Camboja – a terra do famoso complexo de templos antigos – Angkor Wat – a enorme área arqueológica, que apareceu em filmes de Hollywood como Tomb Rider. A visão das árvores devorando lentamente os templos, envolvendo-os com galhos e raízes retorcidas, facinará facilmente qualquer um. Embora milhares de turistas visitem o complexo todos os dias, devido à sua área gigantesca, eles estão tão espalhados que você pode sentir como se fosse um pioneiro descobrindo um mundo perdido.

A capital, Phnom Penh, é uma das cidades mais agitadas da Ásia Central e não é muito turística. Porém, tem alguns belos monumentos, palácios e templos para se visitar.

Também fizemos a infame viagem no ônibus noturno de Angkor Wat até a costa, o que nos decepcionou um pouco. As praias não eram muito atraentes e a poluição – aterrorizante, pelo menos em Sihanoukville, onde fomos parar.

Descrevi completamente o complexo de Angkor Wat – quais templos visitar, quanto tempo gastar e como evitar golpes por lá – dê uma olhada no post abaixo. Também escrevi sobre a capital Phnom Penh e escreverei em breve sobre a curta viagem para a costa.

What to See in Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Chaos and Perfection


Phnom Penh is a peculiar city. As usual, in the South East Asia, the Cambodian capital is a mix of perfection, world class architecture and pure chaos. What I liked about it was the fact that Phnom Penh is surprisingly way less popular than cities like, let’s say, Bangkok and yet it boasts equally magnificent architecture – such as the royal palace and the temples. Phnom Penh is mainly associated with one of the saddest events in the history of human kind – the Cambodian genocide. But now the Cambodian capital has risen from the ashes and should be looked at and admired as an interesting stop during the journey in the country.

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Angkor Wat Temple Complex, Cambodia - How To Visit And Avoid Scams


Angkor Wat is one of the largest and most impressive temple complexes on Earth. It’s also one of world’s most famous historical sites – it’s visited by literally millions of tourists every year. I prefer more, to be honest, the hidden and unpopular places skipped by everyone, like for example the regions of Caucasus and Central Asia which, although possess everything a perfect tourist destination should have: ancient civilization history, spectacular, diverse landscapes, oriental towns, beautiful seaside and friendly locals; are completely free of western visitors. But I also love historical and archaeological sites so I decided (persuaded by my friends into visiting South-East Asia), why not to see what Angkor Wat is really like. After all the excitement I’d had about Thailand was shattered by the endless scams (especially in Bangkok – read my story here), I was pretty skeptical about Cambodia. But even though I fell victim to a few dishonest people in Siem Reap, I enjoyed Angkor Wat more than any of Thai religious sites, although they were also exceptionally impressive. The sheer size, grandeur and sophistication of Cambodia’s main landmark easily compares to the absolutely most magnificent places on our planet like Machu Picchu in Peru, Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy or Bagan in Myanmar.

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