Cambodia was known a few decades back as a war-torn country reeling in the terror of Khmer rouge as well as poverty. However, the Southeast Asian kingdom has since then recovered dramatically and in the past twenty years, it has gradually attracted international attention with its tourist destinations. Any country in the world, of course, has its share of places that merits the attention of travelers, and all are as unique as each one has something different to offer.
So, what is it with Cambodia that makes it one of a must-see destination in the whole world in terms of travel and leisure? Well, for those familiar with the charm of Vietnam and the hospitality of Thailand, Cambodia would surely be an interesting addition to an extraordinary experience of Southeast Asia. As a tourist destination, Cambodia uniquely distinguishes itself in the following ways:
The country capital, Phnom Penh, is considered as one of the most energetic capitals in Asia. Spectacular restaurants abound, in addition to the famous killing fields and the war museums, allowing visitors to have a realistic sense of entry in the country history. As it is, the most unforgettable travel that anyone can have is one that allows realistic connection to the essence of what a place has been through, and what it can be in the future. One more destination in Cambodia that makes it to the top list is Siem Reap. This particular spot is a great starting point for unraveling the old world charm of the ancient Angkor kingdom as experienced up-close in Siem Reap's 100 jungle temples. The place essentially connects its visitors to the rich cultural heritage of a stunning civilization in the Kingdom's history. On the other hand, beach lovers can experience the pristine shores of Sihanoukville. Located along the kingdom's southern regions, travelers can explore beaches that are at least comparable if not equal to what can be found in other popular beach destinations in the world.
Daily flights are available from any major city around Asia to Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. On the other hand, Siem Reap benefits from the operations of smaller airlines that offer direct flights from Bangkok. Still another option, especially for those who are having fun from traveling on a budget, is to take a bus bound for Cambodia either from the city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam or Bangkok in Thailand. Once inside the country, visitors will find the locals extremely accommodating, which makes for a relatively easy exploration of the kingdom's tourist destinations. Motorbikes and motor rickshaw are even available for those who prefer to enjoy the local scenery by getting around it on their own.
The main staple of Cambodian cuisine include rice and noodles, paired with freshwater fish. The markets feature really cheap and sumptuous fare. As with other destinations, Cambodia's different hotspots are known for their various specialties when it comes to food, such as the crab staples in Kep which is reputed to be Asia's best, or the pumpkin curries and Cambodian barbecues of Siem Reap. Generally, meals and even local beers are so affordable that making a feast of the locally cuisine would enable even those who travel on a budget to keep their smiles.
The Best Time for Visit
Cambodia celebrates a plethora of colorful festivals from the month of May up to the month of November. The best time to plan a visit, therefore, would be anytime between these months, as cultural activities greatly enriches an unforgettable travel experience.