Cambodia is a beautiful south-east Asian country, which is one of the hottest tourist spots in the world. It has a sad, bloody history, after the demise of the powerful Khmer Empire in the late 15th century. It was plundered first by its neighbours and later colonised by the French, which ended after brutal carpet bombing by the US in the 1970s. Following this, Cambodia continued to be ravaged by the inhumanly brutal Khmer Rouge. The country began rising on its feet only after the UN intervened in 1993. Ever since, Cambodia has been slowly struggling. Though the country is still plagued by poverty and corruption, the tourism industry has flourished, mainly due to improved security. Cambodia is now being thronged by tourists from all over the world, who have discovered its beautiful beaches and temples.
Angkor Archaeological Park
It is of the most frequently visited spots of Cambodia, and the chief attraction of this country. This enormous park (400sqkm) contains the remains of the majestic Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th century. It is said to be the largest city in the world of the pre-industrial era. The Angkor Wat and the Bayon temples are the important structures here. They are covered with beautiful, mysterious sculptures all over, thus giving them a strong, ethereal appearance. These temples are constructed on pyramid like structures made of mud, which represent mountains. The park is protected and safeguarded by the UNESCO. The town of Siem Reap is the nearest tourist hub, from where you can visit either by bus or by car. You can see more such ancient ruins at Koh Ker.
This is one of Cambodia’s best seaside tourist spots. The beach is among the world’s most beautiful, and is famous for its sea food. The Kep mountain is a wonderful jungle, enriched with wildlife and greenery. Kempot Pepper, the pepper plantation here, once used to be the world’s number one pepper supplier. Other places to visit include French villas, caves with shrines, waterfalls, and Rabbit Island.
Tonle Sap Lake
This is a huge freshwater lake, the largest in the whole of Southeast Asia. This lake is famous for its bird Sanctuary, where you can see beautiful exotic birds. There are also a wide variety of fishes, and giant catfishes. This lake is the habitat for 13 different species of turtles and also the Siamese crocodile.
All in all, Cambodia is one of the best tourist spots in the world, with its natural beauty and exotic flora and fauna. It is affordable, and getting a tourist Visa is quite a simple process. You however, would want to be aware of the mass corruption and be prepared to shell out bits of money from time to time. The country has a lot of potential, and it is hoped, that with the changing times, it will be able to regain its lost glory.