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.
"the shot" - angkor wat at sunrise.
We were lucky as the sun rises directly behind the central tower only a few days a year.
I almost passed on this temple as it was late in the day and very very hot. So glad I didn't!
Siem Reap Night Market
Back in Siem Reap, we walked the night market. Steve had to find one of Chef Anthony Bourdain's tv show highlights from Cambodia, scorpions on a stick.We found them, but he wouldn't try them, though but I thought for sure he would!
Look closely - scorpions, snakes, tarantulas., cockroaches, crickets!
I just had to try the fish pedicure! Tickled like crazy but ended up with a bloody foot. Then a tuk tuk ride back to the hotel.
Onto a floating village.
What's she selling in old liquor bottles?
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.
Below is a famous shot of the temple peeking through an overgrown tree.