24 Jul Beware the Monkeys of Angkor Wat!
Posted at 01:00h in Southeast AsiaWe successfully escaped the grasps of all the border scams crossing into Cambodia from Thailand! “Ma’am it’s more expensive at the border!” “Sir, it’s impossible to get your visa at the border. You must do it here.” “$20 US? Oh, no the price changed it’s now 1000 Baht. Take it from us, it is possible to cross the border into Cambodia and get a visa upon arrival for $20US.” The scam is not at the border, it’s before you even arrive! After a 24 hour bus ride from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, we arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A city visited by tourists around the world who come to marvel at the ancient, stunning ruins of Angkor. Built through the 9th-13th century, the wonder of Angkor still stands as a testament to the strength and resilience of the Khmer people. the Flicks, a community movie house full of cushions and an old school popcorn machine. Taking over the whole theater, we watched the award winning 1984 film, The Killing Fields, which covers the Khmer Rouge regime. If you haven’t seen it, watch it! We left the film house with many questions and a new found understanding of what Cambodia and its warm people have suffered over the years. The group is presently visiting the S21 prison, an infamous torture prison during the time of the ruthless Khmer Rouge and the killing fields themselves. A solemn day to be sure, but pivotal in understanding Cambodia today… Southeast Asia Eco