Angkor is More Than a Monument.
Boaz Zippor blogs poetic about a visit to Cambodia. His words capture his impressions of the spirit of the Khmer capital and the country’s best highlights.
“Angkor is more than a monument. It is a living thing, and this is why people go there and are not satisfied with the pretty Discovery channel films. You have to be there to understand it, to feel it, that energy of life, man and jungle, structure and living chaos. Life South Asian style.As I was walking through the different sections, stopping to admire a random decorative texture on a wall, peeking through a broken gate of old stone plates and just wandering aimlessly, I found that more than the structure itself, what captured my attention was the way the jungle reclaimed this temple city, the way nature won. This time.”
“There is not a lot to do in Siem Reap. And I am stating that as a positive thing. It is not an activity city, more of a place to land in a nice coffee shop with a book and have a surprisingly authentic French baguette for breakfast. The city center is just big enough to walk around in and just small enough to walk around in, the perfect size for a pedestrian explorer.
But the real charm of the city is not in the city. It is such a perfect hub to tour the area, the almost untouched countryside of the Cambodian lifescape, with gems of cultural importance just a short drive from town.”
“Walking in the less traveled areas of the city, you can find the real Cambodian modern lifestyle, past and present, with a small hint of the future. You can walk the small allies, in the shade of those big trees that have already seen it all. And you can feel that the local spirit has not been broken yet by the crushing boot of globalization. The local identity is still there.”