As I have written, I am planning on giving into my wanderlust and traveling the world.
But where to go?
Cambodia has really grabbed my attention. Everything I have read about travel to Cambodia is positive.
So what are some of the reasons a person would travel to Cambodia?
People in Cambodia are kind and industrious, generous, hospitable and open-minded, and an estimated 93 percent of Cambodians practice Theravada Buddhism. While the poverty rate halved from 2004 and 2011, Cambodia is still a very poor country.
“Despite impressive reduction in poverty, these hard won gains are fragile. Many people who have escaped poverty are still at high risk of falling back into poverty,” said Neak Samsen, Poverty Analyst of the World Bank in Cambodia and the co-author of the Poverty Assessment Report. Visit Cambodia and listen to people’s stories. Don’t travel to this beautiful country without getting to know those who live there.
Cambodia has a very recent painful history, and learning about it isn’t only responsible, it’s a way to help the country, and indeed the world, move on. Almost two million people died from starvation, disease, torture and execution under the Khmer Rouge, which ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.
Turn your attention to the less-traveled beaches of Cambodia. Visitors say islands like Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem are what Thailand used to be like 20 years ago.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument ever built. The massive temple is simply breathtaking. While Angkor Wat is certainly the most iconic temple in Cambodia, you don’t just go to see Angkor Wat.
Rice is a staple, served at pretty much every meal. It may come alone, fried into a cake or with curries, stews and freshwater fish. Beef and pork are commonly served with rice or noodles, typically with herbs and some kind of curry.
Like in most city markets you will find everything you could ever want in the markets of Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. They are an assault on the senses and experiencing them is one of the best and certainly one of the most riveting ways to get a sense of daily life.
Have you traveled to Cambodia? Is it on your list of places to visit?
“Quit your job. Travel. Die Happy.”