Wonders of Cambodia

CAMBODIA. Or better SCAMBODIA?
Maybe. A country that is much more touristic than we expected. A country that has a much gloomier history than we thought. And still, people smile at you and are thankful for the little they have.
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We experienced Scambodia and its BRIBERY right at the border where we had to pay for the visa more than we were supposed to. Otherwise, the customs would not let us in. It is not possible without bribes.
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Generally, the Khmer people want MONEY WITHOUT WORK. The national sport is sitting and waiting for some dollars to appear.
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Well, money is fun here. They equally use Cambodian riel and US dollars. Moreover, near the eastern border, you can pay in Thai bahts. 1 USD corresponds to 4000 riels. You can pay as you please and you will get the change the same way. Maybe even a mix of both currencies.
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CHINESE are building casinos and short-term roads here.
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JAPANESE long-term roads.
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The national dress is PYJAMAS. Especially for women. Especially the old ones. Why wasting time by changing clothes, right?
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The most famous Khmer religious monument of ANGKOR WAT is de facto owned by VIETNAMESE. (All the money from admission is managed by a Vietnamese businessman).
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During the horrors of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, 3 MILLION people were killed, which was almost half of the population. Whoever had an education, spoke a foreign language, or just wore glasses, was an enemy of the regime. Entire families were murdered so that no one could seek revenge. More than a decade after the end of this GENOCIDE, the World still denied it. Pol Pot has never been prosecuted and has lived to 73 years.
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Cats lack tails. Apparently, they are born this way.
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COCKROACHES are incredibly fast! Really, come to Cambodia to see how fast they can run.
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Buffalo. Buffalo. Zebu. BUFFALO. Zebu. Buffalo. BUFFALO. ZEBU. Zebu. Buffalo. BUFFALO.
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In the Czech Republic, whoever is drunk is a Danish, whoever is greedy is a Jew. In Cambodia whoever is white is French.
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But the French have taught Cambodians one of the few things they can do well. Baking BAGUETTES.
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We love Cambodian PEPPER! So far we have lived in the boring blindness that the pepper is black, white or green. Only until we tried the Cambodian pepper, which we’re eating by bullets.
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Cambodia is a MANGO SUPERPOWER. On one tree, there must be hundreds of kilos of them.
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COCKFIGHTING! We have seen many wrestling cocks in their cages. Occasionally we saw two men from the window of a bus as they watch their champions’ fight. But even here we have not been able to persuade the locals to invite us to the real match. Even in Cambodia, cockfighting is illegal.
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Plastics? No problem, they will BURN THEM HERE for you.
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They are building one temple after the other, and one-hundredth hideous statue after the second hundredth. For God’s sake, rather build houses for people to live in!
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There are no pedestrians in Cambodia. They all ride motorbikes or tuk-tuks. As a pedestrian, you are an UNEXPECTED ELEMENT ON THE ROAD. There are no sidewalks and if so, they are used by motorbikes.
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Do you also use the hand-brake in the car to turn around? Dom uses the LEG-BRAKE on the motorbike.
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“VANDOLA!” It might seem like a Khmer greeting. But that’s what children are calling from afar, begging for a dollar.
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BLACK EGGS and PIECES OF BRAINS are peeking out of soups.
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Dari saw a grilled dog head for the first time in her life. She started a HUNGER STRIKE in protest.
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