History buff heaven: Explore Cambodia’s storied past
Every country has a unique history, but Cambodia has one of the most interesting. This Southeast Asian country has been under the leadership of many different nations, including Vietnam and France. No matter who held political power, however, the people have worked for centuries to preserve the rich traditions and beautiful landmarks of their ancestors. What better way to experience these wonders than by taking a trip to Cambodia yourself?
King Sihanouk’s Palace
Norodom Sihanouk was one of the world’s most interesting rulers. Not only did he serve as the King of Cambodia twice, he was also the country’s head of state, prime minister, and president. At the age of 18, he ascended the throne for the first time and took up residence in the Royal Palace. Travelers to Cambodia can visit this royal residence in Phnom Penh, and marvel at the mid-18th century architecture.
Kampong Trach cave
A few miles outside of the city, Cambodia’s landscape will take your breath away. This region is rich with limestone caves, some of which have been made into miniature enclosed jungles by overgrown foliage. There are also many temples hidden amongst the rocks in this area.
Bayon Temple complex
Built in about 1190 AD by King Jayavarman VII, the complex was used as a Buddhist place of worship. The Bayon Temple complex is best recognized by the dozens of smiling faces that are carved into the stone around the area. These Hindu-inspired elements will give you a sense of peace as you walk through and ponder the prayers of the past.
Cambodia is the perfect destination for the history-loving traveler in your life. From temples and palaces to caves and stone carvings, this Asian region is sure to fulfill anyone’s historical curiosity.
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