If you like history or weapons, or want to learn about Cambodia, visit this museum! We were going to explore on our own, but luckily Tom convinced us that we would enjoy the museum more with a guide. He was so right!
There is a $5 per person admission fee. After you enter, a guide will offer his time free of charge and you can make a donation to him at the end if you want (but there is no pressure). How could you not take advantage of the real-life knowledge of a veteran who experienced the history you are viewing.
The museum is outdoors, set in a small forested area which used to be a mine field, and there are chickens milling about. You will see tanks, artillery, guns, defused land mines/bombs, and photos. There is also a former mass grave – the bodies now are entombed in a memorial in Siem Reap. You can pick up and check out some of the weapons and even climb on the tanks. There is a small gift shop with books, shirts, and ice cold drinks.
Our guide Tom was conscripted at age 14 in the infantry and lost his arm in the war. He told us about some of his experiences and his family. He answered all of our many questions and was a gracious host.
Please do visit this museum and accept the services of a guide. You will help the veterans and learn first- hand about this terrible time in Cambodia’s history.
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