If you want a vacation destination that offers culture, history, amazing people, and doesn’t break the bank, you can’t do much better than Cambodia. Located in Southeast Asia, it’s often overlooked in famous of its more popular neighbours Thailand and Vietnam, however there is still a well-worn tourist trail through the country.
Here are some reasons why you should visit Cambodia for your next trip:
Head to Siem Reap and immerse yourself in Angkor. This UNESCO World Heritage Centre is home to some of the most magnificent architecture and history in the world, including remains of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15the century. This includes Angkor Wat, Bayon (the one with the faces) and Angkor Thom, along with plenty more which are waiting to be explored. Hire a tuk tuk driver and take a guidebook or shout yourself a guide to learn more about each temple and go in the best order to have the best view for sunrise and sunset.
This is not the only history that the country has, and unfortunately its history includes the Khmer Rouge. In Phnom Penh you’ll find S21 and the Killing Fields, which are now museums and memorials to the many victims of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
Cambodia is a poor country, however the people are not the type to feel sorry for themselves and are quick to laugh. The vast majority of the country is Buddhist, meaning that monks are revered, and you’ll find that anyone with a little English will be happy to practice on you and teach you a little Khmer.
Along with Cambodians, you’re likely to meet people who are also passionate about travel and who have come from all around the world to see Cambodia. This means that you’ll likely make friends for life, and hear about NGOs, volunteering, important projects, and get great travel tips from people who have already been to some of the destinations that you’re on your way to.
The Ease of Travelling
Cambodia is a country that is easy to travel. Tuk tuks will take you around different cities, and tourists can get a shuttle between Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville (complete with wifi and a snack) for around $10. It’s also a country where your dollar goes further, meaning you can stay in nice accommodation than you would usually be able to afford.
While this is a country that is extremely popular for solo travelling, there are also many different fully inclusive Cambodia tours which include accommodation, food, transport and a knowledgeable guide. This means that you’ll be taken to the highlights of the country and won’t need to worry about working out the details of your trip yourself.
Cambodia is a beautiful country, with a wet and dry season. This means lots of greenery and plenty of hiking, Scuba diving, snorkelling and more to choose from. Few countries have the beauty of Cambodia, so be sure to book a trip as soon as you can.