The Cambodia you have never known

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If the thought of Cambodia brings to mind war razed towns, broken architecture and solemn Buddhist life, a trip to this South East Asian Kingdom will be an eye opener.

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Angkor

Kent, WA

#1 Jan 23, 2013
The Cambodia you have never known

Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia | EPS
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If the thought of Cambodia brings to mind war razed towns, broken architecture and solemn Buddhist life, a trip to this South East Asian Kingdom will be an eye opener. For the uninitiated, the country has had turbulent past, a mix of colonialism and monarchy.

However, the Cambodian life, even amidst poverty owing to its violent history, is a cocktail of adventure, spiritualism and natural living. While it is most famous for ancient temples, tropical beaches, floating markets and a rich cultural heritage, visitors testify that the generosity of warm Cambodian smiles gesture a general well being that remains the most touching part of a stay.

The town of Siem Reap tops the must - see list of all foreign visitors, and offers a wealth of ancient temples and historic ruins.

Travel enthusiasts have dubbed its temples’ site Angkor,“one of the most spectacular sites on earth”. Angkor was the seat of the Khmer dynasty (9th century to 15th century) and also holds remains of the empire amidst rich forest area. Among the temples, the most famous Angkor Wat is known as the world’s largest single religious monument. The temple of Bayon, noted for its richly detailed smiling stone faces, was the last to be built in Angkor in 1190 AD by King Jayavarman VII, and incorporates facets of Hindu cosmology.

Watching the sunset atop the Pre Rup temple is part of every traveller’s agenda. The temple was built by Khmer King Rajendravarman in 962 AD. Pre Rup means “turning the body,” named so for the funerals that were held here, involving rotation of body ashes in different directions. Another stop in the vicinity is the Royal Palace Enclosure, with the striking and extravagant Silver Pagoda that has five tons of silver making for the floor. The dramatic architecture also uses Italian marble, life - sized gold Buddha decorated with diamonds -9584 of them; as well as bronze statues.

Cambodia’s second largest city is Battambang. A visit is said to offer a glimpse to the “real Cambodian life” with nearly 100,000 inhabitants and tourists swarming to see the ruins of Cambodia’s past. The city houses an 11th century Hindu temple, built by Suryavarman I.

The Benteay Srey (women’s citadel), another tenth century Hindu temple is well preserved, stunning for its miniature detailing on red sandstone.

Phnom Penh is the destination for a taste of Cambodia’s urban life. The city is the capital of Cambodia, and the heart of its economy as well as industry. A beautiful, French- built city, given that Cambodia has a history of French colonisation, Phnom Penh was once called “the pearl of Asia.” To top it all, it houses the wealthiest and most influential crowd of Cambodia, and is also the most populated.

Apart from shopping and dwelling in urban pleasures, Phnom Penh offers a unique experience of Cambodia’s bloody past, in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The museum was a former high school that was once a notorious security prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. Visitors get to see school rooms that were divided into crude cells to torture prisoners, tools of persecution and cabinets filled with human skulls. Some of the exhibits are gory, and considered not appropriate for the faint hearted.

The most pleasant part of a Cambodian tour is perhaps the trip to the floating markets of Mekong Delta and Cai Be.
Angkor

Kent, WA

#2 Jan 23, 2013
The Cambodia you have never known

Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia
http://newindianexpress.com/lifestyle/travel/...

If the thought of Cambodia brings to mind war razed towns, broken architecture and solemn Buddhist life, a trip to this South East Asian Kingdom will be an eye opener. For the uninitiated, the country has had turbulent past, a mix of colonialism and monarchy.

However, the Cambodian life, even amidst poverty owing to its violent history, is a cocktail of adventure, spiritualism and natural living. While it is most famous for ancient temples, tropical beaches, floating markets and a rich cultural heritage, visitors testify that the generosity of warm Cambodian smiles gesture a general well being that remains the most touching part of a stay.

The town of Siem Reap tops the must - see list of all foreign visitors, and offers a wealth of ancient temples and historic ruins.

Travel enthusiasts have dubbed its temples’ site Angkor,“one of the most spectacular sites on earth”. Angkor was the seat of the Khmer dynasty (9th century to 15th century) and also holds remains of the empire amidst rich forest area. Among the temples, the most famous Angkor Wat is known as the world’s largest single religious monument. The temple of Bayon, noted for its richly detailed smiling stone faces, was the last to be built in Angkor in 1190 AD by King Jayavarman VII, and incorporates facets of Hindu cosmology.

Watching the sunset atop the Pre Rup temple is part of every traveller’s agenda. The temple was built by Khmer King Rajendravarman in 962 AD. Pre Rup means “turning the body,” named so for the funerals that were held here, involving rotation of body ashes in different directions. Another stop in the vicinity is the Royal Palace Enclosure, with the striking and extravagant Silver Pagoda that has five tons of silver making for the floor. The dramatic architecture also uses Italian marble, life - sized gold Buddha decorated with diamonds -9584 of them; as well as bronze statues.

