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Go up to the territory of the gods, Angkor Wat. Go down into abyss at Tuol Sleng Prison. With a history not only inspiring but also discouraging, Cambodia boats an attractive present. Indochina travel Cambodia

An Empire of Temples

Cambodia-an empire of temples

Cambodia-an empire of temples – source: proocean.ru

Modern Cambodia is the coheir state of the powerful Khmer empire, which, during the Angkorian time, governed much of what are Laos, Thailand and Vietnam today. The ruins of this empire can be found at the fabulous temples of Angkor, monuments incomparable in scale and greatness in the Southeast Asia. First looking at the Angkor Wat, the definitive expression of Khmer genius, travelers will definitely find it sublime and only matched by few select places on earth including Machu Picchu or Petra. Tours in Cambodia

The Cambodian Spirit

Farmer in Cambodia

Farmer in Cambodia – source: freetoshine.org

The real treasure of Cambodia is its people in spite of the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard. The Khmers have been to inferno and back, struggling for years of suffusion, poverty and the lack of stability of politics. Thanks to an strong will and communicable hopefulness, they have predominated with their smiles intact. No travelers leave Cambodia without a measurement of admiration and specificity for the inhabitants of this mysterious kingdom.

The Urban Scene

Urban scene

Urban scene – source: tuttocambogia.com

While Angkor is more than its wat, Cambodia is more than its temples, and its urban areas can surprise with their indirection. Chaotic yet attractive capital Phnom Penh is a revitalised city earning acclamations for its splendid riverside position, cultural resurrection, and first-class wining-and-dining set. Second city Siem Reap, with worldwide cafes and a crazy nightlife, is as much a destination as the nearby symbolic Angkor temples. And up-and-coming Battambang, reminding of Siem Reap before the appearance of massive tourism, charms with dinky French structure and a thriving contemporaneous art scene.

Upcountry Adventures

Upcountry adventures

Upcountry adventures – source: oitctravels.com

Siem Reap and Phnom Penh may be the heavyweights, but to some stretches they are a foam, a distinct world away from the Cambodian countryside. This is the place to experience the beat of rustic life and infinite landscapes of shining green rice paddy fields and shaking sugar palms. Engrailed by tropical islands, the South Coast is a handful of beach huts in sight. The Cardamom Mountains, part of a giant tropical wilderness offering a home to fatal wildlife and a gateway to emerging ecotourism adventures lies inland of the coast. The mighty Mekong River cuts through the country and houses some of the last remaining freshwater dolphins of the region. Being a world toward itself, the northeast which has wild and mountainous landscapes is home to many ethnic minorities in Cambodia together with an abundance of natural tourist attractions.

In spite of high speed development Cambodia still remains these authentic adventures. Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri in the northeast and the Cardamoms in the southwest  are such popular frontiers for motorbike rides in Cambodia.

Although having a large number of natural landscapes, Cambodia is famous for friendly locals with infectious smiles. no matter how many times you visit Angkor, it is still very spectacular and special as well as continues to reward. Together with beautiful coastline which is blissfully undeveloped compared with some of the region, Cambodia is a must-visit destination in the South East Asia.

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