Aki Ra's Landmine Museum, Siem Reap - Stein Travel
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Aki Ra's Landmine Museum

A jarring counterpoint to the ancient Khmer glories on display at Angkor Wat are the more recent horrors of Cambodia's political and social upheavals. This museum, founded by Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier, provides a clear and compelling account of this troubled time, and the appalling legacy of landmines and unexploded ordinance that still blights the lives of the Cambodian people's lives today. Despite ongoing effort to find and defuse these sleeping weapons, it is estimated that less than half have been cleared. Aki Ra himself deactivated over 50,000 of them, many on his own initiative. The museum contains hundreds of these landmines, and many other weapons too.

Information & Facts

Address

Located 4 miles (6km) south of Banteay Srey Temple, within the Angkor Wat Archaeological Park

Admission

Donation of $1 per person

Language

Khmer is the official language. French is also spoken, but English is fast becoming popular with the younger generation.

Money

Riel (KHR) is the official currency and is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency is difficult to exchange with the exception of US Dollars. Most transactions require cash. US dollars and Thai Baht are accepted, although smaller transactions are usually done in riel. A torn US dollar note renders it useless. Credit cards are only accepted in a limited number of tourist-orientated hotels and restaurants in Phnom Penh and larger towns. There are a few ATMs in Phnom Penh, but they shouldn't be relied upon as a source of money; travellers cheques in US dollars or sterling can be cashed at a limited number of banks and larger hotels, though travellers cheques are not recommended due to limited acceptance.

Time

GMT +7.

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