Cambodia might not be the first place you think of travelling to when you’re in Southeast Asia, with more people choosing to travel to Thailand and Bali, but it really is an amazing place with impressive temples, pristine beaches and lots of cheap food and drink to be had!
Not convinced? Here are some of the most amazing places to explore in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and a truly wonderful place to spend a few days. When you enter the city, you’ll notice that it’s brimming with street food vendors serving up some of the most beautiful aromatic curries you’ll ever be lucky enough to sample. However, if you’re brave enough, you might want to sample a popular Cambodian delicacy – deep fried tarantula!
Once you’re done eating, take a walk along the banks of the Mekong river where you’ll see impressive colonial houses and meet some very interesting people and find plenty of places to take an exotic cocktail or two.
Angkor Wat is a stunningly preserved ancient city that was central to the Khmer empire which once ruled over much of Southeast Asia. It’s always been a popular destinations for trek challenges, and making the trek over Cambodia’s impressive mountains to the city that is filled with picturesque stilted houses and beautiful Buddhist temples will certainly make you appreciate the place more once you get there and finally lay your eyes on the city you’ve been anticipating for so long.
The Killing Fields
Just past the border of Phnom Penh is a rather somber site, but a place that you should make an effort to visit if you’re in the area – The Killing Fields. This place is home to one of the biggest mass graves in Cambodia, where it is believed that more than one million Cambodian people were executed when the aforementioned Khmer Rouge regime was in power. The story of those people is told via an audio guide which will teach you more about the country’s history and give you one of the most moving experiences of your life
Sihanoukville, affectionately named ‘Snooky’ but the locals is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the whole of Cambodia. Much less populated than the beaches of Bali or Thailand, you’ll be able to have a truly relaxing experience here. With no less than six sandy areas to choose from, you can take time finding the perfect spot to top up your tan before hitting the beach bar for a daiquiri of three, followed by a night of dancing and BBQ food at the nearby Otres Night Market.
Kampot was once one of the world’s biggest suppliers of salt and pepper, but the picturesque river town is now a great place to spend a relaxing day out. You’ll have a great time hanging out at the market, where the noodles are to die for, eating at the Epic Arts Café, which makes some of the best cakes, and more importantly, gives jobs to the local disabled population, and exploring the spooky French ghost town that is such a big draw in the area.