Cambodia, a land of sorrow and mystery, overwhelmed us during our three day visit, April 22 to April 25, 2014. It was the front-end of a fifteen day tour hosted by Gate 1 Tour Company, that included Viet Nam. The intenseness of the three day experience produced almost as many memories as the following two weeks spent in Viet Nam. The grandeur of the Royal Palace just down the way from S-21, the scene of the confinement, torture, and killings of so many during their civil war places Phnom Penh in a special category of its own. Our Cambodian adventure culminates in a drive through the countryside to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Ankor Thom and Ankor Wat, home of the Khmer Kings.

City Sights

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Royal Palace

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Constructed in the 1800s to serve as the home of the royal families and, maybe more importantly, as a symbol of the kingdom. To day it is the home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk who was king during our Viet Nam conflict.

Killing Fields

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Once a suburban high school on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Taol Sleng was turned into the infamous S-21 that was used as a detention, torture, and processing center for the “Killing Fields”
The following is graphic and somber and may not be for everyone.

Between 1975 and 1978 more than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek known as the “Killing Fields”, one of many scattered throughout Cambodia. The horror of the site is captured by the plaques describing various parts of the camp.

Floating Village ( ! )

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Bug Market

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Status & Oxen

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Angkor Thom ( ! )

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Angkor Wat

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