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Phumĭ Phnum Sâmpŏu

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  • Day34

    Krong Battambang

    July 17 in Cambodia

    Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia and a quick 3 hour bus ride from Siem Reap. We got there around midday and had plenty of time to relax in the hotel pool (much needed after a filthy hostel in Siem Reap) and plan the next days.
    First thing in the morning we went to the Bamboo Train, a combined effort from French colonialists and the local people. The French build the tracks and used it with occasional trains... The rest of the times the locals build their own "trains" powered by hand with a long stick like the venetian gondoliers. Nowadays they use small motors mainly for tourist entertainment but also goods transportation. And there's still the trains which forced us to quickly hop off and disassemble the train 😁 A fun experience...
    Next stop on the tour with our private Tuktuk driver brought us to the "Killing Fields" next to a Buddhist monastery. This was our first contact with the terror that brought the Khmer Rouge over the country. Thousands of people were killed just in this place with overall millions disregarding age, gender, beliefs. Even many within the ranks fell victim to the regime. A sad chapter in the history of this beautiful country... In the afternoon we went to a scenic temple complex nearby with "Killing caves" and bat caves.
    It didn't get really clear how it got the name "Killing caves" but the Khmer Rouge definitely killed a lot of people here as well documented by many bones spread around the cave bottom. The temple itself was beautifully located and especially interesting because of a large monkey population that roam the premises... Just before dawn we sat down with a beer and waited for the millions of bats that come out every evening in search for food. They sometimes all come out at once within 15 minutes which creates an impressive black stream. We weren't so lucky as they took their time and it took more than half an hour before we left and they were still coming out.
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  • Day177

    Killing cave & auch was nettes

    January 12 in Cambodia

    Die Khmer Rouge Geschichte zieht sich durch Kambodscha und natürlich gibt es auch rund um Battambang schreckliche Sehenswürdigkeiten.

    Die "Killing Cave" bekam ihren Namen durch die brutalen Tötungen der Khmer Rouge. Die Leichen wurden dann durch das Oberlicht ins innere der Höhle geworfen.

    Zum Glück hab ich aber auch hübsche Tempel, die Blumenhöhle und eine fantastische Aussicht geboten bekommen.Read more

  • Day68

    Phnom Sampeau

    April 23, 2016 in Cambodia

    Phnom Sampeau held both the Killing Cave and the Bat Cave. A ride of emotions really, I saw the killing cave first which was where the Khmer Rouge used to throw bodies from from the surface of the mountain, down the gaping hole. There was a display of the human bones left on site as a reminder of the horror that had occurred there. We were told that the hole above from which the people were thrown was artificially widened because, when people had first discovered them years after the Khmer Rouge were out of power, the bodies were still heaped and rotting as the sun had not been able to degrade the tissue. As you can imagine I left the cave feeling rather sombre. We made our way down the mountain on the back of mopeds driving as though they were about to be swallowed by oblivion to the bat cave for 5pm. Around this time every evening a natural phenomenon occurs during which approx 2-3 million bats flee a crag in the side of the mountain to feed for the night. A constant mass of black streaming, rising and falling as though being blown by the wind. A 45 minute murmuration of bats. Incredible. By the time we went back home I had been shocked, disgusted, sad, shocked again, amazed and covered in guano. A ride indeed!Read more

  • Day88

    Notre journée avec Nicky s'est terminée dans la commune de Phnom Sampeau où nous avons eu la chance de rendre nos hommages aux victimes du génocide cambodgien perpétré par le régime des Khmer rouges entre 1975 et 1979.

    En effet, à Phnom Sampeau se trouvent les « Killing Caves », une série de grottes où d'inombrables exécutions ont eu lieu. Traditionnellement utilisée comme temples bouddhistes, ces grottes ont aujourd'hui retrouvé leur vocation initiale, en plus de laisser place à un mémorial érigé pour les victimes des Khmer rouges.

    La montagne de Phnom Sampeau offre aussi un spectacle naturel incroyable quand, à la tombée du soleil, les millions de chauve-souris qu'elle abrite sortent chasser en masse. Pendant un bon 20 minutes, nous avons pu les voir sortir de leur cachette et se disperser un peu plus loin pour aller chercher de quoi manger.

    Une finale totalement renversante à une journée fort mémorable en bordure de Battambang!
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Phumĭ Phnum Sâmpŏu, Phumi Phnum Sampou

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