10 Things To Do in Cambodia

From the restaurants wafting mouth-watering scents along the streets of Siem Reap, to the breathtaking temples of Angkor, Cambodia is packed to its brim with exciting new endeavours to explore, no matter the type of traveler. You can learn about Cambodia’s long rich history and be a part of this ancient culture through a variety of adventures in the country. With so much to do, you may already need to plan a second trip! Below are some of our favorite ways to get lost in the magic of the mysterious kingdom.

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Try Cambodian Food

Cambodia is known to be a foodie’s playground with restaurants, markets, and stalls offering up delicious Southeast Asian dishes to make your mouth water. Start by exploring the street markets in Siem Reap for Cambodian favorites and interesting delicacies like fried scorpion before learning recipes from the ancient Khmer empire at an authentic Cambodian cooking class in Phnom Penh. Learn about unique Cambodian spices like the world renowned Cambodian black pepper in Kampot or get your hands on fresh local produce at a few of the number of markets spread across the country.

Go Temple Hopping

Angkor Wat is the main reason many tourists head to the Kingdom of Cambodia. The Angkor Wat complex in itself houses the largest religious monument in the world in addition to a number of others spanning across the 163 hectare region. There are also other temple locations spread across the country from Koh Ker featuring 50 temples to the Indiana Jones style of Sambor Prei Kuk. Many of these temples date back to as early as the 9th century as religious monuments created by the Khmer Empire. These spectacular ruins draw visitors from all over the world to see the intricate architecture and stone-work portrayed at these sites.

Cruise the Mekong

Don’t head to the ocean to see the friendly and playful dolphin, you’ll find a number of freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia’s Mekong river. Dolphins aren’t the only thing to give you a sense of peace on the Mekong, this river is where some of Cambodia’s most stunning sunsets occur. Opt to sail from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap on a traditional Cambodian boat to get the full serene experience.

Scenic Cycling

Cambodia is the perfect place for a bike tour with its lush backdrops, scenic landscape, and over-the-top architectural sites. It’s no surprise that cycling is one of the number one activities sought after by backpackers. Take it easy and get away from the busy cities by sightseeing on bike through tranquil trails, green jungles, and interesting historical regions. Cycling through Cambodia’s different and unique towns will offer the chance to keep things a little more up close and personal than a bus tour.

Beach Life

Cambodia’s beaches are stunning, peaceful, and a haven all on their own. After tapping into your inner Tomb Raider in Angkor, relaxing is definitely on the agenda and Cambodia has you covered. Both Sihanoukville and Koh Rong offer a somewhat secluded section of the country where visitors can relax and enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Rent a hut on the shores of Sihanoukville, or get lost in the simple way of life at Koh Rong. Whatever you decide, be sure to put aside some time for being in (or on) the water with activities from snorkeling to kitesurfing at your exposal.

Get Some R&R

Cambodia makes it easy to indulge in spa treatments from relaxing massages to fish pedicures, so why not take advantage? You’ll find a number of affordable spas in many of the country’s major cities offering a variety of de-stressing procedures to make you really feel like you’ve taken a vacation. Tap into Cambodian culture by treating yourself to a traditional Khmer massage offered at many of the spas throughout the country.

Be One with Nature

Nature and wildlife lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to experience at least one of Cambodia’s national parks. Cambodia is filled with lush jungles hosting an array of wildlife from exotic birds to cheeky monkeys, and many of these jungles have been turned into national parks so guests can experience the country’s stunning landscape. Virachey National Park hosts the deepest jungle in Cambodia, still fairly unexplored, while views of the ocean, mountains and waterfalls await you at the enchanting Bokor National Park. Strap on your hiking boots and hit the trails, these parks have treasures like deserted beaches and war relics to be discovered.

Visit the Markets

Markets are a way of life in Cambodia, with many scattered across major cities in the country. While markets and night markets are a great way to discover the flavours of Cambodia, they’re also great for hunting down that really unique souvenir to add to your travel collection. Practice your haggling skills and head to the bustling Angkor Night Market in Siem Reap or the grandiose Central Market in Phnom Penh. Scattered amongst their stalls are special items including carved crafts, gems and precious metals, and the famous Krama scarves.

See a Show

While seeing a show in some cities might just mean a concert, comedy-show or jazz display, Cambodia really ties in their old traditions into their performances, creating a unique experience for spectators. Settle in for a mystical Aspara dance performance in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh to be dazzled by more Khmer treasures. Performed in traditional clothing and accessories, each dance tells a story and each move has a symbol, making for an artsy and theatrical sequence. For something a little more high-energy, The Phare Circus in Siem Reap combines traditional dance and music with acrobatics for a thrilling show that tells the ultimate cultural story.

Quiet Time

Travelling and exploring is tiring, but Cambodia is the perfect place to get some zen. Take some time to breathe and meditate at one the many centres scattered across the country. Buddhism is the official religion of Cambodia, and meditation is an important practice in Buddhism for being mindful and settling your mind. It will be easy to find meditation centres in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang and yoga is also offered for those that need a bit of movement to relax and better their minds.

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