Cambodia is still a little known country in a Western country, but a visit is worth it, as it offers many things to discover.
Cambodia, the destination for adventurous backpackers, spiritual mystics or travelers in search of an experience out of the ordinary. When traveling to Cambodia you will not lack contact with different ancient cultures. You will lose yourself among its many temples, but also for its magnificent lakes and beaches, rural areas and even floating villages along Tonle Sap lake. The characteristic orange color of the Buddhist monks’ robes and the intense green of their nature will lay the foundations for what will be one of the most incredible trips for your memories.
Here are the 7 best reasons to visit Cambodia:
Meet the friendly Cambodian
Cambodians are very hospitable people. They will immediately make you feel at home. All the children will come to greet you and you will see smiles everywhere. Khmer has a reputation for being the most hospitable people in Asia, and by coming here you can quickly understand why.
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Visit the great lake of Tonlé Sap
Tonlé Sap lake, located in the center of the country, is the economic lung that allows many Cambodians to survive. During the rainy season, the waters of the Mekong rise in level and the lake doubles in size! An open possibility is to take a cruise on the lake, for example, to connect with Phnom Penh or Battambang from Siem Reap.
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Taste the best rice in the world
Cambodian rice from Battambang province, 3 hours from Siem Reap, is considered the best in the world and has won several awards for several years in a row involving rice from all over the world. On the other hand, the landscapes of rice fields that stretch over the fields of Battambang are absolutely magnificent, ideal for those who love to travel far from the marked trails.
Discover a capital that is not like the others
Phnom Penh is a strange capital, which combines tradition and modernity, and in which a chaotic atmosphere reigns everywhere, combined with relative tranquillity. It is a must-see city to understand Cambodian culture, visiting the Royal Palace or simply strolling along the Sisowath Pier, which borders the river.
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To observe endangered dolphins
The Irrawaddy dolphin is a very specific species of dolphin that lives exclusively in the waters of the Mekong, in Laos, and north of Cambodia. Its snout and dorsal fin have a very particular shape. They can be spotted on a boat trip departing from Kratie or Stung Treng. This is an excursion that no nature lover can miss, through Cambodia’s most remote regions.
Enjoy the paradise islands unknown by tourists
Unlike in Thailand and Vietnam, the islands off the Cambodian coast are little paradises on earth, still little visited. The islands off the coast of Sihanoukville are more or less inhabited, but even in high season they are well preserved. Go now, before it’s too late!
Get lost in the meanders of the temples of Angkor
This is the best-known place in the country and the main reason Cambodia welcomes millions of visitors every year! The temples of Angkor are architecturally beautiful and Angkor Wat is an absolute symbol. An essential place in your trip to Cambodia.