Cambodia’s second largest city is Battambang. A visit is said to offer a glimpse to the “real Cambodian life” with nearly 100,000 inhabitants and tourists swarming to see the ruins of Cambodia’s past. The city houses an 11th century Hindu temple, built by Suryavarman I.

The Benteay Srey (women’s citadel), another tenth century Hindu temple is well preserved, stunning for its miniature detailing on red sandstone.

Phnom Penh is the destination for a taste of Cambodia’s urban life. The city is the capital of Cambodia, and the heart of its economy as well as industry. A beautiful, French- built city, given that Cambodia has a history of French colonisation, Phnom Penh was once called “the pearl of Asia.” To top it all, it houses the wealthiest and most influential crowd of Cambodia, and is also the most populated.

Apart from shopping and dwelling in urban pleasures, Phnom Penh offers a unique experience of Cambodia’s bloody past, in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The museum was a former high school that was once a notorious security prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. Visitors get to see school rooms that were divided into crude cells to torture prisoners, tools of persecution and cabinets filled with human skulls. Some of the exhibits are gory, and considered not appropriate for the faint hearted.

The most pleasant part of a Cambodian tour is perhaps the trip to the floating markets of Mekong Delta and Cai Be.
Angkor

Kent, WA

#3 Jan 23, 2013
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If the thought of Cambodia brings to mind war razed towns, broken architecture and solemn Buddhist life, a trip to this South East Asian Kingdom will be an eye opener. For the uninitiated, the country has had turbulent past, a mix of colonialism and monarchy.

However, the Cambodian life, even amidst poverty owing to its violent history, is a cocktail of adventure, spiritualism and natural living. While it is most famous for ancient temples, tropical beaches, floating markets and a rich cultural heritage, visitors testify that the generosity of warm Cambodian smiles gesture a general well being that remains the most touching part of a stay.

“Happy days :)”

Since: Jan 13

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#4 Jan 23, 2013
Hey one question? You the people talking about Cambodia? I have a doubt? Is the world's largest Hindu Temple is in Combodia? I think the name is "Angkor wat". Am i Right? Please let me know
The Khner

London, UK

#5 Jan 24, 2013
Roger Binny wrote:
Hey one question? You the people talking about Cambodia? I have a doubt? Is the world's largest Hindu Temple is in Combodia? I think the name is "Angkor wat". Am i Right? Please let me know
Angkor Wat was originally built as a Hindu temple and yes it is indeed the largest Hindu temple in the world!
Angkor

Seattle, WA

#6 Jan 24, 2013
Roger Binny wrote:
Hey one question? You the people talking about Cambodia? I have a doubt? Is the world's largest Hindu Temple is in Combodia? I think the name is "Angkor wat". Am i Right? Please let me know
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The West keep calling AngkorWat is the Hindu. NO - AngkorWat was not or is not Hindu Temple. Don't mess up.

AngkorWat was built as Khmers even style. Khmer people built it. Have you seen one temple in India looks like AngkorWat. Today, Indians want to duplicate AngkorWat in their country... but the Khmer Foriegn Minister did not allow them.

Some people called AngkorWat Hindu temple, because Khmers washiped Vishu. Actually, Khmers are Buddhists.

NO - AngkorWat is not Hindu Temple. AngkorWat is the Khmer temple.
Angkor

Renton, WA

#7 Jan 24, 2013
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Cambodia is the best place to visit in SE Asia today.

It has said," if you have seen AngkorWat once in your lifetime, you are blessed".

Bless for ones who have good intention to Cambodia.

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cilantro

Long Beach, CA

#8 Jan 24, 2013
Now, I know who is a smartest guy in the forum ,,.smart guy mostly talks the thruth ..unlike some folks talk exaggerated and switched histories ..
Drgunzet

Boise, ID

#9 Jan 24, 2013
cilantro wrote:
Now, I know who is a smartest guy in the forum ,,.smart guy mostly talks the thruth ..unlike some folks talk exaggerated and switched histories ..
Ahhahaha, I am LoL'ing so hard at these few Khmers active on the forum lately. The Thai guy Leeporter might not talk about the truth but he is smarter than all of you ok? Please, stop making other Khmer looking bad. You are so pathetic.
cilantro

Long Beach, CA

#10 Jan 24, 2013
Drgunzet wrote:
<quoted text>
Ahhahaha, I am LoL'ing so hard at these few Khmers active on the forum lately. The Thai guy Leeporter might not talk about the truth but he is smarter than all of you ok? Please, stop making other Khmer looking bad. You are so pathetic.
...lol..you're smart too ..just sometime you go far beyond your limit and you are now so pathetic b-cuz spondbob is not around to back you up ...lol

“Happy days :)”

