Cambodia is a magical country known for its spirituality and temples; most famously Angkor Wat. These temples built by the Khmer capture the hearts and dazzle the eyes of all who visit. But Cambodia is a country with a troubling past: namely the Khmer Rouge genocide; but has overcome its history and is a visually stunning country to visit which will open your hearts to a people and their past.
Cambodia’s Horrific Past: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum & the Killing Fields of Phnom Penh
During the Khmer Rouge regime’s rule of the country from 1975 to 1979; overly 1 Million people were tortured and murdered. The number of dead increases to between 1.7 to 2.5 Million when taking into consideration deaths resulting from diseases and starvation during the Pol Pot’s reign and the Khmer rule. The population of Cambodia was only 8 Million. That is 1 in 4 lives lost.
How to Celebrate a birthday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – and NOT drink.
When your best friends birthday occurs during her vacation to South East Asia, and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – do not take her to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields! That is a depressing day, nevermind a depressing Birthday! So what DID we do to celebrate her birthday?
Angkor Wat: How to kill an asthmatic Canadian friend
When people think of Angor Wat, they think of the giant temples, the incredible architecture, and other wonderful things. And of course they should. Angkor Wat IS all of these things. But for me – Angkor Wat reminds me of how I almost killed my asthmatic Canadian friend. (oops)
I'm Chrystal McKay, a 24 year old Canadian who travels the world seeking knowledge. I am a World Citizen, Globe Trotter, and Continuous Learner. A Lover of Ancient Ruins, Castles, Churches, and all things Old and Beautiful. Follow me as I learn my way around the world.
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