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Travel Cambodia - Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, Sihanoukville and Roads From Hell
Cambodia is a land on the mend. From 1977 through 1980, the Khmer Rouge ruled the country, fanatics bent on genocide. Millions were killed and the period was put to film in the movie, "The Killing Fields." Fortunately, those days are over and the country is becoming a tourist destination.
Cambodia is a land of incredible contrast. Thick forest, mountains and pristine rivers compliment amazing white beaches. When you get down to it, however, travelers know Cambodia for two things, Angkor Wat and the nastiest roads around. But, let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. The city is a combination of old French beauty and modern condominiums. The city is full of amazing Wats [Buddist monasteries], including Wat Ounalom, Wat Phnom and Wat Moha Montrei. Modern buildings surround these monasteries and it's difficult to avoid a feeling that the old ways are being lost.
Still, the vibrancy of the city is impressive considering the fact that it was completely abandoned for three years in the last 70s. During this period, the Khmer Rouge tried to return the Cambodian people to their agricultural heritage and evacuated all cities. The only exception, of course, is Tuol Sleng, a high school used to torture and kill "enemies of the state." Just beyond the city, one will also find the infamous killing fields where thousands upon thousands were put to death.
Sihanoukville is a small, sleepy village on the Southwest edge of Cambodia. Fairly undeveloped, the area is an oasis similar to the beaches of Thailand. The difference, however, is the lack of tourists. Depending on the time of year, the beaches can be more or less empty and privacy assured. Rooms run between $5 and $15 a night and come with private bathrooms. If you are looking to lounge professionally, Sihanoukville is a very good place to do it.
Stunning. There is no other word for the temples of Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a temple surrounded by hundreds of others. Each is unique and worth a look. The most famous are Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Phrom. Angkor Wat is in the best shape as well as the most known. The Bayon is impressive, but the constant mob of tourist makes it a pain to visit. Ta Phrom is amazing because it has been left to the jungle, which is to say trees and the structure have become one in many areas. If you have seen Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie, you have seen Ta Phrom. Personally, I prefer Angkor Wat to the Pyramids in Egypt.
Roads From Hell
Cambodian roads are evil. There is simply no other way to put it. The country is hit by monsoons every year and is still recovering from the Khmer Rouge. This combination has resulted in roads with huge potholes, missing bridges and pretty much the worst elements of Dante's Hell. Avoid them if at all possible!
Vacation / Honeymoons 101 - Planning for Perfect Weather on Your Trip
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How To Close A Timeshare Sale - Minimize The Hassles
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Vacation Villas in Orlando Florida - What are They?
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Andalucia, a Wonderful Holiday Destination
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Ormond Beach, FL: A Small Piece of Paradise
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The Inn at Woodstock Hill: Classic New England Atmosphere in Beautiful Northeastern Connecticut
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Top Ten Reasons To Pick A Vacation Rental
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A Fabulous Guide to Floridas Best Rentals: Condos for Rent, Rental Houses, and Rental Condos
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Vacationing in South Carolina's Hilton Head
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How to Have 25+ Romantic Honeymoon Trips a Year, for a Lower Cost Than the Price of One
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Top Family Vacation Destinations
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Vacation Rentals on Lake Tahoe's South Shore
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Boston, a Bargain Travel Guide
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Are Your Family Vacations Fun and Relaxing?
How many of you have seen the classic Chevy Chase movie, "National Lampoon's Vacations?"If you haven't then you should, but if you have (and are probably laughing right now), then you'll remember the mishaps the Griswold family went through traveling across country to Wally World Theme Park.Well, family vacations don't have to be that way.
A Review of Popular Punta Cana Hotels
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The Maldives - A Destination Everyone Should Visit
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Learn From My Personal Experience About Bahamas Vacation Rentals
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