Photogallery: Cambodia – Welcome to The Land of Temples
Cambodia – Welcome to The Land of Temples
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Traveling is quite complicated in recent months, almost impossible to some destinations, so sit back and come and walk from the comfort of your home on the beautiful beaches and majestic temples. The most interesting awaits you in the Angkor Wat complex and the walled city of Angkor Thom. We will also visit the Royal Palace in the capital. It sounds unbelievable, but if you meet the king here, you will speak Czech with him. Norodom Sihamoni studied in Prague. Unfortunately, not all trips around Cambodia are pleasant, but it is part of exploring the countries. So let's take a look at the Museum of Genocide.
Text: Lenka Bauerová
Photos: Hana Bašová, Andrea Meluzínová
Before we travel to Cambodia, we spend several days in Thailand. We travel in a bus to Koh Chang, the elephant island. It is supposed to take about 5 hours but we got lost. It seems the driver is not familiar with the route so he drove to a different port instead. Eventually, we boarded a ferry, so me and my friend reached Lonely Beach.
You can buy tickets valid in entire Angkor Wat with different duration . Me and B decided for a three-day ticket. We did want to enjoy all the temples in slow pace. The first two days we explored surrounding temples and we left Angkor Wat itself for the last day.
When our alarm set off at four a.m. it took us some time to realize where we were, especially after the strenuous day before. Siem Reap is a small town visited by tourist in large numbers thanks to its Angkor Wat temple complex as well as other temples. The town was still asleep when we hopped on our rented bikes to ride to our next adventure.
It is almost unthinkable to see Cambodia and not to see Angkor Wat the famous temple which is the symbol of the country present also on the national flag.
Thinking where to run to get yourselves warm? Do you like places that are not spoiled by mass tourism? Or do you want to know the exotic landscape? Koh Rong Sanloem is the true paradise. Koh Rong Samloem could be compared with the islands of Thailand thirty years ago, when many were not discovered by tourists. Quiet island without roads and cars.
The first place we saw landmark we saw in the capital was the royal palace. Glittering roofs welcomed us as well as silver floor and crowds of happy tourists from Cambodia and foreign lands. Our trip was less merry for we were about to see the Museum of Genocide and the Killing Fields no far from the city.
The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek) are another places linked to the cruelty of the Khmer Rouges led by General Pol Pot (1975–1979).
The capital of Cambodia sits on the confluence of three rivers– Tonlé Sap, Bassac a Mekong. Slightly more than one million people live there. There are almost no high buildings thus it lacks this big city feeling.
We travelled several days by bike after we left Siem Reap. Even though we didn’t want to admit it, we already felt the rising number of kilometers under our feet. Our departure from Cambodia was getting loser as well. Therefore, we decided to take a break for couple of days and go to Sihanoukville, a seaside town.
We had no problems with B to communicate in China. In Vietnam, B took the role of the guide. When we decided to travel to Cambodia, we realized this would be the most exotic country simply because we don’t know the Cambodian language.