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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

In the newspaper this sunday in the "Escape section" (one of my personal favourites ;) ) there was a continuing theme of "dark tourism" what it is basically, is taking trips, for whatever reason to places that have dark or maybe gruesome histories, for example you can talk a walking tour of Jack the Rippers London or the tours taken to Auschwitz, one story that grabbed my attention was this:

My day trip to chernobyl

I think it's really interesting, I know I would visit Auschwitz if I had the chance because I've always read alot about that period of history, but otherwise, I find it a pretty depressing prospect....

Opinions anyone?

2. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 10y

Ive been to Krakow a couple times and both visits I was about to take the bus to Aushwitz and decided not to at the last minute. Didnt really feel like I had to see the buildings to understand the horror any better. I guess I know what you mean.

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I did the Jack the Ripper walking tour of London. It sucked basically; mostly because there was about 30-40 in the group and I couldn't hear the "tour guide".

However, it prompted further interest and I ended up buying a good book on the murders.

4. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 10y

I have been to Dachau in Munich and Terezin in Czech Republic,
both places make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up:(

5. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

Mauthausen concentration Camp in Austria I found to be very morbid and depressing.

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 10y

Tuol Sleng in Phnom Penh and the Killing Fields are a popular "dark tourism" destination. You don't leave Tuol Sleng in a particularly happy mood.

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting daveh

Tuol Sleng in Phnom Penh and the Killing Fields are a popular "dark tourism" destination. You don't leave Tuol Sleng in a particularly happy mood.

I have to agree with Dave. I came out of Tuol Sleng very depressed. The Khmer Rouge turned a school into a torture and death camp. I think what disturbed me most was looking at the photos of the thousands that were tortured and killed at TS. We read history and know that humans have done despicable things to others throughout the ages. But it really hits home when you look at the faces of your contemporaries and realize that torture and genocide are still with us. Humans are a very flawed part of Planet Earth and Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields are a stark reminder that we still have a long way to go as a species. Just my 2 cents.

8. Posted by ella13 (Full Member 64 posts) 10y

i have heard of people paying a few hundred dollars for the opportunity to throw grenades and use guns in Cambodia - there is meant to be a place where you order off a 'menu' of different weapons...
thats seems pretty macabre to me.

9. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Quoting ella13

i have heard of people paying a few hundred dollars for the opportunity to throw grenades and use guns in Cambodia - there is meant to be a place where you order off a 'menu' of different weapons...
thats seems pretty macabre to me.

Yes, u pay for target practice...it in Battambang (near Wat Baton, miniature version of Angkor Wat where u are allowed to the use of AK rifle, and shoot as along as u want...but u pay for it...I think starting from US$20 upwards...
and it is not very far from the Killing Caves (Phnom Sampou) where u will see the cave where the mass grave of victims of the Pol Pot Regime (the skeletons and parts of clothes belonging to about 30 people). chilling feeling, u get !

10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting ella13

i have heard of people paying a few hundred dollars for the opportunity to throw grenades and use guns in Cambodia - there is meant to be a place where you order off a 'menu' of different weapons...
thats seems pretty macabre to me.

It isn't really macabre or weird. I went to the shooting range outside of Phnon Penh and had a fun time. The Japanese with our group don't get much of a chance to fire automatic weapons. We all cheered when they shot off the grenade launcher, $40 up in smoke. The price is per round and can get pricey when going full auto on the 50 caliber, good fun though.