A broken beauty…
Cambodia is a country full of contradictions and can hardly be described on a single website. Nevertheless, we’ll try it here – in short and with a picture gallery from our favourite country.
Cambodia is a cradle of high culture: between the 9th and 15th century, the incredibly extensive and diverse temples around Angkor Wat were built here. On an area of about 200 square kilometres, more than 1,000 temples and sanctuaries can be found in the vicinity of the tourist centre Siem Reap. Up to one million people are said to have lived here during the heyday of the historic Khmer kingdom. For archaeologyand culture lovers, it is worthwhile to add a few days to this station of the fundriding tour.
Cambodia is a tormented country: between the 15th and 19th century Cambodia became dependent on its neighbours Vietnam and Thailand. Between 1863 and 1953 the Cambodians lived under French colonial rule. Between 1955 and 1975, Cambodia was affected by the Vietnam War. The USA has dropped about 500,000 tonnes of bombs on Cambodia. To this day, landmines are a huge problem in Cambodia.
Cambodia is a country of genocide: between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge, under Pol Pot, set up a horror regime which, according to estimates, claimed between 1.7 and 2.2 million people (out of a total of 7.5 million) to have been killed. Based on the ideology of Stone Age communism, the Khmer Rouge tortured and murdered an unimaginable number of Khmer Rouge people and wiped out an entire generation of intelligence. The Killing Fields near Phnom Penh and the Tuol Sleng torture prison in the city tell this darkest chapter of Cambodian history.
Cambodia is a beauty: the country offers impressive images of cultural wealth and breathtaking landscapes. Dreamy temple complexes of all places, bustling markets where you can buy almost everything, Battambang (the pearl of the north in French colonial style), endless rice fields and primeval forests in 1,000 different shades of green, the impressive Cardamom Mountains, the sea at the Thai Gulf with its offshore small dream islands, the pulsating metropolis Phnom and, of course Angkor Wat (see above). The Fundriding tour does not miss any of this and offers the unique opportunity to really get to know the whole country.
Cambodia is the country where pepper grows: No joke! The region Kampot/Kep between the Thai Gulf and the Cardamom Mountains provides the perhaps best pepper in the world. As with champagne, parmesan and Kölsch, Kampot Pfeffer is also a protected regional brand name, which can only be used for pepper that is cultivated according to strict standards in this region. All those who stay at home can order here: Mr. Bong’s Finest Kampot Pepper. Part of the proceeds will be used for the Kleine Hilfsaktion.
Cambodia is the home of our friends: in the end, it is the people who make Cambodia something very special. The openness and cordiality with which they welcome us, the friendliness and hospitality that we are given – all this almost seems strange to us Central Europeans. Over the years we have met many people – and not a few of them have become real friends. Friends, who ensure that 12 fundrider get to know and love the country.