When I think of Cambodia, images of Angelina Jolie spring to mind. Swinging through the temple ruins of Ta Prohm, Siem Riep. Thanks to her and the movie, Cambodia has had a boost in tourist activity.

For all its natural beauty and rich heritage, Cambodia is still probably best known in the West for its suffering at the hands of the  Khmer Rouge. Coming to power in the 1970s Cambodia suffered mass executions. Their three-year terror was followed by a protracted guerrilla war that ended only in 1998 and left much of the country in ruins. Nowadays, Cambodia with increased aid from the west and other countries is safe to travel around and boosts amazing sights to be seen.

For the duration of my stay, I resided in Siem Riep at the Lotus Blanc Hotel. I have to say this hotel is very nice and comfortable. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The rooms are modern and the pool is great! You will most definitely want to plan your day around a dip or two, especially with the heat and humidity Cambodia offers. However, the only downside would be the on going construction work…

Before we departed the UK, my sister found a highly reviewed and recommended tour guide on Trip Advisor- The Angkor Tour Guide. For two days, Ratanak our fantastic guide took us around the temples of Siem Riep. Fluent in English, funny and very knowledgeable I would highly recommend his services!

Blog post to follow with pictures on the tours and sights I saw.

Here’s a small teaser…



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