Dernière mise à jour : 28 sept. 2020
We would like to share our story from our trip to the Kingdom of Cambodia because we felt like this land is full of wonders and going through a huge transition. In our story, we will highlight the places you should absolutely visit, as well as the ones you should definitely avoid!
Phnom Penh is the Capital of Cambodia, if you’r looking for a cheap flight, then you are very likely to land there. As we came to Cambodia mainly to visit the temples and enjoy the long white sand beaches, we decided to remain only one night in Phnom Penh and to fly straight to Siem Reap the day after. Indeed, from our experience, there is not much to see in Phnom Penh. Generally speaking, the “developed cities” in Cambodia are not of a big interest. Traditional architecture has barely survived to the globalized development and the overall aesthetic and attraction of the modern cities is not what you would expect.
We could feel Cambodian people just got out of major crisis such as French colonization, threat from Vietnamese colonization, civil war triggered by the Red Khmer emergence, which we are not going to elaborate in here. As a result of this series of dramas, it feels like the locals are still in chock and not really into decorating as their main concern is more about de-mining the lands and trying to get out of poverty. Don’t expect beautiful streets, decorated houses or flowers in modern cities. All you will find is very bad condition roads, new buildings without any architectural interest and dirty shops.
The overall aspect of the modern cities is a shame when we consider that tourism is the main source of income for the country. However, the treasures resides elsewhere. The treasures of Cambodia can be found in its ancient sites and temples, built around the 14th century by a series of great Kings in a single area, which took us to Siem Reap.