Anlong Veng

Located around 125 kilometers north of Siem Reap and near the international border with Thailand, Anlong Veng is a frontier town in Oddar Meanchey and is popularly known as the last refuge of the Khmer Rouge as well as the resting place of its legendary leader, Pol Pot. Generally, Anlong Veng and its landscapes are not only beautiful but also significantly important in contemporary Cambodian history.

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Although Anlong Veng is not a touristy destination, the town still has spectacular mountain scenery and numerous interesting historical attractions. The Tamok’s townhouse with the impressive “propaganda truck” and the amazing view of the lake offers great opportunities for photo lovers to take nice shots. The Son Sen family’s grave is a very horrific site where Son Sen was executed with his family. Not far from the Son Sen’s grave is the opulent memorial to Ta Mok. Heading towards the Thai border is the Pol Pot’s grave, the Pol Pot bunker, and the Anlong Veng Peace observatory to get the stunning view over a plateau. Besides exploring the above sites, tourists can walk to the villages to meet local people and observe their daily life.

Ta Mok Gravesite

The most convenient way to reach Anlong Veng is by taking the private car from Siem Reap (3 hours driving) or from the last Khmer Rouge capital city – Pailin (5 hours driving). The Koh Ker historical site can be dropped in on the way leading to the peaceful town.
 
Climate, the best time to visit
Anlong Veng has a tropical climate with 2 distinct seasons in a year. The dry season lasts from November to April and the wet season covers the remaining. The average temperature of the region is around 27°C. The best time to visit Anlong Veng is 6 months during the dry season when the weather is pleasant and sees less chance of rainfall. 

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