It’s hard to visit Cambodia and not come away with the feeling that you really need to return again and again. This is one of those countries that will leave a permanent impression on you. Cambodia has such a storied past, both good and bad, that is etched into the faces of its people. We think of Cambodia for two things: the temples of Angkor, and the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge. But take this journey with us, and you’ll see that this country is much more than that.
Phnom Penh is an upcoming modern city on its own, with a revitalized arts and culture scene. But you can still see evidence of centuries-old markets and palaces that will forever flavour this spicy city. The future of Cambodia is showing itself here from behind the veil of its recent troubled past.
For many, the Temples of Angkor will always be their image of Cambodia. While this may very well be the case for most, after our adventure in this amazing country, you’ll have a new appreciation for it’s resilient people and history. Built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, the temples represent one of humankind’s most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From Angkor, the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 stone temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings – palaces, public buildings, and houses – were built of wood and have long since decayed and gone.