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Ta Mok’s lake

Ta Mok’s lake

Ta Mok’s lake


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Just to the north of Anlong city centre is an eerie, artificial lake from which loom the broken bones of the trees that were drowned in its construction.

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Still waters. Photo by: Nicky Sullivan.
Still waters. Photo: Nicky Sullivan

One of Ta Mok’s houses used to sit on the edge of the lake—it was used as his headquarters—but nothing of that remains now except for a sandy clearing. In 2011, the Cambodian Army used it as a base when the conflict with Thailand over Preah Vihear broke out. It was a strange sight even then. As soldiers lolled in the sun, you could wander around visiting rooms you know once rang to the sounds of more than cicadas. There used to be cages here where prisoners were kept. Pol Pot’s propaganda car used to be there too, but that could be anywhere now.

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Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.

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