The history of Cambodia is full of blood actually, and this fact had a remarkable impact on the development of the country. Up to this day, you can buy a fresh baguette at a fast food stall – a remnant of the French who had control of Cambodia for a number of decades. In Phnom Penh, the capital, there is a former Prison and Killing Fields – as a memorial of the Cambodian genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot. More than 2 million of citizens died during the mass killing, which was a quarter of the Cambodian population of that time.
The main reason for our journey to Cambodia was visiting the temples in the city of Angkor Wat, and it proved to be the good reason. The former Buddhist empire, which the territory of Cambodia used to be, built the temple complex of a tremendous size. Scientists still argue about how they could built it without the modern technology. After the fall of the empire, the jungle had grown through most of the temples. Massive roots of tropical trees had grown through the temples which had waited for centuries to be rediscovered. It happened in the 20th century.