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Friday morning question: Would you still go to Cambodia if...

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/4/2006 at 07:51 admin

It's Friday morning (or it is here anyway!) and who wants to be at work on a Friday!

Here's a question to chew over -- hopefully a bit more interesting than that spreadsheet you're gazing at.

Would you still go to Cambodia if Angkor Wat was in Thailand? Why or why not?

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Posted by tuy on 7/4/2006 at 09:31

my answer to this is no. I have just returned from Cambodia. I planned to go there for one month but I decided to cut my trip short to just two weeks.

My main reason for going there was for angkorwat and it is truly amazing. I spend three and one half days in the ruins exploring every day and I loved it. I wish now though I had stayed longer as after five days in SIem Reap (btw I stayed at Golden Banana which is a very good place) I decided to move on to see more of the country and this is where the problem starts.

Cambodia is very poor and dirty. I knew it was poor but i didn't expect it to be so bad. I went from Angkor first to Battamabng then to Kompong Chnnang, Phnom Penh and I planned to go to Kampot, but after Phnom Penh (which I didn't like) I decided to leave and go to Vietnam early.

I took the boat to Battamabng from Siem Reap. It was overcrowded and we got stuck all the time. There was no cover on the boat and no water. I got very thirsty and worried we would sink.

Battambang was ok, and I liked the crazy train things they have, but my motobike guy took me to a killing field temple on a hill and there were children there who showed me the bones and stuff. I thought it was very inappropriate to have children showing tourists this. They had very little respect for these poor dead people.

I decided to try Kompong Chhnang to see something non touristy and now I know why it is non-touristy. It was boring, nobody spoke english and the food made me sick. I fled then to PP and I don't understand why the Travelfish makes this place sound so nice -- it was dirty, there were power-cuts all the time and so many beggers, many disabled children. I found it very difficult emotionally.

anyway, so then I left and went to Saigon which I liked a lot more.

I think if Angkor Wat was in Thailand very few people would go to Cambodia a really there is nothing to see there.

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Posted by tuy on 7/4/2006 at 09:34

sorry, i forgot to say "thanks travelfish" as even though i didn't like most of Cambodia, I do like this site

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Posted by sabaisabai on 7/4/2006 at 19:07

Totally disagree with Tuy. I'd be back to Cambodia in a snap if only i could figure out how to get a job there. Angkor is a gem for sure, but there's a lot more to the place that that. Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri they both rock.

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Posted by exacto on 7/4/2006 at 23:12

Absolutely. I spent two fascinating months in Phnom Penh in 1999, and would love to spend more time in other areas too. We'll be heading to Angkor Wat this summer, but only because my wife has never been there and it is on her "must do while still alive" list. If Angkor were in Thailand rather than Cambodia, we'd be free to visit lots of other spots in Cambodia during that week.

I was sorry to read that Tuy had a bad experience, but expectations can do that to you. I've been to plenty of places that were less clean and certainly less friendly than Cambodia. The country is still just emerging from a relatively long and certainly dark period in its history. What I felt there was a sense of excitement and hope. It is a fantastic time to go and experience it while it is still fresh and original. Cambodia may not be for everyone, but the adventurer in me (even though my message board ranking is still only "backpacker") say, yes, go. See you there. Cheers.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 8/4/2006 at 05:42 admin

Exacto -- moved from Backpacker to Traveller I see ;-)

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Posted by exacto on 8/4/2006 at 08:57

Yeah. It happened just after I posted the above. How funny is that?

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Posted by jon_mak on 8/4/2006 at 19:25

Yes I would got to cambodia again, with or without angkor. My wife & I had a really nice (but short) trip to siem reap and it was great. We also went to talay sap (the big lake) which was intresting and our tuk tuk driver took us to his house and met his wife and everything. Something I would not do in thailand and my wife is thai and I speak abit of thai aswell. I guess there is more to cambodia than angkor but You still got to get out of thailand every now and again aswell :)


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Posted by tsargood on 10/4/2006 at 19:54

Hi all, I'm a very experienced traveller, well I think so anyway, does 47 countries qualify me? I have been around Cambodia quite extensively and Loved It! How can you say there is nothing to see there! You must have had your eyes closed.... Stick to the package tours

PS: This web site is great! Shame I didnt find it sooner.

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Posted by iwillfly525 on 11/4/2006 at 12:08

Yes, I would still go to Cambodia if Ankor Wat wasn’t there. Granted I don’t think I would have gone there initially if Ankor wasn’t there. But now that I have been, I would go back with or without Ankor. Cambodia is my 2nd favorite county (and when I went I wasn’t expecting to like it at all, it was the person I was traveling with who wanted to go). I can’t put my finger on what it is that I liked about it. But I loved it all. I’m hoping that once I’m “done” with Japan (IF I ever get tired of this country) I can spend a year or so in Cambodia. Talk about two countries with contrast and I love them both.

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Posted by Whitey on 22/4/2006 at 16:42

I would, and I will return to Cambodia, but I`m not sure I will visit Angkor again, although it was a magnificent experience. I loved the laid back attitude of the people I met along the way, Locals and Travellers alike. However the Question was "Would you still go to Cambodia if Angkor Wat was in Thailand?"

My answer is Certainly Yes. Cambodia is more, much more, than just Angkor.

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Posted by Ellen on 3/6/2006 at 23:45

I have to say that yes I would, and as Whitey says "there is so much more than Angkor"

Yes Cambodia is poor, yes Phnom Phen resembles an Indian city, it is dusty, smelly, dirty and crowded with beggars. It broke my heart that there were so many landmine victims and the horrible times that the people had to endure.

But, I love this country and most of all I love the people, so friendly (genuine friendliness, not just the Thai smiles you get in exchange for money) and had such strength of spirit. They were helpful and kind.

Cambodia had a profound effect on me, even though I spent such a short time there, I can't wait to go back.

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