Friday, 14 June 2013

Tricks and super tips for Cambodia

Of all the countries I have visited in South-East Asia, Cambodia is the best.It is the country with cultural sites and beaches as well as the friendliest people. Even if the trip to Cambodia can be difficult if you are not prepared. Former Democratic Kampuchea is a country in transition - a paradise of travel back and forth that is still recovering from Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge terror reign it some 30 years ago.

The basic services for tourists in the country remain away from levels of countries in the same region as the Viet Nam, Thailand, and many regions still suffer great difficulties, which in sparse you would do well not having seriously ill... Meanwhile, the country has its fair share of companies and unscrupulous individuals seeking to rip off unwary tourists.

All this, however, means that you will have just to be a little more cautious - as you would in any foreign country. In addition to the obvious travel tips - do the trick if you do not want to be deceived - here are a few tips travel to Cambodia to help you on your way.

Lonely Planet will probably warn against the idea of seeing Angkor in a single day, but it can be done - and it'll save you a bunch of money in the stays in Cambodia

You can easily fill a week exploring the Archaeological Park of Angkor in Siem Reap, passing through the stunning remains of the different capitals of the khmer Empire dating from the 9th to the 15th century, or, if you are on a strict budget, you can visit the main attractions in the Park in one day and save you up to US $20 per day.

Start your day at Angkor Wat, catch the sun rising over the famous temple, before exploring the ancient city of Angkor Thom, which includes the temple of the mysterious Bayon, the Baphuon and Ta Prohm. Finish watching the sunset on Angkor from Phnom Bakheng - or you can even do it the day before a day at Angkor tickets allow you to access the Park from 5 pm the previous day.

A swimming pool and Pub street in Siem Reap

Bothered by strong heat in Siem Reap? Then, go see Aqua, a bar and a swimming pool just to 1.2 km of Psar Chaa. The water is warm and the atmosphere is cool, the entrance to the large swimming pool costs $2.50.

Looking for an evening at Siem Reap? Then, look for Pub Street, where you will find a street filled with restaurants and bars. Drink and food, here is a little more expensive than in restaurants and local bars, but it's far from expensive.
Looking for an affordable meal in Siem Reap? Then, go to the food market in the open air at the bottom of Pub Street, where you will find a band animated restaurants Cambodian street-style filled with hungry backpackers. The food is cheap and delicious, just like beer.

Check the invoice

Are the Cambodian restaurateurs and dishonest servers - or are they just really, really bad in mathematics?

I'd like to think the education system of the country is to blame for the fact that half of the restaurants I've eaten in Cambodia tried to overcharge me mysteriously putting the price upwards, or by charging me for things that neither ordered nor received.

Whenever he would also, the server or the waitress would have confused gaze for a second or two and then say: "Oh, I see what the problem is present. You ordered a sandwich and a small bottle of water, not a lobster and a large bottle of Dom Perignon "."Keep in mind this travel advice in Cambodia and check the invoice before you pay.

Do not miss the centre S-21 or of Cambodia killing fields

S-21 is the former maximum-security prison for the enemies of the Khmer Rouge, which is now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and the killing fields of Choeung Ek where most of them were put to death. The two are simply essential when in Phnom Penh.

From 1975 until 1979, nearly two million Cambodians were killed in the purge a madness of leader of the Khmer rouges Pol Pot of a Communist agrarian society. Both sites offer a glimpse into scary in this reign of terror - bones protrude from the Earth at Choeung Ek and on display at S - 21 are the portraits of most of more - than 17,000 victims of prison (all but about 20 or more have been tortured and killed).

You will leave in a State of shock and bitter, but to understand the horrors of what poor people of Cambodia crossed might be the only way to prevent something similar from happening ever.

Retrieve in Sihanoukville

After recalling the atrocities committed by Pol Pot and the Khmer red you will need a bit of recovery time - and there's no better place than beautiful Sihanoukville.

Best city of the seaside resort of Cambodia is only three or four hours from Phnom Penh by bus. Surrounded on three sides by the Thailand Bay, this paradise chilled-out beachfront has much to recommend it: beautiful beaches, good restaurants and bars, nightlife and, above all, barbecues on the beach cheap and delicious.

Every night along the Beach Serendipity - popular tourist drag where I recommend you base - you'll be able to get a plate of grilled beef, chicken or seafood with potatoes and salad for only 3US. Add a beer to the mix during happy hour and you can't really do much better anywhere in the world.

Buy your bartenders a beer

Cambodians are really a friendly group - and when I found myself having a conversation with the guy behind the bar in Sihanoukville, I could not help him a beer. I learned more on Cambodia of a conversation with himself chosen each-name-I-do-spell that I have traveling across the country. In retrospect now, it is probably one of my memories favorite of my time traveling in Cambodia.

I mean, how many times have you the opportunity to take a beer with a local in Cambodia?

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