Discovering the new Cambodia
AFTER a tumultuous and often violent past, Cambodia is rediscovering itself to become a premier tourist destination.
People travelling to the heart of Indochina will experience a taste of the Khmer culture, cities bustling with renewed energy and life and the warm, welcoming Cambodian people.
The capital Phnom Penh stands at the confluence of the mighty Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap Rivers. Once considered a charming French-built city in Indochina, it has returned to its roots and been revived with sidewalk cafes, riverfront beautification schemes and open air restaurants.
A visit to the Royal Palace reveals the beauty of Khmer architecture with magnificent halls, pagodas, pavilions and chofahs ( bird-like ornaments) and the Silver Pagoda with shimmering floors reflecting 5000 silver tiles.
But the epitome of any trip to Cambodia must surely be Angkor, one of the foremost architectural wonders of the world, and built at the height of the Khmer civilisation as a major administrative and religious centre.
At Ta Prohm visitors can see how the remaining stone structures are entangled within and, in fact, supported by the massive roots systems of fig trees. Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most impressive and well-preserved monument in this complex of ancient structures.
Asia Quest Tours operates two fully inclusive tours to the region, a 28-day Wonders of Indochina holiday from $ 5380 per person, twin share, and a 23-day Mystic Indochina trip to Cambodia and Vietnam from $ 4880 per person, twin share.