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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 Countries-With-Supereasy-Visa-Policies, Cambodia has a place in it. I landed at Siem Reap international airport in Cambodia at 2 in the afternoon and by 2:15 I was through. This was when I’d to apply for Visa on Arrival. Thailand Visa on Arrival, for its long queues, had me discouraged, but god bless Cambodia and its people who made it up to me. In 15 minutes, after my AirAsia flight landed, I was on the other side of the airport, with a fresh 30-day visa on arrival in my hand. Getting a visa stamp for Cambodia is super easy, and quick. I remember I did not wait more than 3 minutes at the visa on arrival desk 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, at their part, a little careless, I was still happy …

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 towards 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 on a bus tomorrow, and wasted the entire day street hopping, eating, and drinking. 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 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 the 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 I particularly loved about the …

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 Southeast Asia. Though the civilization went extinct, its identity, for its rich history and culture always stayed in news. The temples of Angkor are among the highlighted tourist attractions in Cambodia, and perhaps the very reason why so many tourists visit Cambodia at first place. I spent five days in Siem Reap, out of which three days were totally dedicated to exploring the temples of Angkor. While to some tourists they might seem pretty similar to each other, in fact, they are not. And that’s why I advise learning some history before you visit the city of Angkor. Getting a guide is helpful, but if you’ve some knowledge about this place before you even arrive there, you’ll be able to appreciate the entire archaeological park with a whole new perspective. Getting To The Angkor Archaeological Park There are 3 types of admission passes USD20 …

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 are always found sharing smiles. From the moment you step into the country your life slows down, and the pace continues throughout the trip. Travelling in Cambodia is cheap and frugal travellers (as I, myself, tried it) can survive a day in under USD 10. The country’s tourism – across its three major tourist towns, namely Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihoukville – revolves around a rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastline, and a rocking nightlife. TOP PLACES TO SEE & EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN CAMBODIA 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. Though the archaeological park contains a total of 45 different temples, the temples of Angkor Wat are historically most significant. This …

How Much It Costs To Travel In Cambodia?

A lot of people, before I travelled Cambodia by myself, proposed that Cambodia is meant for budget backpackers. They would ostentatiously boast about how easy it was for them to survive a day in under USD 20. “But USD 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 – especially when you’re addicted to the idea of budget travelling! 10 dollars a day would have sounded better. I mean Cambodia is not a kind of place you would want to go for a luxury holiday. You must be able to travel inside Cambodia on almost no money at all! 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

Visiting Phnom Penh for a limited time? Read ahead to find out how to travel Phnom Penh and see it all in just two days! For many travellers, Phnom Penh is nothing but an afterthought of the main attraction of the temples of Angkor. While there’s no denying that the temples of Angkor are the highlight of the tourism in Cambodia, the lively riverside and the cosmopolitan capital of Phnom Penh is no less charming. When I planned Phnom Penh, my original idea was to stay for only one night, but I ended up adoring the town so much that I overstayed for almost a week. So, in my view, Phnom Penh definitely requires between 4 to 5 days. But if you’re short on time, and have no more than a couple of days to spare, this itinerary will help you plan your journey to Phnom Penh better. Day 1 In Phnom Penh To understand the country’s dark past and its people’s resilience, a visit to Phnom Penh’s Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum …

The Temples Of Angkor Wat

Visiting the ruins of Angkor Wat is in every traveller’s bucket list. And they were the first thing I saw in Cambodia, and I was left 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: Visiting Cambodia? Read: Cambodia Travel Guide | How Much It Costs To Travel In Cambodia | Top Money Saving Tips To Travel In Cambodia | How To See Phnom Penh In Two Days | Cambodia Visa On Arrival Subscribe to my Youtube channel, for more travel videos