"Kingdom Of Cambodia - Home of Angkor" Cambodia by ngsway
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Cambodia is situated in Indochina, neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and also Laos. Left in wreck after decades of instabilites, it is now awakens to catch up with the world.
My this trip to both Cambodia and Vietnam is the first real backpacking trip that I've taken. My group consist of 4 members, my sister, cousin, a friend; Adam and also myself. We decided to make an overland trip to save cost. This means we will be travelling without flight; bus from Kuala Lumpur to Haadyai, then to Bangkok. Continue our overland journey into Siem Reap, then by boat to Phnom Penh. To Saigon, we travel by bus, then back to Phnom Penh again thru the scenic Mekong Delta, by boat. We then travel to Sihanoukville before going back to Thailand by boat thru Koh Kong and bus all the way back to Kuala Lumpur.
This journey, for the unadventurous might sounds torturing. But for me, the journey itself is equally interesting as the destinations. We get to experience the effiecient Thailands public bus, the porthole-filled Cambodian Highway, the interesting boat trip at Mekong Delta and also not to mention the different and picturesque view all the way.
During this trip we visited the town Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and also Sihanoukville....
Siem Reap is a small town about 15km from the Angkor group of monuments. It serves as the gateway and center for the tourist visiting Angkor. The town is packed with dozens of accomodations ranging from the hostel, guesthouse to the boutique hotels and 5 star luxury resorts. We stay in total of 3 nights in Siem Reap, having purchased a 3day pass to Angkor. However, we only went temple visiting for 2 full days as we got a bit 'over-templed' after the 2nd day and decide to leave earlier to Phnom Penh.
The temple visiting is spectacular. The sight of Angkor Wat that still stand proud after all the years, keep us wonder how skillful was the ancient Khmer people. Giant trees growing into the temple at Ta Phrom enables us to experience what Lara Croft or Indiana Jones might feel in their adventures.
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. French influenced architecture can be seen everywhere. We spend in total of 3 nights here, exploring its endless market, visiting the Toul Sleng museum, admiring its waterfront and also sampling its variety of culinary delights. However, a word of caution, as with any city, it is actually not as safe to travel alone at nights. There are stories of snatch thieves, robberies everywhere.
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