After having spent some time exploring Beijing, my journey continued on to what turned out to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen.
From the moment I landed amidst a spectacular lightning storm combined with a very wet and humid Typhoon, I fell in love. This country was filled with such colour and beauty. The people were beyond friendly, the food was overwhelmingly delicious and the culture and history took my breath away. Cambodia had my full attention.
My first stop was visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. My guide, a young man whose family had been victims told his personal heartfelt story of the history of the Genocide and it’s war with Kmer Rouge Regime. As he took me through the museum, stopping to point out graves of victims and various torturing devices, I couldn’t help but wipe away tears. Left untouched were bloodied clothing, shoes and other personal belongings of those men, women and children murdered. Pictures of the victims were posted one by one along a bulletin board of faces stricken with fear and sadness
One of the main reasons why I chose to visit Cambodia was to be able to experience yet another 7 Wonders of the World, Angkor Wat.
5.5km of protected land, filled with beautiful 12th century Hindu temples. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to explore it.
Upon entering the gates to the entrance of Angkor Wat, I was immediately drawn towards a herd of elephants being fed bananas by a group of young boys. I was given the opportunity to trek through Angkor Wat on top an elephant. Such an amazing experience.
The elephants, guided by the young boys took a group of us into an open field where I then got to experience one of my favourite parts of my time spent in Cambodia, A hot air balloon ride over top Angkor Wat. Seeing just how big this monument was from an areal view was absolutely stunning.