pearl in an unopened oyster'
The allure of an un-spoilt and little explored country is for many travellers
irresistible. Cambodia is slowly becoming a top
destination on the South East Asia travel map as it emerges from
a violent past of atrocities, war and political instability. The
temples of the 'Lost City’ of Angkor
in Northern Cambodia are an overpowering
attraction that, despite the dangers of unexploded landmine's and
the risk of rural banditry, is a must-see for the traveller.
Cambodia today is the successor kingdom
of the vast Khmer Empire which ruled most of what
is today Vietnam, Thailand and Laos from the 9th to 14th centuries.
Although the country doesn't’t have the same number of attractions
as some of its neighbours, it is said that the Khmer
people are the friendliest and most likeable in the region. Cambodia
can be a great experience of jovial conversations,
polite bows and smiles, as well as a journey of intriguing history.
One can also experience the charms of the French-era capital
city Phnom Penh, visit the of the Killing Fields
or float past sleepy riverside locations on a boat ride.
The scenery of lush green forests and jungle, banana plantations,
fields of agriculture and mighty rivers captivates many a traveller.
Cambodia is a country with a large rural population with simple
lifestyles. Fast and efficient transport or luxurious hotels
and resort living is in the emerging stages. Though infrastructure
is not a commonly used word and getting between point A and B can
be half the fun, it sits like a pearl in an unopened oyster, with
world class attractions with areas still awaiting
discovery, deserted golden beaches
and islands inviting exploration by the enterprising
Cambodia is on a road to recovery, but there
is a potential for petty crime, sporadic
violence, banditry, landmine's
and unexploded ordnance. With up to 6 million un
detonated mines dotted around the countryside, Cambodia is 1 of
the world's most heavily mined countries.
Outbreaks of violence still occur, so stay away from demonstrations
and political gatherings. Battambang, Banteay
Meanchey, Pursat and Siem
Reap provinces are the most heavily mined regions.
A local guide is highly recommended, as it is sticking to the beaten
track - even at the Angkor Temples.
travelling alone during daytime hours outside provincial
towns, and in all parts of the country at night. Street
crime is a problem in Phnom Penh - be
cautious at night and travel by taxi. Avoid using
motos or cyclos. The risk of general banditry is
high in the region between Kratie, Snuol
and Stung Treng, due to the illegal logging that
goes on in the area.