Cambodia
Following a five-year struggle, Communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh in 1975 and ordered the
evacuation of all cities and towns; over 1 million displaced people died from execution or enforced hardships. A 1978
Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside and touched off almost 20 years of fighting.
UN-sponsored elections in 1993 helped restore some semblance of normalcy as did the rapid diminishment of the
Khmer Rouge in the mid-1990s. A coalition government, formed after national elections in 1998, brought renewed
political stability and the surrender of remaining Khmer Rouge forces in 1998
While Evelyn was busy studying for her TEFL degree, Allan took a short trip to Cambodia . Cambodia is a country that
is still not ready for prime time.  Cambodia combines the amazing beauty of the Angkor Wat temples with the disturbing
horror of the Killing Fields from the Pol Pot regime in the late 1970s.  Even today, the country is run by the military.  
But for the adventurous traveler, Cambodia offers vistas not found anywhere else in this increasingly civilized world...

To protect the young and innocent, I've split the Cambodia webpage into two parts: the
Angkor Wat temples with their
amazing beauty, and
Phnom Penh and the gruesome aftermath from the Pol Pot's genocidal purge of the Cambodian
people.
Today, the Cambodian continues to fight devastating inflation.  At one time, the 100 Riel note above converted into
about $20.  Today, this note is a collectors item with a face value of 2 cents.
The one constant through everything is boys and their toys...


TALL WORLD TALES