There is magic in Cambodia that casts a spell on many who visit this charming yet realm of confusion. He ascended to the realm of the gods to the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat, a spectacular fusion of symbolism, symmetry and spirituality. Descent into hell of Tuol Sleng and come face to face with the Khmer Rouge and its killing machine. Welcome to the conundrum that is Cambodia: a country with an inspiring story and depressing so intoxicating place where the future is expected to form.
Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples. The chaotic, charismatic capital of Phnom Penh is a hub of political intrigue, economic vitality and intellectual debate. Too often overlooked by tourists hit-and-run scoring on a tour of Angkor region, the city of Siem Reap, revitalized finally win applause in his own right thanks to a superb riverside location, a rebirth cultural, and dining and drinking scene to rival the best in the region. And do not forget the rest of the country: a dip in the tranquil coastal town of Kampot and trek in Bokor National Park, take an elephant ride in the jungles of Mondulkiri province, OGLE Mekong dolphins at Kratie or simply choose a beach near Sihanoukville.
The years of fear and hatred are over and Angkor is once again the symbol of the nation, attracting pilgrims from around the world. Peace has come to this land beautiful but ruined after three decades of war, and people of Cambodia have opened their arms to the world. Tourism and real good shot, however, a trip from here is still an adventure as much as a holiday.
Contemporary Cambodia is the successor of the great Khmer empire, which, during the period of Angkor, ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The remains of this empire can be seen in the legendary temples of Angkor, monuments unrivaled in scale and grandeur to Southeast Asia. The first sight of Angkor Wat traveler, the epitome of Khmer genius, is simply amazing and is accompanied by only a few selected points of the earth, like Machu Picchu or Petra.
Siem Reap and Phnom Penh can be heavyweights, but to some extent are a bubble, a world away from the field Cambodia. This is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and landscapes eternal stunning rice fields and palm sugar. Spend some time in the Srok (provinces), as they call the Cambodians, enjoying a given Length (walk) to discover the true taste of country.