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A Great Guide To Experiential Travel In Cambodia

Angkor Wat

Published: 11 March 2015

Cambodia is a country with a secret. Despite it’s horrible past and the intolerable cruelty of the Khmer Rouge, the people of Cambodia are somehow heart-warmingly friendly and seem genuinely happy. But it’s not just the people that are fascinating; the nation is home to a variety of treasures from ancient temple complexes to rich wildlife escapes. Here are some of the things you must do, see and visit when you travel to Cambodia:

Explore Angkor Wat:
This is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Cambodia and worth not just one but several visits if you can. Intricate carvings, magnificent ruins and the air of mystery that surrounds the place will have you wishing to explore every nook and cranny of the largest religious monument in the world that spans over 400 square kilometres. Sunset and sunrise are the best times to visit to truly witness the beauty of these Buddhist temples that can be found close to Siem Reap.

Escape to Otres Beach:
Take a breather as you lie on this breathtakingly beautiful beach in Shanoukville. Though you can find many other beaches around the area, this is the best one to escape to when you’d rather get away from the crowds and enjoy some alone time with the sea.

Examine Khmer Art:
The National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh and The Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap are home to some of the most stunning Khmer art in the country. Take a tour through both and come face to face with beautiful sculptures, bright murals, mesmerising paintings and ancient statues that will help you get a better understanding of Cambodia’s history and culture.

Eat the cuisine:
Cambodia is famous for some of the strangest delicacies that are not made for those with weak stomachs. Khmer food, in general, is delicious though, so you could just stick to that. However, for those who love to experiment, there are plenty of options from grasshoppers to tarantulas and snake soup – which may look and sound revolting, but actually tastes pretty good. Make sure you’ve got Cambodia travel insurance though, just to be on the safe side in case things go belly up.

Extend your travel to include natural wonders:
Cambodia has quite a rich and diverse wildlife population and efforts are being taken to boost eco-tourism. Watch the Irrawady dolphins that live along a small stretch of the Mekong River, walk with elephants in Mondulkiri, spot gibbons in Rattanakiri and spend hours of fruitful bird watching in the Tonle Sap Lake area. Simply fantastic!

Enjoy an Apsara dance show:
While these were almost abolished during the tyrannical reign of Khmer Rouge, today you can easily catch one of these elegant traditional Khmer dance performances. This classical dance involves beautiful elaborate costumes and graceful movements and is supposed to represent the apsaras in Hindu mythology.

Along with your own pick of attractions and activities, make sure to include these experiences in your travel itinerary during your Cambodia travel holidays in 2015 and rest assured you will have seen, done and visited some of the best the country has to offer.

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