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Long before Angelina Jolie made it famous by her film Lara Croft, the country’s temples have always been a sight of beauty.
The Angkor Wat is a temple complex that might as well be the eighth wonder of the world.
What Is It?
The temples of Angkor are a demonstration of the genius of the Khmer history. The Angkor Wat is an architectural masterpiece that truly defines magnificence. The Buddhist monument has more than 3000 apsaras carved into its walls. The level of detail in the intricate patterns of the walls of the temple is rather fascinating. There’s an 800-m long line of bas-relics. Nature has found its place in this magnanimous structure. Trees entwined in the pillars and roots growing over the structures almost make it one.
What To Do?
Besides, the Angkor Temples, Cambodia’s history can be learnt through rather unsettling places like The War Museum in Tuol Sleng that was once a torture house. For those more curious about the country’s gruesome past, you can also visit The Killing Fields where you can see skulls and bones unearthed from the ground.
Want to feel closer to nature? Cambodia’s Mondulkiri Province is where you’ll find elephants, bears and leopards. Grass covered hills, pine groves and rainforests take you away from the lowlands. If you’re an adventurous soul, Sihanoukville is where you can get a dose of adrenaline. White sand beaches, sufficient vitamin D and underwater activities like snorkelling will keep you busy! And when the sun’s out Cambodia’s night-scene is where you find life.
What To Eat?
The always hungry can gorge on delicious seafood. The must try are Fish Amok (steamed coconut fish in banana leaves), Nom Banh Chok (Khmer Noodles) and Chrouk (sticky rice cake). Insect eaters can also find fried spiders and crickets to indulge in! Yummm.
Average Ticket Price from Mumbai to Cambodia: Between ₹ 20,000 and ₹ 30,000
Average Duration: 9-10 hours