Despite the smiles and life in Phnom Penh, this city, like the rest of the country, has a tragic recent history. Take a tuk tuk out to the Killing Fields and then to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the atrocities that took place during Pol Pot’s regime. Be sure to listen to the stories on the audio guide while you walk through the memorial site.
About just 17 kms away is the neighboring chilling places in Cambodia where Khmer Rouge slaughtered thousands of people during their dark ruling period of horror. There are thousands of skulls even today for the visitors to see. The oppressive regime’s unsympathetic outcome can be seen in the mass graves in the nearby areas. A visit to this cold place acquaints you with the austerity of the rulers.
Just outside Phnom Penh lies one of the largest mass grave sites in Cambodia, where it is estimated over one million Cambodians were executed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The scale of the site, coupled with the detailed narration over the audio guide, is deeply moving and provides real insight into the country's violent past.