Cambodia has come a long way from its sad past, when 1975 was claimed the “Year Zero” by the murderous Khmer Rouge. Today, its attitude and progress are fine examples of a steady developing country.
Beyond the many spectacular ancient temples, pristine beaches, charming towns, dense forests, and thriving cities, it’s the people themselves that make Cambodia so special.
Since my first visit to Cambodia 22 years ago I have seen it go from total destruction to a bustling and relatively prosperous economy. This dramatic upgrade in infrastructure has included some of the best hotels and tourism service in Southeast Asia, making Cambodia a wonderful destination, even for the most discerning traveler. Since it is a relatively small country, one can visit temples, jungle and cities or include mountain villages and a tropical beach, all in a short period of time. This means that Cambodia can easily be part of an itinerary that also includes Vietnam, Thailand or Laos. Angkor may be the jewel in the crown of Cambodia but it doesn’t have to be the only reason to visit this relaxed, wonderful country.