THE PROS AND CONS: CAMBODIA
To be honest and I think I’ve mentioned this before – not everyone sees the positive sides of Cambodia. Words like “poor”, “corrupt”and “thieves” are often associated with Cambodia and its people – this is why I once again have decided to try and neutralize people’s thoughts around Cambodia with another Pros and Cons-post.*
* Once again, please keep in mind that this is just my thoughts which are based on my personal experience – it might be different for others
HERE ARE THE PROS AND CONS ABOUT CAMBODIA:
The cambodian history is extraordinary. They had 1/4 of the population murdered and still they are able to maintain such a positive atmosphere – that is amazing. They have the coolest museums and attractions such as the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh which you can read about in my previous post about Cambodia, right here.
There are a lot of opportunities regarding transportation. The only thing you have to do is find out where you want to go, find a service which can be helpfull (this could be your hostel or hotel or maybe just a random booth on the street) tell them where you want to go and they will with no doubt take care of the rest.
Angkor Wat! Cambodia is the holder of 1 of the 7 wonders, Angkor Wat, and it’s magical to see the sun rise above this gigantic temple! After sunrise you are allowed to go in which I also suggest everyone to do even though there are PLENTY of people. It’s worth it all the way – and because it’s so huge it doesn’t feel like there are too many people walking around with you.
Because of the awful event happening not so long ago a lot of Khmers are still very poor. You’ll see a lot of street kids and a lot of them are beggars or will try to sell you something – the sad part is that for me personally I found it very hard to say no because of their past.
Cambodia is a very corrupt country with a weak economy – and of course the economy is weak when you can get asked to pull over by the police where they will check if you have an international drivers license and search everywhere in your belongings to see if you’re carrying any weed or anything alike – if you for example don’t have an international drivers license they will ask you how much you want to pay for them to “forget about it”. And for your information we only payed 5 dollars.. And no taxes were payed for those money, that’s for sure.
The distance between cities is long. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville/Kampot which are the most popular cities to visit has a great distance between them. And unless you would like to do what everyone will suggest you NOT to do, take the night-bus from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville or the other way around, you’d have to take the bus to Phnom Penh, stay a night and then continue the day after – or, if you have a little more money, you could start your trip in Cambodia by flying to Siem Reap instead of Phnom Penh. But keep in mind that this airport is more expensive to fly to than the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.