Our trip to Cambodia it was really a small foray into the country from Vietnam, so we only visited the Temples of Angkor in the town of Siam Reap and the Cambodian capital, Phnom penh.
Despite spending so little time and seeing these two places, we are keen to return on another occasion and see more in depth a country that is very worthwhile.
So if you are planning a trip to Cambodia and you don’t know where to start, we will tell you about our experience and what we saw in this undiscovered country in Southeast Asia.
What to see in Cambodia
This was our first stop in the country. It really was our landing strip, as it was where we landed from Da Nang, Vietnam.
Siam Reap itself does not have much to see or do, but since you have to spend at least one night there to go the next morning, early, to see the sunrise at the Angkor Temples, at least take a walk around the city .
Siam Reap Old Market
It is in the center of the city, and if there is one thing that really caught my attention about the place, it is that the shop assistants are sitting and sitting on the countertops where they have their products displayed.
As in almost any country in Asia, if not any of all, the markets have a very special color, smell and taste. Perhaps it is because in the eyes of a Westerner everything is very exotic. Fruits and vegetables that you have never seen, meat, fish, all so different that they are very striking.
So a visit to the market is well worth it.
11th Street or Pub Street
This is the street of foreigners, where the restaurants, bars, etc. are located. It might look like Khao San Road in Bangkok, but luckily it has not reached those extremes of tourist misery.
If you want to meet other travelers and share experiences, this is not a bad place. If you want a more local atmosphere, stay away from this street.
This is the reason for your visit to Siam Reap and possibly Cambodia. Well yes, these temples are truly spectacular, and not only because they are spectacular, but also because of the history behind them.
We tell you more about this spectacular place in The Mystery of the Temples of Angkor.
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The capital of Cambodia has a lot to say, it is true that you do not have to spend too many nights to visit it, perhaps one or two nights.
Phnom Penh has the stigma of Pol Pot and his brutal genocide, and in some way, like Germany, it tries to show its shame to try to stop it from happening again. Not to forget a shameful and bloody past, if not to expose it to the eyes of the whole world.
The so-called Killing Fields or death camps, a school converted into a center for the annihilation of people with different thinking than required. Out of more than twenty thousand people who were there, only twelve people survived.
The complex of Royal Palace, in addition to this, it also houses the Silver Pagoda with the not inconsiderable quantity of five thousand silver tiles inside. And the Throne room.
This complex resembles the Royal Palace in Bangkok, albeit with its differences.
Markets and nightlife
Phnom Penh’s nightlife is very lively, thanks to the mild climate, street life is essential, and in the center of the city, you can find very lively market squares and even street performances with the public.
It is worth taking a walk around the city center.
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We tell you how to choose the insurance that best suits your trip to Cambodia, How to choose the best travel insurance to travel to Cambodia.
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