9 Must-Have Experiences And Things To Do In Cambodia
What’s not to love about Cambodia? It’s the land where dolphins are found in rivers and a place where you can interact with a Cambodian who has never watched TV! With an exchange rate of 1 $ = 3999.80 Cambodian Riel, it is a great destination for the budget traveller and one of the most intriguing places on earth. So, let’s get started with the list of amazing things to do in Cambodia that would definitely leave you charmed.
9 Amazing Things To Do In Cambodia
There’s a lot known about Cambodia that would pretty much make you want to jump on to a plane towards there, no confusion about that. But this list of 9 things to do in Cambodia that pretty much beats the rest.
#1 Go On A River Cruise At Mekong Delta
Treat yourself to the exclusive experience of a river cruise at Mekong Delta (known as the ‘Mother of all rivers’) which is nothing short of an exotic paradise. Embark on a tour amidst the hustle and bustle of the floating markets in the Mekong Delta.
Did You Know? The people in Mekong Delta live for the day and do not make any long term plans.
#2 Enjoy A Ride On The Traditional Cyclos
See Cambodia through a different style on traditional cyclos which are an integral part of Phnom Penh’s transport culture. These iconic vehicles are an economical way to explore the city. It’s a sheer fun ride snaking through the busiest streets, the major landmarks and points of interest in the city. Believe us, one of the best things to do in Cambodia.
Did You Know? It is considered disrespectful to let your feet or soles point at people or things in Cambodia, so the feet must be tucked in while sitting.
#3 Stopover At The National Museum
The National Museum of Cambodia is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. With over 14,000 interesting exhibits to its credit and multi lingual tour guides available, you get a good insight into Cambodian history.
Did You Know? Cambodia has been changing its name whenever a new government came into power.
#4 Gorge On The Local Street Food
Cambodians greet each other by saying “Nyam bai howie nov?”, which means “Have you eaten rice yet?”. Cambodian food is all about contrasts – sweet and bitter, salty and sour, fresh and cooked. Snacking, in fact, is a popular past time in Cambodia. Dinner is the main meal of the day and usually taken between 6-7 pm.
Did You Know? There has never been a McDonalds in Cambodia.
#5 Visit The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, constructed over a century ago, is the royal residence of the King of Cambodia. It is a striking structure near the riverfront with its classic Khmer roofs and ornate gliding.
Did You Know? Visitors need to wear shorts till the knees and T-shirts or blouses that reach the elbow. There is also an option to rent the appropriate clothes.
#6 Revisit The Dark Past Of Cambodia
The Killing Fields are a number of sites in Cambodia where millions of people were killed in the name of genocide (suspecting their connection with former or foreign governments). The stories that emerge out of here will leave you grasping for any shred of humanity you may find in this world.
Did You Know? An estimated 1.75 to 2.5 million people out of a population of 8 million was the number of deaths in 1975 in the mass killings.
# 7 Explore The Floating Village
The Tonle Sap lake is a huge dumbbell shaped water body and is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. You will get to see 100 varieties of waterbirds, over 200 species of fish, crocodiles, turtles and more. The monsoons flood this region into a floating oasis, increasing its area from 2,700 km to over 16,000 km.
Did You Know? This lake is the source of more than half the fish consumed in Cambodia.
#8 Visit The Largest Religious Monument
Originally a Hindu temple, Angkor Wat was later turned into a Buddhist temple. It is interesting to know that unlike the other temples in the region that are aligned facing the east, this one is aligned to the west. The glowing sunset only adds to this temple’s beauty.
Did you know? 50% of the international tourists visit Cambodia to see this religious monument of the world which is also the biggest of it’s kind.
#9 Pick Up Some Exquisite Souvenirs
The dexterity of local people is beautifully reflected in all their products. Choose from a whole range of souvenirs– woven baskets, painted rice cups, wooden & jade statues, bowls, plates, betel nut boxes, cotton t-shirts and loads more.
Did you know? From the ATM’s in Cambodia you can only withdraw U.S. dollars. No coins are used in circulation.
Complete your trip with at least one crazy night out in the town or feel like a superstar with the local kids in the villages waving and shouting “Hello, I Love You”. Cambodians are wealthy with their gratitude, infectious smiles and are a happy-go-lucky bunch of people!
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