Photo: Kids wave from Anlong Veng's famous lake.

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Just over 125 kilometres north of Siem Reap, straight up the N67, Anlong Veng is many things: a frontier town, a crossroads, a border, the last refuge of the Khmer Rouge and the final hideout and ultimate resting place of its notorious leader, Pol Pot. It’s also pretty quiet.



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There is really not a great deal going on in the centre of town, which consists mainly of roads that seem built to take you somewhere else. But there is an eerie lake, from which the naked remains of dozens of trees poke like fractured bones. It sits aside the road heading north to Choam on the border with Thailand, and makes for interesting photo opportunities. To the north, the Dangrek Mountains mark the border with Thailand, and are also a superb platform for some of our favourite views across Cambodia.

War criminal beneath. Photo taken in or around Anlong Veng, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

War criminal beneath. Photo: Stuart McDonald

If you fancy a flutter, there’s a casino on top of the cliffs in Choam. The Sangam Resort & Casino is a surreal experience, even if you’re not a gambler. You’ll also find the site of Pol Pot’s cremation, and not far from there the creepy guesthouse that used to belong to Ta Mok, Brother Number 5, a man also known as “The Butcher”, thanks to the enthusiasm he brought to the paranoid purges carried out by the Khmer Rouge in 1978. Along the promontory here, you will however find some of the most spectacular views in Cambodia.

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