Kingdom Of Wonder

Ola netizens! This year’s summer break have allowed me to venture around the Kingdom of Wonder: Cambodia. My brother generously lent me his camera, the beautifully-built X100T Fujifilm.

We visited Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, which was about 30-45 minutes flight away from each other.

*Warning: I did not expect to write as much as I did below, so do skip the texts if you want to view the snaps only.*

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, where people on scooters and cars are constantly practicing their honking habits. Really though, they take road rage and driving discipline to a whole different level than of what I am used to (although they seem to be quite calm still despite me calling it “road rage”). The main transportation we utilized going around the city was mostly by tuk tuk, which gave me a lot of opportunities to capture and witness the streets of Phnom Penh, and exchange glances with the people who devoted their lives on the streets to go about their daily regime. We briefly visited the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, also ‘tuk tuk’-ed passed by the Independent Monument and Wat Ounalom. To talk of the history behind these attractions are not my fortè, so I apologize for not being more informative on the sights..there is always google right? Anyways, after spending about four days in Phnom Penh, we took a plane to Siem Reap.

Siem Reap, is where the renowned Angkor Wat is located. I was told that it was acknowledged to be one of the wonders of the world, and after visiting the place, there are no doubts on how it achieved this grand recognition. Angkor Archaeological Park not only consisted of the Angkor Wat, the place were pervaded with other historical temples, namely the Bayon Temple and Ta Phrom; these were the other two main temples we visited in the area. Although, there are so many other temples in the Park, as the place was massive (it used to be a city after all). We started off with sacrificing our sleep hours to an early morning trip to the park to engross ourselves with the view of the sun rising over the horizon where the Angkor Wat stands. Some of you who follow my instagram and have read the caption on the Angkor Wat would know that this was my very first sunrise…ever. So that was a pretty grand moment for me. We journeyed to the Bayon Temple, after a light breakfast, where we engulfed ourselves with the numerous and effortlessly sculptured Buddha heads, and beautiful artwork engraved on the walls that tells stories of the lives the settlers used to lead. The last temple, Ta Phrom, had towering trees with monumental roots that gripped around the walls of the temple. It is also known as one of the most popular temples as Angelina Jolie acted a scene there in one of her movies.

Of course, not all trips leave so many fond memories without having to witness relatively negative ones. During this trip, I get to realize a lot of how unsettling it can be being a passer by of those who live their lives in obvious hardships. I do not claim to have such an easy life, but it was one of the times when I truly felt grateful and blessed as I can’t help but compare.

However, on the whole, I had a nice and quite relaxing time in Cambodia, and I’m really glad to have had this chance to explore the places that I did go to with the people I love.

I think I ought to stop my writing here as this post is getting pretty(/too) lengthy for some of you who are actually reading this.

Enjoy these snaps!! I surely had fun taking them 🙂

p.s. I might also upload a video of my journey, stay tuned!

Phnom Penh

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Siem Reap

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