PHOTO: The Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Flickr/Rev Stan)
Today, Cambodia is on the top of many lists of places travelers would like to visit. Its rising popularity has much to do with iconic temples but not forgetting the country’s troubling history should also play a part, as highlighted on Intrepid’s blog, the Journal.
This harrowing past is "essential to understanding Cambodia and its people,” says Intrepid’s Cambodian tour leader Hong.
For many travelers, it's hard to grasp the trauma the country has survived.
“The impact is more devastating than visitors can comprehend. Even aside from the destruction of physical infrastructure and loss of human resources, the genocidal aftermath [of the Khmer Rouge] created a psychological legacy that has crippled the development of Cambodia,” writes Rebecca Shapiro.
Cambodia’s Killing Fields are just one window into the soul of this country.
“Visiting the Killing Fields just to understand Cambodia’s past is only part of the story. Visiting them is also important in highlighting how multidimensional the country is,” says Shapiro.
One way to contribute is to engage with locals.
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“Hong encourages visitors to eat local, shop local and do anything they can to support the incomes of Cambodian families,” says Shapiro.
For more on visiting Cambodia and the many highlights of the country, read on here.