Siem Reap, a resort town in northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple, which is pictured on Cambodia’s flag. Giant, mysterious faces are carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom.
Cambodia is best known for two things: the Khmer Rouge genocide and the temples of Angkor Watt. Both have done their part to shape the country and will inevitably shape your trip. Cambodians will welcome you with open generous arms.
Chum Mey personifies the tormented history of his country, surviving gun fights and rocket attacks during a civil war where he lost his wife and four children during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. We met him at Tuol Sleng Prison (S21), a former school, where an estimated 20,000 people were imprisoned and tortured between 1976-1979. The Killing Fields of Cheung Ek is situated 15 kilometers south-west of Phnom Penh and made famous by the film of the same name "Killing Field". it was a place where more than 17,000 civilians were killed and buried in mass graves; many of them transported here after detention and torture in Toul Sleng. A moving experience.