Cambodia puts the cremation site of Pol Pot on 'historic' tourist trail
Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:26 PM
Government criticised over plan to profit from country's genocidal past
The place where the body of Pol Pot, the former Khmer Rouge leader, was unceremoniously burned in a pile of rubbish is set to be the latest location from Cambodia's dark recent history to be transformed into a tourist spot.
Posted 11 March 2010 - 07:14 PM
Some development will bring in visitors, and doing a search on the internet about Anlong Veng, there are various nice pictures and reports already of travellers who did this trip. For sure you find taxi/group taxi ready for transfers to the northern part of Cambodia near to Thailand border, also some hotel accomodation there.
It seems the border is open if you are coming from SURIN in Thailand to Anlong Veng located south. Might become a good alternative border check-point instead of Poipet for Siem Reap/Angkor Wat.
And this is not a new plan, but dated back to 2001.
Posted 06 February 2011 - 02:09 PM
Posted 06 February 2011 - 03:31 PM
Not quite, the bunker is sealed and not accessible to the public at all, up until 2006 the site wasn't even marked, but in 2006 they placed a small plaque to mark the location, nothing more.
Posted 06 February 2011 - 03:48 PM
Funny one night in Phnom Penh, I was chatting to a German Frauline who was going on and on about how terrible it was and how we must help the orphans (not being funny but any orphans of Pol Pot would be in their mid thirties at least by now) and I just thought then said, hold on a minute it really wasn't that long before that Auschwitz was in full swing, what are you on about, the conversation didn't last much longer. But the point remains the same.
Having said that maybe not Hitlers bunker is a tourist site but Hitlers birthplace etc and lots more Hitler 'memorabilia' are tourist sites now, sad as it might seem, that article on f###ing in Austria mentioned how popular his birthplace was.
Mods - OK the s### should be censored but the f###ing is a placename
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