For most of us, Cambodia means, the ruins of temples in Angkor Wat. You probably would have known this due to the infamous movie by Angelina Jolie, called Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, released in 2001. A portion of the movie was shot at Angkor.
My trip to Cambodia was possible because of AirAsia. I manage to get good rate for flights through AA for RM350, mind you that’s including the flight tickets, baggage, meals and seat selection. This is possible as I made a point to plan this trip month ahead. AA being a low cost airline or no frills airline, its best to book in advance should you have some plans on where to go. The AirAsia flight took off on time and there was no delay. The only thing I was disappointed with this flight was the ground crew. They didn’t make proper announcement for the ‘hot seat’ passengers and people are just rushing to get in. That aside, the flight was smooth and flight attendants were friendly.
I know that most of us, don’t know much about this country hence I would like to share some facts about Cambodia.
- Tourism is very important for Cambodia’s economy. In 2013, about 4.2 million tourists visited this country. Tourist from Malaysia is ranked at 11th placing. The country’s biggest source of income has been the textile industry. The second largest source of Cambodian income is tourism.
- People have been living within the area covered by the present-day country of Cambodia at least since the 5th millennium BC.
- Malaysians do not need Visa to enter Cambodia and allowed to stay up to 30days. Other countries including Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines (21days) and Thailand (14days).
- The Cambodian flag is the only national flag that has an image of a building – the Angkor Wat.
- During the four-year rule of the Khmer Rouge, one-fifth of Cambodia’s population was killed (1975-1979). They were mostly educated people, priests, and monks. Half of Cambodia’s current population is younger than 15 years old.
Flag of Cambodia
Thats all for now, I will posting more on Cambodia soon… 🙂