Mostly I got beautiful starts of the day at the riverside when I traveled to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. At least I got bright mornings with warm sunlight, if I didn’t get a wonderful sunrise there.
Similarly, when I traveled to Angkor temples near Siem Reap, mostly I could see breathtaking sunrise at Angkor Wat. And after exploring the interesting temples, I took time to enjoy beautiful sunsets in many places in the complex. I was lucky that I had those days..
But did I get it all the time? Absolutely NO!
I saw cloudy sky over Angkor Wat -which was listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cambodia-, on my first visit to Cambodia. Then I got the similar situation with no blue color in the sky when I returned to the temple three months after my first trip. The clouds were so dark and thick. I was so lucky that the Tuktuk driver dropped me in the restaurant on time before the heavy rain poured the area.
My last trip to Cambodia gave different experience. I went to Phnom Bakheng, a mountain temple in Angkor complex that is famous to be the perfect place to enjoy sunset. I’d never been to Phnom Bakheng, so I walked slowly and reached the temple on the perfect time to see sunset. But it was not my turn to see a beautiful sunset up there because all the clouds seemed to hide the sun! Again, one of the gloomy days.
I could not extend my stay in Siem Reap just to try the chance to have another sunset in Phnom Bakheng because I had to return home the following day and my flight was from Phnom Penh. Although I could not see beautiful sunset in Phnom Bakheng, I hope I could have an amazing sunrise in Phnom Penh at the time my sleeper-bus arrived in the city.
And did you know what I see at sunrise time in the riverside area of Phnom Penh ?
Another heavy clouds in the East! Totally no amazing sunrise!
And now, reading the news that is being the world trending topics everyday. That makes me thinking that behind every cloud is another cloud, a very dark cloud!
Ugh, seems a little bit pessimist…
Because of the corona virus, Angkor Wat became too quiet, the other temples were totally empty. No tourist came, no one was walking around. Some locals said, it was too quiet, like a cemetery.
The airport of Siem Reap which is usually full enough during the first three months of the year as high season for tourism, now was hauntingly empty.
Following other countries, the government of Cambodia has ordered 14 days temporary closure of schools. The common view of students in uniform walking home would be limited. Also, the government has banned of the entry of people coming from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States. The list may be added more in the future, since recently Cambodia found three British people were infected on the Mekong River’s tourist boat.
Meanwhile the Chinese people were prohibited to travel abroad by their Government to minimize the outbreak of the virus. It has a huge impact on Cambodia tourism since Chinese tourists are the majority. This significant drop is now causing the related businesses decide to lay off their employees or even close-out the business. Those gloomy days are near.
We knew, like the other countries, it was hard for the government to take a decision like this but it is necessary to prevent the virus from spreading. It should be taken for the country and for the people as well.
The most important is for the world.
This post was written in response to the weekly challenge from Celina’s Blog, Srei’s Notes, Cerita Riyanti, and also A Rhyme In My Heart, -similar to the old Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress-, which is the 11th week of 2020 has the theme of Cloudy Sky, so we are encouraged ourselves to write articles weekly. If you are interested to take part in this challenge, we welcome you… and of course we will be very happy!