Known as the kingdom of Cambodia, Cambodia is a country situated in Indochina peninsula. The country is famous for its low-lying planes, mountains and its gulf of Thailand coastline. Its capital Phnom Penh is home to the art deco central market which is famous for its architectural and historic exhibitions. It is famous for its ruins of Angkor Wat, which is a stone complex which was built during Khmer empire.
You will need a proper passport and a Cambodian visa to enter into Cambodia. Tourist visas are valid for one month after entry into Cambodia. It is a great place to visit and enjoy however I had some misconceptions regarding the country which could only be cleared by visiting the country. I had the opportunity to visit the country and in this article, I would sum up about what I learned after visiting Cambodia.
These were some facts that I learned after visiting Cambodia
- The Khmer rouge left a serious damage to the country and more than 1.5 to 2.5 million people were killed in the genocide. Even though the Khmer rouge ended in the 20th century yet crimes against humanity are tried in the courts even today. More than 40% of Cambodians live in poverty and the average income is much less than $3 per day. The best you can do is to buy the local products which would help the locals better their condition to some extent.
- Angkor is a tourism spot but it is a religious temple first so you must behave well like you are in a church and the Cambodians would appreciate it.
- If you are volunteering for any of your skill you should make sure that your resources could help the ones in need. If your stay is short then it would be better to help people who can learn in a few time.
- You must avoid kids who are found selling any postcards or gums as they are quite poor and a few pennies would not help them come out of their poverty. Parents encourage such activities instead of sending them to school.
- It is considered very rude in Cambodia to use left hand to point at anything, you must use your right hand to ask for directions or any food item.
Out of many problems, these were the ones I think were the most important one which would help you with your stay in Cambodia. It is a great place for the social workers as there are a thousand problems that need fixing, however, I admired my stay in that beautiful country.