The War Museum in Siem Reap
If you are looking for a sightseeing spot that will remind you of the horrors left by the Khmer Rouge regime, a visit to the war museum in Siem Reap is highly recommended for you. Commonly called as the civil war museum, it lies in an open area in Kaksekam Village, Sra Nge Commune in the province of Siem Reap.
In getting to the museum, you have to pass by the Hotel Grande de Angkor that will lead you to the Angkor ticket checkpoint which is almost a kilometer. From there you will be guided by a signboard that will tell you to turn right. You will see a four-way intersection, just keep on driving and turn left. From there, you will see the signboard going to the museum where you have to drive for over one kilometer before reaching the open air museum. It is quite hard to find so we suggest you just jump into a Tuk Tuk outside of the Mad Monkey Hostel.
There are guided tours to take you to the museum or you can do it by yourself. An admission fee of $5 is reasonable enough to keep this museum running and it is up to you if you want to give a donation. The weaponry, cannons, planes, helicopters and artillery are displayed under the canopies of mango trees and other fruit bearing trees, which makes them rusted. The tour can be finished in less than an hour and you are allowed to hold the guns for photo ops.
The visit to the war museum is a reminder of the dark past in Cambodia, which killed millions of innocent people under Pol Pot’s leadership. You will see a lot of war photographs of the landmine victims, skulls and armed children. Bring extra dollars to buy some souvenir items that include T-shirts, books, flags, DVD and to name a few.