- Battambang, Cambodia

It's interesting how many people don't know about the Khmer Rouge. Only 40 years ago the leading Communist party of Cambodia hosted a mass genocide.

The Khmer Rouge government arrested, tortured and eventually executed anyone suspected of belonging to several categories of supposed "enemies":

* Anyone with connections to the former government or with foreign governments.

* Professionals and intellectuals — in practice this included almost everyone with an education, or even people wearing glasses (which, according to the regime, meant that they were literate).

Okay, so about this Monkey...
I was walking up a close by mountain being guided by an awesome 15 year old who new all the popular american hits and would sing them on our walk up, and the boy pointed out that we were at a massive edge where the Khmer Rouge would toss people in, falling to their death. As I walked around and let the deathly atmosphere inherit my mind, monkeys started to surround the area out of curiosity.

It was all a bit intense... the monkeys, the killings, and boy singing the latest by Kanye West.

If you get a chance to go to Cambodia, make sure to read up about their history.

Cropping made this picture! Lesson learnt from my best bud, Dan Cohen

Taken on: 18th July, 2010. Copyright: Attribution License - See g_firkser's page of Flickr

Read more about Battambang

Battambang province lies in the far western region of Cambodia; bounded to the west by Thailand, the south by the Cardamom Mountains, the east by the Tonle Sap Lake and Pursat, and to the north by Banteay Meanchey province. The landscape, often picturesque and highly varied in this large province, morphs from vast marshes and wetlands around the lake's rim into extensive rice paddies dotted with limestone outcrops and then rolling orchard-blanketed hills around the Pailin enclave, before finishing with rugged forest-clad slopes abutting the southern mountain ranges. Battambang is home to the kingdom's best farming land and the provincial capital was traditionally a wealthy trading town as well as being the second largest city of the kingdom.

'Bourgeois' Battambang with its large ethnic Chinese population suffered greatly during the Khmer Rouge era. With nearby Pailin being one ... Read our complete Battambang travel guide

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