Saturday, December 13, 2014

Touring Phnom Penh: The Killing Fields

Huot, the owner of Taxi Phnom Penh - Day Tours, proves to be a terrific choice to drive us around the sights for two days. We researched guides on Trip Advisor and hit the jackpot twice.

This was a somber morning. First we visited Choeung Ek, one of a number of "Killing Fields" Extermination camps.

We didn't take a lot of photos - we just didn't feel like it. Pol Pot's regime exterminated close to 25% of the population, monstrous beyond words as he carried out his vision of communism that he learned about as a student in France. The beautiful monument contains many levels of human skulls and bones.

Once we were back outside, it was a relief to see young children on their way home from school. It's impossible to imagine their future won't be better than Cambodia's past century.


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