Cambodians welcoming Poi Pot's ARMY
1.5 to 2 million people from 1975 to 1979, nearly a quarter of Cambodia's 1975 population died as a result of Poi Pot's genocide where the country basically was killing itself. As a result, the country has a very stunted growth, lack of roads and infrastructure, and today a massive younger generation that out numbers the old. Look how happy the people of Phnom Penh were when Poi Pot rolled into town with his army. This should be a lesson to all people who live in countries where the governments have too much power.
Families reunited after 40 years apart
I was very conflicted touring Phnom Penh, seeing the killing fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. I enjoyed the experience but it really is so wrong, just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Standing at the tree where Khmer Rouge soldiers would take babies smash them into trees and toss them into pits. Seeing skeletal remains of innocent people. Extremely sad and upsetting!
Phnom Penh comeback
There is so much natural beauty in Cambodia, it reminds me of Thailand in many ways. Kind of feels like this may have been what Thailand was like 20-30 years ago. I booked an ATV tour and bought loads of candy doing the "reverse trick or treating" with the village kids.
United Nations of Enduro
I also made a trip to Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, just west of Phonm Pehn. Here is the group of guys I road with on a bike tour. We were the (unofficial) United Nations of Enduro because each one of us was from a different country. I would of taken more photos and videos but I was too busy playing catch-up and picking up my Enduro bike off the ground! It was THE craziest ride I had ever experienced riding through sand and jungles, 5-10 foot drops, down a rocky mountain side, across rivers in tiny boats. Scary but FUN!