July 4, 2016 | Flight distance: 287 nm | Hours in the air: 1.00
The last day in Cambodia meant getting up really early to see the wonders of Angkor Wat and then later the last flight on to the final destination Bangkok.
With a population of over 15 million, of whom over 95% practice Thervada Buddhism, Cambodia was a Southeastern Asian superpower with changing rulers until the 13th century.
Over the following centuries this country was more and more dominated by its rising neighbors. In 1863 the king sought protection by the French. This was the start of the French protectorate that lasted until 1953. Afterwards Cambodia became a constitutional monarchy until 1970, when the Khmer took over. The following years were marked as the black period under the Khmer Rouge regime.
Only in 1993 the monarchy was restored but all power went to government elected by a multiparty democracy.