Covid has been rough on us all, including a bunch of those here at YPT who’ve been forced to relocate from our cozy office in China. But you know what they say, when life gives you lemons, make the best-damn-dark-tourism-itinerary-you-can-find-ade. With many long months under our belt staying here, we’ve forged the contacts, we’ve gone off the beaten path and then some, we’ve found just what you’re looking for in a Cambodia dark tourism tour.
We’ll start off in the world famous city of Siem Reap. Here we check out a number of museums and ancient relics related to the contemporary/Khmer Rouge history of Cambodia. For those who don’t know, the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 in one of the most bloody regimes we know of. But of course it won’t all be all doom and gloom, as we visit the spectacular man-made wonder of the world that is Angkor Wat.
Luckily enough, right on the outskirts of Angkor Wat is a Cambodian history museum built and run by none other than our good pals in north Korea, where our long-standing work may just grant us the VIP treatment while we’re there. You then head directly north towards Thailand to the Cambodian border town of Anlong Veng, not only the last hideout of the Khmer Rouge, but the capital of the last Khmer Rouge state long past the point they got driven out in early 1979.
Some not-to-be-missed sights of Anlong Veng include abandoned checkpoints, homemade museums and even the eerie unmarked graves of former Khmer Rouge leaders. We’ll be taking you to where few foreigners dare to tread, through the dense Cambodian jungle to the last home and bunker of Pol Pot – the leader of the Khmer Rouge.
You’ll then make your way southwest of the country to Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia and home to some of the most important and forgotten sites related to the Killing Fields. While there, we’ll be making use of the old French railway lines and boarding a local makeshift bamboo one along the tracks. We’ll then visit the Phnom Sampeau bat cave which houses the natural pest control for Cambodia’s rice fields.
The final stop for the tour is in Cambodia’s capital – Phnom Penh. Here you’ll visit a downright humbling former high school converted to a torture prison against the innocent and the actual Killing Fields located just outside the city. Tourism doesn’t get more dark than here.
Cambodia is open for all tourists vaccinated against Covid-19.
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– All transport from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
– Accommodation on single room basis
– Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
– Local and Foreign English speaking guides
– Breakfasts and lunches
– Visa if required (YPT can provide visa support)
– Travel to/from the tour
– Dinners and drinks
– Personal Spending
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