Not the most aesthetically pleasing city you’ll see – the mounds of rubbish lining the streets and canals are one hell of an eye sore – but I had to keep telling myself this is one of the poorest countries in the world where the arguments over weekly vs. fortnightly bin collections that afflict UK radio phone-ins won’t be reaching these shores anytime soon.
The Cambodians have also had a bloody and murderous recent history which practically brought the country to its knees, with the likes of the Khmer Rouge causing unimaginable grief to millions. It hits home hard when visiting the Killing Fields and the S-21 museum, and lest not forget this insidious, clandestine campaign, in relative terms, occurred not that long ago between 1975 and 1979.
The brutality of their reign is most poignantly, and grotesquely, depicted by this image of the Chankiri Tree.
The other side to Cambodia.
THE TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
A truly mind boggling complex and temples where I spent the whole day cycling around all 28km of the area. It’s the number one tourist spot in the country (maybe even in the whole of S.E. Asia) and it’s easy to see why.
I lost count of the number of photos I took so here’s what looked like the best, plus the obligatory ‘tree growing out of a building’ shot.
Something other than a pile of old stones…
AND FINALLY, SOME WORDS OF CAMBODIAN WISDOM