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Democratic Kampuchea – The Khmer Rouge Regime

Cambodia is the country of all contrasts, known for its temples of Angkor, but also unfortunately because of its genocidal past and therefore of the political regime of Democratic Kampuchea – The Khmer Rouge regime

Let us return briefly to this tragic past: General Lon Nol (Brother Number 1 – PolPot), took advantage of a trip from Prince Sihanouk to France to launch a coup and take power. Immediately, Cambodia switched to war, the Americans took advantage to bomb the country massively (many bombs were used during the World War II), causing about 700,000 deaths.

It is April 17, 1975 that the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh, “renovated in the Capital less than 3 days” Khmer Rouge announced. Everything that Resembles Capitalism was destroyed; the populations deported to the countryside. The families were separated, the children were sent to militias. The parents became slaves and were condemned to work in the rice fields. The slightest pretext was sufficient to be imprisoned, tortured to death and executed. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) in Phnom Penh testifies to the horror of this period. Choeung Ek is the main place of execution and mass grave of Cambodia (killing fields).

It was in December 1978 that the regime of Hanoi (Vietnam) launched its offensive in order to liberate Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge.

This will be followed by 20 years of Vietnamese occupation. The Vietnamese had been waiting for this for a long time! Attach Cambodia to Greater Vietnam. But once again, the remaining Khmer Rouge and the Sihanouk will join forces to confront this common enemy. After 1979, the America’s secret services provided the weapons and military advisers to the Khmer Rouge in order to support them in their struggle against the Vietnamese.

In 1990, the Vietnamese were expelled from Cambodia. In 1991 agreements were signed in Paris with Prince Sihanouk for general disarmament and the holding of free elections under the auspices of the United Nations.
From now on, calm reigns throughout the territory of Cambodia and the improvement of the infrastructures allows everyone to visit this fabulous country and of course the Temples of Angkor. It’s time to get drunk with the magic of the Khmer campaigns. The regular expanses, planted with rows of coconut palms and sugar palms, which mark as far as the eye can see the carpet of the rice fields, dominated by a few incongruous and lonely hills, exert an unspeakable hypnotic power.

Many travelers fall in love with Cambodia and the people are with a contagious smile.


The Lidar in Cambodia

Australian archaeologist Damian Evans used The Lidar in Cambodia “Light Detection And Ranging” and discovered the archaeological past of Cambodia

This process helps to understand the Khmer empire which dates from the 9th to the 15th century. The region of Angkor Temples was covered almost 400 km² and has been classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 1992.

The thick vegetation that covered some parts of the country greatly slows down all the research that has been explored for decades

Ancient religious vestiges buried under the jungle emerge from the earth thanks to the laser. The Lidar, sends rays at high frequencies. Used from a helicopter, it collects millions of points in 3D with an accuracy of a few centimeters.

Used in Cambodia in April 2012 in collaboration with the APSARA AUTORITY (Authority for the Protection of the Site and Development of the Angkor and Siem Reap Region), it was known that the Angkor Archaeological Site was 4 Times bigger than we thought (35km² instead of 9km²). Another discovery of Kulen Mountain (Phnom Kulen), the lost city of Mahendraparvata was revealed under the vegetation, demonstrating the great complexity of the area with communication routes connecting all the villages of the region.

Cambodia’s land border posts

It is quite possible to go through Cambodia’s land border posts to return or go to different countries, but not all of them issue Visa!

Poipet (Thailand)

Cham Yeam, Thailand

Psar Prohm, Païlin (Thailand)

Doung, Païlin (Thailand)

O’Smach (Thailand)

Anlong Veng (Thailand)

Bavet (Vietnam)

Kaam Samnor (Vietnam)

Phnom Den (Vietnam)

Trapeang Phlong (Vietnam)

Preak Chak, Kampot (Vietnam)

O’Yadaw, Rattanakiri (Vietnam)

Trapeang Kriel, Dom Kralor (Laos)


Climate Conditions , Seasons of Southeast Asia

The climate is generally described as Tropical, Warm and Humid with an average temperature of 27 ° C. There are two distinct seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. The season has broken down into 2 sub-weathers: a cold and a hot.
The rainy season runs from June to October (27 ° C – 35 ° C)
The dry season: Cold from November to February (17 ° C – 27 ° C) and warm from March to May (29 ° C – 38 ° C)
The best time to visit Southeast Asia is during the dry season, and also part of the rainy season. It does not actually all the time, normally one or two showers in the afternoon.
The rainy season has the advantage of offering rare and splendid colors (rice fields), many tourists also benefit from lower prices.



Currency in Thailand

In Thailand, the currency is Bath (1 € worth about 38 Baths), but you can change €uros or USD on site.

Currency, money in Burma

In Burma, the currency is the Kyat (1 € worth about 1,300 Kyats), attention the €uros rarely very see but accepted! Either the USD, but it is getting paid only in hotels …

Currency in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the currency is the Dong (1 € worth about 30 000 Dongs) but you can also pay in € uros, USD …

Currency in Cambodia

In Cambodia, the national currency is the riel (1 € uro is worth about 5300 riels) the USD currency is the most used in Cambodia (1 $ dollar is worth about 4000 riels).


The Zika Virus

The Zika virus (epidemic) spreads worldwide. Outbreaks have occurred in Southeast Asia with more than 300 cases reported in Singapore and over 400 in Malaysia, the Philippines but especially in Thailand (October 2016), including 36 cases in pregnant women. Three babies were born with microcephaly.
In Cambodia, where the virus was reported very sporadically from 2007 to 2010 and in 2015, no epidemics have yet been reported. (Data from institutions in Cambodia).

