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Cambodia

Have you ever been told about a place that was once ruled by God? A city that was home to over a million people? Did I just remind you of Greece? Well, looks like we have our very own in the South East of Asia! Enveloped by prominent countries like Thailand and Vietnam, this tiny piece of land (in comparison to the world of course!) has a lot of enchanting stories erupting from centuries of history and travelling around the world since time immemorial! So why wait? Try giving the typical South-East Asian countries a miss and discover the land of Cambodge – present day Cambodia, home to one of history’s oldest civilisations!

What’s the brouhaha all about?

Did you know that Cambodia is the only country in the world to have an image of a building on its flag? It is not just any historic building but THE Angkor wat. A temple complex that was built roughly between 1113 and 1150 A.D. There has been a lot of brouhaha and gaga-ing over it for at least a few centuries now! Come, let us learn a bit or two about the country and its prime attraction, Angkor wat that nearly made it to one of the Seven Wonders of the World!

What to look out for?

Most tourists travel to Cambodia to discover the capital city of the-once-Khmer-Empire, Angkor. This is why you will find most of them concentrated in Siem Reap, owing to its proximity to Angkor. The temple complex, Angkor wat is one of the largest that mankind has ever known and has over a few hundred temples. These temples have a unique way of narrating the rise and fall of the Khmer empire, one of the most powerful kingdoms of South East Asia. You could make your trip a learning experience by reading a bit or two about these temples before getting there! Do not forget to read up on Khmer architecture as well. Doing that may well add a touch of familiarity when you notice large smiling stones at Bayon temple.

What about food cravings?

Food shouldn’t be a problem in Cambodia. You will find a lot of rice-based variety, so much that you will notice Cambodians greet each other by asking “Nyam bai howie nov?” (“Have you eaten rice yet?”). Try out a popular dish called, ‘Amok’. Digestive juices will trickle down your food pipe just by looking it up online. It is certainly appetizing to the eyes, you bet.

How do I get there?

Mostly by air unless you are visiting the neighbouring countries where you will find adventurous tourists travel by bus. This is however not recommended. Once in Cambodia, you can take the local transport called tuk-tuk; Cambodian version of rickshaws, I’d say.

And what about the budget?

It is easy on the pocket. A few bucks will help you get just about anywhere!

Any travel tips?

Even today, it is considered disrespectful to let your feet or soles point to someone. Try tucking your feet away when sitting. Also remember that the head is regarded as the most important part of the body. It shouldn’t be touched even in the kindest manner!

If you are a history enthusiast and if your mind is exploding with possible discoveries you are about to make by just looking it up online, then why wait? Book your tickets already!

History awaits you …

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Aditi Shridhar - French-English Translator, BITS Private Limited Aditi would rather bask in some trivial joys of the day than let some euphoric moment define her happiness. As a student, she enjoyed coding for hours but that didn’t help satiate her quest for personal growth. She inadvertently entered the world of languages, only to discover her source of happiness there! Having sown the seeds of life in a new city, she is now nurturing it by exploring the city, meeting new people, cultivating new beliefs and lastly, creating a home outside of home!