- 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
Read more about Battambang
Battambang is the rice bowl of western Cambodia, home to some spectacular rural scenery and within easy distance of both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
This sprawling province has a range of tourist sites including Angkor-period temples, mountain viewpoints, wetlands and typical day-to-day rural scenery. Despite the wealth of attractions, Battambang province makes it onto the itinerary of relatively few travellers, making it a fabulous off-the-beaten-track destination.
The provincial capital of the same-named province, Battambang is Cambodia's second largest city and one of our all-time favourite spots in Cambodia. A relaxed and laid-back town, Battambang is primarily a farmer and trader town, a ... Read our complete Battambang travel guide