Thursday, 3 April 2014

Cambodia

C is for Cambodia

My main reason for wanting to go Cambodia is that my "sister" lives there. As I probably have explained to most people a million times, she's not my real sister, we sort of adopted each other in Secondary School, and whilst we're very different people, we both managed to stay in touch.


Phnom penh palace
Phnom Penh Palace by Andew Lih via wikimedia commons



My plan is to stay with her and her husband in Phnom Penh and hopefully explore more of Cambodia, either on a tour, or with them. Phnom Penh has been getting a bad wrap lately, as a place to live. We worried about Nai and Mark when there were protests in the city but they assured us that other than the university being closed, they hadn't felt any disturbance from it. My sister has talked about Rabbit Island, which she has been to before and it sounds beautiful, and I'd love to visit with them. From Phnom Penh I want to visit the Killing Fields, though I fear it may make me feel much like Auschwitz did.


Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat by By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Of course I want to see the wonderful temples at Angkor Wat, it's the largest religious complex in the world. Though it started life as a Hindu complex before becoming a Buddhist complex. The temple's like just a few miles out of Siem Reap.

Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville via Wikimedia commons

Cambodia, though not known for it's beaches has a port city called Sihanoukville which has some sleepy beaches and islands off it. It looks like a great place to shake off the capital in. The city is around 115 miles south of Phnom Penh.




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10 comments:

  1. When do you think you'll visit? I'll be there in November/December this year :) Great choice - keep doing all the places I'm going soon - I love it :)

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    1. I'd like to go January/ February, but think it's a bit soon for me to have enough money, otherwise, May/ June time.

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  2. Beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing. Over from the A-Z challenge.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for visiting :)

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  3. I haven't been to Cambodia yet, though it's on my list! I look forward to your upcoming posts for A-Z.

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    1. Thanks; and everywhere is on my list!
      Thanks for visiting :)

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  4. I haven't been to Cambodia either. You've shown me that there is more to see than just Angkor Wat. You're very lucky to have your 'sister' there to take you around the sites.

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    1. I am so excited to visit her, I can't believe she has been there for nearly a year already!

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  5. To be honest, I was never interested in Cambodia before but I have seen a few interesting post about it besides the typical Angkor Wat stuff. Plus you have even more of an incentive to see family there which is awesome! You'll get to experience more of the local things which is even better

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    1. Definitely. I'll get an almost local's perspective with them having lived there so long. My sister is trying really hard to learn khmer :) & her husband already speaks it (!)
      I think it's quite undiscovered by tourists (for reasons such as major poverty still and child labour being really obvious in places like Phnom Penh) but I think, in parts, it will be quite beautiful.

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