Cambodia: Golf Packages & Golf Courses
Ready Golf Packages and Course-by-Course Introduction to Golf Courses in Cambodia
If your impression of Cambodia is that of a place of unending wars,
platform for East-West conflicts, long and unforgettable sufferings of the killing fields, landmines, famine and help
less people aimlessly wondering in their own land with the ubiquitous blues of the EU logos ever present in the background, you are not entirely wrong and, no thanks to the media. Someone responded to GOLFnTours’ entry for a promotional advertisement in a forum on golf in Cambodia by saying one would likely run the risk of getting his b**** blown off walking the fairways! Well, so much for business for us, and again no thanks to the forumite’s unhelpful comment borne out of ignorance!
If there were b**** likely to be blown off it would have happenned there long before it became a fairway. Hopefully that did not have to happen and was not at all necessary in the long hard climb back to normalcy, for the country and its people did not wait for outsiders to finish deliberating if the place was safe for a visit.
Matter of fact, if you had recently visited the country you would surely agree that much of what’s so bleakly painted of the country has more or less, at least in the writer’s view, been put to place, except for perhaps a thing or two, like the number game among the powers to decide who should sit on the bench of judges should an international trial court be held to try the war criminals, who are perhaps quite happily dying of old age one after another but certainly faster than the simple number of judges could ever be agreed upon. Other than that, what you see is what you get, just like anywhere else in the same stage of development and fortunes (or the total lack of it)!
Cambodia sits on the Gulf of Thailand. If you must recall, some foreign backpackers were kidnapped for ransom during the dark days of the Khmer Rouge at the famous beach of Kompongsom or Sihanoukville and later killed in the bodged attempt to settle on the terms for release. Otherwise, this is what I found on internet search:
“…and so you will find many unspoiled beaches as well as coral islands basking just offshore in the warm tropical sea. A day at the beach can be followed by a sumptuous meal of fresh seafood at a restaurant on beachfront. Cambodia can also boast many rivers offering unique tourist experiences and for those who want to get close to nature, the forest reserves and parks offer hikers the opportunity to enjoy luxuriant flora…”
No name check was done on author but it certainly could not possibly be the forumite fearing the fairways. You could do it only once!
The modern day Khmer began from the Hindu Kingdom of Funan in the First Century A.D. Much of its modern day customs and languages evolved from this period. Distinct characteristics of that period still remain today. These features can be recognized in ancient buildings, farming methods and the style of the present day clothing, just to name a few.
The State of Funan was situated in today’s southern province of Takeo and lasted for a period of 600 years. This dynasty gave way to the powerful Angkor Empire that was eventually responsible for establishing the Khmer Kingdom, as we know it today.
The Angkorian kings are believed to have come from India and Javanese part of today’s Indonesia. The dynasty reigned for a period of 650 years, and their empire covered much of Southeast Asia. Their territory stretched from Burma to the South China Sea and further north to Lao.
This golden period saw the building of the most ornate and extensive temples known to mankind. These spectacular constructions were built throughout the kingdom and Angkor Wat, is of course the most famous. Besides the majestic temples and courts, the Angkor Kings were also responsible for huge agricultural feats of engineering which included sophisticated irrigation systems, great water reservoirs, and countless canal systems that guaranteed food transport. Some of these systems are still in use today.
However, in the late 13th. Century a sudden shift of power took place. Angkor was invaded and eventually, completely ravaged. Mankind’s most predominant creation on earth was plunged into total destruction. The entire population and wealth of a once proud civilization was abandoned and covered by tropical forest.
Following the abandonment of Angkor, Cambodia’s capital population migrated south to Phnom Penh. The destruction of the mighty Angkorian capital also caused a decline, adaptation, and eventual replacement of Hinduism with Buddhism becoming the national religion.
For the next several hundred years, Cambodia often found itself encroached by neighbouring Thai and Vietnamese forces. They resisted, but eventually it was the colonial power French who seized power and placed Cambodia under its rule. In 1941, 18 year-old Norodom Sihanouk was crowned the King of Cambodia.
In 1945 the Japanese ousted the France and King Norodom Sihanouk took the opportunity to free Cambodia from foreign control. Cambodia was granted its independence in 1953 marking the end of a 90-year rule of the French. In 1959, King Norodom Sihanouk abdicated the throne, turning the position of Kingship over to his father, Preah Bat Norodom Soramarith. The Prince himself became the Head of State and ruled the government.
From the sixties to the end of the millenium, Cambodia again was in political turmoil. This time it became the ground for struggle for control between the big powers of the cold-war. The consequent instability did not only result in impoverishing the country, thousands if not more of its people lost their lives in a wasteful and unprecedented manner for which the international community, for all its power and wisdom on humanity, is still unable to find a solution to accountability for the saddest past of this tiny but one of the great civilization of the world.