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Wonders of Cambodia

Cambodia has come a long way since its battle with the Khmer Rouge period of genocide from 1977 to 1980. Thankfully, those days are over, and the country ravaged by a haunting past is now coming into its glorious days as a key tourist destination in Asia. Cambodia is a country with diverse attractions - from its natural beauty of untouched, impenetrable forests to the relics from its past like the Angkor Wat, you'll be amazed at what you can find in this land. Phnom Penh As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is a beautiful amalgamation of old French beauty and modern residential developments. It seems this city is brimming with amazing Wats [Buddist monasteries], and amongst some of the most intricately designed and popular ones are Wat Moha Montrei and Wat Ounalom.
Rickshaw riders taking a break in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The dynamism of the city betrays its past - the city was completely abandoned for three years during the 70s, when the Khmer Rouge forcefully attempted to return the Cambodian people to their agricultural roots, and brutally evacuated all cities. If you find yourself in this city, you have to visit the Tuol Sleng Museum, a high school that was used as a headquarters to house, torture and kill those who were suspected of opposing their reign. Today, you'll find English-speaking private tour operators who will walk you through each of the rooms, which are creepily kept almost in its original condition, without much restoration. Just beyond the city, you'll also find the infamous killing fields where thousands upon thousands were put to a cold-blooded death. Sihanoukville Sihanoukville is a small, sleepy village on the Southwest edge of Cambodia. It remains fairly undeveloped to this day, and the area is an untouched oasis of rolling beaches with few tourists. Depending on the time of year, the beaches here may be almost empty, so you can be assured of complete privacy! You'll be able to book rooms here from just $5 per night, with ensuite bathroom. Angkor Wat Angkor Wat is an imposing Buddhist temple, surrounded by hundreds of others. The Bayon is nothing short of a wonder to behold, but the constant throng of selfie-taking tourists render it a pain to visit for those seeking a quiet, reverent trip. If you can get past that, one interesting temple in this compound is the Ta Phrom. As it has been left abandoned in the thick overgrowth of the jungle, you'll find trees and roots growing out of the structure of the ruins, organically become one in many parts. In case you'e wondering... yes, this is the very temple made famous by Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie.
ngkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
One last tip if you're travelling to Cambodia - as the country is struck by monsoons every year, coupled with the fact that it is still recovering from the Khmer Rouge, its roads are marked by huge potholes and missing bridges. Do be careful if you're planning a lot of travel on the road, or are renting your own vehicle!

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