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'''Anlong Veng''' is a district and small town in the [[Oddar Meanchey]] province of [[North-western Cambodia]].
Anlong Veng is at a crossroads, literally and perhaps metaphorically. Once its inaccessibility made it attractive to Khmer Rouge fugitives
The town is centred on a roundabout near the market, this is where the road to Preah Vihear meets Highway 67. The town spreads north towards the man-made lake (see below) and the junction of the road to [[Samraong]].
Next to the roundabout are the offices of '''G.S.T''' and '''Angkor Paramount Transport''' which both run buses to and from [[Siem Reap]] (2 hours, $4, twice daily), and [[Sra Em]] (1 hour, once daily) for [[Preah Vihear]].
Share-taxis and pick-up trucks connect with [[Siem Reap]] (2 hours), [[Samraong]] (1
On the [[Thailand| Thai]] side, the international border crossing is at the border of [[Surin (province)|Surin Province]] and [[Si Saket (province)|Si Saket Province]] and is accessible from either. The nearest town is Khu Khan in Si Saket Province. From [[Surin]] train station to the border takes about 1.5
The town itself is easy enough to cover on foot. Moto-taxis are eager to take the town's few visitors to the sites listed below for $7-15. If haggling isn't your strong point and you're not desperate to see every last heap that has a connection with the KR, better prices can be had by taking on a motorbike driver for one-way journeys only. A moto to or from the border area should only be $3-4. The sights in town can be reached on foot. Plenty of drivers hang about at the border so don't fear being stranded.
===In the hills===
'''Pol Pot's House''': Not much left here but a shell of a house, overgrown with foliage and 'decorated' with profane graffiti. Water storage tanks, an underground chamber and a nearby pond round off the excitement. The motorcycle ride to the site is the real attraction, passing through field and jungle in the Damrek Mountains. You will see Cambodia's iconic 'Danger! Mines!' signs on many of the trees; do not, under any circumstances, venture off the road! Unfortunately, these mines are still regularly killing and maiming Cambodians.
'''Ta Mok's Mountain House''': Graffiti artists have been at it again with this little shell - this time, mostly young lovers proclaiming their eternal fidelity. Considering the amazing views from this site, it's not surprising that it should have become a regular 'make-out hill!' Oddly enough, there are not one but two tiny spirit houses nearby - ostensibly, recent additions. A guesthouse has also been built less than 100
'''Pol Pot's Grave''': Prepare to be underwhelmed! A tin roof and a sign urging visitors to keep the area clean are all the tribute given to Brother Number One by his country. Oddly enough, a Thai lottery winner has erected a spirit house on the site in honour of the former Khmer Rouge leader, who, he claims, appeared to him in a dream with the winning numbers. A small pack of children often materialises when visitors arrive.
===In Anlong Veng town===
'''Ta Mok's Town House''': The best-preserved of the KR houses, Ta Mok's house in town overlooks the eerie lake that Brother Number Four created himself. Murals of [[Angkor Wat]] and [[Preah Vihear]], as well as a map of Cambodia and a strangely bucolic scene of bathing elephants decorate the walls and are, as yet, undamaged by
'''Anlong Veng Lake and Spillway''': This man-made lake was conceived and carried out by Ta Mok. Many large trees were killed by the flooding, and their trunks jut skywards like huge gray bones. The lake itself is unsettling to look at, but local people love the spillway created in the rainy season. Fishing, boating and the general splashing around are all on tap here, with just as many spectators as participants.
===Between the two===
'''Ta Mok's Grave''': Visited the day after his burial, Ta Mok's
Over Pol Pot's dead body will
The market has the requisite cheap clothing, rambutans and motorcycle parts. There are a few pharmacies.
There is an ATM at the ACLeda Bank, east of the central roundabout.
Khmer rice plates can be bought in various places; just look for the lidded silver cookpots, have a peek inside them and point at your favourite. There are also a few more formal restaurants, e.g. '''New Lucky Star''' and '''Monorom''' (See "Sleep" section).
Places selling soft drinks and coconut water often have beer
There are a few guesthouses in town, in addition to the place near Ta Mok's mountain house. Ask the moto-taxi drivers for advice.
*<sleep name="Raksmey Angkor Guesthouse" alt="" address="Next to the '''Paramount Angkor Transport''' offices" directions="not far north of the roundabout" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="$5" lat="" long="">A bit small and run-down, but run by a very nice family. Fan and attached toilet</sleep>
*<sleep name="Sokhaith Guesthouse" alt="" address="opposite the man-made lake" directions="about 600 m north of the roundabout" phone="011407585" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From $5" lat="" long="">A clean and spacious place. It lacks the pretentious adornments that Monrom and New Lucky Start boast, making it less appealing to Khmer politicians and business men and therefore more appealing to anyone who doesn't like watching fat, rich men take hookers to bed. Haggling is necessary to get a room for $5, the asking price of $7 for a room with a fan is not worth it given what else is in town.
*<sleep name="New Lucky Star Guesthouse and Restaurant" alt="" address="Ochinchean Village" directions="200 m east of the roundabout" phone="011407585" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From $7.5" lat="" long="">A clean, spacious and secure place. It has plenty of gregarious polished wooden furniture
*<sleep name="Monrom Guesthouse and Restaurant" alt="" address="Opposite the hospital" directions="head north from the roundabout" phone="011884736" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From $8" lat="" long="">The king of Khmer kitsch, this place has in your face furniture complemented tastefully with fairy lights. Rooms are clean and spacious.
===In the hills===
*<sleep name="Heng Heng Guest House" alt="" address="In Choam" directions="Follow the sign posts in Choam market" phone="0656782121, 012426678" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From $9" lat="" long=""> A new set of rooms in Choam.
There is internet cafe. It is about 50 m north of the roundabout at the market. $0.75/ hr.
* [[Preah Vihear]]
* [[Siem Reap]] and [[Angkor Archaeological Park]]
* [[Thailand]] - in Choam, near Pol Pot's cremation site, one can cross to Chong Sa-Ngam in Thailand. The crossing is open to foreigners (07:00-20:00). On the Thai side, transport connections are fairly informal (i.e. hitching a lift with anything going is standard practice). More formal transport can be supplied by a Thai border guard called Iing, who can arrange taxis. Call him on 0819271191. The best option appears to be the minibuses and pickup trucks that take Thais to the casino in Choam. They should be able to get travellers to Khu Khan, the closest Thai town. Khu Khan has accommodation, banks, ATMs, and direct bus services to [[Bangkok]], [[Nakhon Ratchasima|Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)]], [[Pattaya]], [[Rayong]], [[Si Saket]] and [[Ubon Ratchathani]]. West-bound and Ubon-bound buses can be boarded at the junction of highways 24 and 2201, about 30 km from the border and about 15 km from Khu Khan. On the Cambodian side, motorbike drivers loiter near immigration and will get travellers into Anlong Veng for $3-4. Choam has at least one guesthouse, so do not worry about arriving at the border late, unless you get stuck on the Thai side, which has very little to offer, except an '''excellent swimming spot''' at a reservoir behind the shabby looking market.