An Exciting Journey into the Miracle World of Asia: Cambodia

An Exciting Journey into the Miracle World of Asia: Cambodia

One of the most inspiring activities one can take up is definitely travelling. As the great writer Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn once said: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” It is absolutely true that travelling can broaden your horizons and teach you lessons that you will not find in any textbook. The first-hand experience of visiting a new place and inhaling its atmosphere to the fullest extent will show you what treasures the world has actually hidden. That is why sometimes it is better to invest in a trip to an interesting destination than adding a new designer bag to the collection. The memories from visiting a new place can help you in your future endeavors a lot more than an expensive clothing item.

Asia has always been a dream for the passionate travelers from Europe or North America as it is so different from what the Western world knows. The religious views, the traditions, the architecture and the cuisine are just a few of the reasons for adding some of the Asian countries to your travel bucket list. We have all heard about popular destinations in Japan, China or Thailand, but there are a few underestimated locations that are slowly gaining popularity. One of them is Cambodia. It is located between Thailand and Vietnam and offers a great experience even for more budget travelers. The hardest part would probably be to get there, but after that point, the adventure you will undertake is remarkable. Here are a few of the most significant reasons to visit Cambodia, whether you are in search of beautiful nature, delicious cuisine or fascinating cultural landmarks.

  • In order to get there, it might be best to fly to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur and then get a bus or a plane to Cambodia. The bus from Bangkok lasts about eight hours, but costs roughly 20 euro: great bargain, don’t you think? The flights are not that expensive either: they are about 50 euro. The visa process is not that difficult: you can get one in Bangkok or at the border. However, it is best to take into account that at the border it might take some time, so probably it is best not to leave it for the last moment. Bring passport photos with you and prepare 35 US dollars.
  • Transport within Cambodia is quite cheap. The roads are not in the greatest shape, but it is not a problem for most people. The main towns and cities are well connected to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Maybe it would be easier if you ask a hotel or travel agency to help you out when booking your tickets.
  • One of the must-sees in Cambodia is the temple complex Angkor Wat. It can get crowded, but it is a great destination for history lovers. You can get a tuktuk driver to drive you from temple to temple, which will cost you around 15 US dollars. A three day pass for the complex costs 40 US dollars. These temples are the remains of the capital of the Khmer Empire which existed between the 9th and 15th century and is surrounded by jungle. Quite an astonishing location!
  • The authentic lifestyle of the locals is also a very interesting thing to observe. Most of the people in the countryside live from farming and live in wooden houses. This is something that differentiates the Cambodian experience from a trip to Vietnam or Thailand, for example.
  • The food in Cambodia is also a good reason to visit this Asian country. The more traditional meals like rice and noodles are available, but if you prefer to experiment, you have the opportunity to try barbecue cricets, spiders or snakes! Not to mention that street food is extremely cheap.
  • Finally, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda is another landmark that we recommend. The architecture is brilliant. Also, it is located in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, so it is easier to reach.

The journey to Cambodia will also give you the opportunity to see nature that you might not have been exposed to before. The beaches and jungles are amazing, we promise! Definitely visit Cambodia in your lifetime!

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