The Zika virus is transmitted by active mosquitoes during the day. They can also transmit Dengue and Chikungunya.

The number of dengue cases in Cambodia was still high in September 2016, but declines throughout the country mid-October 2016.
The risk of Zika is currently negligible in Cambodia, but not in neighboring countries. However, the risk of an outbreak in Cambodia in 2017 seems high.
There is no vaccine (with the exception of dengue, a vaccine is marketed for certain age groups and in some countries) or specific medicines against Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya.

The best protection is to avoid mosquito bites thanks to repellents, wearing appropriate clothes, rather clear and avoiding water in all the places where mosquitoes lay their eggs: flower pots, Exterior, abandoned used cans, gutters etc.

The Malaria

96 countries around the world are affected by malaria, which mainly affects rural areas. It is advisable to take a lot of precautions, especially for children, pregnant women or people with deficiencies or weaknesses.

There is little risk in big cities, but in the field, protection is your best weapon. It should be noted that the female mosquitoes of the species Anopheles sting between sunset and sunrise.

Use effectively repellents (based on DEET 50%).

Wear long, light clothing.

Avoid perfume.

If you have any doubts, ask for a prescription before your departure.

Dengue fever

There is no vaccine. Dengue fever is transmitted by mosquito bites, in both rural and urban areas. However it also disappears in all intertropical areas of the planet.

Dengue is usually benign or asymptomatic but may cause severe bleeding.

To protect yourself effectively, you have to fight against mosquitoes (insecticides, repellents …).

Land borders

Land borders with Laos

It is possible to cross the borders by land to enter or leave Laos.

Trapaing Kriel (Cambodia)

Dongkralor (Cambodia)

Huay Xai (Thailand)

Vientiane (Thailand)

Thakhek (Thailand)

Savannakhet (Thailand)

Champassak (Thailand)

Kaenthao (Thailand)

Lakxao (Vietnam)

Namkan (Vietnam)

Luang Namtha (China)

The land borders of Thailand

You can cross the border from Thailand from these cities.

Aranyaprathet (Cambodia)

Trat (Cambodia)

Chanthaburi (Cambodia)

Surin (Cambodia)

Sisaket (Cambodia)

Chiangkhong (Laos)

Nong Khai (Laos)

Nakhonphanom (Laos)

Mukdahan (Laos)

Ubon Ratchathani (Laos)

Nakaxeng (Laos)

The land borders of Vietnam

You can cross the borders for land routes.

Moc Bai (Cambodia)

Ving Xuong (Cambodia)

Tinh Bien (Cambodia)

Xa Mat (Cambodia)

Xa Xia (Cambodia)

The Tanh (Cambodia)

Vinh (Laos)

Hue (Laos)

Cuangtri Namkhan (Laos)

Cambodia’s land border posts

It is quite possible to go through Cambodia’s land border posts to return or go to different countries, but not all of them issue Visa!

Poipet (Thailand)

Cham Yeam, Thailand

Psar Prohm, Païlin (Thailand)

Doung, Païlin (Thailand)

O’Smach (Thailand)

Anlong Veng (Thailand)

Bavet (Vietnam)

Kaam Samnor (Vietnam)

Phnom Den (Vietnam)

Trapeang Phlong (Vietnam)

Preak Chak, Kampot (Vietnam)

O’Yadaw, Rattanakiri (Vietnam)

Trapeang Kriel, Dom Kralor (Laos)


Measles Mumps Rubella

There is a combined vaccine ( Measles Mumps Rubella ), recommended if you are going with children in developing countries, especially in China and Southeast Asia.
In the adult traveler there is talk of a universal vaccination.

Are there mandatory Vaccines for travel to Asia ?

In Southeast Asia, it is better to be up to date with its vaccines:
DTPP, Hepatitis A and B, and Typhoid fever Japanese Encephalitis.
Possibly protect themselves from rabies (rural areas)
In the case of malaria, treatment is not necessarily. If you still want to vaccinate, you know that the treatment is heavy (often to be started before departure, and continue even after the return).




The specific characteristics of Burmese Visa

A visa is required to travel to Burma, it allows to stay 28 days in the country. To obtain your visa, please refer to the link below. And contact the Embassy of Myanmar in France.


The specific characteristics of Thai Visa

A visa is required to travel to Thailand. However it is free (30 days) and granted to 41 Nationalities including France.


The specific characteristics of Lao Visa

A visa is required to travel to Laos. It allows to stay 30 days in the country. You can get it when you arrive at one of the airports in Laos, or when you cross borders with neighboring countries: China, Thailand or Vietnam, but not from Cambodia. If you leave the country, you must reapply when you return


The specific characteristics of Vietnamese Visa

A visa is required to travel to Vietnam. However, certain nationalities benefit from a free 15 days (consecutive France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy).

Plus d’informations : http://ambassade-vietnam.com/index.php/fr/demarches-consulaires/visas-touristiques

The specific characteristics of the Cambodian Visa

A visa is required to travel to Cambodia. It allows to stay 30 days in the country, but consecutively. If you leave the country, you must reapply when you return. The period of validity of this visa is limited to 3 months from the date of issue. An extension may be requested from the Immigration Department in Phnom Penh. On the other hand, this renewal will be granted only once