The Killing Fields
What we say:
Choeung Ek, 15 kilometres from Phnom Penh, is Cambodia's best known killing field, although many travellers do not realise that this was just one of the many, many that dot the country. More than 15,000 people, transported from Tuol Sleng, are believed to have been murdered here -- some shot, many simply bludgeoned to death. Some mass graves have been left as they were found. Look for the sunken ground to give away their location. A small memorial explains the history of Choeung Ek and the glass case containing the skulls and bones of more than 8,000 people is a moving scene. Expect to pay $2 to $3 on a motorbike to get out here, and more if you're coming from tourist hubs (the riverside, the lake) where prices are inflated.
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