At the Angkor Wat temple complexes, even with a scorching April sun, one can simply get lost traveling through time, history, religion and cultures, and an all pervading sense of mystery. The centuries of weather beaten stones still exude the grandeur and largeness of a once flourishing and powerful Hindu kingdom. As the guide takes you through chapters of a long gone past still standing tall and mighty, you would wonder what story the next step might unfold. You would also wonder as to how anybody, whether from ancient times or present, could have the technology to build structures of such impossibly grand architecture. There is much to explore in the ruins of Thom, Banteay Srei, Bayon and Ta Prohm, made famous by Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft. Some of these ruins are located on hill tops, every bit worth the trek up the hills. From here, one can experience a sunrise over the mysterious ruins, soak in the atmosphere, buy paintings or knick-knacks or generally chat up the kids selling you these products.
Spend some time soaking in the life of the countryside. A visit to the floating fishing villages of Tonle Sap gives you a glimpse into the hardships the communities face. For people like us, who are prone to urban comforts, its eye-opening that even with such little in life, people here are big in happiness and always ready with a quick laugh. In fact, despite a cruel and bloodied past, the people of Cambodia have the kindest hearts and you can feel this warmth everywhere, whether it’s your tuk-tuk driver or the man selling paintings on the street.
Deep in the jungles, 25kms northeast of Angkor and up a hill, lies the thousand Linga temple of Kbal Spean, most of which now lies under pristine rivulets and hidden waterfalls. The belief of the locals is that the river is purified by these lingas before it enters Angkor. The sight from the hill is spectacular and the route beautiful, Kbal Spean is well worth a day’s visit.
For those who likes a bit of city life, perhaps nothing can get better than sipping ‘liquid nirvana’ in a pub called “Angkor What?” which has apparently been “promoting irresponsible drinking since 1998”. Visiting museums, crocodile parks and factories, going on cycling-tours, simply chilling at the river-side in Phnom Penh or driving along the secluded beaches, Cambodia has bits of experiences for every kind of inquisitive traveler.
Angkor and Beyond 6D/5N
Experience the majesty of the Angkor complex simply getting lost travelling through time, history, religion and cultures, and an all pervading sense of mystery. Go exploring in the ruins of Thom, Banteay Srei, Bayon and Ta Proh…
Maximum in Cambodia 9D/8N
Experience Cambodia in its entirety – witness the stark reminders of war in the Killing Fields near Phnom Penh to be astounded at the cruelty man is capable of perpetrating on man, stare wonderstruck at the capacity of human …