I started the first line of the signing of the Cambodia trip when my skin was still incomplete by the dark gray of the land of fiery heat managed to utter-node tree. And I feel I have done something really different from the previous times backpacker. Because this is my first time to organize themselves phượt trip with the participation of some members that I have never met. I really feel that I have found to be the inspiration of international travel in herds, a feeling that I had lost in a long time since a sad anniversary in 2005 … Why this once again is the country of Cambodia? The reason is simple enough, Thai backpack’ve heard many people ask if this country does not have anything worth watching. Some even told that country’s dangerous because they can carry the Khmer Rouge AK47 rifles to shoot furiously! See reference through all the tours to Cambodia for sale on the Internet, may have noticed that almost all of them focused on two main points is Angkor in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, but I got that content is somewhat poor schedule and no help visitors get the most comprehensive view of Cambodia. And that is why I decided to design his own program is a little different and finding a companion traveling with the same views as my discovery. And so a group was formed with 7 people from Hanoi and Saigon is 2 ones.
In the eyes of our Vietnam, Cambodia image often encapsulated in the tragedy called the Khmer Rouge and the Angkor ruins testify to the Cambodian people’s nostalgia for a once vast empire rain as wind over the Indochina peninsula. But Cambodia is not only that. Cambodia is also a country of Apsara dance, an artistic repertoire that most travelers believe that it came from Thailand by the incredible similarities between the two schools. Next is a Cambodian Buddhist Theravada with notions and customs very different from Vietnam. And finally, the child’s biological legendary Mekong River Tonle Sap ownership, is regarded as the largest lake in Southeast Asia with floating fishing village unique and changing phenomenon like no other river in the world . That’s all what I want to who his companion Experience.
DAY 1: SAIGON / PHNOM PENH
Trip to Cambodia starting with a trip Mekong Express bus firm, is regarded as the most qualified units mining transnational bus lines from Vietnam to Cambodia. After the entry and exit procedures at Moc Bai / Bavet, we go across the highway and enters the idyllic vision is typical of this country with immense rice fields interspersed with palm tree-node uttered. Under the hot sun on a 30-degree, first we are Cambodia, the land of temples.
Just as we Vietnamese, Cambodians have legends explain the birth of the Khmer people. Looking at traditional buildings here, you’ll notice that there are a lot like India. That not only be explained through historical influence of India to Cambodia but also through Kambuja the fairy tale, the original name of a kingdom that later became Cambodia. Legend has it that there is a prince from India too boring life here and decided to adventure to a faraway land in the Far East. Through many lands, finally he decided to linger a territory with thick forests, crystal bar where Nagas are kings reigned. He fell in love with his daughter and would like to propose. His request was accepted and the king was enchanted crystal soap creates a fertile land where many rivers converge and then given to the couple as a wedding gift. That land was named Kambuja, in sanskrit means “born from water”.
Cambodia tourism; explore the temple tower; Khmer Rouge genocide
After 6 hours on the highway asphalt, we went to the capital quite late, then reach than 8pm. After check in, we have the first dinner at a restaurant along the Mekong River, in the Avenue Sisowath. My first impression of this area is the contrast between a sidewalk mostly people strolling capital on one side and a series of bars and restaurants bustling mainly for tourists .
DAY 2: PHNOM PENH / SIEM REAP
We began exploring the city by tuk tuk and horizontal island islands along through the streets before being planned by the French. If you look at a map, Phnom Penh with the shadow of a spider web of interlaced system bới Avenue from north to south and between them are very much connected by footpaths. But what does the immediate future we showed a similar nest Phnom Penh more, a group of people is traveling with all sorts of vehicles, from motorbikes to bicycles, from automobiles to tuk tuk. Look on the map, the distance from one point to another possible over 10km but generally the tuk tuk drivers here, as some of our team you always have a question mouth: “I know that place, just a few steps away is to it! “.
Chaotic traffic, unstable power grid, dangerous streets with theft and begging, etc. … which has been the image of Phnom Penh through what we read. However, when we directly explore the capital, then perhaps that image does not accurately reflect 100%. In terms of area, Phnom Penh is certainly not large, but strangely in Hanoi 1.5 million people here do not seem very clear impact on traffic of the city overall. If this same area in Hanoi, make 3 million people will travel the roads turned into a jumble with loud siren and traffic congestion. But no, the heart of the capital is a space as if they’re in a town this small town. Clearly here, the percentage of cars than the cars on the road can be far more than Vietnam. The taxis not rampant on the road, but instead is tuk tuk.
Anyone who has set foot in Cambodia are not surprised by the absence of big cities and Phnom Penh is probably the only place to reach class “city”. Not because Cambodia does not have the infrastructure conditions for urban development, the Khmer Rouge period has led to the whole country was “rural reform” too much. Indeed, for the Khmer Rouge faction, urban are considered symbols of capitalism, is the “worm” of Cambodian society and therefore need to move out of rural population. Consequently, the capital of 2 million people were transferred at that time to the countryside, just 1 day! Peacetime returned, Phnom Penh city is perhaps the only one who can restore the population as before, and the rest, all the other cities have become the “rural village” with a population of not shabby more than 200,000 people.
Sitting excursions on the tuk tuk, is not difficult to catch the car “crisis” and the giants only rich people can be bought. I have an uncomfortable feeling to witness the remarkable contrast between the squalid shanty towns in the heart of the capital and the glossy luxury cars on the road. Among the drivers inside, the blue-eyed face, says Kashiwagi quite common nose and it made me think of the West to Cambodia worked for international charities. Hear the word charity dread but no one seemed to know that Cambodia owns a record in hand do not take anything too glorious for: a record in the number of non-governmental associations international illegal activities. Since this country reopened in 1991, Cambodia is regarded as the “promised land” for the West he came here as a term to do the task for organizations with roles to rebuild the country. They like blood-sucking leeches gutted poor countries like Cambodia. Do not deny the possibility and their qualifications, but this is really unscrupulous people, just know embezzlement and enrich himself based on charity projects and do not need to know the locals how to live. This super-luxury cars is a clear proof for the their infamous.
If strictly speaking, Phnom Penh has experienced several times on the sidelines of destruction, as well as the fate of the Khmer people so. Since the 14th century, the kingdom Siem (later Thailand) from a vassal state of the Angkor empire has grown to be a powerhouse and knocked back his old employer. Phnom Penh was chosen as a new capital safer for royal destiny. However, Siem troops headed into the capital and invaded again. Royal ran off disorder and frequently have to change the capital like a flood of homeless beggars displaced overnight. So, after being established, Phnom Penh has never been a royal capitals chosen as long-term stability. Have to wait until the French intervention in Southeast Asia and turn into a colonial Indochina in particular, the Phnom Penh and Cambodia’s destiny new perished eliminated before the Thais and the Vietnamese. According to historical record by the French, when they arrived in Phnom Penh in the mid-19th century, this was a “desperate” mere 3km long with dedicated areas for ethnic groups settled here: flower Bridge, Laos, Malaysia, India, An-men-jackfruit (name of Vietnam, the French people), Khmer. All homes are only built temporary bamboo wood and also roads, nothing at all.
But like a fairy tale, Phnom Penh from an ugly duckling turned into a swan with the help of the French. All planned and constructed according to the style of contemporary Paris, the boulevards roads roadside trees, the architecture school of Art Deco, parks, walking promenade, sewer system underground, post offices, hospitals, etc … Phnom Penh when he was dubbed the “Pearl of Indochina”. Between his traditional flowers of pearl, with a diamond encrusted splendor least, that is the royal palace, the official residence of the monarch.