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ZIN Adventures Tours to Kirirom Mountain

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The King's "Chalet d'etat" designed by Architect Van Molyvann.   Burned down in July 1970 during the civil war.   

ZIN Adventures offers a once in a life-time tour up to Kirirom Mountain led by Cambodian deportees turned entrepreneurs. Born in Cambodia or refugee camps and deported from the United States (deportations started in 2002), ZIN aims to make positive contributions to Cambodia.

The tour begins in Phnom Penh and explores the incredible 1960s ruins on the mountain. Experience through ZIN, the history and beauty of the mountain, one of the late King Sihanouk’s favorite getaways. The ZIN team will share with you about Cambodian wildlife, our deportee stories, Khmer music of the 1960s and a major 18 day battle in 1970. Stories of tears, joy and survival.

Optional additional sites for the tour include two little known but important killing fields sites on the way to Kirirom from Phnom Penh, Wat Snguon Pich and Amphe Phnom. There are also options for additional adventure and team building activities on the mountain.

 
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A ruined villa on Kirirom with the mysterious sign "Laboratory in the Park".

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Wat Snguon Pich

Not far from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, stands Wat Snguon Pich.  ZIN guides will share with you the dark history and stories of the famous monk respected by all sides in the civil war.

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Amphe Phnom

ZIN will also take you to Amphe Phnom, a killing field site in Kampong Speu, renowned for its fortune tellers.   One of the last fortune tellers died at age 75 in 1975 - dying according to his student from fright of seeing visions of what the future held for Cambodia in 1975.

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On Kirirom Mountain, in the 1960s, several architects including the King's famous architect, VANN MOLYVANN designed approximately 100 villas at one of the King's favorite getaways.  Today, the ruins are lost in the pine forest - many forgotten. ZIN will guide you through the ruins and share stories of tragedy and loss as well as how the mountain got its name “Mountain of Joy”. Khmer rock-n-roll music and the 1960s golden era of film-making in Cambodia play a part in the history of the mountain.