Around the World Trip - Cambodia

Cambodia was a sobering (and stifling hot) experience.  We began in Phnom Penh, the capital city, touring various sites and and visiting the Genocide Museum. This was the actual site where prisoners of war were tortured by the Khmer Rouge during Pol Pot's regime from 1975 to 1979.  We remembered Pot Pot, but hadn't realized the extent of his power and destruction.  In what is now known as the Killing Fields, he is responsible for over 3 million deaths, or 25% of country's best and brightest, through torture and starvation. We flew onto Siem Reap to visit Cambodia's most well known temple, Angkor Wat.  The temple is a huge complex but even so, it was a zoo! Thousands of people were packed in tight battling for a spot to get the classic sunrise shot.  I ended up sitting in the mud to get this shot as there was no way I was going to come this far and not get it.

Angkor Wat at sunrise. We were lucky as the sun rises right behind the central tower only a few days a year.
Buddha at Angkor Wat

One of the more famous temples in Siem Reap is chock full of Buddhas.

 How many Buddhas do you see? Answer below.

How many Buddhas do you see? Answer below.

Back in Siem Reap, we walked the night market and Steve had to find one of Chef Anthony Bourdain's tv show highlights from Cambodia, scorpions on a stick. He didn't try them, though but I thought for sure he would!

Look closely - scorpions, snakes, tarantulas., cockroaches, crickets!
Look closely - scorpions, snakes, tarantulas., cockroaches, crickets!
 I just had to try the fish pedicure!  Ended up with a bloody foot, though.

I just had to try the fish pedicure!  Ended up with a bloody foot, though.

Then onto a floating village. fascinating lifestyle as they live entirely on the river.  

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 Question: Guess what she's selling along the river bank?

Question: Guess what she's selling along the river bank?

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The famous temple from the movie Tomb Raider. Cambodians love Angelina Jolie as she shot the movie here and adopted a young Cambodian boy, Maddox.

Answer: Gasoline in old liquor bottles!

 So long, Cambodia!

So long, Cambodia!