A few years ago, Cambodia did not appear in travel sites or magazines as it does now, in fact Angelina Jolie’s movie Tomb Raider put the ancient nation of Cambodia into the lime light. It has a lengthy fascinating past of empires as evidenced by its legendary temples that attract travelers from every corner of the globe. Thought the temples are a touristic hotspot, much of Cambodia remains rather untouched and unexplored.
There is no complete visit to Cambodia without visiting the World Wonder of Angkor Wat. Most people line up early in the morning to witness the glorious sunrise. If you want to feel like Lara Croft, you must visit Ta Prohm in Siem Reap, the temple with crumbling walls tangled with huge tree roots. Away from the temples and the nightlife, escape to the floating fishing villages of Tonle Sap Lake. Here you will witness a gritty lifestyle of poverty, houses built on stilts, livestock in floating pens and children paddling canoes. If you want to try a scene from Fear Factor then try eating fried tarantulas, insects and birds; if not there are plenty of other varieties of Cambodian cuisine which are more accessible. Perhaps one of the most memorable places would be the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, where one high school turned into a torture center. A few kilometers from here is the Killing Fields where later those who survived the torture were killed.
Cambodia, in its glory days and dark history, is one destination that intrigues with its past as well as with its present, and is a country where apart from sight seeing offers a place to learn from past mistakes.