Cambodia, the trip of a lifetime. Part One
Author: Ian Miller
I have traveled much of Cambodia over the last 10 years after it re-opened its borders to western travelers. Prior to this Cambodia had been suffering at the hands of the Khmer Rouge under the horrific leadership of Pol Pot who murdered as many as 1.2 million of his own people in an attempt to establish a pure communist state. He failed and was eventually removed by and invasion by Vietnamese forces supported by Cambodia Nationals commanded by Hun Sen ( now the Prime Minister of Cambodia )
The capital city of Cambodia and certainly the place to begin any trip to this wonderful country. The city retains much of its French influence with many French Colonial style buildings still in existence, if a little down at heel. There are many interesting things to see and do in this city of over a million people.
The city sits on the confluence of the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers which almost certainly is the first place to go see and maybe taken a boat trip for a few hours, this is not expensive and gives some great sights of the city from the river.
Walking along the riverside is a great way to spend and afternoon, to see the river and the people who work it. The Royal Palace is also close by.
I f you have an interest in people and photography this is certainly a place of rich resources and friendly people who generally enjoy having their picture taken. Personally the people hold the most interest for me and say so much about the place.
The Royal Palace
This beautiful structure is unfortunately not as ancient as it first may seem but none the less is well worth the effort to go and take a tour.
The city also has a much darker side in it history which can be seen at the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum also known as S21.
During the Khmer Rouge years this former school was converted into a detention and interrogation prison, more than 20,000 people, men, women and children pass through its walls and only 7 survived the rest were executed at the killing fields at Cheug Ek.
Both places are now preserved and are worth visiting as they give a taste of the recent cataclysmic history of the country.
© Ian Kydd’Miller
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Ian Kydd’Miller is a Freelance Photojournalist living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Take a look at his BLOG for more information
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