When in Angkor, don’t forget to visit the Landmine Museum on the road to Banteay Srei.
Established by a DIY de-miner Aki Ra, the Cambodia Landmine Museum (admission $2, open 7.30am-5.30pm) is very popular with travellers thanks to its informative displays on the curse of landmines in Cambodia. The museum includes an extensive collection of mines, mortars, guns and weaponry used during the civil war. The site includes a mock minefield so that visitors can attempt to spot the deactivated mines. Not only a weapon of war, landmines are a weapon against peace, and proceeds from the museum are ploughed into mine-awareness campaigns and support an on-site orphanage, rehabilitation centre and training facility. The museum is about 25km from Siem Reap in Banteay Srei and is easily combined with a visit to Banteay Srei temple, about 6km beyond.
For those wanting to learn more about the after-effects on an amputation, it is possible to visit the Physical Rehabilitation Centre (open 8am-noon, 2pm-5pm Mon-Fri), run by Handicap International at the Provincial Hospital in Siem Reap town. There are informative displays including a variety of homemade prosthetics that it has replaced with international-standard artificial limbs, plus it’s also possible to meet some of the locals receiving assistance here.