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My Backpacking Guide for Cambodia

Having completed my backpacking trip in Cambodia, I felt that it’s only apt by giving back to the travelling community by creating a backpacking travel guide for backpackers looking to travel to Cambodia. To travellers from Europe or Americas, Cambodia is one of the exotic countries in Asia that’s just so different in terms of culture and landscape. To travellers from Asia, the country is seen as a cheap getaway to travel to. Way of life in Cambodia Coming from a busy metropolitan city like Singapore, I find my pace slowing down the moment I landed in Cambodia. Sure the slightly more developed cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have more people but you won’t get knocked by people on the street. In fact, the culture in Cambodia is that everyone owns a motorcycle or bicycle (and the wealthy people drive cars, of course) and there is hardly anyone.
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How to enjoy the full Angkor Wat experience in 2 days – Part 3

The final part of the tour is Ta Prohm, a temple built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. This is the temple where we look at the trees growing on top of the ruins, more than the ruins. To movie-goers, Ta Prohm is probably better known to them as the Tomb Raider temple. I see tour guides emphasizing this to tourists as well, including a walk-through on some of the scenes that happened in the movie. I listen in amusement because Ta Prohm has so much more to offer than references to a movie. Ta Prohm is probably the most visited temple after Angkor Wat. When I reached the temple after finishing my Angkor Thom tour, the temple was already flooded with tourists. Like I mentioned earlier, Ta Prohm is a nice temple in its own right, but the trees that have grown around the temple has given.
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How to enjoy the full Angkor Wat experience in 2 days – Part 2

Angkor Thom, which means “Great City” in Khmer. It is the last capital city of the Khmer empire before the kingdom declined in which the city was abandoned some time before 1609. Personally, I prefer my visit to Angkor Thom compared to Angkor Wat because there is so much to see, walking around a city, compared a single temple (regardless of the size). It’s a shame that towards the builders started to use wood for construction (probably because the forest provides builders with an infinite supply of materials), and all wooden constructions have perished. Entering Angkor Thom through the south gate, you will be greeted by two big Naga statues in a tug-of-war with a row of devas on the left and asuras on the right. Given the level of detail in the architecture, I imagine the city during its prime would have been very grand. Bayon Temple The next stop.
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How to enjoy the full Angkor Wat experience in 2 days – Part 1

I am going to share with you how you can enjoy the full Angkor Wat touring experience in 2 days through what’s called the “small circuit”. This is something I’ve done myself during my backpacking trip in Cambodia and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment box. If you have 3 days to spare, I will strongly encourage visiting the rest of the temples on the wider Angkor Archeological Park circuit. Before you visit the Angkor Archeological Park, spend a few hours the day before to visit the Angkor National Museum to understand the history of the park. Admission fees are steep at 12 USD and 3 USD for the audio guide. Pretty steep but I promise you that it’s worth it! Learn about the kings who ruled during the reign, the different gods worshipped by the king and the people, how the country’s state religion moved.
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