Goodbye Cambodia

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Just a few thoughts about Cambodia and a few photos from our last day her.






Cambodia is a country full of contrasts.  On one side the areas with hotels, restaurants and shops for the tourists and on the other side real life for the citizens of Seam Reap.




The past.



Cambodia is a country trying to rise from the shadow of the cruelty of its former leaders. 


And in front of the former leaders was Saloth Sar, alias Brother number one, best known as Pol Pot.


He was the leader of the communist movement known as the Khmer Rouge. He was the Prime Minister of Cambodia from 1976 to 1979. 

During his time in power Pol Pot imposed a version of agrarian collectivization whereby city dwellers were relocated to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labor projects, conceived as a restarting of civilization in "Year Zero".

The combined effect of slave labor, malnutrition, poor medical care and executions had an estimated death toll of 750,000 to 1.7 million.

His regime achieved special notoriety for singling out all intellectuals and other "bourgeois enemies" for murder.

In 1979, he fled into the jungles of northwest Cambodia after an invasion by neighboring Vietnam, which led to the collapse of the Khmer Rouge government.

Pol Pot was never brought to justice, although he was overthrown and imprisoned by other Khmer Rouge leaders.

He died in 1998, from natural causes, while under house arrest.




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Cambodia is stretching for a brighter future. 

Cambodia's main industries are garments and tourism.  In 2006, foreign visitors had surpassed the 1.7 million mark.

In 2005, oil and natural gas deposits were found beneath Cambodia's territorial water, and once commercial extraction begins in 2009 or early 2010, the oil revenues could profoundly affect Cambodia's economy.


Cambodia is a beautiful country full of old history and as we experienced full of temple ruins. 

We are leaving Cambodia and traveling back to Kuala Lumpur.  We will stay a few day at my sisters house befor going back to Norway.


It take time to change, and I wish the best for the people of Cambodia.





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Our hotel Angkor Star Hotel
Our hotel Angkor Star Hotel
Outside our hotel
Outside our hotel
Siem Reap
photo by: genetravelling