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My Journey Through Cambodia’s Depressing Past

[I visited Cambodia in 2016, but this is an edited version of the original story provided (by me) to and published by the print version of… Harmony – Celebrate Age, in May 2017] The mugshot of several dozen victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide lay in front of me. Some appeared to have a broken jawbone, and some, a few missing teeth. I winced every time I looked at a new face. The man next to me, however, stood still, though he appeared twitching from time to time. He looked Cambodian, and unlike me, I realised, he might just be finding the entire sight a lot more tormenting. A few faces might perhaps be familiar to him. I’d arrived in Phnom Penh only a day before, and I was already inside the infamous site of S-21 Tuol Sleng Jail. The place had some appeal, after all, S-21 of Phnom Penh is the reason why so many tourists come to Cambodia, at first place. After struggling with the thoughts and studying different faces for a few long minutes, …

Cambodia Tourist Visa: Why I Say Visa On Arrival?

If you think there’s a list of countries that fall under the category of Countires-With-Supereasy-Visa-Policies, consider Cambodia having a place in it. I landed in Cambodia at 2 in the afternoon (after realising that I’d have rather taken a bus to the country), and by 2:15 I was through. This was when I’d to apply for Visa on Arrival. Thailand’s long Visa on Arrival (VOA) queue had me discouraged, but God help Cambodia who made it up to me. In 15 minuntes, after my AirAsia flight dropped me, right on top of the runway, in Siem Reap, I was on the other side of the world. The world that lies behind the walls of Airport. The free world. Getting a visa stamp for Cambodia is super easy, and quick. I remember I did not wait more than 3 minutes at VOA department, and I get my beautifully-stamped passport back. I totally loved how the airport officials swiftly dealt with my application, in addition to some 30 other applications that landed together with me. Though that’s a different question that they’re, …

Why I Loved Phnom Penh

When after spending a few days in Siem Reap, I decided to move to Phnom Penh, it was FOR ONLY ONE NIGHT – before further moving to the coast. I had more than just a fortnight left in Cambodia, and islands were my priority. But as I arrived in Phnom Penh, one night became two, two became four, and four became almost a week. Every day, I woke up, thought to myself, I’ll get in the bus tomorrow, and wasted the entire day street hopping, eating, and drinking. That wasn’t me. But the city had cast its magic on me. Phnom Penh is a kind of city that stuck you in. It is laid back, cheap and easy-going. Everything here is accessible at a hand’s reach, and at a cost cheaper than affordable. The pace of life is seamless, and the many affable locals make the city enjoyable to a next level. In short, Phnom Penh is a perfect city to easily blend in, and you don’t need more than one day to realise that. What …

The First Timer’s Travel Guide To Angkor Wat

Visiting the ruins of Angkor Wat is in every traveller’s bucket list – whether or not they have one. This was the centre of great Khmer empire that once ruled most of the Southeast Asia. Though the civilization went extinct, its identity, in the form of a few historic temples, always remained around us. They are now among a few popular tourist attractions in Cambodia, and perhaps the reason why so many tourists come to Cambodia at first place. I spent five days in Siem Reap, out of which three days were totally dedicated in exploring the temples of Angkor. While to some tourists they might seem pretty similar, they are not. And perhaps that’s why I advise to learn some history before you start with your tour. Getting a guide is helpful, but if you’ve some knowledge about this place, before you even arrive here, you’ll be able to appreciate the entire archaeological park with a whole new perspective. Getting Into The Angkor Archaeological Park There are 3 types of admission passes: $20 one day …

CAMBODIA Travel Guide

Cambodia is wild, unorganised and raw. But there’s something about the country that draws you in. Even though it is widely recovering from a long ripping past, its people can always be found sharing smiles. From the moment you step into the country your life will slow down, and the pace will continue throughout your trip. Travelling in Cambodia is cheap and one can survive a day in under US $10. The country’s tourism – across its three major tourist towns, namely Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihoukville – revolve around a rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastline, and a rocking nightlife. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY Temples of Angkor Archaeological Park: This is the highlight of tourism in Cambodia, and the reason why most of the tourists visit the country at first place. Spread over 400sq. kilometres, the temples ruins in Angkor Archaeological Park breathe history, spiritual beliefs and harmony. Though it contains a total of 45 different temples, the temples of Angkor Wat are historically most significant. This is moreover where Hollywood …

How Much It Costs To Travel In Cambodia?

A lot many people, before I tested the country myself, proposed that Cambodia is going to be a cheap deal. They would ostentatiously boast how easy it was for them to survive a day in under US $20. “But $20 a day is not cheap,” I’d say to myself. Sure it’s not too bad, but when back home you’re dealing with a currency which is 70 against a dollar (1 USD ≈ 70 Indian Rupees), it’s inevitable for you to moan a little on a daily 20 dollar bill. 10 dollars a day would have sounded better. I mean, Cambodia is not a kind of place you expected or wanted to be on a luxury holiday. You must be able to travel here on almost no money at all, after all that’s why you decided to come here at first place. But managing your accounts can be tricky in Cambodia – for the country has everything seemingly available for a minimum bill of “JUST ONE DOLLAAAAAR” – as Cambodians often quote. A shared ride in Tuktuk …

Top Money Saving Tips To Travel In Cambodia

Cambodia can be a cheap country to travel, if only you know how to keep a right approach and deal with locals the right way. During my travel, I met a few backpackers who were spending over 50 dollars a day, despite living much lavishly. They had no idea where they’re bleeding money. The problem was, they were Europeans, travelling in one of the poorest economies in Asia, with every local eye being set on their bank account. Travelling does not have to be expensive, particularly not if you’re travelling in a country like Cambodia. I travelled for 20 days here and spent no more than an average of $10 per day (read more about it here). What I did differently? I followed these 7 money saving tips: Negotiate the right price Just like any other Southeast Asian countries, negotiation is a daily affair in Cambodia. Expect literally no one telling you the fair price of a product here – particularly those products that are priced for 1 dollar. For a rule of thumb, remember that …

How To See Phnom Penh In Two Days

For many travellers, Phnom Penh is but an afterthought of the main attraction of the temples of Angkor. While there’s no denying that they are the highlight of tourism in the country – the lively riverside, cosmopolitan capital is no less in charm. For the city is lovely, and its many traditional and cultural sites make it an amazing spot to spend a few days. Where in my view, the ideal time to explore Phnom Penh is definitely between 4 to 5 days, if you’re short of time, and have no more than a couple of days to spare, this itinerary would surely come in handy: Day 1 To understand the country’s dark past and its people’s resilience, a visit to Phnom Penh’s Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genoside Museum is a must. Kickstart your day by getting a bargained deal in under 10 dollars to The Killing Fields, which is about 9 kilometres south of the city centre. A heart wrenching audio tour at Killing Field will take you back in time and explain …

The Temples Of Angkor Wat

Visiting the ruins of Angkor is in every traveller’s bucket list – whether or not they have one. They were the first thing I saw in Cambodia, and man, I was spellbound. So without saying much, I kept capturing bits and pieces in a video camera – and now this is what I’ve got. A 3-minute video of my visit to the temples of Angkor. Take a look. Also see: Thailand’s Maeklong Railway Market Subscribe to my Youtube channel, for more travel videos.