When genocide is discussed, Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge in Cambodia are always on top of the list. I am a person who loves history and every time I travel I make it a point to visit historical sites. Toul Sleng has […]
Cambodia is a country which is most popular for its ancient structures called Angkor Wat. After being featured in Angelina Jolie’s movie, Tomb Raider, it has gained worldwide popularity. The movie was not very good but the location they have chosen for it was spectacularly beautiful. Since then, tourism in the country has boomed and continues to draw millions every year.
Although Phnom Penh is the country’s capital, it is much less popular than Siem Reap. It is often used as a transit point only and tourists do not spend a long time there. If they can go to Siem Reap directly and skip Phnom Penh entirely, they would.
So, it was quite our good fortune not to find any cheap tickets for flights from Singapore directly to Siem Reap. We were able to have almost a full day exploring Phnom Penh. As soon as we got out of the airport upon arrival, we saw that there were many tuk-tuks waiting outside to take tourists around the city.
My first glimpse of Angkor Wat was in Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie. Since then, I have dreamt of one day being in Siem Reap and being in one of the most marvelous religious complexes of the ancient world. I got to realize my dream in June 2013. I went to the land of the great ruler Suryavarman II with 3 of my closest girl friends.
We had booked a flight to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia and then took a bus to Siem Reap. Although Phnom Penh is the capital city, it is not as popular as Siem Reap and it only often serves as a transit point for tourists who want to see Angkor Wat. You can read more of my Phnom Penh travel adventure here.