On our first visit to Cambodia, we followed the well-worn tourist track starting from the temples of Angkor outside Siem Reap. Making the most of a seven-day pass, we rode tuk tuks and bicycles and wandered miles on foot to admire the stunning sights of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, the Bayon and many more ruined temples — all slowly being reclaimed by the jungle.

We then moved south to the capital of Phnom Penh, where we explored the darker side of the country’s history with stops at the Killing Fields and Toul Sleng Prison. Both were heartbreaking visits for a tourist, but so important for all to see.

Hopefully next time we can afford to travel further afield and see far more of Cambodia!

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Britnee at a border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia.

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Traffic jam of tuktuks in Angkor.

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Exploring the temples of Angkor, Cambodia.

Ta Prohm, Angkor

Ta Prohm, Angkor

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Ta Prohm, Angkor

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Ta Prohm, Angkor

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Ta Prohm, Angkor

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Ta Prohm, Angkor

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Angkor Wat, Angkor

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Angkor Wat, Angkor

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Angkor Wat, Angkor

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Angkor Wat, Angkor

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Angkor Wat, Angkor

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Angkor Wat, Angkor

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Angkor Wat, Angkor

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Angkor Wat, Angkor

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Exploring the temples of Angkor, Cambodia.

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Victory Gate, Angkor

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Boys collect recyclables in Angkor.

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The Bayon, Angkor

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Exploring the temples of Angkor, Cambodia.

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Exploring Angkor, Cambodia.

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Exploring the temples of Angkor, Cambodia.

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Exploring the temples of Angkor, Cambodia.

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Exploring Angkor, Cambodia.

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Exploring the countryside outside Siem Reap with friends and scooters.

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Exploring the countryside outside Siem Reap with friends and scooters.

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Typical Cambodian home seen while exploring the countryside outside Siem Reap with friends and scooters.

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Exploring the countryside outside Siem Reap with friends and scooters.

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Exploring the countryside outside Siem Reap with friends and scooters.

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A monk we met while exploring the countryside on scooters.

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Exploring the countryside outside Siem Reap with friends and scooters.

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A monk we met while exploring the countryside on scooters.

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Even the dogs ride scooters in Cambodia!

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The Bayon, Angkor

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The Bayon, Angkor

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The Bayon, Angkor

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The Bayon, Angkor

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We found the stegosaurus in Ta Prohm!

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Ta Prohm, Angkor

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Masses of tuktuks for the masses of tourists in Angkor.

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Suckling monkey, Angkor.

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Another suckling monkey on Mark’s bicycle, Angkor.

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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The crowds gather every morning for sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

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A monk at Angkor Wat.

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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The Killing Field at Choeung Ek

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The Killing Field at Choeung Ek

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Toul Sleng, Phnom Penh

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Toul Sleng, Phnom Penh

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The Russian Market, Phnom Penh

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The Russian Market, Phnom Penh

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The Russian Market, Phnom Penh

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The Russian Market, Phnom Penh

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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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Mark quit everything to travel the world for a year with his wife, Britnee. Along the way, he picked up a love for many other things, including illy coffee, Nepal, Bolivianos bills, and Thai beaches. Now happily home in Utah, Mark is a balding marketing professional with a mountain biking addiction.

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