5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cambodia
Cambodia has a lot to offer from its enchanting landscapes to its rich history and culture and the innate hospitality, there is no surprise that people keep coming back for more. We have come up with the top 5 reasons you should visit Cambodia for your next holiday.
The ruins of Angkor at Siem Reap
Of course, there is no denying the fact that one of the major reasons why so many travellers travel to this Southeast Asian nation is to witness the stunning temples of Siem Reap. Built during the Khmer Era, this sprawling temple complex is an amazing example of architectural grandeur, being home to a series of beautiful structures and religious monuments, the most significant being, the Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, and Ta Prohm. You can take your pick of choosing to walk down the historical trails through the luscious jungles, or explore by renting a cycle to travel through the World’s largest temple complex, that’s marked as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Remote islands and pristine beaches
There is a huge misconception by tourists that Thailand has the best beaches, hence the ones in Cambodia are often left unvisited and so forgotten. The long stretches of white sandy beaches and deep blue sea are sure to allure travellers looking for pristine hideouts. Cambodian islands like Koh Thmei, Koh Ta Kiev, Koh Totang, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem are some of the greatest hidden gems that Cambodia has to offer. There are so many options to choose from.
Why not relax while sunbathing, take a quick dip, try out water sports or attend some yoga sessions on the beach!
Warm and friendly people
You will always find the people of Cambodia extremely warm and friendly. The majority of the country’s population reside in rural areas, making them very humble and always there to share a smile. From the tuk-tuk drivers, to the tour guides, shopkeepers or passers-by – you’ll be touched by their gentle behaviour.
People are patient and soft-spoken, and you’ll soon get to feel the zen vibes, being around them!
Unexplored jungles and varied wildlife
When thinking of Cambodia, perhaps the thought of adventure treks and wildlife explorations did not come to mind, but just to add to your knowledge, Cambodia has extensive tropical jungle scenes where you can discover some amazing wildlife such as elephants, sun bears, gibbons and hundreds of beautiful birds.
The Cardamom Mountains in the northwestern part of Cambodia are one of Southeast Asia’s most species-rich and intact natural habitats where you can unwind and find solace amidst the silence! The flora and fauna of this region are truly unique, and you’ll have several options for camping, kayaking, cycling and hiking through this unique Cambodian tropical jungle.
Bustling markets, affordable prices, and delicious food
Whether you’re are travelling in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, the local markets will always leave you in complete and utter awe! You can find everything from clothes to souvenirs to household goods and jewellery to lip-smacking food and alcohol. The best part is that you can bargain till you get the best price even though things in Cambodia would appear to be cheaper than anywhere else in the world!
Pay particular attention to the night markets as they are amazing, and really worth a visit. You can dig into a bowl of steaming Bai Sach Chrouk (Pork and rice) and treat your taste buds with the delicious flavours! Also, you’ll get some of the very best varieties of fresh tropical fruits in these markets.