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Pat and me in South East Asia

 
Arrive in Vietnam, Street Food Tour and Ha Long Bay
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Hanoi
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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Arrival, and Angkor Wat.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2

Angkor Thom (the one with the iconic faces) and the Night Market.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia, 3

Ta Prohm temple complex (the jungle-draped one as seen in Tomb Raider, the movie, except not by me because I didn't see the movie...) and Banteay Srei (the pink one!)

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Cambodia on the Mekong River
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Buddhist Center and Phnom Penh
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The Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison

It is very hard to wrap your mind around what happened when the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and began their genocide against damn near everybody. There is no hierarchy of genocide, but there is something uniquely unfathomable about a regime that kills everyone who wears glasses because they look like intellectuals, or who forceably evacuates everybody from entire cities to go be rice farmers but does not teach any of them how to grow rice, or who then prohibits picking fruit from trees in the jungle when people are starving.

Visiting the Killing Fields site at Choeung Ek and the torture center at Tuol Sleng was very difficult. I did not feel comfortable taking a lot of pictures, so there are few of them to share here, but I also understood the importance of bearing witness to what happened there, and to try and convey some sense of it onward.

It is striking to visit Cambodia and realize that all of the people I meet who are my age survived the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. Most, stunningly,had no interest in exacting justice on the members of the regime (one of whom is now the head of government there!)

Some of these pictures may be disturbing. Hopefully, the lessons to be carried away here are worth a bit of disturbance,

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Crossing back into Vietnam on the Mighty Mekong
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Sa Ðéc

A brick factory and the floating market.

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HCMC/Saigon, where the heat is on...
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