Since: Jan 13

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#11 Jan 24, 2013
Yep Got it. Hence Angkor Wat is Not a Hindu Temple But it was large such giant architecture right?
Angkor

Kent, WA

#12 Jan 24, 2013
Drgunzet wrote:
<quoted text>
Ahhahaha, I am LoL'ing so hard at these few Khmers active on the forum lately. The Thai guy Leeporter might not talk about the truth but he is smarter than all of you ok? Please, stop making other Khmer looking bad. You are so pathetic.
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hahahhahahahahhahhaa
=
what? Leeporter is smart and lying ?.....ahahhaahhahah. what a conflict statement here?
What an idiot? Let me tell you, when you lied you are stpid already.
Leeporter never talked the truth - you realized that? Good...
thanks - what else that you did not talk bad about Leeporter?
Khmers will never look bad.... don't curse Khmers as you have always done.
Dor Mae.

“Happy days :)”

Since: Jan 13

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#13 Jan 24, 2013
Let me know what are the major destinations in Cambodia? My friend plan for 10-15 days travel to Cambodia. can anyone explain in details?
barandcar

Elmwood Park, IL

#14 Jan 24, 2013
Why would one want to go to Cambodia? I've been there. All I can sum up is: dirty, poor, lazy people, corrupted, Khmer Rouge, genocidal.
Angkor

Kent, WA

#15 Jan 25, 2013
Roger Binny wrote:
Let me know what are the major destinations in Cambodia? My friend plan for 10-15 days travel to Cambodia. can anyone explain in details?
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Roger -
The major destinations in Cambodia are:

1. Phnom Penh - the Capital city is very safe and weather is warm. There are many westerners along the water front (Mekong River), it is all night fun there. You will see lots of Americans and European - and lots of them live and retire there.

2. Sihanoukville town in the South where the nice sandy and warm water/ocean. A good price bus from Phnom Penh about 2.5hrs trip with beautiful view of mountain ranges and rice field...etc. Again, you will find lots of outgoing westerners there too.

3. Siem Reap - of course - you won't want to miss. All history are here written in the walls of AngkorWat and other castles. Many castles. You need at least a week to just visit every castle there. In the town, you will find a place called PubStreet where lots of westerners enjoy food and socialing till really late at night.

There are many other places around the country, but these three places will keep you very busy for the trip of 10 days...ahahhahah

Welcome to Cambodia and enjoy.
Angkor

Kent, WA

#16 Jan 25, 2013
barandcar wrote:
Why would one want to go to Cambodia? I've been there. All I can sum up is: dirty, poor, lazy people, corrupted, Khmer Rouge, genocidal.
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Not true. Cambodia is beautiful and people relax. Of course, government officers are corrupted and got nothing to do with the tourists. There is no more genocidal.

Come on - look at America today. The rich and powerful country with law and full of democracy, but look at:
crime - every jail is full - very costly
school shooting and mall shooting
raping,
killing,
kids and women missing,
bank robbery in every town of America
Sex offenders in every corner of the neigborhood near your mansions
house break-in
Gangsters still exist
.
.
Come on. you don't need to say about Cambodia. Cambodia is really great for tourist. I am sure one day you will go back. ahahhaha

“Happy days :)”

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#17 Jan 25, 2013
barandcar wrote:
Why would one want to go to Cambodia? I've been there. All I can sum up is: dirty, poor, lazy people, corrupted, Khmer Rouge, genocidal.
Will consider that
cilantro

Long Beach, CA

#18 Jan 25, 2013
Roger Binny wrote:
Let me know what are the major destinations in Cambodia? My friend plan for 10-15 days travel to Cambodia. can anyone explain in details?
...just tell your freinds going to Cambodia and have fun .. it's safe warranty , money back,, no question asked .. don't listen to all those trash talks ,,they're jealous..I was there last year ..it is a wonderful land to make a visit ..
Tom L

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

#19 Jan 25, 2013
I love Cambodia. Have been there over 10 times on business or vacation. Angkor Wat is simply amazing. Watching the sun rise & walked inside the temple at first light or riding on elephant down the hill across the temple are experiences you could not imagine. If elephant ride is hard to come by with too many people waiting in line, try the hot air balloon. Love it!
Drgunzet

Boise, ID

#20 Jan 25, 2013
Angkor wrote:
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Not true. Cambodia is beautiful and people relax. Of course, government officers are corrupted and got nothing to do with the tourists. There is no more genocidal.
Come on - look at America today. The rich and powerful country with law and full of democracy, but look at:
crime - every jail is full - very costly
school shooting and mall shooting
raping,
killing,
kids and women missing,
bank robbery in every town of America
Sex offenders in every corner of the neigborhood near your mansions
house break-in
Gangsters still exist
.
.
Come on. you don't need to say about Cambodia. Cambodia is really great for tourist. I am sure one day you will go back. ahahhaha
Do you prefer to stay in America or go back to Cambodia?

America is better off without you and your kind. Go away.

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