One of the greatest civilisations in the world, Cambodia stands as a relic of its ancient glory, marred by the recent tragedies of war and genocide. It is in Cambodia that a site of historical convergence and contestation is met with a haunting memory of more recent attempts to purge the nation to become a cultureless year zero during the Khmer Rouge. Cambodia still boasts numerous temples, many of which are beautifully preserved and visited by thousands daily. However, who can say to have climbed through the ruins of a temple a la Indiana Jones? Nothing quite beats having to walk through piles of ruin and clamber up stones to explore a historical site. Fall in love with Cambodia’s rich cultures again with these less-known destinations, He Yining explores.

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