Odar Meanchey Province, situated between Banteay Meanchey and Preah Vihear Provice is probably the most overlooked province in Cambodia when it comes to Tourism, however it has very distict places in Cambodia's history. In Ancient times, it was the main Angkorian Route from Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, to Phi Mai, in Nakon Rachasima Province in Thailand. What is significant about this is not the construction of temples, but rather Jayavarman 7 vision to ensure passage by constructing bridges. the number of bridges .Dharmasalas (a religious resting place) and Trapeangs (pools for elephants) were contructed along the way. Read more from our Isaan page. Oddar Meanchey was heavily mined by the Vietnamese during the Khmer Rouge to keep Thailand from invading, and consequently more mines were placed by the Khmer Rouge as they were driven north. Anlong Veng is where Pol Pot's house is located as well as his grave.
CLEARING A MINE FIELD
This trip would not have been possible with out the likes of CMAC, MAG, Halo Trust and others. We have great appreciation for their efforts.
SPOT THE BRIDGE
Like a reef in the ocean, this land reef is an Ankorian Bridge. A local guide gave us our money's worth.
THE NORTHERN MOST OF 6 BRIDGES FROM CHONG KAL TO TA PEN
The second has been buried as water flows changed over the years.
DARMASALA IN THE JUNGLE
DARMASALA IN THE JUNGLE
Adjacent to the Darmasala is a trapeang
THE 3rd BRIDGE COLLAPSED AND STILL FUNTIONING
WEST SIDE OF THE 4th BRIDGE UNKNOWN IF EROSION OR WAR DAMAGE
EAST SIDE OF THE 4th BRIDGE
THE 5th BRIDGE WITH HEAVIER CONSTRUCTION
PRASAT PROM KEL ALSO KNOWN AS PRASAT ANGKOR LIKE MANY OTHERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
PRASAT PROM KEL JUST OFF THE WEST SIDE OF THE ROAD BETWEEN KRALAHN AND SAMRONG JUST NORTH OF CHONG KAL
SMALL ROADSIDE STAND NEAR CHONG KAL
A VIEW OFF THE EDGE OF THIS 100 METER BRIDGE YOU DON'T EVEN REALIZE YOU ARE ON THE BRIDGE
MASSIVE TALL COLUMNS TO ENDURE HIGH SEASONAL WATER LEVELS
THE WATERS RISE NEAR THE TOP NOTE THE COLORS IN THE STONES
TRAPEANG PRASATON THE EAST SIDE OF THE PROVINCE BETWEEN ANLONG VENG AND PREAH VIHEAR
LOCATED 500 METERS NORTH OF THE MAIN ROAD THROUGH TOWN PRASAT TAI YOTE SITS IN FRONT OF A WAT
PRASAT TAI YOTE
ARTIFACTS ON THE GROUND AT PRASAT TAI YOTE
MONKS HEADING TO THE WAT AND REMANTS OF A STOLEN STATUE AT PRASAT TAI YOTE
CHILDREN IN OSMACH WHERE MOST OF THE POPULATION WAS REPATRIATIED FROM THAILAND WHEN THE KR FELL
POL POTS GRAVE NORTH OF ANLONG VENG NEAR THE THAI BORDER
POL POTS HOUSE NORTH OF ANLONG VENG NEAR THE THAI BORDER
SNAKES IN THE HALF SHELL ALONG THE NORTHERN ROUTE
LAKE IN ANLONG VENG
SUNRISE IN ANLONG VENG
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