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Things to Do in Cambodia (apart from the temples)

2 Dec

Whenever you talk to people about visiting Cambodia, the first thing they say is – “visit the Angkor Wat Temples” and if some people know a bit more than they talk about visiting the Khmer Rouge rule and the killing fields etc in Phnom Penh. But after my trip to Cambodia, I discovered that this country has so much more to offer (apart from the normal touristy stuff mentioned in various websites and guidebooks) that one should definitely incorporate in their travel itineraries. So I have decided to list down a few things that I feel you should definitely keep time for whenever you decide to visit this beautiful country.

  • Interact with local people – This is one of my most recommended things to do here. The local population here is very poor (yes I felt that even after coming from India) and have suffered immensely under the Khmer Rouge rule (every person you meet here has lost numerous family members to this tragedy). Still they are open to talk about the history, about what happened, how they lost their family, the politics, how they survived against all odds, etc etc. And the best part is that during this entire conversation, they talk about moving forward and their future plans for their kids. So much so that you really feel like lauding them for their courage, hard work and positivity. This encounter also helped me thank god once again for what I have and am in life. Also, if you are into portrait photography, then you will find very interesting models in people and kids around here.
Monks at the temples of Siem Reap

Monks at the temples of Siem Reap

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A day well spent in Phnom Penh

7 Aug

“Phnom Penh”. Whenever I would hear this name in the past, the words that I would immediately conjure in my mind would somehow always be “ancient”, “exotic” and “colorful”. And when we finally visited this city, it didn’t fail to live up to our expectations. Phnom Penh (unlike Siem Reap) is very much a city – its much bigger; more crowded, and distinctly marked in terms of contrasts that coexist – opulence and poverty, modern and traditional, charming yet chaotic.

This city was once considered one of the loveliest cities of Indochina and in some parts you can still see why. It has loads of mixed architecture and history – from the ancient Khmer history, to French architecture, to the remnants of the Khmer Rouge rule and now the present day modernization. This all still coexists and we had a great time exploring this and also the various nooks and corners of this city.

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