Asia has kept a little hush hush about this place. Nestled between Thailand and Vietnam is Cambodia, a relatively unexplored country compared to its neighbours with a long history that is both inspiring and harrowing in equal measures. Of course, this only serves to add to the intrigue in our (oh-so curious) books. And don’t forget to get under the skin of the Cambodian way of life; the Cambodians are simply some of the friendliest folk in this world.
At a glance:
Cambodia will not fail to captivate. Discover the frenetic motorbike laden streets of Phnom Penh, the verdant jungle protruding from the atmospheric temples of Angkor and the laidback vibes of Kep-sur-mer; this is a country where ancient history meets modern life. It’s all about getting off the beaten track and really delving into the depths of Cambodia. There is an abundance of beautiful landscapes, a pulsating culture and a wealth of history to take in, and believe us; it’s worth putting in the extra foot work to find it – who knows what you will discover.
What to see:
Take to the water and venture into the ‘Heart of Darkness’, meandering down the Tonle Sap River by boat towards Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. Float through leafy swathes of forest, once home to the terrifying Khmer Rouge, still untouched by the western world, now overgrown and teeming with wildlife. In Siem Reap, explore the verdant jungle and watch the sunrise over the outstanding wonder that is the Angkor Wat temple complex (it’s worth exploring those outer lesser-visited temples for serene walks). Built in the early 12th century, this complex is a hallmark of classical Khmer architecture and is at its most beautiful at sunrise. For a spot of adventure, why not try micro-lighting over the jungle, jet-skiing on the glistening rivers or hop on the back of an elephant and trek through the stunning landscape? For a real insight into the Cambodian way of life venture in to the unknown and explore some of the smaller jungle villages and temples dotted around the region, and don’t forget to sample the delicious seafood and simple life in Kep-sur-mer.
Why we like it:
Simply put, Cambodia is a stunner; the people and their hospitality are unparalleled; and the aesthetics and cultural activities on offer are beyond compare. Really. Travelling beyond the tourist traps provides a wealth of adventure that make memories you’ll want to whip out from the memory bank like Polaroid’s freezing a moment in time for years to come.