Today I traveled from Cambodia to Vietnam by boat along the Mekong river to the Mekong Delta area.
Today I visited two incredibly harrowing sights, both dealing with the Khmer Rouge’s genocide in the 1970s. The Tuol Sleng Security Prison, originally a school, was used to detain, interrogate and torture prisoners. The Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, one of hundreds across the country, is where prisoners were executed. Often they were bludgeoned to death, or even buried alive, in order to save precious bullets.
The memorial building displays more than 8000 skulls, bones and ragged clothes of victims.
I spent today exploring the magnificent Temples of Angkor here in Cambodia. There are numerous sites around the area, including the famous Angkor Wat, the fortified city of Angkor Thom, the ruins of Ta Prohm and numerous others besides.
Most of the sites have been cleared and carefully restored, but Ta Prohm (in the photo) has been left with impassable corridors, piles of ruined carvings and trees growing under and over the stuctures.