Spean Praptos, was built, on the ancient roya road that linked Angkor to Beng Mealea, by Jayavarman VII who built also hospitals, schools and temples. He was Suryavarman II’s nephew. It used to be the longest corbeled stone-arch bridge in the world, with more than twenty narrow arches spanning 87 m. From here we can see the Chikreng river which is completely drained right now. From the stories we have been told we have learned a lot about wars and slavery.
We then go looking for POL POT’s childhood home in Prek Sbauv village. Former known as Saloth Sar, he was a Cambodian dictator and during his government made urban dwellers move to the countryside to work in collective farms and on forced labour projects. The combined effects of executions, strenuous working conditions, malnutrition and poor medical care caused the deaths of approximately 25 percent of the Cambodian population (most of them were women, children and elderly people). It was hard to find his house because he still has people rooting for him (even if he died almost 20 years ago). When he was young he was sento to a monastery and he didn’t come back home for a very long time and changed identity, so his family didn’t know what happened to him. When he came back he built labour camps where his own niece was sent. Can you believe that?!