are the must-see sites in Angkor, and all these are doable in a day. If you ask your driver they will also stop at any other temples you wish to explore. We stopped a few times in between the major sites:

 

 

And with that we could walk no longer and returned to our Siem Reap accommodation. I definitely feel like I will be back to Angkor at some point in my life. That one day just wasn’t enough. I knew it then, but we had to move on. Next time I will probably get a 3 day pass for $40 – the three days can be used over the course of a week. This is definitely the option I would recommend to anyone visiting this amazing place. If you have the time, don’t try to do it all in one day. Take your time and marvel.

I know this has been a very long post, but I simply could not have described our day amongst the Temples of Angkor in fewer words or with fewer photographs. Anything less would not have done justice to the Ultimate Travel Destination of the world.

So why did Angkor win this coveted spot? As Nick Ray (Lonely Planet’s Cambodia guidebook author) summarizes in this video:

The most important thing to stress about Angkor is the embarrassment of riches: this is not just one site, it’s so many sites. You think of one place in the world, it’s normally  one iconic building. Here, we have Angkor Wat, the mothership: this is the most important temple here. However look how many more there are! We have Angkor Thom, the great old capital with the Bayon, the famous face temple; we have Ta Phrom, the jungle temple… but that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

So when you put all of these temples together and bring them as one destination – that’s incredible!

Individually most of them might stand up, possibly even making the top 10. Angkor Wat’s a contender for the Top 10 on its own. The Bayon’s a contender for the Top 10 on its own. Even Ta Prohm is a contender for the Top 10 on its own. Put them all together, there’s no debate: it’s number 1.

 

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Stunning architecture of the Phnom Penh Royal Palace

By on 16th August 2015

After my sobering last post about the Cambodian genocide and The Killing Fields Museum I now want to spend a bit of time showing you around the beautiful Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, which is one of the most stunning architectural achievement of the city.

We were lucky enough to stay in a guesthouse right on the doorstep of the palace, so it was really easy for us to walk out and be there as it opened. I would highly recommend that if you visit the palace, do it first thing in the morning – it gets very busy and days get incredibly hot. To visit the palace you have to cover up almost completely, which doesn’t help with the heat. The guards and ticket officers are notorious for being pretty stringent with their policy on what visitors wear to the palace. You cannot show shoulders or knees and it is not enough for women to cover up with a scarf, it has to be a proper shirt or T-shirt or blouse. I usually just wear my big shawl to cover up when entering temples or other holy sites, but for this I ended up wearing a long sleeved top and long trousers to make sure I avoided any problems with my clothing. Man it was hot though! By 8 am the temperature reached 32 degrees and it only went one way from there – UP!

It was worth it though, the palace complex was absolutely stunning! It does actually serve as the residence for the king of Cambodia. The king’s living quarters take up half the compound, but it is of course closed to the public.

I could not stop taking pictures while we were here, so I hope you are ready for a marathon run of photographs of this beautiful palace! 🙂

 

 

 

For the rest of our time in Phnom Penh we walked around the main promenade and square along the river which is where most people congregate late afternoons and evenings. The square is opposite the Royal Palace and the promenade runs along the river and is lined with pubs and bars and restaurants as well as lovely seating areas and small parks.

 

 

The National Museum of Cambodia is also situated close to the Royal Palace and it is a great museum that showcases amazing Khmer sculptures and relics.

In total we spent two whole days in Phnom Penh. Truthfully you could spend a lot longer here, the city has a lot to offer, but when we visited most shops, cafes and restaurants were shut for the New Year holidays. So we decided to move on to Siem Reap, which we were really excited about. Angkor Wat was awaiting and it was promising to be a highlight of our whole South East Asia trip!

 

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The Killing Fields Museum of Phnom Penh

By on 14th August 2015

We arrived in Phnom Penh on a speedboat on the Mekong River on a blisteringly hot April afternoon. We spent our first evening walking around town, going for dinner and preparing for a program filled couple of days.

Out of all of the countries of South-East Asia, I think Cambodia was the one I was most looking forward to. I couldn’t wait to get to Phnom Penh and I had so much anticipation building up, I couldn’t wait to explore its culture and its people.

