Cambodia is the most controversial country in Southeast Asia. The majestic Vedic temples of antiquity and the bloody regime of modernity are closely intertwined in it. Cambodia is a kingdom lost in the dense jungle, in which the king still rules. A country to which, if possible, you need to go to see all its incredible and exciting attractions.
Where to go in Cambodia
In Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom, is the country’s most luxurious palace – the Royal. It was built in 1866 and until today is the residence of the king. You can get to the royal palace with a guided tour. In this case, a full cover of clothing shoulders and knees. Near the palace is the Silver Pagoda – the second attraction of the capital.
Cambodia’s “calling card” is the Angkor Wat Temple Complex, the former ancient capital of the Kingdom. The temple city is spread over twenty square kilometers and impresses with its majestic and unusual architecture. It is the image of Angkor Wat that is located on the flag of Cambodia.
If in some other country tourists bypass museums, enjoying only ancient architectural wonders, then the National Museum of Cambodia will be interesting to absolutely everyone. Firstly, the museum itself is not inferior in beauty to the royal palace itself. Secondly, it contains the world’s largest collection of centuries-old Khmer art.
In Phnom Penh there is also the country’s main Buddhist temple – Wat Ounalom (Temple of the Eyebrow). It was built back in 1443 to store the hair and eyebrows of Buddha, which are stored there until today. This temple consists of forty-four separate buildings, in each of which the walls are painted with scenes from the life of the Buddha. The temple of the study of Buddhism known throughout the Buddhist world today operates in the temple..
A whole book can be written on the Vedic temples of Cambodia. There will not be enough time for a tourist to go round them all and admire the incredible ancient buildings with bas-reliefs and figures of ancient deities.
But you need to try to get into one temple of the Kbal Spean river. This temple is located under water. Hindu gods can only be seen after the monsoon season ends.
After visiting all the palaces and temples, be sure to plan a trip to the market, which is also a significant landmark of the country. The Central Market is a whole city where, with the ability to bargain, you can pretty cheaply buy anything you want. From electronics to vegetables and fruits. It is better to spend the whole day shopping, because in Phnom Penh there is a second market under the tacit name “Trading Paradise on Earth”, and the real name is “Russian market”. It was because of the love of Russian tourists for him that he acquired his name “Russian”.
If you have time left and have already enjoyed Cambodian miracles and pleasant shopping, go to one of the villages in Cambodia to finally be surprised by the local colorful “life on the water”.
Adjacent to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, the small country of Cambodia has retained its individual features both in architecture, in relation to shrines, and in the character of ordinary Cambodians. These people are very kind, incredibly respect the guests of their country and do everything so that the tourist has only the most pleasant impressions of Cambodia.
Have a nice trip!