Photo: Kids wave from Anlong Veng's famous 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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Photo of Ta Mok's lake

Ta Mok ordered its construction, damming the O’Chik lake and flooding the surrounds. It’s a strange, yet fitting, sight for a town whose past is so full of blood and intrigue.

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.

The surreal landscape make for some wonderful photo opportunities.

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