By recommendation, Adam and I both read a book by Loung Ung called ‘First They Killed My Father’ to prepare a bit for our trip here. We read this book while taking the slowboat down the Mekong in Laos. When you are on a boat for 8 hours straight for 2 days, you need a good book ready and I felt this was a great book to immerse ourselves in while there weren’t many distractions around. I believe Angelina Jolie is currently researching a film adaptation of this book.

In the West not many people are aware of Cambodia’s tragic recent history. This country suffered under the most unimaginable evil regime that is just so so hard to get my head around…  And not only did it happen in living memory, but it is scary how recently something like this could have happened in the world. The Khmer Rouge gained control of the country in 1975 and for the next 4 years carried out a systematic genocide of the Cambodian people. A quarter of the population, an estimated 2-3 million people died by 1979, when the Khmer Rouge was overthrown.

This is an incredibly upsetting and horrific subject. I am not even going to attempt within the frames of this blog to go into any deep description or analysis of what happened in Cambodia 40 years ago, because I just would not have the words. If you would like to learn more about Cambodia and its recent history I can highly recommend you to read Luang Ung’s book as an introduction. And then maybe read Haing S Ngor’s book ‘Survival in the Killing Fields’. And then visit Cambodia and marvel at its beauty, at its people and reflect on their tragedy. But please do not go to Cambodia, before learning about their history first.

We arrived in Phnom Penh over the Cambodian New Year holiday. While there were loads of things going on in Siem Reap and other parts of Cambodia, it seemed to us that the capital city Phnom Penh just closed up for the holiday. There was nothing really open and the place looked a little bit like a ghost town. We were a bit gutted that we were in the right country at the right time, but we still missed the big celebrations!! 🙁

We had a full couple of days in Phnom Penh regardless. Our first full day we spent visiting the Cheung Ek Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum also known as the S21 prison. Our guidebook and a lot of Tripadvisor reviews said that we should try and avoid visiting these two sites on the same day as that would be way too depressing. We thought otherwise. Depressing or not, these things happened, we were not afraid of experiencing both sites, which are effectively museums to the memories of that time awful time in Cambodia. Both sites seek to teach people about the horrors of the past so they will not be repeated. Having read a book about it we also felt we came prepared.

One tip I would give though if you are in Phnom Penh – if possible you should visit the prison first and then The Killing Fields just to keep to the chronological order of things. We had to visit The Killing Fields first as we arranged a tuk-tuk ride through our hotel for early in the morning. From Phnom Penh centre it takes about 45 minutes to an hour on a tuk-tuk to get there and the ride costs about $20. You need about an hour and a half to two hours to walk around the site and see the documentary film shown in the screening room. The tuk-tuk driver in the meantime waits outside, but he will wait for as long as you need as you are effectively buying his time.

Walking around the killing fields is a sobering experience. The audio guide is a must, it is excellent. Read more about the Killing Fields here  and below are some of my photos of our time there:

 

 

After our trip to the Killing Fields we returned to our hotel for a little downtime. We were visiting the city in April – the hottest month in South East Asia, and Cambodia being undoubtedly the hottest country in SE Asia, you cannot survive a day without a couple of hours of respite from the sun and the heat.

Mid-afternoon we hailed another tuk-tuk and headed to S21 prison on the outskirts of the city. The prison used to be a high school but was turned into a prison / torture centre where prisoners were held before they were sent to the Killing Fields. Again, I am not going to attempt putting into words what you will learn about or see there, but Wikipedia has a good collection of information on the museum.

I didn’t take any photos in there as there were signs kindly asking visitors not to do so out of respect for the place and what it represented (however there were still many tourists taking photos).

We learnt a lot on this day and what I loved most about was the Cambodian government’s effort to educate the public – its own people and those visiting from elsewhere: The museums’ mission:

  • Educate Americans, Cambodian Americans and other nationalities about the factual history of the Khmer Rouge atrocities and help prevent future crimes against humanity.
  • Provide students, scholars, journalists and the public access to information, photographs, artifacts and documents relating to the holocaust.
  • Honor and remember the victims and survivors of the Khmer Rouge holocaust.
  • Help preserve the art and literature of Cambodia – nearly extinguished by Khmer Rouge policies through exhibits, performances and lectures.
  • Serve as a fund-raising channel to humanitarian, cultural and educational projects benefiting Cambodians, Cambodian Americans and the community at large.

(From the website of The Killing Fields Museum, http://www.killingfieldsmuseum.com/about-us.html)

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