Cambodia beyond the temples of Angkor

If Cambodia is named as a traveling destination, it is essential that the name of the temples of Angkor, since without a doubt it is one of the most impressive monumental and archaeological jewels in the world. However, this country in Southeast Asia can also offer other places of great interest.

Temples of Angkor, the great Cambodian jewel

It is absolutely impossible to travel to Cambodia and not want to visit the set of Angkor temples, even for those who return again and again to this country, the excursion to Angkor is always different and shows surprising aspects.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia - Anna Jedynak

You have to keep in mind that this huge archaeological site is the greatest legacy of the powerful Khmer empire, that from the ninth to the fifteenth century dominated a huge region of Southeast Asia. The remains of that great civilization are now in the vicinity of the city of Siem Reap and, like everything else in this country, it is surrounded by tropical jungle.

In fact Angkor temples are in permanent excavation and cleaning since they were discovered in the early 20th century, since until then only the greatest of the temples was known: Angkor Wat. However, it has been discovered that the monumental area is immense and is currently declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

The capital of Cambodia: Nom Pen

Nom Pen or Phonm Penh is the great city of the country, its capital since the time of the French colonization, when an important development began given its geographical location at the confluence of the Mekong, Sac and Bassac rivers, in fact that quality of river port towards the sea of ​​China is its main source of wealth.

Of those times of Gallic colonialism there are many vestiges in its historical architecture, although The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda stand out.

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh - Kenneth Dedeu

Actually both buildings are included in the same monumental enclosure of the Royal Palace, built by the kings of Cambodia in 1866. The Cambodian monarchy continues to reside here, in the so-called Khemarin Palace, separated by a wall from both the Throne Hall and the impressive Silver Pagoda.

The beaches of Sihanoukville and Ream National Park

To enjoy a maritime environment you have to go to The south coast of Cambodia. Here are the four main beaches of the country: Oucheuteal, Sokha, Independencia and Victoria.

They are very quiet beaches, and offer the possibility of diving at certain points. To get to know this area, a good idea is to settle in the colonial complex of Kampot, where basic services are available.

Cambodia Beach - Anna Ewa Bieniek

But besides resting on the beach, You can also take guided tours of the Ream National Park, 18 kilometers from the city of Sihanoukville, and where coastal landscapes are combined with mangroves and tropical jungle. Without a doubt, a piece of wild nature that will make us feel intrepid adventurers.

Colonial Cambodia in Battambang

Battambang - NattapolStudiO

The city of Battambang, to the northwest of the country, is one of the best cities to know the Cambodian past as a French colony. It is like a city anchored in the past, with rather regular communications that have allowed that state of conservation. While it is true that now even has an airport for local flights.

"After two world wars, the fall of fascism, Nazism, communism and colonialism and the end of the cold war, humanity has entered a new phase of its history."

-Hans Kung-

Tonlé Sap Lake and the floating city of Kompong Luong

Tonlé Sap in Cambodia - Kushch Dmitry

All a city floating on ships that lift it over the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. That is what is contemplated in Lake Toné Sap.

Everything floats and everything moves with the tides or monsoons. In fact, the water that accumulates here grows enormously in the rainy season. At that time, the Mekong is able to reverse the direction of its waters, it is capable of carrying so much water that the China Sea is unable to assume it, so that it bounces and reaches Tonlé Sap.

In short, this area of ​​Cambodia is really wonderful, for its unique landscapes but also to discover how the inhabitants have a practically amphibious life, always on the waters of the lake and living on everything that it brings.

Video: Siem Reap, Cambodia - Beyond Angkor Wat (November 2019).