CAMBODIA AS A NATION
Surprisingly serene in spite of its bountiful elegance and historic luxury, Cambodia generally comes on top in Southeast Asia’s travel wishlist because of its ancient ruins of the golden era, harrowing history of Khmer Rouge and untouched beauty of tropical islands. Bounded by Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam on all three sides and the azure South China Sea on the south, Cambodia is spattered with 11th-century architecture and lavishness in the north, quaint hillside villages in the northeast, traumatic realism in its capital and pristine coastline in the south.
The country’s past is equally inspiring as well as distressing as it journeys through the golden phases of earliest civilization of Asia to the late 20th-century civil war, making the entire nation crippled by genocide. The UNESCO protected jungle clad Angkor Wat complex and the colonial heritage in Siem Reap, the green countryside beauty of Battambang, the war memorial sites in Phnom Penh and the secluded beaches in Sihanoukville are some of the most exquisite destinations in Cambodia.