General information Cambodia country. Backpacking Cambodia
Cambodia is quickly rising an Asia top destination for its culture and historical monuments, but also for its beautiful people and gorgeous landscapes, even if Cambodian people are still recovering from the brutal years of Khmer rouge rule. My trip around this country was really short because I spent too much time in the other countries and finally I run out of time, for this reason I stayed only 9 days. I have chosen not to lose one single minute and I had extremely intense and busy days there!
I flew from Makassar (Sulawesi, Indonesia) to Siam Reap, I knew already I was short of time, that’s why I preferred to focus my attention on the most popular Highlight: Angkor Temples. I spent 4 days there and then I moved to Phom Penh where I stayed one day only before transferring to one of the most relaxing place sin Cambogia, Koh Rong Samloen.
Route I followed in Cambodia. Backpacking Cambodia
Route B: Siam Reap and Angkor Temples, Koh Rong Samloen, Phnom Penh.
I would like to say something more about Cambodian culture, monuments and history, I will describe it in a simple way: the good and the bad. Things were really good at the beginning, with its peak during the four centuries of dominance by Khmer empire, then the situation collapsed. There was an awful, horrible and brutal civil war ended with the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime, from which Cambodian people are still recovering.
The third eastern gopura, with strangler fig. Backpacking Cambodia
After having been there, I can say that Cambodia is slowly catching up with the rest of Asia, the way to the progress and prosperity is long but not uphill anymore. Of course still behind Australia, USA and even Thailand, but they are following the right path. Despite the great attraction of Angkor Temples, the capital and even the deserted island of Koh Rong Samloen with its white sand beaches, Cambodia’s greatest treasure is its people: friendly, funny, with a great sense of humour. They are smiling almost all the time, so just seeing their smile made my days!
I wish this posts I have written will make you understand my feeling for this region of the Mekong River.
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