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12 February 2007
Lodsworth, United Kingdom

Wow .... made it back home in one piece and couldnt wait ! Mumbai was getting a little more than hectic and the thought of the lovely english countryside was always on our minds. The flight was great, good old BA ! ten h..
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and this is the locomotive the french left behind ... looks more like british rail to me !at the top of the Pakse hotel for a few bevviesa quick look at how we have been moving around in asia .... this is our normal rental vehiclethis is the cheapest tuk-tuk around
this is the tuk-tuk of choice ... more comfortable and still cheapand this is the one they herd you onto ... as many as possible .... one big sweaty massand here are the crazed tuk-tuk drivers ... what a bunch not an uncommon sight .... not sure of the legal age for driving !and steve .. this one is for you !   no kidding ... everyone and his aunt has a HiLux ... must be giving them away
this is the cambodian boder with laos ... walk up to one hut to get stamped out .... then walk 200m to this checkpoint to get your visa , a little scarynot much else to Kompong Cham .. this was opposite our guesthouseso .. who has the right of way ?  anyone it seemsrules .......Over 17,000 prisoners were interrogated, tortured, and executed there - only a handful survived
these are the graves of the last fourteen found dead at S21The most famous of these centers, codenamed S-21, was located in the abandoned suburban Phnom Penh high school of Tuol Sleng ("hill of the poison tree"). To the Tuol Sleng neighborhood, S-21 was known simply as konlaenh choul min dael chenh - "the place where people go in but never come outthe old classrooms converted into holding cellsthe torture rooms ...
the original has been replaced by this picture after many complaintsevery person in S-21 was photographed .. these faces made it all the more real and upsettingthe holding cells ... once classrooms
The Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979, in which approximately 1.7 million people lost their lives (21% of the countrythe monument found at the killing fields to honor the deadThe best-known of these sites is Choeung Ek. Today, Choeung Ek is the site of a Buddhist memorial to the terror, and Tuol Sleng has a museum commemorating the genocide. A 1984 motion picture, The Killing Fields, depicts the events that led to and occurred during this time. The film tells the story of Cambodian journalist Dith Pran, played by Cambodian actor Haing S. Ngor, and his journey to escape the death camps
Some of the many skulls collected from the killing fields after the massacreThe distinctive rust-red National Museum next to the Royal Palace was dedicated by King Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the ‘Leper King.’in the museum garden !
Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor.Angkor Watfrom the internal chambers
Ta Prohm was originally constructed as a Buddhist monastery and was enormously wealthy in its time, boasting of control over 3000 villages, thousands of support staff and vast stores of jewels and gold.Of similar design to the later Jayavarman VII temples of Preah Khan and Banteay Kdei, this quiet, sprawling monastic complex is only partially cleared of jungle overgrowth. Intentionally left partially unrestored, massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor

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