|This bunker was part of Pol Pot's jungle hideout, close to the border with Thailand|
This ruined home belonged to Pol Pot, the undisputed leader of the murderous Khmer Rouge.
|Pol Pot, genocidal Khmer Rouge leader|
I climb atop the red brick shelter, and peer through the young brush. I have a commanding view of this land east of Choam. This house in Cambodia looks like nothing now, but it still has a great view over the vast plain far below.
|2 Army guards helped push-start our car|
This remote compound wasn’t even built until after 1978, when the Vietnamese Army drove the Khmer Rouge out of Phnom Penh and out into the jungles. The reason that Pol Pot had a house built for him here, was the proximity to the Thai border. Whenever a Vietnamese or Cambodian Army offensive threatened to capture the Khmer Rouge leadership, they simply fled to safety out of reach in Thailand, only a few kilometers north.
|The lowest level below is now occupied by snakes|
|Most of the compound was looted; 2 old water towers remain|