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Captivating Cambodia - Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

By Michael Ivinson

Cambodia is a country that is still emerging from a tragic past of invasion, war and invasion. A land of outstanding beauty and cultural history it should definitely be on any travellers must visit list. Add to that a very friendly and gentle Cambodian people and you have the basis for an exceptional vacation that will not be a disappointment.

The capital city Phnom Penh with its tree lined avenues displays the captivating mix of French and Khmer influence. The city has been the power centre for Cambodia since the fifteenth century and has seen many changes. From here you can witness the aftermath of the atrocious twentieth century regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, especially in the killing fields of Choeung Ek.
 
 
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Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh by Adam Carr

One way to travel from the present capital of Phnom Penh and the Angkor Temples at Siem Reap is to sail on the mighty Mekong River. Different cruising options are available including a cruise on a traditionally built wooden cruiser. If you are travelling between June and October you will witness one of natures marvels as you sail over the Tonle Sap lake which at this time of year floods to become South East Asia's largest fresh water lake. At ten times its normal size it becomes dotted with lots of floating villages with their stilted wooden buildings. As you sail its waters take time to stop off at one the many floating shops and restaurants. If your time is too short for cruising you can take one of the many day or half day excursions on the lake from the Siem Reap side of the lake.

Nightlife in Siem Reap by antwerpenR

Siem Reap is a hive of activity mainly because of the impressive Angkor Wat temples that rise majestically out of the jungle. This is the heart and soul of the Khmer culture and history. The temple complex is spread out over one hundred and fifty five square kilometres throughout the Cambodian jungle so unless you are in the area for a long time you have to choose your temple visits with care. Whatever your choice of itinerary you cannot fail to be impressed with the five hundred year reign of the Khmer empire.

As for accommodation in Cambodia there is plenty to choose from and there are prices and styles to suit all tastes from cheap backpackers hostels through locally run guest houses to the more expensive and luxurious five star Hotels.

Whenever you decide to visit Cambodia you are sure to be captivated.

Malcolm Ivinson publishes a website on direct holidays and has a short video on Khmer Apsara Dancing showing on YouTube.

Author: Malcom Ivinson

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