When I was in Cambodia, fifth destination of my thirty-day adventure through Asia, I came across not just one a “new” country, recently opened to tourism, but a country filled with friendship and affection values among its people, and mixed with the fantastic architecture of the temples of the twelfth century, like I had never seen before anywhere else. The country of Cambodia, was opened to the world, nearly 20 years ago only. With a unique tourist potential, Cambodia is growing apace and you can see expansion works everywhere. New ligament highways, major gas stations and businesses settling in various parts of the country. An example of this rapid expansion is remarkable when one considers, for example, the number of hotels, which grew from 14 to 300, several of them five-star, in the last 20 years. The trip I made from Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon) in Vietnam, was a 470 kilometers long one to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and took me more than 13 hours by bus. It was a tough and tiring journey by long rough and dusty dirty roads, but a cheap way to get there, since there are only a few companies that fly between these cities, making the lack of competitiveness, cause the airline tickets to cost around $ 200 dollars for a flight less than 1 hour long. Going by bus was also a great opportunity to see a lot of what is changing while going from one country to the other. Siem Reap, Cambodia, whose name translates literally as “Lost to Thailand”, refers to conflicts of hundreds of years ago between those countries.
Siem Reap is a city that attracts thousands of tourists due to the Angkor architecture temples, also known as the ancient city. They are numerous, and more interesting than the other, because each one has its peculiarities. These temples refer to the twelfth century, and are built on large scale, real stone palaces among beautiful natural sceneries, making you sometimes feel and imagine how the kings and the people of that time lived there. A real trip back in time into a world that for many of us, unfortunately, is just too far away. It was an amazing experience, which I take with me for the rest of my life. Cambodia is surely a country to which I would return again and again! To view Cambodia through my eyes, visit my album on my Facebook page and find hundreds of photos that will make you have at least a little idea of what I am trying to describe here for you. Until next month!