Pailin Cambodia


Pailin

Pailin City

Pailin is a small municipality in the West of Cambodia very closed to the border of Thailand. The provincial capital is called Pailin City and is known to much of the world as being the area where many of the Khmer Rouge leaders came from and retreated after their fall. Until the year of 2001 Pailin was part of the Batting Province, but was then elevated to city status and thus became a province and autonomous zone of its own.  Other interesting sites for tourists include Wat Rattanak Sorphon, a Burmese style pagoda more than 570 years of age. Beautiful Burmese characters are inscribed on the gates. This is evident of early Burmese settlement in this area. Indeed, the Burmese were the first people to discover the precious gems and Pailin became the largest mining center for sapphires and rubies in Indochina then.

Pailin

Battambang Province

Pailin is just another Wild West town of Cambodia and like the gold-rush days of California, people seem to be everywhere in the hills sifting through mud puddles and scratching at the dirt, looking to strike it rich with the find of a nice gem. Still, there is more control of some aspects of life than in other areas of Cambodia.

Even the Vietnamese residents seem to have been accepted, which is truly amazing given the hatred the Khmer Rouge have generally shown them. Pailin is worth checking out. The town is nestled in a beautiful valley with picturesque sunsets over the mountains that separate Cambodia and Thailand close by.

Pailin

Pailin City

Wat Gohng-Kahng is very famous and features the much-photographed landmark gate of Pailin town that you face as you arrive on the highway from Battambang. This wat is the centre of holiday festivities these days in Pailin and was the scene of the official Pailin reintegration ceremony in 1996, after the Ieng Sary faction of the Khmer Rouge worked out surrender and semi-autonomy deals with the Cambodian government.

Pailin

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